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Things to See & Do in Dundee

With its compact size and streets packed with all sorts of treasures, Dundee is an urban wanderer's delight. Uncover some of Dundee's hidden gems and secret spots to learn more about this historic city with our list of things to see and do in Dundee. 

V&A Dundee Dundee

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The first V&A museum in the world outside London and the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland, V&A Dundee welcomes you to the world of design and encourages you to explore creativity. Its epic waterfront location and cutting-edge architecture alone are worth a trip, but they also host engaging and topical exhibitions throughout the year. Make sure you check out their current Tartan exhibition, a radical new look at one of the world’s best-known textiles.

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The McManus Art Gallery & Museum Dundee

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The McManus Art Gallery & Museum

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Located in a Victorian Gothic building, The McManus Art Gallery & Museum boasts eight open gallery spaces housing exhibitions of art, history and the environment. It's a fascinating day out for the whole family, with a changing programme of events all year round. Best of all, admission is completely free and there's a wee café and gift shop you can visit, too.

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Mills Observatory Dundee

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Mills Observatory

Plan a fabulous day out at Mills Observatory. It was gifted to the people of Dundee in 1935 and was the first purpose-built public observatory in the UK! Catch a closer view of the planets and stars with some expert tuition on hand to point out the many other visible astronomical features. From April to September, Mills is open on selected dates when visitors can enjoy a varied programme of public events including family workshops, planetarium shows, talks and solar viewing.

Dundee Science centre Dundee

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Interactive Experiences at Dundee Science Centre

Find out about the world around us and how science plays a part in our everyday life at Dundee Science Centre. Visit for a family learning experience, and discover their ever-changing exhibitions full of fun, inspiring, and innovative hands-on exhibits and moments.

Camperdown Wildlife Centre Dundee

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Daffodils at Camperdown Park

Camperdown Country Park is Dundee's largest public park. Located just three miles outside the city centre, it boasts an impressive arboricultural history, with rare and exotic species of tree and plant life around each corner. It also offers a fantastic family day out, with a whole host of animals from around the world to visit and learn about.

Verdant Works Dundee

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Verdant Works

Relive the story of Dundee's industrial textile and social heritage in the beautifully refurbished mill building dating back to 1833. Hear the tales of the mill workers, and see how they lived and worked in an industry which enveloped Dundee at this 5-Star Attraction.

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Discovery Point Dundee

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RRS Discovery

Experience life in the Antarctic with Captain Scott and his crew on the RRS Discovery at Discovery Point. See how Scott and his crew survived while navigating their vessel on one of the most intrepid voyages ever undertaken. During the visit keep your eyes peeled for Gaia , a striking suspended artwork by acclaimed British artist, Luke Jerram. 

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Dundee Cycle Hub

Dundee Cycle Hub is the one stop shop for cycling and active travel in Dundee. Hire a bike, take a cycle tour, get advice and maps to help you explore. Enjoy a cup of superb coffee with a slice of cake while taking in the lovely views or waiting to have your bike repaired.

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Scotland’s fourth-largest city – fun and vibrant Dundee – is a bustling social hub. For those planning to come to visit Scotland, rest assured that there are loads of fun and exciting things to do in Dundee on your visit. The city has a legacy of being at the centre of the global jute industry, like many other large Scottish cities, which stemmed from the Industrial Revolution.

From its involvement in this industry and others, Dundee earned a nickname for being the city of “jute, jam and journalism”. We’ll chat more about those later, but rest assured that there are plenty of things to do in Dundee for all the family to enjoy.

The city has an amazing culture of science and football, but what really draws visitors year-round is the atmosphere. With friendly people and a laundry list of things to do nearby, it’s a city well worth visiting.

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Top 37 Things to do in Dundee

Dundee is a big city, so it’s probably not surprising that there are so many great activities for you to enjoy. If you like variety and plenty of options, you’re in the right place.

Here for a long time or a short visit? Either way, you’ll have no trouble making the most of the indoor and outdoor activities in Dundee.

To make it even easier for you, we’ve put together a list of the top things to do in Dundee. Check it out down below!

V & A Dundee

The very first design museum to open in Scotland is here in the heart of the town , and it’s one of the top things to do with kids in Dundee.

This fascinating and stylish museum illustrates the brilliance of Scottish creativity , the human body and its five senses. It also features some of the best examples of design from all around the world.

The museum opened in 2018 and has quickly become one of the ‘must-see’ Dundee attractions . So, don’t miss out on your chance to see it in all its glory.

The McManus Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum

It is fitting that this grand museum should reside within such a beautiful Gothic revival building.

The museum features a collection of fine and decorative art alongside a natural history collection. Originally conceptualised as a memorial to Prince Albert , the ever-changing exhibitions of McManus Dundee are worth a trip no matter when you visit.

They regularly host activities and events, including crafty, fun activities and captivating behind-the-scenes tours from the Collections Unit.

Vertical World Climbing Centre

Are you an experienced climber or a total newbie? Either way, you’ll have a fabulous time at this incredible indoor climbing centre!

There are over 300 potential routes of both top rope and lead climbing. Plus, an excellent bouldering area, cosy café and more!

Friendly staff are always around to help you and can run courses suitable for kids aged seven and upwards.

Verdant Works

If you’re interested in Dundee’s rich history as a jute manufacturer , you should definitely take some time to visit this museum. It’s one of the best places to learn about Dundee’s industrial history and pick up something from the gift shop to take home with you.

Within the atmospheric setting of a beautifully refurbished old mill, this world-class visitor’s attraction brings history to life and is certainly one of the most unusual things to do in Dundee.

Learn all about Dundee’s industrial textile heritage, dating as far back as 1833. The story of jute and the story of Dundee are forever entangled – don’t miss the chance to explore it.

Broughty Castle Museum

This 15th-century riverside castle sits on the banks of the River Tay in Broughty Ferry.

Within the castle, you can explore fascinating displays of the history of the people, environment, and wildlife of Broughty Ferry. Delve into the past, then look out at the incredible views of the river.

One of my personal favourite places to visit in Dundee.

Camperdown Wildlife Centre

If you’re looking for a day out that your little ones will love, this is a great place to start!

This lovely park sits on the former grounds of a 19th-century mansion. It is also the largest park in Dundee.

If you love animals and spending time outside, I can’t recommend enough this fantastic day out. Little kids and big kids alike will love it.

Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre

There’s no shortage of activities to keep you happy here. This wonderful museum in the centre of Dundee has it all.

There are two contemporary art galleries, a two-screen cinema, a print studio, and a public engagement programme. Not to mention the great little shop and café bar.

You could spend all day here!

Tay Rail Bridge

If you’re visiting Dundee and want to see some history, the Tay Rail Bridge is a must-see location.

This old bridge has a tragic history. It stands beside the remains of the original bridge, which collapsed in 1879.

The bridge collapsed as a train passed over it, and all on board lost their lives.

Parts of the old bridge can be seen sticking out of the water at low tide, an eerie reminder of the past.

At the highest point in the middle of Dundee, a war memorial sits upon an extinct volcano. The most prominent feature on the Dundee skyline.

This is one of the things to do in Dundee that will get you a really beautiful picture, and make you feel very peaceful.

The panoramic views from this summit are stunning. There are places to park near the top but I recommend the walk up to really soak in the beauty.

Dundee Science Centre

Part of the Scottish Science Centre Network, this non-profit organisation introduces people of all ages to the wonders of science. It’s one of the most popular attractions for children, so if you’re bringing any young tykes with you, then be sure to stop by.

The amazing interactive exhibits focus mostly on the life sciences, particularly the senses.

They also focus on robotics and practical exploration of learning, which is great for the kids to experience.

You won’t regret taking the day to visit here – you might even leave with a new love for science!

HMS Unicorn

One of the most unique of Dundee’s visitor attractions is this historic Royal Navy warship with four decks.

It’s the 3rd oldest ship still afloat today in the world – now a museum ship!

This unusual museum welcomes you aboard for an opportunity to explore and learn. Try your hand at knot tying, test out the hammocks, learn all about the armament and much more.

Mills Observatory

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to do a bit of stargazing!

This classically styled sandstone building has a distinctive 7-meter dome—one of two made from papier-mâché to survive (you have to believe it to see it).

The observatory is home to a Victorian refracting telescope, display areas and a small planetarium.

Staff are knowledgeable and passionate, and on a clear night, you get a spectacular view of the stars and planets. It can get cold, though, so wrap up warm!

Explore Parks in Dundee

There are plenty of lovely parks to visit in Dundee. We’ve put the best ones together to make planning your park day even easier.

Baxter Park is a peaceful grassy park, perfect for settling down for a picnic. The wide-open spaces make it a great place to play with the kids and walk the dogs.

Magdalen Green is located to the West of the city centre, with lovely views of the Tay Railway Bridge. There’s a grand bandstand that has hosted brass bands and open-air concerts.

Stobsmuir Park is one the kids will like, with a lovely little outdoor play area and ducks and swans to feed. Plenty of seating, so it’s a perfect spot to sit together and watch the sunset.

Victoria Park is a beautiful place to walk with your friends and family. The park has rose gardens, bedding plant displays and recreational areas for sports or picnics.

Dundee Museum of Transport

At this museum, you are invited to learn about the lives of local transport pioneers and innovators.

Also, to take a look through the displays of vehicles from local and national collections.

They host amazing transport-related events year-round, so be sure to have a look at what’s on when you plan your visit.

Desperate Dan Statue

Are there any lovers of the Desperate Dan Tales comics looking through our list? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that this odd statue exists.

There are plenty of things to do in Dundee that will give you a great picture —but none quite like this one!

Slessor Gardens

This central parkland area is a multi-functional space large enough to host big events. It’s hard to believe that such a lovely lush spot would be so close to the town centre.

Used for pop concerts and other fantastic gatherings, you can check out the up-and-coming events on Dundee City Council‘s website.

Claypotts Castle

A tiny, peculiar-looking late medieval castle straight out of a fairy tale.

This well-preserved 15th-century castle started life as a private dwelling, a fortified residence for the Strachan family. Tours of the castle are free but need to be booked by phone ahead of time.

If you drop by spontaneously, don’t worry, the grounds and exterior are absolutely beautiful. A perfect picnic spot!

St Pauls Episcopal Cathedral

If you adore historical sites and stunning architecture, this is the place for you.

Towering high right in the centre of this small town is this gorgeous Anglican cathedral, designed by Sir George Gilbert and built in 1855.

If you’re looking for things to do in Dundee that are close to the city centre, we would definitely recommend stopping in here.

Morton Lochs

The Howff is a lovely little cemetery nestled into the heart of the city. While not the first thing you think of when wondering about what to do in Dundee, the Howff is an incredible cultural touchstone of the city.

Walking amongst the crumbling gravestones is incredibly peaceful, and there are benches where you can sit and contemplate. It’s a popular spot, so this pretty burial ground is not too spooky.

This one is for the beer lovers! 71 Brewing is a fantastic brewery that wa s voted Best Beer Experience in Scotland—and not for nothing. They offer award-winning tours that fill up fast, so pre-booking is advised.

On-site, they sell their own quality brews on draught or in cans or bottles to take away with you. Delicious!

Templeton Woods

Just on the outskirts of Dundee is this utterly beautiful woodland and one of the top things to do in Dundee for families.

There’s free parking available, plus the use of a great scenic seating/picnic area and barbeque. Seats are also dotted throughout the excellent trails, so you know you can stop for a little rest.

Perfect for nature lovers of all ages!

D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

An impressive collection of flora and fauna from around the globe is on show here , which makes D’Arcy a superb location if you’re looking for things to do in Dundee for kids. Children of all ages will be absorbed into exhibitions showing off animals of land and sea, as well as notable flora throughout Scotland.

This museum lives at the University of Dundee and got its name from the Scottish biologist and mathematician D’Arcy Thompson. Come and learn all about birds, insects, mammals, fish and reptiles (oh my!) from far and wide.

Lemmings Statues

This charming landmark is located in a public garden area on Perth Road.

The classic pixel characters come to life here, climbing up the stone pillar. One sits at the top and looks out over the river and city , and you can almost expect them to come to life any second and run away.

The landmark stands as a tribute to perseverance and Dundee’s success in the Technical Sector and Gaming Industry.

Powrie Castle

This crumbling 16th-century castle may be in ruins, but that shouldn’t put you off. There’s still beauty in these old stones , which makes them one of the top Dundee tourist attractions to see on a visit.

As someone who loves very old things, I highly recommend a visit here. The peaceful setting makes for a lovely place to take a walk or have a picnic.

Ninewells Community Garden

This gorgeous 1-acre garden is bursting with lovely greenery. Sensory plants, herbs, vegetables, flowers, trees, wildlife habitats, and beehives – all of them thriving.

There are wheelchair accessible paths and a great little children’s play area, as well as workshops and volunteering for all ages go on all through the year.

Caird Park Golf Club

Golf lovers will be more than satisfied by this fantastic parkland course, first opened in 1923. The course is suitably challenging, drawing enthusiastic players year-round.

Caird Park also boasts an athletics stadium, stunning nature trails and a historic 16th-century mains castle.

Make sure to come and check it out!

Ancrum Outdoor Centre

This one is for the thrill-seekers among you.

Excitement and adventure await you at the Ancrum Outdoor Centre. For 40 years, this fantastic outdoor facility has been introducing people to the thrilling world of land and water-based adventure activities.

You can tailor your package to your group’s specific needs, so you’ll always get exactly what you’re after.

If you’re looking for things to do in Dundee that get the blood pumping, this is a good shout!

Balgarthno Stone Circle

This strange, secluded historical landmark is not the only one of its kind. The keen travellers among you may have seen stone circles in other places.

If you haven’t seen a stone circle before , I recommend taking a look at this one while in Dundee.

They’re not much at first sight, but they have a real air of strangeness and mystery that makes them worth a visit.

The McManus Collections Unit

Another excellent museum – The McManus Collections Unit, is a dream location for history buffs.

At the McManus, eight incredible open gallery spaces house interesting exhibitions of history, art and the environment. You’ll leave here with a little more insight into the Dundee of yesterday.

All of this is inside a beautiful Victorian Gothic-style building.

Broughty Ferry Nature Reserve

There are lots of amazing things to do in Dundee that let you soak in the local natural beauty. This one just happens to be my favourite.

The place is absolutely beautiful. You can choose to walk through the woods or along the beach, both are perfect for family walks, cycling of jogging.

It’s a lovely place for a picnic or to treat the dogs to the prettiest walk of their life.

Dundee Treasure Trail

Are you looking to learn more about this splendid city but also want to know the top things to do in Dundee with kids? The Dundee Treasure Trail gives you the best of both—an informative walking tour full of mystery and fun that the whole family can enjoy.

After all, what kids wouldn’t be interested in the prospect of treasure?

Put your detective skills to the test and solve the whodunit game together on this mystery-themed trail. Or take on the spy mission trail and save the world (well, Scotland).

Discovery Point Dundee

An absolute must-see among all the fascinating things to do in Dundee. This award-winning visitor attraction is home to the Antarctic research vessel RRS Discovery.

Here you can learn the vessel’s harrowing tale of adventure and the pursuit of knowledge – from humble beginnings in Dundee to the Arctic expedition and beyond!

Learn of the heroes who ventured to one of the most inhospitable places on the planet in the name of discovery.

Ryze Dundee – Xtreme Air Sports

If you’re looking for things to do in Dundee that will get the kids good and tired, a fun and thrilling day out here will do it!

This place is amazing. It has an ocean of oversized trampolines, a huge stuntman airbag, a ninja obstacle course, obstacle pits, a ginormous inflatable with attached slides and much more!

A day spent here is a day well spent.

Dundee Botanic Garden

This luscious garden is open year-round and always has something worth seeing, no matter the season.

A particularly romantic spot, the garden is home to a vast range of plant life . Trees, shrubs, flowers, tropical temperature greenhouses, a water garden, and a herb garden.

It’s a great place to stop and smell the flowers.

Balnuith Alpacas

Balnuith Alpacas is a marvellous day out the whole family will adore! This charming rare breed farm offers visitors the opportunity to meet some strange and adorable furry friends. Alpacas, miniature Mediterranean donkeys, Poitou donkeys, Falabella miniature horses, and guanacos await to be pets and pictures (although they may need persuasion with some pellets).

If you’re really lucky, you might get the chance to see some newborn babies. Once you’ve made friends with your favourite alpacas , you get to take them for a leisurely countryside stroll. Yes, really!

Escape Rooms Dundee

Ending the list on a high note here! Escape Rooms Dundee is an ideal day out for groups of all ages, with escape rooms featuring five different games to try. Witchcraft and Wizardry, Da Vinci Room, Contagion, Overthrone, and Prison Break – each one suitable for up to six people.

Don’t miss out!

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17 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dundee

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Dundee, the fourth largest city in Scotland, spreads along the north bank of the Firth of Tay at the foot of Balgary Hill. Once a major port, the city's waterfront is well worth visiting and has since become a commercial and cultural hub that includes an excellent maritime museum complete with preserved vessels and a science center.

Dundee has also become a popular place for entertainment, and in the Old Town center, you can enjoy the city's food scene, as well as numerous great shopping experiences. Dundee is also a wonderful place to explore on foot. A highlight of a self-guided walking tour is to head up to Dundee Law , an extinct volcano with a peak of 572 feet that offers tremendous views of the city and its surrounds.

