Known for its family-friendly attractions, great selection of shops and as the UK’s first City of Design, we think Dundee is a wonderful city, bursting with amazing things for you to see and do.
Our Facebook and Twitter followers certainly think so too. They gave us lots of great suggestions when we asked them to name their must-visit places in this vibrant city. From climbing aboard Dundee’s historic ships to enjoying a mouth-watering slice of cake in a cosy café, they came up with a great list of fantastic places to visit in Dundee that we couldn’t wait to share with you.
Here are 14 of Dundee’s must-try experiences, all incorporating our lovely followers’ suggestions:
Explore the decks of HMS Unicorn
Launched in 1824, the Unicorn is one of the six oldest ships in the world and is Scotland’s only example of a wooden warship. It boasts four atmospheric decks for you to explore.
Stop off at Discovery Point and learn about the RRS Discovery
One of the greatest ships to ever leave the city’s shipbuilding docks, Dundee’s second ship was launched in 1901 and played a key role in helping the courageous explorer Captain Scott and his men in their quest to explore the Antarctic. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and discover how the ship kept the crew safe from the freezing conditions.
Pop into the Scottish Jute Museum @ Verdant Works
Find out how Dundee became the jute capital of the world in the 19th and 20th centuries and discover what working conditions were like in the city’s many jute mills. Feel the floor tremble as the original factory machines roar into life and listen as mill workers tell you their stories.
Savour a delicious bite to eat
Stop for lunch at a wonderful café, such Fisher and Donaldson Family Bakers or TAnnCake, where you can choose from a varied menu of freshly prepared meals and scrumptious homemade cakes, or choose from an excellent selection of restaurants for dinner, including Rancho Pancho which serves amazing Mexican food in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere.
Treat yourself to a shopping spree
You’ll find a great selection of shops all within Dundee city centre. The city’s two main shopping centres, the Overgate and the Wellgate, boast most high street names and are handily linked by the Murraygate (also lined with fashion shops and cafés), while the surrounding streets are packed with quirky independent shops and great places to grab a bite to eat.
Take photographs of the stunning views from the top of Dundee Law
Grab a tasty pie, sausage roll or bridie from one of the city’s bakeries, such as Nicoll’s Rosebank Bakery at the bottom of Dundee Law, before stretching your legs on a walk up the city’s famous hill. Enjoy the views as you tuck into your delicious savoury treat.
Stroll through Magdalen Green
This much-loved green space is Dundee’s oldest city park and boasts gorgeous views of the sparkling River Tay and out to Fife. Be sure to snap a few pictures of the park’s beautifully restored 19th century bandstand too.
Enjoy a refreshing drink
From Magdalen Green, take a stroll up the lovely Strawberry Bank Street and stop off at one of the city’s many fantastic bars for a well-earned drink. Visit the Art Bar on Perth Road, which features regular in-house DJs and live music sessions, The Taybridge Bar, also on Perth Road, where you can sample an excellent range of whiskies, or The Phoenix on nearby Nethergate, where you can enjoy a traditional pub meal and a hearty pint.
Go on a mind boggling journey at the Dundee Science Centre
Crawl through a giant nose, move a ball with the power of your mind or even morph into an ape – all in just one visit. Watch live science shows and take part in fun workshops before grabbing a bite to eat at the infusion café.
Browse the eight galleries at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum
Discover how Dundee developed throughout the ages from a small settlement into the great city we know today. See fascinating exhibits, including the famous Tay whale and a beautiful collection of 20th century artworks, and choose something tasty to eat in The McManus Café.
Head to the Mills Observatory in Balgay Park
Breathe in fresh air and stretch your legs on a peaceful stroll through Balgay Park. Stop off at the Mills Observatory and use the high powered telescopes to seek out a whole host of phenomenal sights in the sky – all for free! Open seven days a week from October to March and on selected days between April and September, the knowledgeable staff will help you safely look at the sun during the day and will guide you to constellations, asteroids and galaxies in the night sky.
Fire your imagination at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre
Admire stunning works of art or watch a film before enjoying a coffee in the Jute Café Bar and browsing the shop’s unique selection of jewellery and crafts.
Visit the fascinating animals at Camperdown Wildlife Centre
Situated just 15 minutes by car from Dundee city centre, in the grounds of Camperdown Country Park, the centre is home to lemurs, meerkats, brown bears, Scottish wildcats and more. Why not book a special animal experience to get closer to these amazing creatures than you ever thought possible?
Spend a day in the lovely town of Broughty Ferry
Browse the charming shops in the town centre before enjoying a mouth-watering ice cream. Afterwards take a walk along Broughty Ferry beach and feel the sand between your toes before popping into Broughty Ferry Castle which is located close by. Make your way to the observation room at the top of the castle for stunning views over the Tay estuary and look out for the resident school of dolphins playing in the waters.