Many Pictish stones were found in Monifieth, most notably in St. Rule's graveyard, indicating the area was an important Pictish settlement. At Ardestie 2 miles north from the village is a vitrified Iron Age Fort and close by a cluster of earth dwellings dating from the first century.
Monifieth enjoys a fine setting and a good range of leisure amenities. Monikie and Crombie Country Parks are close by and offer a range of leisure pursuits for all the family including watersports. Particularly popular is Monifieth's Blue Seaway, an outdoor recreation area with children's adventure playground and wheeled sports area for older children.
Monifieth lies near the most southerly point of Angus near Carnoustie. It is most famous today as a centre of golfing excellence, and the course here is used as a qualifier for the Open Championship.