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.
Ship or maritime heritage site
Summer hours (Apr - Oct), daily, 1000–1700.
Winter hours (Nov - Mar), Thu - Sun, 1200–1600.
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.
Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Maritime, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures
Pirates! Legends, Past and Present - Exhibition.
- 6 July — 9 October 2016 *on now
Join us on the HM Frigate Unicorn for a pirate exhibition to explore the ship with lanterns, also read stories about pirates and play our pirate computer game.
Normal admission price (free entry for children dressed as pirates.)
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
Scotstyle Exhibition – Building the Century
- 18 — 30 September 2016
Join us as a part of the 2016 Festival of Architecture for an exhibition celebrating Scottish construction. This free nation-wide exhibition will showcase the best of Scotland’s architecture, as chosen by public nominations.
- 1 September 2016 7-10pm
Join us on board HM Frigate Unicorn for a humorous and fun performance from the Handlebardettes, four strong, All-Female, Bicycle-Powered Shakespear.
Featuring the work of William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
“Ingenious and great fun – Highly Recommended!”
Tickets £10 (adults) £8 (concessions)
Doors open at 18:30, starting time 19:00
- 5 September 2016 7-9pm
Evening concert: 7.30pm (7pm doors)
All hands on deck! we’re inviting schools and other groups along during the day for an exciting performance which recaptures what the atmosphere might have been like when this wonderful ship was in service. In the evening, renowned harpist Catriona McKay and fiddler Chris Stout come on board for a performance of Sally Beamish’s dramatic Seavaigers, which tells the story of a treacherous sea journey across Scotland’s stormy east coast, from Dundee to Stornaway.
Talk: 'Torpedo Action Stations'
- 7 September 2016 7-10pm
Wednesday 7th September: Presented by Dr Andrew Jeffrey, 'Torpedo Action Stations - Dundee's wartime submarine flotilla'. 7pm, £5 entry
Talk: "Write to a lonely Tommy"
- 21 September 2016 7-10pm
Wednesday 21st September: Presented by Morna Stewart, ' "Write to a lonely Tommy" Letters from the Home Front'. 7pm, £5 entry
Sandy Brechin, Charlie McKerron, Brian O’hEadhra
- 30 September 2016 From 7pm
Sandy Brechin, Charlie McKerron, Brian O’hEadhra are to perform their music on the HM Frigate unicorn
The Struttin' Futrets
- 7 October 2016 From 7:30pm
An exciting evening awaits as the Struttin' Futrets join us from Aberdeen for a fun night of smooth Jazz
- 12 October 2016 7-10pm
A total of 11 major warships and a number of smaller vessles bearing the name Unicorn have served in the Royal Navy from the reign of Henry VIII to the present day, covering the whole period of naval warfare from the age of sail to steam and the ironclads, the Dreadnought Battleships to airpower and submarines.
The talk uses these 11 unicorns to look at the evolution of naval warfare over a period of nearly 500 years, and to consider the changes and development in technology that underpinned this evolution, including issues such as navigation, propulsion, gunnery, airpower and nuclear power.
Screening on the Ship: Faust
- 29 October 2016 7-10pm
Join us to watch the silent film Faust on board the HM Frigate Unicorn. In this classic of silent cinema, the demon Mephisto (Emil Jannings) makes a bet with an archangel that a good man’s soul can be corrupted. Mephisto sets his sights on the thoughtful old alchemist Faust (Gösta Ekman), who is desperately trying to save his village from a plague. He is able to help the villagers, thanks to Mephisto, but further dealings with the devil lead Faust on a decadent downward spiral. Can he redeem his soul before it’s too late?