For more great ideas on fun things to do in this lovely Scottish city, be sure to read through our list of the top tourist attractions in Dundee, Scotland.

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1. Cross the Historic Tay Rail Bridge

2. visit discovery point and the rrs discovery, 3. hms unicorn, 4. visit v&a dundee, 5. take a tour of glamis castle, 6. visit a jute mill: verdant works, 7. the mcmanus: dundee's art gallery and museum, 8. explore the best bits of dundee old town, 9. stargazing at the mills observatory, 10. camperdown wildlife centre, 11. broughty castle museum, 12. dundee science centre, 13. take the train to the house of dun and montrose basin nature reserve, 14. enjoy a day trip to perth, 15. head to scone palace, 16. day trip to blair castle and gardens, 17. journey back in time to loch tay and killin, where to stay in dundee for sightseeing, map of tourist attractions & things to do in dundee.

The Tay Rail Bridge

If you enter Dundee by train, you'll cross the famous iron bridge over the River Tay. The original two-mile span of the Tay Rail Bridge - usually referred to simply as the Tay Bridge - was built between 1872 and 1878 and carried the railroad from here to Edinburgh along what was at the time the longest bridge in the world.

However, this bridge collapsed in 1879 after a storm, causing a major disaster that saw a train plunge into the frigid waters below, drowning 75 crew and passengers in the process. Stumps from this original bridge are still visible, and a memorial to the victims of this tragic event can be visited on Dundee's waterfront.

Completed in 1887 as a replacement for its predecessor, the present bridge took nine years to build, using recovered girders from the original. Today, it remains one of the world's most spectacular railway journeys . You can even cross the bridge on foot, stopping at the two viewing platforms located along the way, which afford fine views over Dundee and the Firth of Tay.

The nearby Forth Road Bridge is also worth tackling. Much newer - it opened in 1964 - it's a great attraction for those walking or cycling around the city and offers a number of viewing platforms with superb views over its grand old neighbor.

Discovery Point and the RRS Discovery

Located on the Dundee waterfront, Discovery Point documents the history of the royal research ship RRS Discovery . It also vividly illustrates the natural wilderness and awe-inspiring beauty of the Polar Regions through state-of-the-art special effects and audio-visual presentations.

Visitors can also climb over the vessel, which was built in Dundee to take Robert F. Scott on his expedition to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1904. The vessel is notable as the last wood-built, three-masted vessel to be constructed in Britain, and at the time boasted the strongest wooden hull of any ship in history. This top-rated Dundee tourist attraction also has a cafe and shop to enjoy.

Address: Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.rrsdiscovery.co.uk

HMS Unicorn

Another lovingly restored ship that's now docked permanently on the waterfront is the unusual looking HMS Unicorn . Just a 10-minute walk from RSS Discovery and looking more like Noah's Ark than a warship, this nearly 200-year-old Royal Navy frigate was equipped with 46 cannons and launched in 1824. Now located on Victoria Quay, it's the oldest still-seaworthy warship in the British Isles.

Its unusual appearance was due to the fact this historic vessel was never fitted with masts. Instead, an unusual roof was added to cover crew and cannons (what you see is in fact the original roof). Of particular note is the splendid white unicorn with the royal coat-of-arms carved from Canadian pine that adorns the ship's bow. A shop is also located onboard, and tours and educational programs are available.

Address: Discovery Point,Victoria Dock, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.hmsunicorn.org.uk

V&A Dundee

One of the newest major attractions to open in Scotland, the V&A Dundee was unveiled in all its hi-tech glory in the fall of 2018. Boasting a stunning design meant to resemble the cliffs of east Scotland - though it definitely sports the profile of a galleon (or even a whale) from one angle - this splendid new museum is the first in the country to be dedicated solely to achievements and trends of Scottish design.

In addition to its revolving exhibits, highlights include the stunning Oak Room, erected originally in Glasgow in 1908 as a tea room and resurrected here after being carefully dismantled in the 1970s. The room now holds the Scottish Design Gallery, a permanent exhibition that pays homage to Scotland's leading innovators and innovations in design and industry. Numerous educational programs are also available.

Museum admission is free (yeah!), which means you can spend the money saved at the on-site café and restaurant, or in the gift shop.

Address: 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/

Glamis Castle

Characteristically baronial in style, Glamis Castle is one of the finest tourist attractions in Scotland. Located an easy 12-mile drive north of Dundee, this 17th-century fairy-tale castle is surrounded by parkland and lies at the end of a long avenue of oaks. A castle is said to have stood here as far back as 1,000 years ago and, according to Shakespeare , was where Macbeth murdered King Duncan. It's also said to be haunted, and a fun way to learn more about the many ghost and vampire myths associated with the castle is to join one of their fascinating ghost tours.

Today, the castle contains a wealth of fine objets d'art including furniture, tapestries, Chinese porcelain, old weapons, and paintings, as well as portraits of Elizabeth I. Probably the most striking feature in the Victorian Dining Room is the magnificent fireplace, with its heraldic centerpiece in oak bearing the coat-of-arms of the 12th Earl of Strathmore. Be sure to also glance upwards at the plasterwork ceiling decorated with Scottish thistles, English roses, and lions.

Entry to the castle is via a fun 50-minute guided tour, and you can linger longer in the grounds and in the castle's café and restaurant. If visiting in winter, be sure to check out the castle's popular Christmas Market. Also worth considering is a stay on-site in one of the castle's luxury accommodations.

Address: Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

Official site: www.glamis-castle.co.uk

Verdant Works

Much of Dundee's growth over the centuries was due to its jute industry, a natural fiber used in the manufacture of ropes and products such as sacks. The excellent Verdant Works (also known as Scotland's Jute Museum) explores the impact of the industry on the area, including its effect upon the local populace, half of whom of working age were employed in the industry.

The museum, housed in a former jute mill, contains fully restored machinery, hands-on exhibits, and multimedia attractions of interest to all ages. Daily demonstrations are included with admission, and provide a fascinating look at how Dundee was once responsible for nearly all global jute production. Of particular interest is the restored High Mill, built in 1833 and the oldest part of the museum complex. A gift shop and cafe are also available to visit.

One of the last remaining relics of the city's jute industry, Cox's Stack is also worth a visit. This 282-foot-high chimney was constructed in 1866 as part of the once massive Camperdown Works.

Address: West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.verdantworks.com

The McManus

Located in a grand old Victorian building in the city center, a visit to the McManus Art Gallery and Museum is definitely one of the top free things to do in Dundee. The McManus keeps a collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century European masters and well-known local artists, including James MacIntosh Patrick.

Also of interest are local history exhibits from prehistoric times to the present day. The archaeological department contains some particularly interesting artifacts from ancient Egypt. Dundee's natural history collection is also included here and concentrates on the wildlife of the Lowlands and Highlands, with exhibitions exploring environmental and nature themes. A cafe with a pleasant outdoor terrace is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Also worth a visit is Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). This bustling art center features two contemporary art galleries, a movie theater, café, and shop.

Address: Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.mcmanus.co.uk

Dundee Sheriff Court

Dundee's historic city center is a delight to explore on foot. One of the highlights of Dundee Old Town is St. Paul's Cathedral with its 213-foot-tall tower. This Neo-Gothic cathedral was completed in 1853 and is notable for the Venetian Salviati that adorns the altar.

The pedestrianized City Square is the busy heart of the city and is overlooked by Caird Hall , which doubles as both the town hall and a concert and conference venue. It's also home to the city's tourist information office.

This is a good place to start a walking tour of the old town. Along the way, you'll also take in the many shops and galleries located on the High Street. If time allows, be sure to also pay a visit to nearby Howff, Dundee's 300-year-old graveyard and the former garden of the Grayfriars monastery, considered by those in the know as something of a Dundee hidden gem.

The Mills Observatory

The Mills Observatory was built in 1935 and is located on the heavily wooded summit of Balgary Hill. Just two miles west of Dundee's city center, it's Britain's only full-time public observatory, and provides a unique opportunity to do some stargazing using a computerized telescope capable of spotting upwards of 30,000 objects in the sky.

Exhibits focus on space exploration and astronomy, and the planetarium shows our place in the universe. It's also a great place to simply admire superb views across the River Tay . An on-site shop sells related materials and souvenirs. If time allows, be sure to follow the educational Planet Trail through the observatory's extensive grounds.

Address: Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.leisureandculturedundee.com/mills

European brown bear

A visit to Camperdown Wildlife Centre, part of Camperdown Country Park, is one of the top things for families to do in Dundee. Set amid the 400 acres of the former country estate, the wildlife center presently houses some 300 or so animals representing 50 species, including the star attractions, a pair of European brown bears named Star and Comet.

Other animal attractions include lemurs and marmosets, along with numerous birds, including golden eagles. For a special treat, have the kids participate in one of the center's fun animal experiences, including zoo keeping and feeding adventures. There's also a great play area for the wee 'uns to blow off steam, as well as a café and shop.

Afterwards, be sure to spend time wandering the delightful grounds surrounding the old manor house. In addition to its well-maintained gardens, the grounds are home to over 190 tree species. If you're a golfer, rent a set of clubs and head out for a round of golf on the park's 18-hole course.

Address: Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.camperdownwildlifecentre.co.uk

Broughty Castle Museum

Located on the River Tay in the Dundee borough of Broughty Ferry, Broughty Castle was built in 1495 and played a major role in various wars between the Scots and the English. Now home to the Broughty Castle Museum, this impressive fortification houses interesting exhibits relating to the city's history and people, its art, as well as its wildlife and the environment.

A highlight of this free attraction is climbing to its observation levels for stunning views over the city and coastline. A small café and a gift shop are located on-site.

Closer to Dundee (it's located in the city's West Ferry neighborhood), the medieval-era Claypotts Castle is worth visiting, too. Notable for its unique "z-plan" design, its towering presence makes a dramatic backdrop for a photo or selfie.

Address: Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland

Dundee Science Centre

One of the top things to do in Dundee for kids - but one that's suitable for adults, too - the Dundee Science Centre is easy to spend a few hours at exploring its many fascinating exhibits. Popular for its interesting hands-on displays, the museum features interactive experiences focusing on things like the human senses, as well as robotics. The center also features regular screenings of films dealing with technologies such as keyhole surgery, as well as the search for alien life.

A fun planetarium is another highlight, and features a fascinating look at the solar system. Educational and learning programs are held here regularly, too, including the two-week-long Dundee Science Festival. There's also a gift shop plus a café on-site.

If science is your thing, you may want to also visit the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum . Located at the University of Dundee and established in the late 19th century, this fascinating zoological collection includes species of mammals, birds, insects, and reptiles from a variety of locations worldwide, as well as the founder's original teaching tools (he was a professor here).

Address: Greenmarket, Dundee, Scotland

Official site: www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

The House of Dun

Built for Lord David Erskine between 1730 and 1742, the House of Dun is a gorgeous two-story Palladian building in the style of the Château d'Issy near Paris. Located an easy 30-minute train ride northeast of Dundee, it makes for an excellent (and easy) daytrip.

In the fabulous Great Drawing Room, the Scottish lion and Mars - a reference to the earls of Mar, the king's sword-bearers - guard the Scottish regalia, flanked by national emblems serving as symbols of the 'Auld Alliance' with France and the 'Grand Alliance', or 'Union of Crowns', with England. Other notable features are an early clockwork roasting spit and the exquisite plasterwork seen in the saloon.

Demonstrations of traditional cloth weaving on old handlooms take place in the courtyard buildings. Admission is via guided tours only, but the superb walled garden and woodland walks can be explored at leisure (guidebooks are available for purchase). There's also a fun playground for kids, plus a picnic area, as well as a good café serving snacks and light meals.

Official site: www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/house-of-dun

Perfect Perth

Pretty Perth, just 20 minutes by rail west of Dundee, is the perfect place to spend a day shopping and exploring. Perth's Museum and Art Gallery focuses on local history and also serves as a venue for temporary art exhibitions, while the Fergusson Gallery - located in an old water tower - focuses on the work of watercolorist John Duncan Fergusson.

Other Perth attractions are the lovely 15th-century parish Church of St. John, and Branklyn Garden . The garden is one of the most beautiful public gardens in Scotland and notable for its many trees, alpine and ericaceous plants, herbaceous borders, and dwarf rhododendrons.

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Scone Palace is situated just 2.5 miles north of Perth, close to where the Abbey of Scone once stood, and is famous as the place where Scottish monarchs were once crowned. In the 9th century, Kenneth MacAlpin chose Scone as the royal residence and brought the Scottish coronation stone (the Stone of Scone ) here, but in 1297 Edward I took it to Westminster Abbey in London where it remained until 1996.

The major part of the palace was built at the beginning of the 19th century and is now the seat of the Earls of Mansfield, whose ancestors are shown in portraits lining the Long Gallery. Art treasures on display include porcelain from Meissen, Sèvres, and Derby, along with fine Chippendale furniture, and 17th- and 18th-century ivory carvings.

After exploring the palace and its expansive gardens and 100 acres of parklands, pop into the on-site coffee shop for a well-deserved treat (there's also a well-stocked gift shop). Guided tours are available.

For a truly memorable experience, check into the luxury apartment available to rent. Sleeping up to six guests, this chic getaway comes with three bedrooms, a kitchen, and the services of a private chef, if required.

Address: Scone Palace Perth, Scotland

Official site: www.scone-palace.co.uk

Blair Castle and Gardens

Another easy day trip, located an hour's drive west of Dundee, Blair Castle dominates the northern end of the village of Blair Atholl and occupies an important strategic spot on the road between Perth and Inverness. The castle has been the seat of the Duke of Atholl (Murray clan) since the 17th century, and in 1845, Queen Victoria granted the owner the unique privilege of maintaining a private army, the "Atholl Highlanders," who, on the last Sunday in May, stage a colorful parade.

A magnificent avenue of linden trees leads up to the gleaming white east front of the castle. Famous guests include Mary Stuart and Bonnie Prince Charlie, who stayed at the castle with his Highland army in 1745. The wood-paneled entrance hall is decorated with hunting trophies and a remarkable collection of arms.

After a tour of the interior, the castle grounds - in particular the stunning Hercules Garden - are ideal for a stroll before you head to the lovely village of Pitlochry . It's a popular stopover for visitors traveling around the area due to its outstanding natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities.

Address: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland

Official site: www.blair-castle.co.uk

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Located 60 miles west of Dundee, the long, narrow Loch Tay - a haven for anglers and water sports enthusiasts - is considered one of Scotland's most beautiful lochs. Flanked on both sides by partly wooded hillsides, the full glory of Loch Tay can best be appreciated from the summit of Ben Lawers (3,981 feet) on the north bank, the highest peak in Perthshire.

Also of interest is the tiny village of Killin near the west end of Loch Tay. Here, you'll find the 19th-century Moirlanich Longhouse, an outstanding example of a traditional cruck frame cottage and byre that houses an exhibit of the building's history and restoration. Loch Tay is also where you'll find the Scottish Crannog Centre , an authentic Iron Age loch dwelling with an interesting display of ancient crafts.

We recommend these unique hotels in Dundee, located near the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the city:

Luxury Hotels :

  • For a truly memorable luxury getaway, book into the boutique-style Taypark House . Features of this beautiful 19th-century manor house include larger family suites with separate seating areas and a delightful garden, all just a short walk away from the University of Dundee's botanic gardens.

Mid-Range Hotels :

  • One of the best-rated mid-range accommodation options in Dundee, the four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa is popular for its waterfront location, floor-to-ceiling windows, family rooms, indoor pool, and steam room.
  • The historic Malmaison Dundee is another great choice, with dramatic décor and lighting in its bedrooms and cool claw-foot tubs in the bathrooms.
  • Another great location set in an attractive older building, Shaftesbury Lodge comes with a variety of individually decorated rooms, as well as en-suite bathrooms, and a delicious complimentary full breakfast.

Budget Hotels :

  • At the higher-end of the budget hotel category, the Hampton by Hilton Dundee City Center is a three-star hotel with bright and airy rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a sizeable fitness center.
  • Other good quality places to stay include the Premier Inn Dundee West Hotel , popular for its modern room décor, comfortable beds, and handy free parking, and the Holiday Inn Express Dundee , a great choice for its cleanliness and proximity to attractions such as the RRS Discovery .

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Scotland's Big Cities : The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the most attractive city's in the UK, if not Europe. Highlights of a visit include the spectacular Edinburgh Castle, famous for its annual Royal Military Tattoo, as well the lovely Royal Mile linking the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Once a major industrial hub, Glasgow has bounced back after hard times and has flourished as one of the country's cultural centers, popular for its splendid cathedral, its museums, and art galleries. Aberdeen , the most northerly major Scottish city, is also worth visiting and is known as "The Flower of Scotland" for its pleasant gardens and parks.

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Loch 'em Up : Scotland is known the world over for its rugged scenery and beautiful lakes, or lochs. None is more famous than Loch Ness , home to the mythical (supposedly!) Loch Ness Monster and site of the magnificent ruins of Urquhart Castle. The equally attractive Loch Lomond should also be included on your Scotland itinerary. Top things to do including hiking the hilly Trossachs National Park and taking a ride aboard the historic paddle steamer, the Maid of the Loch.

