With a rich heritage in shipbuilding and jute, Dundee today is a centre for science, research and the arts, with a funky modern city centre packed with cotemporary glass-fronted shopping centres mingling with stylish restaurants, cafes, a choice of quality hotels and specialist shops. Discover best contemporary art and see world and art house cinema at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), housed in a unique bright white contemporary building.
Explore one of the most famous ‘made in Dundee’ ships – Captain Scott’s RRS Discovery and a range of interactive and multi-media exhibits on Antarctica at the fun family friendly Discovery Point on the waterfront, with views towards the Tay Bridge. Various items discovered near Scott’s camp are on display here.
Dundee’s other fantastic interactive museum is the award-winning Scottish Jute Museum at Verdant Works. Find out how, what and why Dundee was a world centre for Jute production in the 19th Century, earning the nickname Juteopolis, in this fantastic museum for children. Another guaranteed Dundee fun day out for children, especially younger children, is Sensation – the Dundee Science Centre jam packed with interactive exhibits helping children to understand the five senses! A one of a kind visitor attraction with great science shows.
Theatre goers will find plenty to please at the acclaimed Dundee Rep Theatre around the Cultural Quarter. Visit Dundee during one of the city’s many annual festivals for film, jazz & blues, food, flowers and guitars! Not to be missed is a visit to Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum housed in The McManus, the city’s favourite building in the Gothic revival style with a rich fine art collection and galleries on social and natural history, world cultures and more.
A gateway to the Angus Glens and Coast, Dundee is within easy reach of world class golf at Carnoustie and St Andrews across the Tay Bridge into Fife. Visit the pretty Tayside village of Broughty Ferry, just 4 miles east of Dundee, renowned for its fine antique and craft shops, delectable traditional real ale inns, Blue flag beach and the chicest of cafes and restaurants.
Easy access into the city is via Dundee Airport, just a 5 minute drive away with internal flights running from London City, Birmingham and Belfast. Dundee is one of Scotland’s premier cities for digital design/ media, science and world class research, centred around Dundee University. Look out for the large statues of Desperate Dan and Crew in the city centre – publishers of The Dandy & Beano Comics – DC Thomson – herald from Dundee! Browse & book Dundee accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.