Frigate Unicorn

HM Frigate Unicorn
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His Majesty’s Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built for the Royal Navy in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham and launched in 1824. She is now the World’s last intact warship from the days of sail, one of the six oldest ships in the world and Scotland’s only representative of the sailing navy.

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Summer hours (Apr - Oct), daily, 1000–1700.
Winter hours (Nov - Mar), Thu - Sun, 1200–1600.

Admission charges

Adult £5.25
Children under 15 £3.25
Children under 5 free
Concession £4.25 (students, senior citizens)
Family (2 adult, 2 children) £13.75
Family (1 adult, 2 children) £10.75
Group (10 or more) £3.25 per head
Please note that these prices are liable to change without notice.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Maritime, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

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Poetry/Music: First Degree Burns

  • 25 January 2017 7-9pm

On this very sepcial Robert Burns night - join us for a Burn's night with a difference, with folk singer and performer Lynne Campbell and friends. Revisit old favourites and discover a wee bit more about Scotland's Bard in this light hearted yet reverent performance of his much loved works...and some of his more risqué material!




The Cutting Edge - Ceilidh Music

  • 27 January 2017 7-10pm

The band is in great demand worldwide, playing weddings, concerts and ceilidhs from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi. This is no ordinary ceilidh band, regularly voted Scotland’s liveliest, and guaranteed to make your special event the biggest success. Don’t just take our word for it, check out the bands references or come and hear the band live. Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Strip The Willow … Snow Patrol, Kings of Leon, Fleetwood Mac, everything is covered and everything is live! If you require the best in music entertainment for your special day, book The Cutting Edge – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!




Talk: Peter Buchanan (HES), Weaving the Unicorn

  • 1 February 2017 7-9pm

The Stirling Castle Tapestry Project, was conceived as part of the works to represent James V Place. Started in 2000 the project took fourteen years to complete and a team of 18 weavers, from around the world, worked on the project to recreate the Unicorn Tapestries for installation in the Palace. The final Tapestry in the series ‘The Mystic Hunt’ was completed at the end of 2014, and completed the biggest tapestry project undertaken in Britain in the last 100 years. The tapestries are now on display in James V Palace at Stirling Castle and an exhibition on the weaving project is currently running in the Weaving Studio on site.

Join Peter Buchanan (Project Manager/Conservation Directorate Projects, Historic Environment Scotland) as he provides an insight into the Palace Project at Stirling Castle and uncovers the magic of weaving unicorns.




Talk: Big Bella Keyzer: A woman in a man's world

  • 8 March 2017 7-9pm

Bella grew up in a politically-minded family and was a stalwart in the Labour Party and campaigner for women's rights. She worked as a shipyard welder during WWI, was sacked 1945-ish, and got back again after the 1975 Equal Opportunities Act. She appeared in several TV programmes; some film will be shown during the evening.




Spring Fayre

  • 25 March 2017 12-4pm

Its Free Entry to Enjoy our Unique Gifts and Refreshments

Fun activities to play for everyone such as our Easter Egg Hunt and more…



Folk Music: Judy Cook

  • 31 March 2017 9-10pm

Her clear and engaging unaccompanied presentation combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Talk: Matt Ylitalo - Fluid Spaces: Dundee Whaling Vessels

  • 19 April 2017 7-9pm

Nineteenth-century Dundee whalers are known for their epic whale-hunting ventures in the Arctic ice. Yet vessels built or owned in Dundee for whaling purposes and the crews who worked on them were frequently tasked with other types of work. In the first half of the century, vessels also transported goods and people to Canada and the Baltic. By the later nineteenth century, among other things ships were leased or sold to individuals and national governments for polar exploration and research, search and rescue, logistical support and even the tax revenue service. This talk highlights some of the various employments that whalers and their crews experienced. It also discusses how such missions came about, and why these roles changed over the course of a century.




Folk Music : Matt Seattle Band

  • 21 April 2017 7-10pm

The blend of Border pipes, fiddle, accordion, guitar and middle eastern percussion has been likened to Border lamb with Moroccan spice - music from here, enhanced with the finest natural ingredients from around the world!

Wild, beautiful, wonderful music.


Talk: Flaxopolis: Dundee's flax trade with Russia and the Baltic

  • 3 May 2017 7-9pm

If Dundee was ‘the linen me historians claim, then its growth, improvement and contemporary face owed most to its importance of the United Kingdom’ in the early nineteenth century, as so of flax from the Russian empire. This talk examines Dundee’s economic relationship with Russia in terms of the material changes it engendered. Particular attention is paid to Dundee’s development in terms of architecture, design and planning. Through this we may begin to shake off some of the old ghosts of the later Juteopolis and replace them with a sense of modernising and prosperous Flaxopolis based on mutually beneficial exchange with an obvious and welcome partner. The neglect of the value of this relationship will be questioned.




Lanarkshire Paranormal at HM Frigate Unicorn

  • 6 — 7 May 2017 9pm-3am

Built in 1822, this location has had many reports of paranormal activity including shadows to full apparitions, strange lights, sounds and cold spots. join us while we uncover the history of this haunted vessel. Please note, this location is afloat and although moored you may experience general ship movement.




Frigate Unicorn
Victoria Dock

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