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Scotland Travel Ideas : Popular vacation ideas in Bonnie Scotland include spending time exploring the majestic Highlands , encompassing the city of Inverness, Cawdor Castle, and the Culloden battlefield, where the Scots and English armies clashed for the last time. The Isle of Skye is another top place to visit, as popular with hikers as it is with fisher folks and sightseers. St. Andrews , too, is also worth visiting - not just for the golf, but also for its old university and cathedral ruins.

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The Best of Dundee – A City Guide

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This post was most recently updated on August 24th, 2021

Up until recently Dundee was a hidden gem in Scotland’s east coast. However, in recent years Dundee has gained worldwide exposure and has emerged as a top contender in must visit city destinations across Scotland. It is the perfect destination for a city break, a weekend getaway or as a home base to explore other parts of Scotland. In this City Guide you will find the Best of Dundee with all the best things to do in Dundee to help you plan your visit.

Why You Should Visit Dundee

Before I provide you with a list of the Best things to do in Dundee I want to give you a few good reasons to visit.

Dundee is in the midst of a £1 Billion redevelopment of its waterfront. Including the opening of the stunning V&A Dundee, which was designed by world renown architect Kengo Kuma. A building and museum that has won many accolades including “The worlds greatest places for 2019” by TIME Magazine.

And you will be happy to know that the V&A is not the only amazing thing to see in Dundee. And TIME Magazine is not the only one to recognize this amazing little city. 

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Visiting Dundee Scotland. In this City Guide you will find the Best of Dundee including all the best Dundee attractions and the best things to do in Dundee to help you plan your visit.

Some Awards and Accolades

Dundee continues to win awards gaining exposure and notoriety in the U.K and across the globe. You may have seen Dundee named in 2015 by GQ Magazine as “Britain’s Coolest Little City” and listed in 2018 by the Wall Street Journal as part of their top “10 hot destinations” to visit. Or, you might have even seen it mentioned in National Geographic’s 2019 “Must see cool list” and “Top 19 cities to visit in the world”. But those accolades are not Dundee’s only claims to fame.

The city of Dundee has a history of innovation and creativity. It is also a city fueled by design, and the only UNESCO City of Design in the UK . A prestigious award that is held only by 22 other cities around the world. No wonder the V&A decided to build their first museum outside of London in Dundee.

Many other innovations have originated in this city. Did you know it is the birthplace of the Scottish Gaming Industry ? It is the home to 4J Studios (the company that developed Minecraft and Angry Birds ). And some of the biggest titles in the gaming world such as Grand Theft Auto where designed and created in Dundee. Dundee is also famous for the Dandy , the Beano and Desperate Dan .

Location, Location, Location  

Another great reason to visit Dundee is its great location.  The city of Dundee has a very favorable location making it an ideal destination to call home as you explore other parts of Scotland. It has easy access by public transport to Scotlands other 6 cities – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling.   Furthermore it is close to beautiful beaches, picturesque coastal towns , imposing castles , historic and filming locations, breathtaking mountains and and array of activities to suit your preference.  

A City Guide to the Best of Dundee – What to See and Do When Visiting Dundee

Best of Dundee - Views from The Law

A city that was once famed for jute, jam and journalism (the 3 Js)  is now also a hub for culture, biomedical research, design and artistic innovation. And as it continues to evolve it offers even more activities to satisfy your every desire on a holiday break. So here is a list of the best things to do in Dundee to help you plan your visit:

1. Take In The Views

I love a good view and the perspective you gain from a high point. Being high up helps orient me and get the lay of the land. Therefore, one of the first things I like to do when visiting a new city is find a high point and take in the view. Some of the best places you can go for good views in Dundee are:

Best of Dundee - views from The Law

Right in the middle of the city and sitting on an extinct volcano the Law is the highest point in Dundee. Its summit is over 500 feet above sea level and can be easily accessed by foot, car or bus.  The Law offers panoramic views of the city, and on a clear day you can see for miles. Some favorites to see from here are the river Tay and the famous Tay Bridge.

The Old Steeple (St. Mary’s Tower)

Only open on select dates during the summer for guided tours, the old steeple is the oldest surviving medieval church tower. Not only is it rich in history, but climbing the 232 steps to the top makes for incredible panoramic views of Dundee city center. Tours are organized by DD tours .

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Best of Dundee views from St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city and sits on top of the rock that used to be the site of Dundee’s medieval castle. Inside the church it is spacious and airy with beautiful windows and mosaic work by Salviati of Venice. If you are touring the city with local guide like I did, you might get access to the top of the tower.  From here you will have the most amazing 360 views of the city center. 

Mills Observatory

For otherworldly views there is no better place than the Mills Observatory. Ok, so these are not your traditional views.  But who said views of the stars are not incredible? Built in 1935 it features a 7m dome which houses a Victorian refracting telescope. You can watch the stars and planets up close and it is said you can observe up to 30,000 objects in the sky. There are different events, talks and planetarium shows throughout the year. For hours, cost and programming click here

2. Immerse Yourself in Culture And Visit a Museum

Dundee is a great place for creatives and has many venues to enjoy and explore the arts. Therefore, it was hard to choose the best of Dundee in the museum category.  However, I still managed to put together a list. Here are a few of the many incredible museums and attractions you can experience while in Dundee. 

Please note that addresses and phone numbers were current at time of publishing. While I strive to keep this updated please refer to each attractions website for the most up to date information as well as opening times and cost of admission.

The Victoria & Albert Museum (The V&A Dundee)

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There is no question that the V&A would make the best of Dundee list. Time Magazine just named it one of the worlds greatest places for 2019 . Architecturally it is probably the most standout piece in the city.  It was designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and is Scotland’s first design museum. The museum opened its doors in September 2018 and has already brought in more than half a million visitors.  The V&A Dundee hosts permanent and changing exhibits that celebrate Scotland’s design heritage as well as the best in design around the world.  

Address: Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ Phone: +44 (0) 1382 411 611 Website:   https://www.vam.ac.uk/dundee

The McManus Galleries

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When we think of the best of Dundee the McManus always comes to mind. Located in the center of city the McManus is the perfect place for an art and history aficionado. The McManus is considered Dundee’s original art gallery and offers a fascinating insight into Dundee.

The beautiful Gothic Revival Building houses magnificent exhibitions throughout the 2 floors and eight galleries inside. You can explore the main collection that has been at the heart of art and culture in the city since 1867. Or take in one of the changing programs and exhibits throughout the year. Don’t forget to visit their cafe and gift shop.

Address:  Albert Square, Meadowside Dundee DD1 1DA Phone: +44 (0) 1382 228 800 Website: https://www.mcmanus.co.uk

The Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)

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If you want to experience the best of Dundee then you need to visit the DCA. Come for an exhibit, take a class or watch a film. With its 5 floor complex, the DCA offers a variety of  activities for the creative soul. You can use the state of the art facilities to create prints, photography and digital work. Visit one or both of the galleries offering seasonal/changing exhibits. Or enjoy a movie and have a snack in their café. For more information on exhibits and movies being featured please refer to their website.

Address: 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY Phone: +44 (0) 1382 909 246 Website: https://www.dca.org.uk/

Verdant Works

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Also known as Scotland’s Jute museum, the refurbished mill is a beautiful building with two viewing platforms. Verdant works tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage and the impact Jute had on the city. Featuring many hands on activities, audio and visual shows as well as interactive displays this is a fun learning experience for the entire family. 

Address: 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY Phone: +44 (0) 1382 909 246 Website:   https://www.verdantworks.com/

Dundee Science Center

Families looking to experience some of the best of Dundee should look no further than the Dundee Science Center. The Dundee Science center is packed with experiments, live shows, interactive exhibits and hands on activities that will make learning fun. It is the perfect place to explore the wonders of science .  While there are some activities for most ages I believe it is best suited for children over 5 years old.  So if you are visiting Dundee with school aged children definitely add this on to your list of Dundee Attractions to visit.

Address: Dundee Science Center, Dundee DD1 4QB Phone: +44 (0) 1382 228 800 Website:   http://www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk/

Museum of Transport

One of the newer museum additions to the city. The Dundee Museum of Transport opened its doors in April 2014. The museum displays vehicles from local and national collections and tells the stories of local transport pioneers and innovators. Please note that it is currently operating out of temporary premises. However, it is scheduled to move to a new location within the next few years.

Address: Temporary Premises -Unit 10 Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee DD1 3LA. Hoping to relocate to the former Maryfield Tram Depot in Forfar Road. Phone: +44 (0) 1382 455 196 Website:   https://www.dmoft.co.uk/

3. Step Back in Time And Explore Magical Castles

If you are a castle lover then you will want to explore the four castles closest to Dundee. Broughty Ferry Castle, Claypotts Castle, Dudhope Castle and Mains Castle.

Broughty Castle

Best of Dundee - Broughty Castle

This castle is one of the best of Dundee and part of the must visit Dundee attractions. Broughty Castle is a 15th century fortified costal fort which was rebuilt in the 19th century. Climbing the stone steps to the lookout room rewards you with beautiful views of the Tay. If in luck you might even spot some dolphins. The castle also houses exhibitions on military history, colonial life, and Victorian art.

Address:  Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2TF Phone: +44 (0) 1382 436 916 Website:   http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/welcome-broughty-castle-museum

Claypotts Castle

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This is probably one of the quirkiest castles in Scotland . Located in the West Ferry area of Dundee, Claypotts Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a 16th century z-plan tower house. The shape is odd but would have been popular in 16th century for defensive purposes. Although it is unlikely that Claypotts castle would have had much of a defensive role given its domestic scale. It has a rectangular shaped main block, two large round towers, two smaller stair towers and the original thatched roof. 

Address:  Claypotts Rd, Dundee DD5 3JY Phone: +44 (0) 1241 878 756 Website: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/claypotts-castle/ 

Dudhope Castle

Dudhope Castle - Dundee Scotland

This castle is one of Dundee’s oldest buildings and was built in the late 13th century as a smaller tower house. It was later rebuilt and then further expanded to the current larger structure in the 1580’s.

In 1792 it was converted to be used as woolen mills but this never took off. So it was later used as part of a military base and barracks. It has served many other purposes but most recently it is being used as office accommodations by Dundee City Council.  

Address:  3 Infirmary Brae Dundee, DD3 6TU Phone: +44 (0) 1382 433 710 Option 5 Website: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/neighbourhood-services/environment/dudhope-park-and-castle  

Mains Castle

Located within Caird Park, north of the city Mains castle is a 16th century castle. It is also known as Claverhouse Castle or Fintry Castle.

Address:  Mains Loan, Dundee DD4 9BX, UK Phone: +44 (0) 7707 526 706 Website: https://www.mainscastle.co.uk

Other Nearby Castles

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Many of Scotlands most famous, unique and beautiful castles are within driving distance from Dundee and would make for wonderful day trips.  Some are even easily accessible using public transportation.

Two of my favorites which you can easily drive to are Glamis castle,  only about half hour drive, and Dunnottar Castle which is about 1 hr drive.

Some of the other castles and palaces in driving distance and worth mentioning are: Elcho, Drummond, Doune, Midhope, Linlithgow and Huntingtower Castles. Scone Palace, Castle Campbell, and The Black Watch Castle Museum.

Other Magical Castles you should visit on your Scotland Holiday

A few must visit castles which are  accessible by train and/or public transport are Edinburgh, Stirling, and St. Andrews Castle.

These are just a few of the many castles you can visit while staying in Dundee.  

4. Go to The Theater 

Scottish theater dates back at least to the Middle Ages. And Dundee has a long history in culture and theater with many theaters operating in the city. 

If you are a theater aficionado and are visiting Dundee then you must go to the Dundee Repertory.  Recognized amongst the top regional theaters in the UK, it plays to an average audience of over 70,000 a year. It stages at least six of its own productions a year, and is home to Scotland’s only full-time company of actors and Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company.

Address: Tay Square, Dundee DD1 1PB Phone: Box Office +44 (0) 1382 223 530 Website: https://www.dundeerep.co.uk/

5. Discover Dundee’s Maritime History and Heritage

With a waterfront location it is not surprising that Dundee has a strong Maritime industry and history.  From whaling to ship construction Dundee has experienced many ups and downs. Come explore Dundee’s past and learn about its maritime history and heritage through the following Dundee attractions:

Discovery Point & The Royal Research Ship Discovery (RRS Discovery)

Best of Dundee - Discovery Point RSS Discovery

There is no doubt that Discovery Point is one of the best things to do in Dundee. Not only is it a well know site but the RRS Discovery is a great family attraction. You can climb aboard the ship, be its captain and explore the cabins and artifacts on display. Learn about it’s voyage to Antarctica and see what captain Scott and his crew experienced as they sailed into uncharted wilderness & through remote and tempestuous seas.

Address: Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4XA Phone: +44 (0) 1382 309 060 Website: https://www.rrsdiscovery.com

HM Frigate Unicorn

Frigate Unicorn

Address: HMS Unicorn, South Victoria Dock Road, Dundee DD1 3BP Phone: +44 (0) 1382 309 060 Website:  https://www.frigateunicorn.org

6. Take a Walk to See The Best of Dundee

Dundee is a compact city and a great way to explore it is by foot. You can walk the streets and find your own hidden gems. Or you can follow one or a few of these unique walks.

Go on a Discovery Walk   – now part of Dundee’s new waterfront at the edge of Slessor Gardens. The walk celebrates the extraordinary people who live and work in the city explaining their achievements.

Another people focused walk is the Dundee Womens Trail.   Which focuses on the lives of twenty five remarkable women who have made an impact on the city.

Dundee’s Global Trail will take you on an “intriguing historic Voyage of Discovery highlighting the extraordinary locations which make connections between Dundee and the rest of the world”

Another favorite of mine when visiting a city is finding street art or public art. And one of the great things about a city so focused on design is the amount of public art you will find. So why not go on a sculpture/art walk.  You can try and locate the numerous bronze sculptures and characters from Dandy and Beano comics such as Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx or Gnasher the dog.

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Alternatively find all the painted doors – a project named “Open Close” which is Dundees first street art trail where doors where given to artists around the city to paint. Or look for the marvelous painted walls  that artists from all over the world have been designing and brining to life.

Lastly take in a breath of fresh air with a coastal walk . If you head east from Dundee there is a beautiful walk along the Firth of Tay which ends at Broughty Castle. Then walk around this beautiful seaside town and reward yourself with an ice cream from the famous gelateria Visocchis.

7. Head To The Beach 

I never associated Scotland with beaches, but as it turns out it has some pretty nice ones.  Luckily Dundee has its own beach so you won’t need to go far to have some fun by the water. Additionally, Dundee is near other great beaches that would make an excellent day or afternoon out.  Here are a few of my favorite beaches near Dundee:

Broughty Ferry   Beach

Dundee has an award winning beach of its own – Broughty Ferry Beach. It is actually in Broughty Ferry which is a beautiful seaside town just 4 miles east of the city. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Broughty Ferry has quaint shops, good restaurants, an imposing castle and a famed sandy beach.  It is easily accessibly by public transport and makes for a great afternoon excursion from Dundee.  

The beach has lovely views across the Tay. And during summer months the volleyball nets are in place and there is a safe area for swimming.  And if you would rather have fun on a boat you could book one of several tours to see dolphins, seals, the V&A from the water or even a lighthouse. 

Carnoustie Beach

Carnoustie beach is a short walk from Carnoustie Railway Station so it is another beach you can access via public transport. If you are bringing a car there is a choice of car parks close by. 

It is small in size and does not have powder soft sand but a mix of sand and rock.  Depending on the tides it will look totally different, with high tides bringing the water up to the sea wall. Several golf courses are nearby, including the famous Carnoustie Golf Course, which has hosted the Open Championships. So you could combine a round of golf with your beach outing.

Monifieth Beach

Monifieth is a long, sandy beach looking out over the Firth of Tay.  There is a caravan park nearby and some fields which are great for bird watching. Additionally, there is a walking and cycle path right by the beach, a Childs play area and skate park.  Parking, toilets and picnic benches are found nearby along Marine Drive.

Bonus – Lunan Bay

If you do not mind a 45 min drive then Lunan Bay is a great choice. It is a mile-long sandy beach, with a reputation as one of the best in Angus.

Although set in a secluded location this beach is popular for many activities. Including swimming, watersports, fishing, horse riding, and peaceful walks in a natural setting.  There are a number of historic sites nearby including the ruins of Red Castle.

8. Enjoy the Great Outdoors 

Dundee is known as the sunniest city in Scotland and as such boasts a variety of outdoor spaces where you can enjoy the sun.  Here are a few of the best places to go in Dundee to spend some time outside.

Magdalen Green

Best of Dundee - Outdoors and Gardens

The beautiful Magdalen Green has the distinction of being Dundee’s oldest city park. The bandstand which was built in 1890 is in icon in the city hosting outdoor concerts throughout the summer.

Perhaps on your way to Magdalen Green you might want to walk on one of the longest and most beautiful cobbled streets in Dundee – Strawberry Bank. 

Slessor Gardens

Another great place to spend time outdoors while in Dundee is Slessor Gardens. These gardens are part of Dundee’s waterfront and feature a large open space that hosts big outdoor events. Additionally, they are surrounded by smaller themed gardens.  To find out what events are taking place in Slessor Gardens click here . 

