Dundee Backpackers hostel is opened in May 2008 and offers a high standard of accommodation in a great location on the High Street.
With capacity of 90 persons there is a mixture of dormitory accommodation, double/twin en suite rooms, single rooms and a family room en suite. Group bookings are welcome. All the rooms have electronic card operated locks which also open the front door to the building. There is 24 hour access to the Hostel. The building dates back to the 16th century and is the second oldest in Dundee. Now sympathetically restored with all modern conveniences there are self catering facilities, a conference hall, internet access, games room with pool table, library, laundry and in house museum. Quality furnishings and very comfortable beds are standard and there is full disabled access with the provision of 2 lifts. The friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and ensure your stay in Dundee is an enjoyable memory.
Dundee Backpackers hostel is in a great location on the High Street with numerous shops, eateries, pubs and clubs right on your doorstep. The hostel opened in spring 2008 following a painstaking two and a half year renovation project. It was however worth the wait as the five buildings that make up the hostel are now beautifully restored. Enter through the huge ornate iron front gate and you find reception in the oldest part of the hostel; the 'Gardyne' building which dates back to 1560 and is the finest remaining example of late medieval architecture in the city. Reception is located in an ancient courtyard which is now covered by a spectacular glass roof. Other parts of the hostel date back to the 17th and 18th centuries and display the architectural style of their era. All five buildings are of immense character and even have their own little on-site museum full of information and artefacts from the buildings' history. In its time the site has housed among others, booksellers, jewellers, merchants, mariners, physicians and several past Provosts of the city. In the late 1880s it was owned by John Keillor of international marmalade fame.
The accommodation is luxurious by hostel standards offering all mod cons in a unique medieval atmosphere. There is a selection of room types and style from which to choose and most have en suite facilities. The double and twin bedrooms are particularly spacious and many contain examples of the buildings' preserved heritage. Train and bus stations are within a 5 minute walk and you cannot miss the hostel on the centre of the city's main thoroughfare. During the day you can visit the local attractions such as Discovery Point, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and the McManus Galleries which are just a short stroll form the hostel. The Caird Hall is opposite the Hostel on the High Street. In this fabulous location, with such friendly staff and comfortable accommodation Dundee Backpackers Hostel is the best place to stay in town.