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  • The exterior of Dundee Contemporary Arts at night, Dundee city centre
    Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee city centre
  • Dundee Science Centre in autumn, west of the city centre
    Dundee Science Centre, west of the city centre
  • Servers standing alongside pastries and cakes on display inside Fisher and Donaldson Bakery
    Fisher and Donaldson Bakery
  • The bandstand on Magdalen Green, Dundee
    The bandstand on Magdalen Green, Dundee
  • The exterior of The McManus, Dundee city centre
    The McManus, Dundee city centre

A city break in Dundee is a great choice for any budget and taste, especially for families who are looking for child-friendly attractions, shopping, restaurants and activities.

Explore Dundee

Start your break in Dundee by visiting top attractions, including the RRS Discovery, browse an array of city centre shops and enjoy an excellent evening meal before seeing some evening entertainment.

Dundee Botanic GardenAmongst the top city attractions, Dundee also had a great number of parks and gardens, where you can enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the city. Take a trip to the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, visit one of the 59 public parks, or follow the coastal walking route from Riverside Nature Park. You can also find lemurs and bears at the wildlife centre in Camperdown Country Park, or climb up Dundee Law, an extinct volcano, for beautiful views across the city and over the River Tay.

Follow the Dundee itinerary

Family things to do

Dundee's the perfect city to visit for families, as children and adults alike will enjoy stepping aboard the historic ships at the city's waterfront, getting involved in science experiments at Sensation, and meeting the animals at Camperdown Country Park.

Enjoy a family day out in Dundee

Place to eat

There is a great range of places to eat in Dundee, whether you want to relax in one of the city cafés and restaurants such as the stylish Byzantium or experience fine dining at The Playwright. You'll also find a great range of fresh local produce at the city's farmers' market.

Attractions

Visit a variety of attractions in and around Dundee, from museums and galleries such as the McManus to the fascinating Mills Observatory and excellent performances venues.

Visit the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, refurbished and reopened in 2010, for eight galleries with over 4,000 thought-provoking works of art, alongside a changing programme of contemporary exhibitions.

See city attractions

Nightlife

After a great meal at a restaurant, why not enjoy visit a venue, to enjoy music, comedy, theatre, dance or a film?

There's a full programme of performances all year round at Dundee Rep, as it's home to Scotland's only full-time dramatic company and the Scottish Dance Theatre. Take in a film at Dundee Contemporary Arts, watch a concert at Caird Hall, or simply head to one of the area's bars or charming pubs for a quiet drink. There are also regular performances staged at the Whitehall Theatre and Gardyne Theatre.

Shopping

Spend a few hours shopping in the city centre, with two shopping centres pedestrianised streets, you'll be spoilt for choice amongst the independent stores and high street brands.

Enjoy a break at one of the city's cafes and restaurants, and look out for the farmers markets which sell fresh local produce.

Browse shops in Dundee

Events

Whether you want to plan a break in time to see one of Dundee's biggest events, such as the Dundee Flower and Food Festival, or would like to catch a live performance when you're in town, there are always great events on in the city.

See what's on in Dundee

History and heritage

The city of Dundee is known for the three Js - jute, jam and journalism - the three industries on which the city's prosperity was built. You can find out more about the history of the jute capital at Verdant Works, a restored jute mill now open as a history museum.

Discover the area's history

Nearby

Broughty FerryJust a short bus ride from the city, lies the charming town of Broughty Ferry. Set beside an award-winning golden sand beach, this town has a collection of small streets offering individual boutiques, galleries and lively cafés. Spend a day in this town browsing local and national arts and crafts at Eduardo Alessandro Studios, or take a boat tour out onto the River Tay to look for dolphins. Spend a sunny day on the beach, at Broughty Castle and visit the local bars and restaurants such as the Fisherman’s Tavern and Ship Inn.

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