University of Dundee Botanic Garden

The Dundee Botanic Gardens are located at the West end of the city and are funded entirely by the University of Dundee.  In their gardens you can find plants that are indigenous of Britain as well as a variety of species from all over the world. The University and the Botanic Gardens are fascinating Dundee attractions to visit.

Camperdown Country Park

Camperdown House

Popular with locals Camperdown Country Park is 3 miles from the city center and is Dundee’s largest city park covering over 400 acres. It includes a wildlife center, two golf courses, a play complex, green space and woodlands. Furthermore, it is also home to the historic Camperdown House.  For a map of the park click here.    

Balgay Hill Park

Balgay Hill Park is the home of the Mills Observatory. It is thickly forested and has a variety of native and exotic trees. There are nice trails and walking paths around the park many of which provide outstanding views across the river Tay.  For a map and more information click here .

Where to Shop When Visiting Dundee – Best of Dundee Independent Shops

There is a large selection of shops in Dundee city center.  When you are walking about the city you can find many known brand name stores. Dundee also has two decent size shopping centers – The Overgate and T he Wellgate . However, I am a big believer in supporting small and local business. Therefore I prefer to seek out independent shops and retailers.  And Dundee happens to have a few that are worth a visit. Here are my favorites.

Grouchos – The Best Music Store in Dundee

Grouchos - best music store in Dundee

This is probably one of the coolest record stores I have been in. A Dundee institution for over 40 years is there to help with your music needs. Grouchos is an eclectic music store that buys and then sells vintage records, cds, DVDs and even concert tickets. You never know what treasures you will find so go on a music shopping journey with a visit to Grouchos. 

JA Braithwaite – Dundee’s Oldest Shop

The history of Dundee’s love affair with coffee goes way back. And Dundee’s oldest shop has been supplying coffee to its locals since 1868. They are the first specialist tea and coffee shop in the city.   It is a memorable store with vintage furnishings, wooden counters, and endless drawers and containers filled with many varieties of tea and coffee.  The hard part is selecting which ones to buy. I always take home a few different flavors when I visit.

Spex Pistols – The Coolest Optical Boutique 

Spex Pistols -The best Optical Shop in Dundee

Glasses and shades have never looked cooler. Spex Pistols offers a large variety of frames from vintage to modern.  There is something to suit every style and personality. What is even better, they provide repair service, which in todays disposable society is quite remarkable. Definitely a cool place to see and to be seen.

Where to Stay When Visiting Dundee – Best Accommodations in Dundee

Dundee makes a great weekend getaway and a perfect home base to explore other parts of Scotland. So you will want to find the perfect place to call home while you visit and explore.

From lodgings large enough for a family to the perfect romantic getaway for two, there are a variety of accommodations to suit your every need and budget. And with Dundee being such a compact city all are perfectly situated minutes from local attractions. Here are a few I have stayed in and can personally recommend:

Apex City Quay

When I visited Dundee back in 2016 I stayed in the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa.  The rooms were simple yet modern and well appointed with all the amenities my family needed.  It also had great views of the City Quay (you can select a view of the river Tay instead).  

The bar and restaurant were lovely, the food was great and the selection of drinks varied.  As an added bonus they have an onsite gym and spa offering a pool, hydro massage hot tubs, sauna and steam room.  

Malmaison Dundee

Best of Dundee - Malmaison

The Malmaison is chic, sexy and elegant and in my opinion the perfect place for a romantic getaway. If you want to stay in a boutique hotel that has style and character then look no further than The Malmaison .  

Overall the style is dark, and a bit goth it combines colors an textures in a way that speak luxury. Plush rooms with sexy details and all necessary amenities. 

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The food in the restaurant is superb.  And the staff is friendly, going out of their way to serve and make your stay a memorable one.  

Urban Quarters  

Light, bright, modern, and airy.  Urban Quarter’s slogan is “Stay Different”.  This is the perfect location to stay if you want to live like a local.  With plenty of space and tons of amenities Urban Quarters is perfect for a family or couple that wants more space without the high price tag.  For a detailed review read “Checking in – Urban Quarters Dundee”

Where to Eat When Visiting Dundee

I have found that if you eat at the right places Scotland has pretty amazing food. Whenever possible try and find independently owned restaurants or restaurants that use locally sourced produce. Not only will you be supporting the local economy but food will be fresh and be prepared with love – therefore taste great! Another thing I recommend is trying local specialties – so if you get a chance try some Dundee Cake and Dundee Marmalade.

As part of my stay at The Malmaison I got to eat at their fabulous restaurant – Chez Mal Brasserie . The ambiance in the restaurant feels intimate and cozy and the menu is eclectic and upscale with a nice selection of wine and drinks to go with the food. 

Chez Mal Brasserie

Here is a nice list of where to eat in Dundee and here is one from Lonely Planet

Best Coffee Shops in Dundee

Best of Dundee: Coffee Shops

Coffee culture is strong in Dundee and many independent cafes have opened its doors all over the city. They offer a great place to meet up, do some work and of course have great cup of Joe.  Two of my favorites are Blend Coffee , and  The Flame Tree Cafe.   Some other coffee shops loved by locals are: The Parlor Cafe, Tartan Coffee House and The Empire State Coffee Artisan Roasters. 

Some Logistics – How to Get There

Dundee airport is very close to city center, however not many commertial flights go through it. Therefore most people will be flying in to Edinburgh (60 miles south) and then arriving by car, bus or train.

Airport Contact Details Address:  Dundee Airport (DDE), Riverside, Dundee DD2 1UH Phone: +44 (0) 1382 662 200 Website: https://www.hial.co.uk/dundee-airport/contact-us/

From Edinburgh  it is just over one hour drive. You follow the M90 / A90 north over the bridge. Then you can continue on the M90 through Perth then into Dundee or take the A92 further east and over the Tay Road Bridge into Dundee.

Dundee Railway Station serves the city of Dundee. It has two terminal platforms. This station opened in 2018 as part of the Dundee Waterfront regeneration project. There are direct connections to London’s Kings Cross Station. And frequent service to other cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. For tickets and timetables visit the ScotRail website. 

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Oh I have never heard of Dundee! This must really be a hidden gem in Scotland. I particularly like the Malmaison, it looks so quaint! The Claypotts Castle looks like straight from a fairy tale! I really need to visit!

Dundee is starting to gain recognition worldwide. It won’t be long before you start hearing from it everywhere. And as far as castles go, there are so many magical castles in Scotland and quite a few are in or near Dundee so if you want to visit castles Dundee is a great place to base yourself at. And Malmaison would be a great option to stay in.

Honestly, I’ve never thought about Dundee to visit as a tourist but I really want to go, the architecture of the V&S is spectacular and worth visiting the city for that alone! Together with the beautiful setting, and historical buildings, it looks perfect for a weekend break.

The V&A is a standout architecturally. And there is plenty of other great attractions to make a nice weekend getaway.

I’ve never thought of visiting Dundee before reading this, but I’m slowly changing my mind. You’re so right about the V&A in Dundee, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I also never knew about how many castles or beaches there are there before this post!

Glad it is changing your mind. There is much to do in this little gem of a city.

One of the memorable castles near Dundee is Guthrie Castle. That is where my daughter got married and the two clans were were lodged for two days before the Highlands tour on a bus!

Guthrie castle is about 30 min from Dundee. I have not visited yet but will try to do so on my next trip there. Thank you so very much for mentioning it. I bet your daughters wedding was incredible. She sure picked the best country to get married in.

I think I’ve only heard once about this city, and, wow, this puts it on the map.

An excellent travel guide. I bet there’s nothing more comprehensive than it anywhere else.

Fantastic job, Jo!

Thank you Svet. Hoping it will help others who are looking to visit. The V&A is the main attraction at the moment but its nice to know all the other options. Plus it is a great spot to base yourself out of as it is less expensive than some of the surrounding cities and has great transportation options.

What an extensive article, thank you for adding so much to see and do in Dundee. Scotland isa place high on my travel list. I love visiting castles and definitely would love to visit Claypots Castle – and yes you are right it does look quirky. I think I would need at least 2 weeks to visit everything that you have included.

Scotland deserves at least 2 weeks and you could use Dundee as a base or explore it for a weekend. Hope you get to visit Dundee and Scotland soon.

For food I can heartily recommend ‘The Newport’ just across the river in Newport-on-Tay.

Chef/Proprietor Jamie Scott rightfully won Masterchef the Professionals in 2014, and his restaurant puts his talents on display. It’s Fine Dining, but at £55 for the tasting menu, it’s a bargain. We’ve been several times, and have been thoroughly impressed every time.

Also Jessie’s Kitchen in Broughty Ferry. Their food is straightforward, but delicious – soups, sandwiches etc. But the real star is their amazing range of cakes. Freshly made every day, and simply stunning.

Thank you so much for those restaurant recommendations. They both sound amazing. Will have to give them a try and hopefully formally add them as recommendations.

Dundee had never previously been on my hit list, but it does seem intriguing. It should certainly be quite vamped up by the £1 Billion redevelopment of its waterfront, would love to see what it looks like after all the work. Anywhere that has a magical castle is a winner to me

They are doing an incredible job and I agree anywhere with castles is a winner 🙂

Wow, you put Dundee into a very tempting perspective. I never thought of Dundee as a travel destination, but I guess I was wrong. There seems to be so much to see and do there. Thanks for recommending Malmaison. It’s always a plus when you know where to stay when visiting a city.

There is lots to see and do there and your hotel options are wonderful as well. Definitely give it a chance

Go watch the Dundee Stars professional ice hockey team, playing out of the Dundee Ice Arena.

Great family night out.

Check out dundeestars.com for fixtures and their next home game.

Ice hockey is always fun. Thanks for the idea.

Dundee is a new destination for me but seems like n exciting place through your blog. The prospects of being able to visit the castles around interests me the most. I do want to visit and experience all of these some day.

Castles are always great to visit and Scotland is filled with them. So you will definitely not lack for choice in that department. Hope you get to visit soon.

The views from Law and Magdalen Green are beautiful! This coastal city is very modern as well. The well-maintained castles are the places where travelers can easily spend hours around.

So many places to take in the view and lots of great green spaces to enjoy the outdoors. Hope you get to visit Scotland and Dundee soon.

Thank you for the lovely guide to Dundee. I can see why you left you heart in Scotland. I’ve never heard of this gem, and given all the accolades, it sounds like it is worth discovering. I love all the things to do and how easy it is to get around. Would definitively love to visit the city.

Its wonderful when a city is so walkable and has good public transport. I hope you get to visit and fall in love with Scotland as I did.

Thanks for writing such a detailed guide on Dundee. It is actually a place with a great location, art and architecture and land of innovation. The view from the cathedral top and the Law is breathtaking. The Palace too looks amazing. We would love spending some good no of days here.

The views from the Law are some of my favorite. You can see for miles on a clear day. Hope you get to visit Scotland and Dundee soon.

So the Malmaison kind of looked ho-hum from the outside for me but I actually wow-ed out loud when I saw the interior pics. What a great looking place to stay and even if you don’t stay there, a visit is a must! Darcee said she would love to see all the views from the top of St. Mary’s or St Paul’s Cathedral for sure. I love that Dundee seems to be a great walking around city too with so many cool shops like the record shop or the street art/statues. Definitely adding this to the Bucket List for our return to Scotland.

The Malmaison is fabulous chic place to stay. And getting up high for views is always a must. Scotland will be glad to welcome you back.

Thanks for the extremely detailed article about Dundee! I know of the place only in passing. I’m a fan of Castles and Claypots Castle sounds like a very interesting place. Scotland is on the list and I’ll refere back to your article when I finally get the chance to visit 🙂

Definitely visit Scotland and Dundee. I am sure you will love it

Dundee sounds interesting, especially its impact on the gaming industry. Love the architecture of the V&A museum. Plus a visit to Spex Pistols would be a must!

There is a whole of stuff to do there. However I will wait for the waterfront to get ready before visiting.

OMG… Castles Galore. That would be my single biggest reason to get here. Anything restricted always intrigues me and I can feel St. Mary’s Tower all out to me. Why are they restricted dates?

I am a big fan of castles and loved both Claypotts Castle and Dudhope castle. Good to know that there’s so much to see and do in Dundee city. I would love to spend atleast a week here. Great travel guide.

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Dundee is an industrial city and port, historically part of Angus county in North East Scotland . It stands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which here broadens out into the North Sea, and in 2021 had a population of 148,000. Dundee's prime visitor attractions are the polar sailing ship RRS Discovery , the Verdant Works jute mill, and the V&A design museum. It's also a good base for nearby major golf tournaments, and for exploring Deeside and the Eastern Highlands.

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Dundee used to be a grubby, rough industrial town famous for its three J's: jute, jam and journalism. Jute (see "Verdant" below) still marks the landscape: the mills have closed but many still stand as offices and apartments. Jam was made from fruit grown nearby. Journalism refers to the D C Thomson publishing empire, whose renown was less for their journalism than for their stable of comics and cartoon strips. These include the Sunday Post with "Oor Wullie" and "The Broons", the Dandy with "Desperate Dan" and the Beano with "Dennis the Menace". Of course that wasn't all the city had to offer: delicacies such as Dundee Cake, studded with sultanas and almonds, was probably what your Great Aunt Morag enjoyed for Sunday tea along with some Dundee Marmalade to top it off (if you're Scottish). And then there was the bridge that famously and tragically fell down. And Dundee's great cultural icon was William McGonagall (see info box), surely the world's worst poet.

But the industrial grubbiness is gradually disappearing, enabling the city to shine in its attractive natural setting. There are major visitor attractions already and more appearing. There's a student buzz from the universities, and a friendly feel to the place. It's definitely worth a day or two to visit.

Dundee has its own dialect: the vocabulary is much the same as Lowland Scots (see Scotland#Talk ) but pronunciation is distinctive. "T" is often dropped in a glottal stop, but the signature sound is the short "eh" (phonetic: ɛ) replacing ay, ae, e, i, ie, uy, y and more. So a pie is a "peh"; "eh" can mean I, yes, what? or hmmm... Dundonians can conduct entire conversations by just saying "eh".

Visitor information [ edit ]

  • Dundee Visitor Information
  • Dundee City Council
  • 56.45999 -2.96947 1 Visit Scotland iCentre ( TIC ), 16 City Square ( next to Caird Hall ), ☏ +44 1382 527527 . M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM . Information on Dundee and elsewhere in Scotland. ( updated Feb 2020 )

Get in [ edit ]

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By plane [ edit ]

Edinburgh Airport ( EDI  IATA ) is usually the most convenient. From there, take Xplore Dundee's Edinburgh Airport Xpress Service from directly outside the terminal all the way non-stop to just across from the train station in Dundee. Alternatively, take Stagecoach Bus Jet 747 to Inverkeithing in Fife to catch the hourly train to Dundee, or to Halbeath for the hourly Stagecoach Bus X54. Otherwise take the tram or bus from the airport to Edinburgh Haymarket, or Gateway for trains or buses to Dundee.

56.4525 -3.0175 1 Dundee Airport ( DND  IATA ) is 2 miles west of city centre on A85 - with light baggage you could walk it in 30 min. You can fly to Dundee from London City (LCY) or Belfast City (BHD) with Loganair year-round. You can fly from London twice daily Monday to Friday, and there is one service on a Sunday, flights take around 1 hr 45 min. The Belfast flights operate once per weekday and Sunday lunchtime with flights taking just over one hour. These air routes are flown using ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, with 48 seats.

By train [ edit ]

Dundee has Scotrail trains hourly or better from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, all taking 80 min. Three direct daytime LNER trains run from London King's Cross (6 hr) via York and Newcastle , but it's usually more convenient to change in Edinburgh. From the Midlands and Southwest, take the CrossCountry train, winding all the way from Penzance via Bristol , Birmingham , Sheffield and York.

The Caledonian Highland Sleeper to Aberdeen runs Su-F from London Euston , departing after 9PM and ejecting you onto a chilly Dundee platform at 6AM. The southbound train picks up around 11PM to reach Euston towards 8AM. You might prefer to take the Lowland Sleeper from Euston towards midnight and change to a day train in Edinburgh. Going back, you need to leave Dundee around 10PM to join the southbound sleeper at 11:30PM from Edinburgh.

There's also a station halt at the west edge of town at Invergowrie , which might be more convenient for Ninewells Hospital area.

Four miles east of town is the seaside town of Broughty Ferry , with an hourly train (towards Arbroath) taking 7 min.

The slow trains to Arbroath also stop at Monifieth and Carnoustie .

By car [ edit ]

From 30 May 2024, the city centre will be a Low Emission Zone . There will be a £60 penalty charge for driving into the city centre in a non-compliant car or van. Cars built after 2015 generally are compliant, but check online . The zone covers an area within the A991 Inner Ring Road.

From Edinburgh and the south follow M90 / A90 north, about 55 miles (90 km) or just over an hour's drive. A slow scenic route is to branch off onto A92 towards Kirkcaldy then wind along the Fife coast and through St Andrews .

From Glasgow follow M80 then M9 / A9 to Perth, and then swing east onto A90. It's 75 miles (120 km), about a 90-min drive.

From Aberdeen follow A90 south: it's 67 miles (105 km) and will take about 80 min.

A90 skirts the north of Dundee, where it's called Kingsway . The speed limit of 40/50 mph is vigilantly enforced.

