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Tay Bridge taken from Dundee, Scotland

Things to do in  Dundee

Scotland’s welcoming creative city

Once derided for its postindustrial gloom, Dundee has become one of Scotland’s most exciting cities. Leaning into its cultural heritage, thriving arts scene, and youthful student population, Scotland’s fourth-largest city is now a creative hub and a UNESCO City of Design. Set on the northern shore of the Firth of Tay, Dundee has plenty to keep a visitor occupied, including the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum and the only Victoria and Albert museum outside of London, and the Antarctica-faring RSS Discovery. Best of all, it’s home to some of the friendliest people in the UK.

Top 4 attractions in Dundee

Hill of Tarvit Mansion & Garden

Hill of Tarvit Mansion & Garden

The Hill of Tarvit Mansion & Garden is an Edwardian era mansion house, first built in the 17th century and remodeled in 1906. With an exquisite collection of antiques, Chinese porcelain, furniture and paintings, it provides a glimpse of early 20th century Edwardian life. The Main Hall features Flemish tapestry, while the Dining Room displays fine English furniture and the Drawing Room is home to French furniture and Rococo-style plasterwork. The fireplace in the Smoking Room is made of a remnant of the nearby Scotstarvit Tower that dates to 1500.One of the major attractions of the grounds is a nine hole hickory club golf course, which was added in 1924. Visitors can also try their hand at croquet, billiards and parlour games from the early 1900s. Alternatively enjoy one of the three marked walks around the grounds – the Woodland Walk, the Hilltop Walk or the Centenary Walk.More
Kellie Castle & Garden

Kellie Castle & Garden

Kellie Castle & Garden is located in Fife, about three miles northwest of Pittenween in eastern Scotland. Built in the 14th century, Kellie Castle was home to the Oliphant family for 250 years and is pretty much the same today as it was when the family departed in 1613. The library ceiling is one of the oldest ornamental ceilings in Scotland and the dining room features paneling painted in the 17th century. In the stables, you can see an exhibition on the life and work of Hew Lorimer, a 20th century Scottish sculptor who took over the leads of the castle in 1937.Outside of the castle, the Arts & Crafts Garden is full of old fashioned roses, herbaceous plants, fruits and vegetables and the Kellie Wood boasts a large pond, adventure playground and bird hide and is home to foxes, badgers, deer and rabbits.More

St. Andrews Castle

Just north of St. Andrews’ town center, the ruins of St. Andrews Castle sit on a windswept headland overlooking a beach. Dating from around 1200, the castle was the main residence of St. Andrews’ bishops and archbishops, and the main administrative center of the Scottish church in medieval-era Scotland.More

Discovery Point

On the banks of the River Tay, Discovery Point is home to the RRS Discovery, a former Antarctic research vessel. Learn the Discovery’s story, from the ship’s construction to its many voyages, including the Discovery Expedition of 1901–04, when Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton first journeyed to the Antarctic.More

All about Dundee

When to visit

The Scottish climate is always unpredictable, but Dundee is typically at its best in summer. During June, July, and August, Dundee lives up to its reputation as the sunniest place in Scotland. You’ll also find the cultural calendar in full swing during summer, with pop and rock concerts often taking over Slessor Gardens in the city center.

Getting around

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own wheels: getting around Dundee is a breeze. All of the major attractions are within a short walking distance in the compact city center. If you need to venture further afield within the city, Dundee’s network of reliable buses will get you there. For trips out of town, head for the centrally located railway or bus station.

Traveler tips

Dundee is a great city for getting on your bike. You can rent a bicycle from the Cycle Hub on the waterfront, next to the V&A Dundee, and pedal the flat track that connects Dundee and Broughty Ferry. Much of the 4.5-mile (7.2-kilometer) route runs alongside the River Tay, and when you reach Broughty Ferry’s charming town center, you can refuel at one of its many cafes, pubs, and restaurants or relax on the golden beach.

People Also Ask

Is Dundee worth visiting?

Yes, Dundee is definitely worth a visit. Major tourist-friendly revitalization has taken place in the city over recent years, and projects such as the V&A Dundee have brought the city’s strong creative scene to the forefront and made great use of its attractive setting on the northern bank of the River Tay.

What is Dundee famous for?

Dundee used to be famous for the three j’s: jam, jute, and journalism. Once the city’s three most-important industries, they have since waned—but nowadays, Dundee is known as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design and as the home of Scotland’s national design museum, the V&A Dundee.

Why do people visit Dundee?

People visit Dundee to see some of Scotland’s most important tourist attractions. Dundee’s two nautical museums, the RRS Discovery, Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship, and the 19th-century warship, HM Frigate Unicorn, are big draws, as is the V&A Dundee. Dundee is also a gateway to the scenic Angus Glens and Cairngorms mountains.

What are some fun facts about Dundee?

Dundee—sometimes cheekily referred to as “Sundee”—has long been known as Scotland’s sunniest city, but a recent study found that it is also the driest city in the UK, with less recorded rainfall than any other part of the country. Few people know that Mary Shelley spent time in Dundee and that her experience in the city influenced her writing of Frankenstein.

What language is spoken in Dundee?

English is spoken in Dundee, as it is everywhere in Scotland. Visitors will notice Gaelic (one of Scotland’s three official languages) on road signs and in the train station, museums, and other public buildings, but English always accompanies it. Scots (Scotland’s third official language) is also widely spoken.

How many days should I spend in Dundee?

One day should be enough time to see all of Dundee’s attractions, which are all relatively compact and close to one another. If you want to explore more of the surrounding area, such as the beaches of the northeast coast or the surrounding hills and mountains, you could add another day or two.


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