By bus [ edit ]

Scottish Citylink buses run hourly from Glasgow Buchanan station (1 hr 40 min) and Aberdeen Union Square (1 hr 20 min), and every two hours from Edinburgh St Andrews Square (90 min): beware slower buses that meander through the small towns. Megabus competes on those city routes, and also runs direct from Manchester (6 hr). National Express coaches take 11-12 hr from London Victoria and continue to Aberdeen.

Ember Electric Bus glides quietly from Edinburgh every 90 min daytime, plus two night buses, for a single fare in 2022 of £7.50. It takes 1 hr 45 min via Haymarket, the zoo, Ingliston P&R (for trams), Edinburgh Airport, Rosyth P&R, Kinross P&R, Bridge of Earn and Perth Broxden P&R.

Ember buses also run from Glasgow Buchanan Station every two hours daytime, with two night runs, single fare £8.50. They take two hours via Cumbernauld, Stirling Castleview P&R, Dunblane and Perth Broxden P&R.

56.463 -2.966 3 Dundee bus station is on Seagate. There are no left-luggage facilities, but lots of cafes & fast-food nearby.

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Map

The main sights are all within walking distance. The local bus you're most likely to use is Stagecoach Bus 73, which runs every 10 min between Ninewells Hospital, Dundee High Street and bus station, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie and Arbroath .

Cycle Hub [dead link] for bike rentals is by the V&A, 100 yards from the railway station.

By taxi you'll pay about £6 for a journey within the city centre and £15 to Broughty Ferry.

See [ edit ]

  • The Beach is a little triangle of fine sand on the promenade between V&A and the Cycle Hub, with plenty of seating. The nearest natural beach is at Broughty Ferry.

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  • Tay Rail Bridge . And then there's the infamous first Tay Rail Bridge, remnants of which can be seen next to the current rail bridge. It opened in 1878 but collapsed in high winds on 28 Dec 1879, taking a train with it, and all 75 aboard were killed.  

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  • 56.46288 -2.87023 16 Broughty Ferry is the small town 4 miles east of Dundee which was the historic crossing point over the Tay. It has a small castle built in 1496 now housing a local history museum (Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12:30-4PM, admission free).
  • Broughty Ferry to the east merges into Monifieth where many Pictish stones have been found, which are in the National Museum in Edinburgh. You'll need a car or bike to reach Ardestie and Carlungie Earth Houses, two Iron Age souterrains off A92. They're free to enter Apr-Oct.
  • Tealing Earth House is a Pictish souterrain from 100 AD. Next to it is a 16th century dovecot, and the village has a 17th century church. Tealing is on A90 six miles north of the city.

Do [ edit ]

  • 56.45834 -2.98803 4 Whitehall Theatre , Bellfield Street DD1 5JA , ☏ +44 1382 434940 . Mostly light fare: musicals, tribute acts, light opera and comedy. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Duck Slattery's Showbar: Dundee’s biggest party venue! Which includes a night of non stop singing and dancing on benches, massaoke, disco bingo and more! With live music and dancing it's not one to miss!
  • Club Tropicana & Venga Dundee: This nightclub is one of Scotland's biggest clubbing venues with 2 levels, 4 rooms and 6 bars! Offering a variety of packages for Hen Do’s, Stag Do’s and Birthdays as well as Work Night’s Out this 1980s and 1990s club has all the throwback floor-filler classics and hits to keep you dancing till 3AM!
  • Aura Dundee: Aura Nightclub is Dundee’s largest nightclub with an amazing sound system, resident DJ, VIP area, student nights and online booking available!
  • Walk up 56.47 -2.989 6 Dundee Law , a 572-ft extinct volcano, for views over the city and Tay.
  • Olympia Swimming Pool , 3 East Whale Lane DD1 3JU . Public leisure pool with waves, flumes and diving pool. All pools at Olympia are closed for long-term maintenance and refurbishment works, with a projected completion date around October 2023. [1] [2] . ( updated Oct 2022 )
  • Places of worship: Dundee has over 30 churches, 3 mosques, a Sikh temple and a Buddhist group. See section above for the two cathedrals.

Sports [ edit ]

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Football [ edit ]

The city has two professional soccer teams, with stadiums almost adjacent:

Golf [ edit ]

  • See St Andrews for the Royal & Ancient: best known is the Old Course, but they run half a dozen others, and there are several more clubs and courses that are not part of R&A.
  • See Perth and Kinross for Gleneagles .
  • 56.484 -2.958 10 Caird Park Golf Club is north edge of Dundee. There are also clubs at Downfield to the northwest, and Ballumbie Castle north.

Other [ edit ]

  • Rugby: Dundee HSFP play rugby union in National League One, the amateur second tier in Scotland. Their home ground is Mayfield, on Arbroath Rd a mile east of town centre.
  • Skiing: see Braemar for Glenshee, an hour's drive north on A93. See also Aviemore .

Events [ edit ]

  • Fingask Follies are a cabaret in April / May based at Fingask Castle 10 miles west of Dundee, see Perth (Scotland)#Do for dates.
  • Westfest is a music festival and community fair held on Magdalen Green. The next is probably Su 2 June 2024, tbc.
  • Solas is a midsummer music festival at Errol Park 8 miles west of the city in June.
  • Dundee Flower and Food Festival [dead link] isn't happening in 2023 and its future is uncertain.
  • Festival of the Future is about collaboration between science, arts and culture in October in the Botanic Gardens.

Learn [ edit ]

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  • Dundee University
  • University Of Abertay
  • Dundee & Angus College
  • Tayside Language Centre

Work [ edit ]

  • The City Jobcentre is in the Wellgate Centre, open M Tu Th F 8:30AM-5PM, W 10AM-5PM.
  • Adecco is a recruitment agency on Commercial St, open M-F 8AM-5:30PM. You can search their job offers online.

Buy [ edit ]

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The Overgate and the Wellgate are Dundee's two main shopping malls which sit at either end of the city centre. Each has various national and international brands such as H&M, Gap, Superdry and Next in the Overgate, and New Look in the Wellgate.

  • In addition to this, there are substantial branches of High street stores along the Murraygate and city centre area.
  • Dundee also has the usual large-scale out of town retail parks that are common in Scotland's bigger towns and cities.
  • Farmers Market is in City Square, 10:00-16:00 on the third Saturday of each month.
  • 56.46476 -2.9645 3 Dundee Candle Works , 51 Cowgate, Dundee, DD1 2JF ( In city centre ), ☏ +44 1382 416255 , [email protected] . 9AM-5PM . Scottish candle shop selling scented candles, reed diffusers and luxury gift sets. ( updated Jun 2023 )

Eat [ edit ]

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There is a flourishing café culture in Dundee city centre. Lots of fast-food, takeaways, cafés and restaurants.

  • Duke's Corner , 13 Brown Street DD1 5EG . Su-Tu noon-midnight, W-Sa noon-2:30AM . Lively entertainment venue, serving burgers, salads, pizzas from noon. Student clientele. Good for lunch or early dinner, gets noisy once the music starts. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.45938 -2.97939 1 Parlour , 58 West Port DD1 5EP . M-Sa 8AM-5PM . Popular café near Uni, small place so it gets busy and cramped. Menu changes daily, lots of vegetarian options. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Balaka , 115-117 Perth Road DD1 4JB . M W noon-3:30PM & 5:30-11PM, Tu Th 5:30-11PM, F Sa 3PM-midnight, Su 5-11PM . Long-established budget Indian restaurant. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Jahangir Tandoori , 1 Session Street DD1 5DN . M-Th noon-10PM, F Sa noon-11PM, Su 5-10PM . Friendly family restaurant with goldfish pool. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Phoenix , 103 Nethergate DD1 4DH . M-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 12:30PM-midnight . Good pub grub at reasonable prices. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Dil'se , 99-101 Perth Rd, DD1 4JA , ☏ +44 1382 221501 . Daily 4-11:30PM . Friendly Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant. Earlybird dinner (5-7PM) £17 pp . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • City Harbour Chinese Buffet , Unit 3 & 4, City Quay, 21A Camperdown St DD1 3JA . Daily noon-4:30PM & 5-9:30PM . Waterfront all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Tickety Boo's , 51 Commercial Street DD1 2AA ( corner with Seagate ). Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F Sa 11AM-1AM . Highly recommended for food & drink. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Old Bank Bar , 34 Reform Street DD1 1RH . Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight . Belhaven pub with reliable food. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Rancho Pancho , 16 Commercial Street DD1 3EJ . M-Sa 5-10PM, Sa noon-2:30PM, Su 5-9PM . Mexican classics, hefty portions. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • The Counting House , 67-71 Reform St DD1 1SP ( opposite McManus ). Daily 8AM-midnight . JD Wetherspoon's efficient chain choice. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Molly Malone's ( formerly The Globe ), 53 West Port DD1 5ER . Daily 11AM-midnight . Belhaven pub with extensive menu including vegetarian. ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Don Michele , 177 Perth Road DD2 1AS , ☏ +44 1382 660600 . M-Sa 5-11PM, Th-Su noon-2:30PM . Italian restaurant. ( updated Feb 2020 )

For self-catering, there are lots of supermarkets. Tesco predominates, with four branches: in the city centre, one next to the railway station (24 hr), one in South Road near Sterling Mills and another on Kingsway. ASDA have a big store on East Kingsway (24 hr) and a smaller one on Gilburn Road. Morrisons are on the Forfar Road, north of A90 Kingsway.

Drink [ edit ]

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Pubs are dwindling, as in other cities, but there's no shortage. The main concentration is along Hawkhill, Perth Road or West End of the city, with another strip along Nethergate. The student unions of Dundee and Abertay Universities are great for a cheap night out. The following were all in business in early 2020, and see also "Eat" listings.

City centre pubs:

  • Tickety Boo's , Seagate at Commercial Street.
  • Klozet , Seagate is the main gay bar.
  • Trades House Bar , Union Street.
  • The Old Bank Bar , Union Street.
  • The Westport Bar , North Lindsay Street.

Pubs along Hawkhill, Perth Road, and West End:

  • The Nether Inn , Nethergate. Cheap Student 'Scream' pub.
  • Phoenix , Nethergate at Perth Road. Traditional pub
  • Jute Cafe Bar , Perth Road. Trendy bar attached to Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre
  • Braes , Perth Road. Modern bar, middle-aged clientele at weekends.
  • Speedwell Bar , Perth Road. Locally renowned traditional pub

Nightclubs are all in the city centre:

  • Fat Sams , South Ward Road
  • Underground , South Tay Street.

Local breweries include 71 Brewing and St Andrews Brewing Co . There's a gin distillery at Verdant Spirits [dead link] .

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Central choices include:

  • Sleeperz is right above the railway station, B&B double £60.
  • 56.460822 -2.963192 1 Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa , 1 West Victoria Dock Road DD1 3JP ( near foot of Tay Bridge ), ☏ +44 1382 202404 , fax : +44 1382 201401 , [email protected] . Stylish contemporary 4-star hotel, in the new City Quay development, with views of the river and Quay with ship Unicorn . Double (room only) £70 . ( updated Jun 2021 )
  • 56.45702 -2.97581 2 Best Western Queens Hotel , 160 Nethergate DD1 4DU ( close to railway station and University of Dundee ), ☏ +44 1382 322515 . Good chain choice, central. Double (room only) £50 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.4558 -2.9704 3 Premier Inn Dundee Centre , Riverside Drive, DD1 4XA ( at Discovery Point ), ☏ +44 333 777 4656 . Riverside budget inn with 150 rooms. Make sure to pay for parking (£3 / night) immediately on arrival. £9 pp for breakfast in Beefeater. Double (room only) £40 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Malmaison , 44 Whitehall Crescent DD1 4AY ( opposite railway station ), ☏ +44 1382 339715 . Central mid-range hotel, dog-friendly. Double (room only) £75 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.4607 -2.9784 4 Travelodge Dundee Central , 152-158 West Marketgait DD1 1NJ , ☏ +44 871 984 6301 . Central budget hotel. There's another Travelodge north of the centre on Strathmore Ave, and a third (listed below) on the A90 ring road. B&B double £50 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.45743 -3.02378 5 Best Western Invercarse Hotel , 371 Perth Road DD2 1PG ( West End, near Botanical Gardens ), ☏ +44 1382 669231 . Chain 3-star hotel. Double (room only) £60 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.46151 -2.96943 6 Dundee Backpackers , 71 High Street DD1 1SD , ☏ +44 1382 224646 . Central hostel with dorms and private rooms. Dorm £18 ppn . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.4612 -2.9653 7 Holiday Inn Express Dundee , Dock Street Dundee DD1 3DR ( at foot of Tay Bridge; railway station 400 yards ), ☏ +44 1382 314330 , [email protected] . Very central 3-star hotel. Rooms are small but not cramped, equipped with tea/coffee maker. B&B double £60 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • Student accommodation is mostly empty in summer. Try contacting the local Universities (via websites under "Learn") to see if they have anything to offer. Other flats and apartments may also be available: Dundee empties out in summer unless there's a major golf tournament nearby.
  • Taypark House is a Victorian Gothic mansion a couple of miles west of town centre.

There's a string of hotels along the A90 at the edge of the city, including:

  • 56.4666 -3.0644 8 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dundee ( formerly The Landmark Hotel ), South Kingsway DD2 5JT ( A90 ring road NW edge of city ), ☏ +44 1382 641122 . 4-star lodging in 19th-century mansion with extensive gardens. £15 pp for breakfast. Double (room only) £80 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.4705 -3.0599 9 Premier Inn Dundee West , South Kingsway DD2 5JU ( on A90 ring road, NW edge of city ), ☏ +44 333 777 4659 . Budget hotel, handy for motorists. Double (room only) £40 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.4777 -3.036 10 Travelodge Dundee Strathmore Avenue , 296A Strathmore Avenue, Dundee, DD3 6SH ( North edge of city ), ☏ +44 8719 846460 . Budget chain hotel, convenient for motorists. B&B double £50 . ( updated Feb 2020 )

Further out in the countryside:

  • 56.5302 -3.0238 11 The Hideaway Experience , Balkello Farm, Auchterhouse DD3 0RA ( 6 miles north of city ), ☏ +44 1382 320707 . Luxurious cottage on farm. B&B double £350 . ( updated Feb 2020 )
  • 56.4994 -3.1313 12 Landal Piperdam , Piperdam, Fowlis DD2 5LP ( 7 miles NW of city on A903 ), ☏ +44 1382 585000 , [email protected] . Self-catering lodges by small loch. B&B double £250 . ( updated Feb 2020 )

Connect [ edit ]

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As of Aug 2021, Dundee and its surrounds have 4G from all UK carriers, and city centre has 5G from Vodafone.

Stay safe [ edit ]

The local police is Police Scotland and the main office is in the town centre at the end of West Bell St beside Dundee's Sheriff Court. In the UK, '999' is the number to call the emergency services, and 101 for less urgent calls to the police. The pan-European emergency number 112 also works.

Dundee has an extensive CCTV system, covering most of the city and the entire city centre. This is owned by Dundee City Council and run by Tayside Police and has helped reduce crime significantly.

Dundee, like any other major city, has its anti-social problems, mainly drugs. The area round the rear of the Wellgate centre (Hilltown) and Stobswell have a bad reputation and care should be exercised on The Law at night. Overall the city has a good reputation.

Dundee has a dual carriageway going through it, the Kingsway, which almost splits the city in half. Be aware of speeding cars, as in any other busy city, as accidents are common.

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  • South across the Tay is St Andrews , an ancient university town by the sea. It's the home of the Royal and Ancient, the ruling body of golf, and is the former ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. Frequent buses take 30 min. With your own car, continue south to the charming fishing villages of East Fife, such as Anstruther , and to Falkland Palace.
  • A short bus or train ride brings you to Perth and Stirling .
  • Visit the nearby glens: Glenshee, Glenisla and the Tay Valley. North on A9 through Dunkeld and Blair Atholl leads to Aviemore , the Spey Valley and Inverness.
  • North along the coast is Aberdeen and Deeside, and eventually Inverness. So the coast route and the Tay Valley route together make a natural circuit of the east and central Highlands.

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With a population of 151,592, Dundee is a must-see destination in Scotland, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Dundee to see all of its attractions.

Activities & attractions in Dundee

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Where to Eat in Dundee

If you’re looking for affordable options, Room With A View @ Piperdam (Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort Fowlis) and Bridgeview Station Restaurant (Riverside Dr) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The White Goose (44 Dock Street) and Black Mamba (141 Nethergate) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Dundee.

When to visit Dundee

How to get to dundee.

When flying to Dundee, you’ll arrive at Dundee (DND), which is located 2 miles from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Dundee departs from London and takes around 23h 35m.

Scotrail is the most popular train carrier serving Dundee, followed by LNER. The train journey from Dundee to Edinburgh takes 1h 25m and costs around £25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from London, expect to pay about £228 for a 5h 40m trip. Located 0.9 miles from the city centre, Dundee is the busiest station in Dundee. Another popular train station is Dundee Monifieth, located 6 miles from the centre.

Another option to get to Dundee is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 37 miles from Dundee. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and Alamo, among others, in Edinburgh.

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Dundee, including Megabus, FlixBus and Scottish Citylink. From Edinburgh, the bus ride to Dundee takes 113 miles and will cost you around £20. From Inverness, the ticket costs about £37 for a journey of 255 miles. The most popular bus station is Dundee Dundee Bus Station, located 0.5 miles from the city centre of Dundee. Dundee Duncan of Jordanstone College is also a commonly used station, and is 0.9 miles from the city centre.

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Hiring a car in Dundee costs £45 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 48% cheaper than airport locations in Dundee.

Expect to pay £1.49 per litre in Dundee (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.77 and £23.69. The most frequently booked car type in Dundee is Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Ford Ka or similar) is, on average, 75% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

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Designed to thrill … Dundee’s new V&A Museum with the RRS Discovery.

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The city’s beautiful waterfront is being reinvigorated thanks to a £1bn makeover, with the stunning new V&A museum, the first outside London, as its centrepiece

On the waterfront

Dundee and the River Tay come as a pair. From William McGonagall’s poetry paying tribute to “the silvery Tay”, recounting the rail bridge disaster of 1879, to the current waterfront transformation, the river is the lifeblood of the town. The best way to see the city from the Tay estuary is to board a vessel operated by Pirate Boats, which operates from the pretty former fishing village of Broughty Ferry, five miles up the coast.

And it is from the water that you get perhaps the best views of the beautiful new Kengo Kuma-designed V&A , which will have permanent Scottish design galleries including objects from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Tea Room. The trip also takes in Broughty Castle , the Larick Beacon, lighthouses, the strangely beautiful oil rigs, a grey seal colony, and the real possibility of seeing a pod of bottlenose dolphins. One hour trip from £80 for two adults and two children (7-15) or £24 per adult, pirateboatsltd.com

The McManus

The McManus Exterior, Dundee

The new V&A will have much to live up to in the form of the McManus, the museum and art gallery that celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. This is a popular weekend hangout for nerdy schoolchildren who, like me, are fascinated by the Tay whale skeleton and the gruesome torture implements from medieval Dundee. There was a collective sigh of relief when it turned out they were still in place at the museum’s reopening in 2010 following its refurbishment. The McManus combines social history with an impressive painting collection and temporary exhibitions. From 2 June to 21 October the McManus will become the McMenace , with an exhibition celebrating the Beano, produced by Dundee publishers DC Thomson, as the comic reaches its 80th birthday. Admission free, Albert Square, mcmanus.co.uk

Dundee Contemporary Arts centre

Dundee Contemporary Arts DCA interior, Dundee

The DCA was the cornerstone of the city’s cultural renaissance. When it opened in 1999 it was regarded with suspicion by some, but now, with its combination of art installations, creative learning programmes, a two-screen cinema, and a cafe bar with outside seating, it has become a destination that offers as much to fans of blockbusters as to chin-strokers. In combination with Creative Dundee, it has created Behind the Scenes, a walking tour giving backstage access to the city’s cultural venues and workshops, starting at the DCA and taking in Dundee Rep and the McManus. Galleries free, 152 Nethergate, dca.org.uk

Slessor Gardens

Log pavilion designed by Kengo Kuma in Slessor Gardens.

On the waterfront, and part of the £1bn redevelopment, Slessor Gardens is Dundee’s newest public space. It has been well-supported for events such as a public art project rebuilding the town’s Royal Arch (demolished in the 1960s) in cardboard boxes. It also hosts outdoor gigs, with Steps in June, Rita Ora in July, Simple Minds in September , and more to be announced. There are quiet areas for city-centre contemplation and the Discovery Walk with bronze plaques paying tribute to local inventors and social reformers. dundeewaterfront.com

Mixologist Dimi Savvaidis at Draffens, Dundee, Scotland

Draffens was once the city’s department store of choice – it closed in the 1980s – and part of its basement now houses this speakeasy, with cocktails starting at around £8 (try the “corpse reviver”, a mix of gin with triple sec and absinthe). There is no official online presence (an unofficial Facebook page gives the location) but to save your shoe leather, it can be found down an alleyway called Couttie’s Wynd off Nethergate. The entrance is unsigned and unassuming but listen out for the jazz below.

The Palais Tea Room

The Palais Tea Room, Dundee

Good cake is widely available in Dundee, though visitors will struggle to find a slab of the traditional Scottish fruitcake that bears the city’s name. The Palais takes its creative cues from the 1950s and 60s, namedafter a famous Dundee dancehall and awash with pop culture memorabilia. You will be served by some beautifully retro waiting staff, but the portions themselves, whether it’s morning toast or afternoon tea, are definitely post-rationing. Homemade soups, snacks, hot drinks and cakes are reasonably priced compared with the chain cafes, and the atmosphere adds extra value. 11 Union Street, on Facebook

Artwork at the city’s former Dens Road Market

The brainchild of a University of Dundee student, OpenClose has provided local street artists with the canvas of neglected doorways on city centre backstreets. This has created two open-air art trails, with a location map of the 19 doorways available to download from the project’s website. The success of OpenClose has extended its reach from the city centre into other areas of Dundee, with artists bringing the forgotten doorways of Stobswell to life. Free, openclosedundee.co.uk

Groucho’s Record Store

Groucho’s dundee

For more than 40 years Groucho’s has welcomed and educated music lovers, watching its racks go almost full circle from only vinyl to predominantly vinyl with a hangover from the invasion of those pesky CDs. Alastair Brodie has been at the helm throughout and the staff offer encyclopaedic knowledge of almost every genre. Posters, reconditioned record players, DVDs, concert tickets, and books complement the racks of reasonably priced vinyl. The knowledgeable banter from the team behind the counter is worth popping in for alone. 132 Nethergate, grouchos.co.uk

Where to stay

Bedroom Taypark House, Dundee

Taypark House in the city’s attractive West End is a chance to stay in a traditional Scottish baronial mansion, with views across the river Tay. It’s not really central but it is a straight walk down Perth Road, taking in some of Dundee’s most interesting pubs, cafes, and independent shops. Doubles from £80 room only. Full breakfast £9.50, tayparkhouse.co.uk

Wasps artists’ studios

Lara Scouller’s Studio, WASPS Studios, Dundee

The Wasps artistic community is one of the city’s long-established havens for artists and designers of all kinds, from jewellery to fashion and textiles. Established in the mid-1970s as the Workshop and Artist Studio Provisions Scotland, it is now a charity that has 18 locations across the country, providing affordable studios to about 800 artists and 25 arts organisations. In Dundee, Wasps takes up three floors of a former jute mill in the city centre. There are regular open days and artists’ sales, but to visit individual studios get in touch first. Meadowmill, West Henderson’s Wynd, waspsstudios.org.uk

Getting there Until 24 June, trains to Dundee will be operated by Virgin Trains East Coast ; after this date, the line will be taken over by the renationalised London North Eastern Railway .

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Introduction

New Scottish destination, and not the least: Welcome to Dundee, where you may not find crocodiles, but which has adventures in store for you during your road trip.

In this comprehensive guide for van travelers, Dundee will have almost no more secrets for you. You will learn a little more about its history, and we will also provide you with tips on how to get to Dundee. What are the best times of the year to explore the city? What are the best spots to enjoy local cuisine, and much more.

Get ready for a unique experience with Dundee’s natural landscapes and activities.

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What is Dundee – Scotland?

History of dundee.

In the 12th century, Dundee emerged as an important center of trade . The Hanseatic merchants, a very strong trade league from Northern Europe, established trade links with the city of Dundee. Interestingly, we learn that jute, the plant fiber used in the textile industry, was introduced to Dundee in the 19th century and quickly transformed the city into a global capital of the textile industry.

But Dundee’s history is not limited to its industrial past. Moreover, the next piece of information might be of interest to video game players, because you may not know it, but the city was also at the origin of the development of the game “Grand Theft Auto” by the DMA Design studios , studios that became Rockstar North when they moved to Edinburgh. Dundee thus became, thanks to this controversial and fun game, an important center of the video game industry.

At present, Dundee shines brightly thanks to its world-renowned higher education institutions, such as the University of Dundee and Abertay University . These institutions attract students from all over the world and contribute to the dynamism and vitality of the city.

Geographical location

Dundee is located on the east coast of the country, which offers a mix of stunning landscapes and a lively atmosphere. Its location is privileged, as it is situated between the surrounding hills and the estuary of the River Tay.

How to get to Dundee?

🚗 By Roadtrip

To get to Dundee by car or camper van from the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, you need to take the A90 national road northbound. Don’t hesitate to make a quick stop in Stirling and St-Andrews if you have the opportunity or follow this road for about 100 kilometers until you reach Dundee. It is also possible to take international routes from other countries, depending on the traveler’s origin.

To get to Dundee by train, it is possible to take national and international lines to neighboring cities. The nearest national lines are London Euston to Glasgow and Kings Cross to Edinburgh. Once you arrive in one of these cities, you can take a regional train or another means of transport to reach Dundee, which is about 100 kilometers from these major cities.

To get to Dundee by plane, there are several options. The closest airports are Edinburgh National Airport and Glasgow International Airport, both located about 100 kilometers from Dundee. So it is possible to take a flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow from any major national or international city, and then take another means of transport to reach Dundee.

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To get to the United Kingdom, we did not take the Tunnel or the Ferry from Calais, we left from the Netherlands! From Rotterdam, it is quite possible to quickly reach the United Kingdom. So just follow the East Coast of the country to reach the wonderful world that is Scotland!

Climate: When to visit Dundee in a camper van?

Our advice would be to visit Dundee in the spring, when the city wakes up from winter and temperatures start to rise. Contrary to what one might think, it rains less in Dundee in spring than at the beginning of summer! Late August and September can also be interesting times to visit the city.

Places to sleep and camper van service areas in Dundee

Here is a list of the top 5 spots to sleep in a camper van in Dundee (Scotland):

  • 📍🥇 Riverside Caravan Park: A family-friendly campsite located by the River Tay, offering magnificent views of the Tay Bridge. Modern facilities and spacious pitches make it an ideal choice for a peaceful night’s sleep.
  • 📍🥈 Seabraes Caravan Park: This well-maintained camper van spot is located near Dundee city center, providing easy access to local attractions and amenities.
  • 📍🥉 Monikie Country Park: A fairly pretty rural park offering camper van pitches with views of Monikie Lake.
  • 📍 Clatto Country Park: Another natural park (yes another one!) near Dundee, with camper van pitches surrounded by greenery and peaceful lakes.
  • 📍 Balgavies Loch: Located about 10 kilometers from Dundee, this area offers camper van pitches overlooking a beautiful lake.

These 5 locations provide different pleasant and peaceful accommodation options for parking your camper van, van, or motorhome not far from Dundee.

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Among these spots, we stayed at Riverside Caravan Park. This family-friendly campsite offers stunning views of the Tay Bridge, with modern facilities and spacious pitches. We had a peaceful time by the River Tay, enjoying the serene and relaxing atmosphere. The sunset over the Tay Bridge was simply beautiful, creating a romantic and calming ambiance. We felt completely relaxed and refreshed after this unique experience at Riverside Caravan Park. It was truly the best spot to have a great time in Dundee.

Where and what to eat in Dundee?

Restaurants in dundee.

  • 🍽️ The Dovetail Cafe: A charming family-owned restaurant offering delicious traditional Scottish cuisine with a modern twist. Their homemade haggis is to die for!
  • 🍽️ La Cantina: A little piece of Italy in Dundee! This restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine, so yes it’s not Scottish, but it’s good!
  • 🍽️ Le Petit Bistro: A little piece of French cuisine in Scotland with this restaurant that transports you directly to Paris with its warm decor and friendly atmosphere. Enjoy traditional French dishes like beef bourguignon and crème brûlée.
  • 🍽️ The Fisherman’s Wharf: Seafood lovers, this is the perfect place for you! Their seafood platter is a feast for crustacean lovers, and we will never stop reminding you, yes Scotland is a country of seafood and fish!
  • 🍽️ The Courtyard: This contemporary restaurant offers international cuisine with dishes influenced by different cultures. Their menu changes regularly to offer seasonal dishes prepared with local ingredients.

Dundee specialties

Gingerbread, shortbread, cranachan… Dundee’s culinary specialties in Scotland are to die for! Sweet treats like Dundee cakes, traditional fruit cakes, make your taste buds dance. And what about fresh seafood, enjoyed in the city’s restaurants? If you are looking for authentic and delicious Scottish cuisine, Dundee is the perfect destination to satisfy your voracious appetite! So, indulge in these culinary delights and discover the unforgettable taste of Dundee. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a unique gastronomic journey and succumb to the pleasures of the table!

Among these restaurants, we ate at Fisherman’s Wharf. We once again couldn’t resist the call of Scottish seafood. So, as you understood, we put France and Italy aside, I hope you don’t mind too much. Anyway, try the mussels, they are amazing, really good!

Travel Budget for a Road Trip to Dundee

The currency you’ll use in Scotland is the British Pound (GBP) . Anticipate needing a minimum of £92 (around $125) per person per day.

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  • Dining at a moderate restaurant: £25 (roughly $34)
  • Fast-food combo: £6 (around $8)
  • Draft local beer (50 cl): £4 (approximately $5)
  • Single ride on public transport: £2.5 (nearly $3)
  • Monthly transit pass: £65 (close to $88)
  • Petrol (1 liter): £1.4 (around $2)
  • Low-cost hotel (double room): £58 (roughly $79)
  • Mid-level hotel (double room): £89 (around $121)
  • Luxury hotel (double room): £148 (approximately $201)
  • Levis 501 jeans or similar: £58 (nearly $79)
  • Summer attire from major retailers (Zara, H&M..): £29 (roughly $39)
  • Athletic shoes: £62 (close to $84)

If you’re an American traveling to Scotland, budget for a daily spend of at least £92 (equivalent to $125). A meal at a standard restaurant will set you back £25 ($34), and a single public transport fare is £2.5 ($3).

Hotel accommodations vary from £58 ($79) for basic options to £148 ($201) for more luxurious stays. When it comes to shopping, anticipate spending around £58 ($79) for jeans and £62 ($84) for athletic footwear. Be aware of currency exchange rates and any extra fees.

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What activities to do in Dundee?

Here is a list of activities that we invite you to do in Dundee according to your tastes and preferences:

💝 Romantic activities

🏰 Cultural activities

👟 Sports activities

🎬 Annual event

– Take a stroll along the beach and enjoy a romantic sunset – Dine in a restaurant with a magnificent view of the city – Take a romantic cruise on the River Tay

– Visit the Dundee Museum and discover the history of the city – Explore Verdant Works, a museum about the jute industry – Attend a show at the Dundee Rep Theatre

– Go hiking on Dundee Law and enjoy panoramic views of the city – Play golf on one of Dundee’s many golf courses – Cycle along the city’s cycle paths

– Participate in the Dundee Food and Flower Festival, a celebration of gastronomy and horticulture – Attend the Dundee Jazz Festival, an annual music event showcasing jazz – Enjoy the Dundee Christmas Ice Rink, a temporary ice rink set up during the holiday season

Conclusion: Why visit or come back to Dundee?

Dundee is much more than just a Scottish city. It is a place filled with authenticity, historical richness, and occasional surprises. Not necessarily highlighted compared to well-known cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, Dundee has its own charm if you want a slightly less touristy adventure without being in a small town. A stop in your road trip? Definitely!

How to get to Dundee by car or camper van?

To get to Dundee by car or camper van from the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, you need to take the A90 national road northbound. Follow this road for about 100 kilometers until you reach Dundee. You can also take international routes from other countries, depending on your origin.

When is the best time to visit Dundee?

Our advice would be to visit Dundee in the spring, when the city wakes up from winter and temperatures start to rise. The beautiful gardens and parks in the city are in full bloom, offering a colorful and joyful sight. Additionally, the many festivals and cultural events start to flourish, providing you with an unforgettable experience in Dundee. So, if you want to enjoy the beauty of this Scottish city, spring is the ideal time to do so!

What are the culinary specialties of Dundee?

Gingerbread, shortbread, cranachan… Dundee’s culinary specialties in Scotland are to be savored! Sweet treats like Dundee cakes, traditional fruit cakes, will make your taste buds dance. And what about fresh seafood, enjoyed in the city’s restaurants? If you’re looking for authentic and delicious Scottish cuisine, Dundee is the perfect destination to satisfy your voracious appetite! So, let yourself be tempted by these culinary delights and discover the unforgettable taste of Dundee. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a unique gastronomic journey and succumb to the pleasures of the table!

What annual events take place in Dundee?

– Participate in the Dundee Food and Flower Festival, a celebration of gastronomy and horticulture. – Attend the Dundee Jazz Festival, an annual music event showcasing jazz. – Enjoy the Dundee Christmas Ice Rink, a temporary ice rink set up during the holiday season.

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Your Ultimate Dundee Trip Guide: Discover the Best of Scotland's Hidden Gem

Welcome to our Dundee trip guide, where we invite you to immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Dundee, Scotland. Whether you're a history buff, nature enthusiast, foodie, or art fanatic, Dundee has something special for everyone. This bustling coastal city is full of charm and surprises, waiting to be explored by curious travelers like you.

Discover the top things to do in Dundee, from exploring the fascinating exhibits at the V&A Dundee museum to strolling along the picturesque Waterfront area. Indulge in delicious local cuisine at trendy cafes and restaurants, or set off on outdoor adventures in the lush countryside surrounding the city. With our helpful tips and recommendations, get ready to make the most out of your Dundee trip and create unforgettable memories in this hidden gem of Scotland.

Dundee Delights: 5 Fascinating Facts About Scotland's Charming City

- Dundee is known as the City of Discovery due to its rich history of innovation and exploration, including being the birthplace of famous explorer Captain Scott's iconic Antarctic expedition ship, the RRS Discovery. - The Dundee Law, a prominent hill in the city, offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area and is home to an ancient extinct volcano, providing a unique geological landscape to explore. - Dundee is a UNESCO City of Design, recognized for its contributions to design excellence and innovation, particularly in the fields of video games and digital media with the presence of renowned institutions like Abertay University. - The iconic comic strip character, Desperate Dan, hails from Dundee and is immortalized in a statue in the city center, celebrating the rich heritage of comics and illustrations that have thrived in Dundee for generations. - Dundee is a culinary hotspot, known for its uniquely delicious treats such as Dundee cake, a traditional fruitcake made with almonds and marmalade that has become a beloved local delicacy enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.

Explore Dundee's Delights: Top Activities in Scotland's Vibrant City

Take a Walk through History at RRS Discovery: Experience Dundee's rich maritime heritage by visiting the RRS Discovery, Captain Scott's famous Antarctic exploration ship. Explore the interactive exhibits and step aboard this iconic vessel to learn about its remarkable voyages.

Discover Design and Culture at V&A Dundee: Immerse yourself in the world of design at the V&A Dundee museum, a stunning architectural masterpiece on the waterfront. Marvel at the diverse collection of art and design exhibitions, showcasing both historic and contemporary works.

Stroll around Slessor Gardens: Relax and unwind at Slessor Gardens, a picturesque green space along the waterfront perfect for a leisurely walk or a picnic. Enjoy beautiful views of the Tay River and the city skyline while soaking in the peaceful ambiance of this urban oasis.

Top Districts for Accommodation in Dundee: Where to Stay for a Memorable Visit

Known for its elegant Victorian architecture and proximity to Dundee University, the West End offers a charming residential feel with easy access to the city center and cultural attractions. Stay at the prestigious Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa for a luxurious stay with waterfront views and top-notch amenities.

City Centre

Packed with shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Dundee's City Centre is a bustling hub perfect for those who want to be amidst the action. Check into the Malmaison Dundee for a stylish boutique hotel setting with exceptional service and a central location.

Broughty Ferry

This coastal suburb exudes a quaint village charm with its sandy beach, historic castle, and array of boutique shops and cafes. Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Fisherman's Tavern Hotel, a cozy seaside hotel offering comfortable rooms and a welcoming atmosphere.

Offering stunning views of the Tay River and iconic landmarks like the V&A Dundee museum, the Waterfront district is a modern and dynamic area with a mix of restaurants and attractions. Opt for the Hotel Indigo Dundee for a contemporary design hotel experience with a prime location along the waterfront.

Newport-on-Tay

For a peaceful retreat just a short drive from Dundee, consider staying in Newport-on-Tay, a picturesque town with beautiful views of the river and countryside. Book a stay at Taypark House, a boutique hotel set in a restored Victorian mansion offering a relaxing atmosphere and personalized service.

Delicious Dining Delights: Best Places to Eat in Dundee

• For a taste of local Scottish cuisine, head to The Newport Restaurant, known for its fresh seafood dishes and warm, welcoming atmosphere. • Indulge in creative modern cuisine at The Tayberry Restaurant, offering a seasonal menu showcasing local ingredients in inventive and delicious dishes. • Craving Italian fare? Visit Agacan Restaurant & Bar for authentic pasta, pizzas, and other Italian specialties made with care and passion. • Experience a gastronomic journey at Castlehill Restaurant, where impeccable service and innovative dishes crafted with precision will delight your taste buds. • For a casual and cozy dining experience, try The Bach, a charming cafe serving up hearty breakfasts, tasty lunches, and tempting pastries made from scratch.

When to Wander in Wonder: Best Time to Visit Dundee

When planning your trip to Dundee, the best time to visit this charming Scottish city is during the summer months, typically from June to August, when the weather is mild, and the city comes alive with various events and festivities. Consider these points when deciding when to visit Dundee: - Summer months offer longer daylight hours, perfect for exploring Dundee's outdoor attractions such as the beautiful waterfront and parks. - The city hosts numerous cultural events, festivals, and outdoor concerts during the summer, providing a vibrant atmosphere to experience Dundee's lively arts and entertainment scene. - Visiting in late spring or early fall can also be rewarding, with pleasant weather and fewer crowds, allowing for a more relaxed and authentic Dundee experience. Plan your trip according to your preferences and interests to make the most of your visit to this hidden gem in Scotland.

Retail Therapy in Dundee: Top Shopping Destinations in Scotland's City of Discovery

• Explore the Overgate Shopping Centre, Dundee's premier retail destination with a wide range of shops, from high-street brands to unique boutiques, offering everything from fashion to electronics. • Browse the charming independent shops and artisanal stores in the West Port area, perfect for finding one-of-a-kind gifts, handmade crafts, and unique souvenirs to take home. • Visit the Wellgate Shopping Centre for a mix of popular stores and local vendors, where you can shop for clothing, accessories, beauty products, and more, all under one roof. • Don't miss the weekly Dundee Farmers' Market, held in City Square, where you can purchase fresh local produce, homemade treats, and specialty items to savor the flavors of Dundee during your visit.

Expert Travel Tips

- When in Dundee, don't miss the opportunity to take a leisurely walk along the picturesque Dundee Law for stunning panoramic views of the city and beyond. - Make time to explore the vibrant Dundee Contemporary Arts center, offering a mix of art exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, and a relaxing cafe for a cultural experience. - For a unique way to explore the city, consider taking a Discovery Walk tour, led by knowledgeable guides who will share fascinating stories and insights about Dundee's history and landmarks. - Sample some of Dundee's traditional treats, such as Dundee marmalade and buttery shortbread, at local bakeries and markets to savor the flavors of the region. - Be sure to check out the vibrant nightlife scene in Dundee, with pubs, bars, and live music venues offering a lively atmosphere to unwind and mingle with locals and fellow travelers.

What is the best way to get to Dundee?

Dundee is easily accessible by train, bus, or car. The city also has its own airport, Dundee Airport, for those traveling by air.

What are the must-visit attractions in Dundee?

Some of the top attractions in Dundee include RRS Discovery, V&A Dundee, Dundee Law, and the McManus Gallery. Each offers a unique experience of the city.

Are there outdoor activities to enjoy in Dundee?

Yes, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities in Dundee, such as walking along the waterfront, exploring parks like Camperdown Park, or taking a boat tour on the River Tay.

Where can I find information on local events and festivals in Dundee?

Check the Dundee City Council website or visit the Dundee Information Centre for updates on upcoming events, festivals, and cultural happenings in the city.

What are some recommended dining options for visitors in Dundee?

Visitors can enjoy delicious meals at restaurants like The Newport Restaurant, The Tayberry Restaurant, Agacan Restaurant & Bar, Castlehill Restaurant, and The Bach for a taste of Dundee's culinary scene.

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Your guide to Scotland's new Low Emission Zones - how to make sure you don't get stung

Motorists in Scotland will face hefty fines if they drive older petrol and diesel cars into city centres from next month.

Four new Low Emission Zones (LEZ) - similar to London's ULEZ - are set to come into force starting from the end of May as part of Scotland's efforts to cut air pollution levels in the country's biggest cities.

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen will all have strict rules on which cars can enter zone limits - and drivers of non-compliant vehicles will be stung with Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) that increase in value with each one that's issued.

Glasgow's LEZ went into operation a year ago, though doesn't start charging residents until 1 June 2024 - as will Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Dundee will be the first to sting its locals from 30 May. 

Scots don't understand incoming LEZs   

With the introduction of LEZs imminent, it's vital motorists know how the changes will affect them, and where the zones are in operation.

But new data from Carwow recently found that almost a third (30 per cent) of Scottish motorists are not sure they understand LEZ rules and almost half (45 per cent) don't know where the current LEZs are operating.

The car buying and selling platform surveyed 2,200 UK drivers aged and found that one in four (24 per cent) are not sure if their vehicle is LEZ compliant or not.

With that in mind, we've put together a guide on the new Low Emission Zones coming into force in Scotland in the next couple of weeks, so you don't get caught out and fined. 

What's the entry criteria?

Entry criteria will be based on the Euro emission engine classification standards, in the same way London's LEZ is. 

Drivers of diesel cars and vans must adhere to Euro 6 emission standards (generally registered from 2016).

Petrol cars and vans must meet Euro 4 emission standards (generally registered from 2006) 

Buses, coaches and HGVs must meet Euro VI emission standards  (from January 2013 onwards). 

Taxis and private hire vehicles will also be subject to Euro 6 rules, as is stipulated in the Taxi Emission Standards Policy 2021. 

People can enter their vehicle registration number on the official website for Scotland's Low Emission Zones to confirm if their vehicle will comply.

Fines and charges  

Fines across the four Scottish cities (and Scotland as a whole) are consistent, with non-compliant vehicles entering a LEZ being hit with a £60 fine.

This doubles with each subsequent offence, with a cap of £480 for cars and light goods vehicles (LGVs), and £980 for larger vehicles including minibuses, buses, coaches, and heavy good vehicles (HGVs).

These fines will be delivered in the form of PCNs. These must be paid within 28 days from the date issued, and increase by 50 per cent if not paid within that timeframe. 

Failure to pay the increased rate within a further 14 days will see the initial £60 fine and 50 per cent increased amount recoverable as enforceable debt.

This is different to zone charges England, where cities with ULEZ, Clean Air Zones (CAZ), and Zero Emission Zones (ZEZ)  operate a daily charge which non-complaint vehicles have to pay to enter the zones.

These can range from £8 to enter Birmingham's CAZ to £12.50 to drive in London's ULEZ, and uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to track vehicles. Failure to pay online within 24 hours will then result in fines.

Enforcement starts:  May 30 2024

Areas impacted: A991 Inner Ring Road 

Areas excluded: Bell Street, West Marketgait NCP and Wellgate car parks

Operating days and hours: 7 days week all year round, 24 hours a day (events of national or local significance may see suspensions, or emergencies)

Exclusions: Blue Badge holders are excluded (long term and short term) but need to register their details

Support funds: Two support schemes from the Low Emission Zone Support Fund are available to drivers across Scotland who need to retrofit or change their vehicles. Apply via the Low Emission Zone Support Fund.

A grant of £ 2,000 is available to eligible households who dispose of their non-compliant vehicle at a Scottish authorised treatment facility

Travel Better grants of up to £500 will also be made available for each adult in your household. A maximum of £1,000 per household applies. 

Edinburgh LEZ

Enforcement starts:  June 1 2024

Areas impacted:  LEZ boundary circles the city centre - Tollcross in the south to Palmerston Place in the west, along Queen Street in the New Town to Picardy Place, around Abbeyhill and onto Holyrood Road, along the Pleasance in the east before heading back along the Meadows to Tollcross.

Areas excluded:  The boundary itself is not within the LEZ. All vehicles may drive around the boundary, including non-compliant vehicles. Enforcement only takes place within the zone itself.

Operating days and hours: 7 days week all year round, 24 hours a day (events of national or local significance may see suspensions, or emergencies).

Exclusions: Blue Badge holders (can be applied for up to seven days in advance of travel and before midnight for travel the following day online or via phone), historic vehicles, showman's vehicles, emergency vehicles, military vehicles.

Some local time-limited exclusions (up to 12 months) may be granted on a case-by-case basis - find information and cut off dates for applications here .

Support funds:  The same Low Emission Zone Support Fund schemes apply to Edinburgh as Dundee.

Glasgow LEZ

Enforcement starts: Already enforced since 1 June 2023 but residents given 12-month grace period ending on 1 June 2024.

Areas impacted:  One square mile covering city centre bounded by M8 motorway (north and west) , River Clyde to the south and Saltmarket/High Street to the east.

Areas excluded: The M8 motorway.

Exclusions: Blue Badge holders, disabled passenger vehicles, historic vehicles, showman's vehicles, emergency vehicles, military vehicles.

Taxi operators may receive a time-limited extension to the exemption period upon application, should certain conditions be met and evidenced - find conditions and application  here .

Support funds:  The same Low Emission Zone Support Fund schemes apply to Glasgow as Dundee and Edinburgh.

Aberdeen LEZ

Enforcement starts:  June 1 2024 

Areas impacted:   Inside the northern boundary of Skene Street, School Hill, Upper Kirkgate and Littlejohn Street; North Street and Commerce Street to the east; Virginia Street, Guild Street, College Street, and Willowbank Road to the south; and Rose Street, Thistle Street; and Holborn Street to the west.

Areas excluded: Motorists coming out of the Orkney and Shetland ferry terminal on Commercial Quay can avoid the LEZ by turning left onto Market Street (turning right onto Market Street brings you into the LEZ boundary without any option for turning back).

Aberdeen City Council can grant additional time-limited exemptions for certain specialist vehicles which are not suitable for replacement or retrofit - email application information here .

Why Low Emission Zones? 

Councils introducing LEZs are wanting to improve air quality - helping Scotland reach its Climate Change targets by reducing road transport's contribution to emissions and protecting public health and wellbeing - as well as 'prioritising active and sustainable transport'.

Other stated benefits include creating vibrant, accessible and safe city centre, and making cities like Glasgow desirable places to live, visit and invest.

Councillor Angus Millar, the SNP convener for climate and transport in Glasgow, commented last June: 'Expanding the reach of the LEZ to include all vehicles is an important milestone in ensuring cleaner air for Glasgow - addressing levels and concentrations of air pollution which have remained stubbornly high in the city centre in breach of the legal limits.

'Poor air quality is harming Glaswegians' health and contributing to the city's health inequalities, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable.

'While the vast majority - up to 90 per cent - of vehicles currently entering the city centre will be unaffected, the LEZ standards will address the most polluting vehicles which are disproportionately creating the harmful concentrations of air pollution.'

Carwow's recent findings also showed that while the majority (52 per cent) of Scottish drivers support this sentiment, and LEZs, and think electric vehicles (EVs) are the future, most (53 per cent) think now is the 'wrong time' to introduce new LEZ or expand current ones.

The lack of support for the forthcoming introduction isn't due to lack of willingness, but rather concern over the cost.

The majority (54 per cent) of Scottish drivers say they'd like to own an EV in the future - and 6 per cent would switch now if they could – but can't afford to.

Of those Scots who currently own a non-LEZ compliant vehicle, a third (33 per cent) say they cannot afford to upgrade.

Sally Foote, chief commercial officer at Carwow said: 'There are two clear issues that have come to light here; firstly, that more needs to be done to educate and inform drivers about LEZs, and secondly, it is cost and not lack of willing that is preventing drivers from making the switch to cleaner vehicles such as EVs and hybrids.'

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How to Navigate London’s Wondrous (and Very Big) V&A Museum

Paintings, ceramics, photography, fashion, furniture and more: The Victoria and Albert Museum is a treasure trove of art and design. Here’s one besotted visitor’s plan for taking it all in.

In a museum gallery full of replicas of centuries-old sculptures, visitors are tiny in comparison to a huge sculpture of a nude male figure: Michelangelo's David.

By Andrew Ferren

Andrew Ferren, a frequent contributor to the Travel section, has visited the V&A dozens of times and looks forward to exploring the new satellite buildings when they open in East London in 2025.

Even for someone who loves getting lost in museums — especially “everything museums” like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — London’s Victoria and Albert Museum might have been my Waterloo. The statistics are daunting: 5,000 years of artistic production with more than 60,000 works on view (from a collection of some 2.8 million) in about 150 galleries beneath 21 acres of roof.

The V&A typically draws around 3 million annual visitors, but even on the busiest days, the museum has the space and setup to largely avoid the sense of competing with the crowds. Since visiting the permanent collection is free (some exhibitions cost up to 20 pounds, or about $25), once you’re in the door you can just start wandering. Step right for medieval mosaics and Renaissance tapestries or go deep for 1940s Paris fashion, Baroque sculpture and, beyond that, Buddhist art.

It’s easy to spend an entire day in the V&A. Here’s a plan for making the most of your visit. But first a bit of background.

An eclectic treasure trove

If the British Museum is known as Britain’s attic — an abundance of artistic and cultural relics from the realm and around the globe — then the V&A is the country’s classroom. It, too, is a trove of exemplary works, from exquisite Raphael drawings to groovy 1970s plastic radios; Coptic tunics to Alexander McQueen couture gowns; vividly hued Islamic tiles to a bunch of grand English beds. These objects were displayed not just to delight connoisseurs, but to provide great art and ideas to educate British designers, manufacturers and workers in good taste and technical prowess.

The museum was the pet project of Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, who had seen firsthand that British manufactured goods were not always top of the class. By displaying applied arts (textiles, ceramics, glass and other manufactured objects) alongside fine arts (architecture, painting and sculpture), the new museum would democratize aesthetic appreciation and inspire better designs for better products.

Originally known as the South Kensington Museum, the V&A opened in 1857 in temporary structures while new buildings were constructed. Incorporated into the new museum were libraries and schools for science and art, including one for women. The leading artists of the time, such as Frederic Leighton and William Morris, contributed to its décor. Such was its embrace of modernity, that the world’s first museum exhibition of photography (the medium was “invented’ only in the 1820s) was held here in 1858.

Though Prince Albert died in 1861, the museum continued to expand. In 1899, Queen Victoria laid the cornerstone of a grand new entrance wing along Cromwell Road and renamed the complex the Victoria and Albert Museum.

If that sounds fusty, it’s not. More than 165 years after its opening, the V&A’s pioneering spirit hasn’t faded. Its fashion blockbusters, like “Naomi: In Fashion,” celebrating the model Naomi Campbell (opening June 22), are must-see shows. And its outreach programs, studio classes and parties engage the public as few museums do. Recently, the V&A’s reach has been growing, with offshoots such as the Scottish V&A Dundee , a kid-centric Young V&A and two new museum buildings — one featuring nearly 250,000 works — opening in East London in 2025.

Many contemporary artists and designers claim the V&A as among their favorite museums, and one to which they return again and again. Though neither artist nor designer, I, too, claim the V&A as a favorite museum and have visited dozens of times, often for less than an hour just to wow my young kids with the monumental plaster casts of European monuments or even just to get out of the rain.

But I knew there were still sections I’d never visited. So, after an absence of three years, I spent a day there and came up with a game plan for others to navigate those vast halls.

Get there at 10 a.m., when the doors open, so you can breeze through the ground-floor galleries while they are still virtually empty and then head to more remote parts.

Since fabrics are fragile and fade, the fashion exhibits are changed regularly and there’s always something fresh and engaging to see. From there, wind past the entrance through the arts of Asia, from the elegantly simple furniture of Ming China to the intricately carved lacquerware of Japan, to the eye-poppingly vivid blue tile reliefs and stunning silk carpets such as the 16th-century Ardibil carpet from Persia.

Then into the Cast Courts, three huge galleries packed with full-size reproductions — plaster and metal casts — of sculptures and building fragments from around Europe. Exact copies of medieval tombs line the floor while masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David, Trajan’s Column and Renaissance church facades rise toward the ceiling. One can easily get stuck here, awed by the scale and charmed by the concept of corralling massive replicas from across the centuries into a playground for architecture buffs.

From there it’s an easy slide into the adjacent medieval and Renaissance galleries, which cover Europe from 300 to 1600, and where the colorful fourth- and fifth-century tapestry fragments on view or the radiant gold-backed mosaics from Ravenna, Italy, reveal that the Dark Ages were not entirely devoid of light and color.

The later galleries reveal just how connected and sophisticated many parts of Europe were in the Renaissance. Exquisite regional products — metalwork and armor from Germany, shimmering lusterware ceramics from Spain, tapestries from Brussels — became sought after on an international marketplace.

Carving your own path

In such a sprawling museum, there is no single logical or even chronological path to follow. For many, that’s part of the V&A’s appeal: the quirky juxtapositions one encounters roaming its six floors (the ground floor is numbered zero, so the “fourth floor” is actually the fifth level; the V&A also has a -1 basement level).

So on my visit, once the galleries started filling up at midday, I took the elevator to the remote fourth-floor ceramics galleries and then made my way to the lower floors.

On the fourth floor, it feels as if virtually everything ever made of clay or porcelain — Ming, majolica, Meissen, you name it — is displayed in floor-to-ceiling cases, including stacks of Chinese bowls salvaged from a ship that sank in 1400 off the Malay Peninsula.

Just when you think one can’t stretch the clay any further, you get to a display about Josiah Wedgwood and his innovative Jasperware that became the rage around the world in the 18th century. (The V&A also has an outpost in Stoke-on-Trent dedicated entirely to Wedgwood). The remaining fourth-floor galleries showcase furniture from the last 600 years.

The third floor offers a similar range of media and epochs — from international glass in all its facets to architectural models. One might expect Venetian Murano glass to reign supreme, but the quirky and colorful 18th-century German enameled glass, as well as green-hued glasses and goblets adorned with blobs of glass steal the show.

On the second floor, a network of long galleries offers deep dives into religious stained glass, small-scale bronze sculptures, English paintings and drawings, as well as tapestries. Nearby, gorgeous murals by Frederic Leighton push the V&A propaganda in themes like “The Arts Applied to War” and “The Arts Applied to Peace.”

Also on the second floor, the Photography Center recently expanded its galleries to become Britain’s largest photography exhibition center. Part of a display called “Design: 1900-Now,” features a recent acquisition: a store-bought snorkeling mask that had been adapted by an Italian designer into a functioning oxygen mask during the darkest days of the Covid crisis in 2020.

In a country famous for its crown jewels, the V&A’s spot-lit jewelry gallery packs in everything from fifth-century Byzantine bracelets to jaunty 1970s body jewelry. Standouts include the Townshend jewels — a virtual encyclopedia of gemstones, from colored diamonds to opals, each set in individual rings and displayed in swirls of brilliant color.

And finally, stretching almost across the entire second floor is a display of every imaginable type of ironwork. Seeing these works, such as the monumental 19th-century Gothic Revival choir screen from Salisbury Cathedral, calls to mind the Goethe quote that “architecture is frozen music.”

Take a break then keep going

Even if you’re not hungry, head to the ground level to the Refreshment Rooms, the world’s first museum cafe, which opened in 1868. Designed by the leading talents of the day — James Gamble, William Morris, Philip Webb, Edward Burne-Jones and Edward J. Poynter — the original decoration remains largely intact, a snapshot of Victorian modernity. Back in the day, each room had a different menu and proposed clientele, but today, for about £10, visitors can choose from a buffet of hot English fare, quiches, sandwiches, beer, wine or soft drinks, and take their meal into whichever room they find most pleasing.

Back in the galleries, I had saved what I considered the best for last: some two dozen British galleries (spread between levels 1 and 3) that tell the country’s history from the Tudors to the Victorians through paintings, furniture, clothing, musical instruments, textiles and truly fabulous beds, including the Great Bed of Ware, a massive four-poster built in 1590 for an inn. It measures nearly 11 feet on each side, supposedly able to accommodate four couples. Centuries-old graffiti covers practically every plank, and its fame merited a mention in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”: “… as many lies as will lie in thy sheet of paper, although the sheet were big enough for the bed of Ware.”

And then finally, the most extraordinary works in the museum, shown in a cathedral-like space: the famous Rafael cartoons for the tapestries that were created to adorn the Sistine Chapel in 1515-16. Commissioned by Pope Leo X, Raphael painted the designs on paper, which would have been used as the guide for the weavers to follow. Now owned by King Charles III and considered among the greatest works of Renaissance art, they were created as part of a manufacturing process, so it seems wholly appropriate they are on loan to the V&A, where fine art and manufacturing go hand in hand.

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Introducing Discover Dundee: your official guide to the City of Discovery

Dundee’s only  open-top sightseeing tour  is back, running daily from Friday 29th March until 1st September 2024 . Climb up-top to enjoy the best views, feel the breeze in your hair, and bask in the blue skies of  Scotland’s sunniest city . There’s so much to see and do as you travel around the city – so join us and explore Dundee at your own pace enjoying a range of attractions and landmarks.

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  • Tours every hour, seven days a week
  • Hop on and off to explore Dundee’s top landmarks and attractions
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Dundee Law and the Tay Road Bridge
  • Day-long tickets valid on all Xplore Dundee buses
  • Learn and laugh with a full audio commentary

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Discover Dundee tours run every hour during the day, seven days a week from 10am with the last departure leaving the V&A at 5pm.

Tickets are valid all day  and can be bought on the bus from the driver (using cash or  contactless ), or as an mTicket in the  app  (just search ‘Xplore Dundee’ in your app store). Best of all tickets aren’t limited to the Discover Dundee tour – you can use them to travel further afield on all routes in the Xplore Dundee network, such as hoping on the 5 to venture around the picturesque Broughty Ferry!

The primary stop at Discovery Point on Riverside Drive, situated near the Railway Station & V&A, is where you’ll find the bus resting between journeys, one of our friendly, knowledgeable drivers will be on-hand to answer questions, sell tickets and help you find your way.

The buses are fully accessible, with a low-floor platform and space for a wheelchair or up to two unfolded buggies.

The full journey lasts up to 50 minutes, but you can  hop on and hop off  along the way to Xplore Dundee at your own pace. Check out the highlights map  HERE . You can join the tour at any designated bus stop along the way.

From the open top deck, you’ll have a  unique view  of all the city’s  must-see landmarks and attractions . And Dundee really is Scotland’s sunniest city – averaging more than 1500 hours of bright sunshine every year. Of course, we do recognise the reality of Scottish weather from time to time, which is why (on such rare occasions…) the front section of the top deck is enclosed: so that you can escape the elements and still see the sights.

Make sure to grab a set of complimentary headphones (or feel free to plug in your own) so that you can learn and laugh with the  audio commentary guide  – complete with local voice-overs, quiz questions, fun sound effects and music to really immerse you in the experience.

We’re excited to tell the story of our city, which includes lots for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. Learn more about the history behind Dundee’s famous “ Three Js “, find out why Dundee rubs shoulders with cities like Berlin, Istanbul and Singapore, and so much more.

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What radio station is Indy 500 on? How to listen to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The 2024 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Many fans like to listen to the race, and there are plenty of options.

The IndyCar Radio Network broadcast is set to air in 32 Indiana cities, 26 states and on Motorsport.Radio in the United Kingdom. The flagship stations in Indianapolis are 93.5 and 107.5 FM.

How to stream the Indy 500 radio broadcast

The race is also carried on SiriusXM Channels 85 and 218.

What radio station is the Indy 500 on?

These Indiana stations will carry the race : Anderson (1240 AM, 103.7 FM), Austin (92.7 FM), Batesville (103.9 FM), Bedford (1340 AM), Berne (92.7 FM), Bloomington (1370 AM, 98.7 FM), Brazil (1130 AM, 99.5 FM, 106.9 FM), Columbus (1010 AM, 98.1 FM), Crawfordsville (103.9 FM), Edinburgh (100.3 FM), Ellettsville (105.1 FM), Fort Wayne (1380 AM, 1190 AM, 100.9 FM, 107.5 FM), Frankfort/Lebanon (1570 AM, 96.9 FM), Indianapolis (93.5 FM, 107.5 FM), Jasper (104.7 FM), Kendallville (1140 AM, 94.3 FM, 95.5 FM), Kokomo (1350 AM), LaPorte (96.7 FM), Lafayette (105.3 FM), Marion (860 AM), Monticello (107.7 FM), Muncie (98.3 FM, 103.7 FM, 104.1 FM, 1340 AM, 92.5 FM), Paoli (95.3 FM), Portland (1440 AM, 105.3 FM), Princeton (100.5 FM), Richmond (96.1 FM), Rochester (92.1 FM), Salem (1220 AM, 97.9 FM), Spencer (97.7 FM), Warsaw (1480 AM, 99.7 FM, 107.3 FM), Washington (107.9 FM).

Who are the Indy 500 radio announcers?

Mark Jaynes is the lead announcer. Turn announcers are Nick Yeoman, Michael Young, Jake Query and Chris Denari. Davey Hamilton is the driver analyst.

How to listen to the Indy 500 outside of Indiana

With state, city, frequency

Alabama : Anniston (1450 AM, 95.1 FM), Goodwater (97.5 FM), Montgomery (1210 AM, 107.5 FM)

California : Monterey (1240 AM), San Francisco (680 AM, 104.5 FM), San Mateo (1050 AM)

Florida : Bartow/Winter Haven (1130 AM, 97.1 FM, 102.9 FM), Tampa/St. Petersburg (820 AM, 96.7 FM, 98.3 FM), Tavernier (96.9 FM, 102.5 FM), Wauchula (1310 AM, 102.1 FM)

Georgia : Clarkesville (102.9 FM), Gainesville (550 AM), Marietta (1230 AM, 106.3 FM)

Hawaii : Honolulu (990 AM)

Iowa : Albia (96.7 FM), Audubon (96.5 FM), Burlington (1150 AM), Cedar Rapids (1600 AM, 102.3 FM, 106.3 FM), Creston (101.3 FM), Decorah (104.7 FM), Des Moines (1700 AM, 101.3 FM), Marshalltown (1230 AM, 93.9 FM)

Illinois : Charleston (92.1 FM), Chicago (720 AM), Christopher (103.5 FM), Danville (1490 AM, 94.9 FM, 104.7 FM), Decatur (98.1 FM), Dixon (1460 AM, 95.1 FM), Flora (103.9 FM), Hoopeston (100.9 FM), Mattoon (103.9 FM), Paxton (104.9 FM), Teutopolis (102.3 FM), Wateska (1360 AM, 94.1 FM, 96.9 FM)

Kansas : Garden City (1240 AM, 104.9 FM), Salina (910 AM, 107.5 FM), Wichita (1480 AM)

Kentucky : Ashland (1340 AM, 93.3 FM), Danville (1230 AM, 103.9 FM), Lewisport (102.7 FM)

Michigan : Detroit (910 AM), Mattawan-Kalamazoo (92.5 FM), Menominee (103.7 FM)

Minnesota : Bemidji (98.3 FM), Sauk Rapids (800 AM, 102.3 FM), St. Cloud (660 AM, 95.7 FM)

Missouri : St. Louis (590 AM)

Montana : Butte (550 AM, 101.5 FM)

North Carolina : Burlington (1150 AM, 105.9 FM), New Bern (1490 AM, 107.5 FM), Statesville (1400 AM, 100.7 F, 105.9 FM), Williamston (92.1 F)

New Hampshire : Nashua (1590 AM, 95.3 FM)

New Jersey : Pompton Lakes (1500 AM, 98.3 FM)

New York : Dundee (96.9 FM), Newark (1420 AM, 96.9 FM, 103.5 FM), Penn Yan (1570 AM, 96.1 FM), Warwick (1110 AM, 93.5 FM), Watkins Glen (101.9 FM)

Ohio : Columbus (920 AM), Gallipolis (101.5 FM), Lima (1150 AM), Norwalk (1510 AM, 92.9 FM)

Oklahoma : Guymon (1210 AM, 106.3 FM)

Pennsylvania : Beaver Falls (1460 AM, 95.7 FM), Butler (1050 AM, 97.3 FM), Canton (100.3 FM), Carlisle (1000 AM, 93.9 FM, 97.9 FM), Waynesboro (1380 AM, 100.9 FM),

South Dakota : Belle Fourche (1450 AM)

Tennessee : Cleveland (101.3 FM), Greeneville (1450 AM, 95.5 FM), Johnson City (910 AM), Nashville (102.5 FM, 106.3 FM), Wartburg (101.3 FM)

Virginia : Charlottseville (1260 AM, 107.5 FM, 107.9 FM), Lynchburg (1050 AM, 104.5 FM, 105.1 FM, 580 AM, 94.1 FM, 100.5 FM), Richmond (1140 AM), Warsaw (107.5 FM)

Wisconsin : LaCrosse (1410 AM, 92.3 FM, 106.7 FM), Merrill (730 AM, 96.3 FM), Two Rivers (980 AM, 97.1 FM)

West Virginia : Bethlehem (105.5 FM), Huntington (101.5 FM), South Charleston (1410 AM, 102.3 FM)

Wyoming : Pine Haven (103.1 FM)

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Local News | Landlocked in its Crystal Lake home, Raue Center for the Arts wants to bring performing arts venue to East Dundee

Officials from Raue Center for the Performing Arts, in Crystal Lake, addressed the East Dundee Village Board May 20, 2024, expressing a desire to possible build a venue there.

“We really love the idea of bringing the arts to all,” CEO Richard Kuranda said at the Village Board meeting Monday night. “So, we are here today to officially ask you to consider building and creating an arts center that we would collaborate with you on and hopefully serve.”

A new Raue Center would be “an economic draw to this wonderful town,” Kuranda said. The center, based in Crystal Lake, is excited about East Dundee’s town square and bringing comedians, concerts, plays and educational programs to the village, he said.

“We are really hoping this is just the starting point to imitate a dialogue,” he said.

The performing arts center, with about 250 to 350 seats, could be built on the former Doederlein Lumber Co. site.

East Dundee purchased the site a few months ago, Village Administrator Erika Storlie said.

“It presents an incredible opportunity for us to envision what could possibly go there. There are a lot of options,” she said.

A performing arts center is one idea, Storlie said.

“Let’s see what the different iterations there could be,” she said.

One possibility is creating a public-private partnership with a developer and the Raue Center to build and open a center. The village could provide tax increment financing district funds as an incentive for developers, Storlie said.

“The good thing is we have a space that, I think, is quite amazing for this purpose and could also support other income-generating operations so that everybody can be well positioned for success,” Storlie said.

Raue Center is landlocked in McHenry County. Leaders there have been looking at an additional property for about nine years. The idea would be to have a performing arts center that mirrors its current location, which draws about 3,000 artists every year, Kuranda said.

The nonprofit organization averages more than 150 performances per year.

Raue Center has over 1,000 members, which is at an all-time high, officials said. Membership increased steadily post-COVID pandemic, data showed. Raue officials estimate that 60% of active donors and audience members travel from outside the community to see shows. The center has been key in helping promote economic growth in downtown Crystal Lake, Kuranda said.

Monday’s discussion was the beginning of the Raue Center and the village exploring the idea of a new performing arts center. Kuranda said he expects the process would take a few years to complete.

“We heard about your guys’ interest in our town. I think everybody has been excited about it, Trustee Scott Kunze said. “We’re glad you are here and look forward to seeing what’s next.”

Gloria Casas is a freelancer.

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