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V&A Dundee

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24 Hours in Dundee Itinerary

Recognised as a UNESCO City of Design and home to the V&A Dundee, this diverse and compact city is certainly the place to be! Make the most of your precious time here and explore what the city has to offer in just over 24 hours with this great one day itinerary! From food & drink to inspiring museums and galleries, Dundee certainly has it all!

Transport

Car Walk

Days

1

Miles

14

Route

Within Dundee

Highlights

V&A Dundee, Broughty Castle Museum, RRS Discovery, McManus Art Gallery & Museum, HMS Unicorn, Dundee Science Centre, Foxlake Adventures

Areas Covered

Dundee

Day 1

overview

Dundee

Dundee may be well-known for its jute, jam and journalism but there are more hidden gems to be discovered. In recent years, the city has completely revolutionised into an urban city hotspot with many people from across the world flocking to catch a glimpse of what the city has to offer. With the opening of V&A Dundee and its plethora of museums and art galleries, its no wonder that Dundee is quickly becoming one of Scotland's hottest cities!
  • Miles

    14

  • Km

    23

  • Stops

    6

  • Transport

    Car Walk

V&A Dundee & Verdant Works

A trip to Dundee would not be complete without stopping off at the V&A Dundee - Scotland's first design museum. The museum, which opened in September 2018, is the first museum of its kind outside of London and well and truly puts Dundee centre-stage. Enjoy spending a few hours taking in the impressive art galleries and exhibits, from fashion and engineering to video game design. If that's not enough to fill your boots, make sure to check out the V&A Dundee website to get the latest updates on upcoming events throughout the year.

Just a short walk away from the museum is the Verdant Works. This world-class attraction offers visitors a unique insight into the history of Dundee's industrial textile heritage. Step back in time as the mill workers take you on a journey of what it was like working here, all while being in awe of the attraction's amazing architecture.

Duration of stay: 2 Hours

Broughty Castle Museum

Broughty Castle Museum will certainly bring a fun family day out to life with a plethora of exciting things to see and do! Discover history and wildlife at its very best while you explore the wonders of this 15th century coastal fort, which was once under siege and rebuilt in the 19th century as part of the River Tay's coastal defence system. For all the keen photographers out there, snap away until your heart's content with spectacular views over the River Tay from the observation point - a great spot for catching glimpses of dolphins too! Make sure to pop into the museum, take a look back at the local history, the people and the environment of Broughty Ferry and with free entry, what's not to love?

Duration of stay:  1 Hour

McManus Art Gallery & Museum

If you're a sucker for all things art and culture, the McManus Art Gallery & Museum is just the ticket! This magnificent Victorian building is home to an impressive collection of artworks spanning almost 400 million years. Enjoy an audio tour around the attraction where you can get a deeper understanding on all things architecture and shipbuilding. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for exciting exhibitions and displays throughout the year too.

Duration of stay: 2 Hours

Dundee Science Centre

Discover a whole world of possibilities at the Dundee Science Centre. Keep yourself and the whole family entertained with an amazing interactive experience which delves into the five senses, set to inspire and intrigue children of all ages - including grown-ups! Highlights include moving a ball up into the air with the power of your mind, taking part in dramatic science demonstrations and shows, or why not investigate a crime? Whatever you decide to do, the Dundee Science Centre will leave you spoiled for choice.

Duration of stay: 2.5 Hours

Foxlake Adventures

You don't have to travel for miles to experience the very best of Scotland's outdoor activities. Situated right in the heart of Dundee's city centre is Foxlake Adventures. Push yourself to the limits and embrace your inner Tarzan as you take on a wide range of fun obstacles! Learn how to paddleboard for an exciting way to explore Dundee City Quay with your friends or family, or learn how to become a wakeboarding pro with a range of taster sessions to suit your skill set - all accompanied by a friendly instructor to guide you along the way. During the summer months, have oodles of fun with the whole family as you take on the giant inflatable assault course where you and the family are bound to have endless hours of fun.

Duration of stay: 2.5 Hours

Dining Out & Nightlife

When it comes to good food & drink you can always count on Dundee! Whether it's fine dining or somewhere that is cheap and cheerful, Dundee has plenty of places to whet your appetite. Put your glad rags on and enjoy a fine dining experience like no other at The Tayberry serving Scottish cuisine with a flourish of creativity.

The Newport, situated on the banks of the River Tay in the nearby town of Newport on Tay, is also another great alternative when it comes to fine dining with the menu including local pheasant with parsnip and truffle potato, St Andrews lobster with sea herbs and wild garlic and fun appetizers such as crab tacos.

Don't want to splash the cash? Not to worry! Dundee is becoming more popular for its café scene, Pacamara is a great breakfast and brunch spot to set you up for the day. A clear winner on their menu is the traditional full Scottish breakfast with sourdough toast on the side. Stop off at The Parlour for a bite to eat. The café offers good hearty breakfasts and lunches with dishes ranging from Arbroath smokies, spring green frittata's, homemade sandwiches and soup, and delicious deli salads. It's not just great cafes and fine dining which Dundee boasts, there are also many other great restaurants that are dotted across the city. Gallery 48 is a hidden gem amongst visitors and locals. This small modern art gallery also acts as a popular tapas restaurant. Enjoy a good mix of art, workshops and delicious food with favourites such as Spanish tortilla, olive tapenade and artichoke or salted cod fritters with house aioli. If you're looking for a classier fish and chip joint, look no further than Tailend. Enjoy a delicious sit-down fish supper with a mug of tea or you may even fancy a cocktail. Enjoy the catch of the day or a whole variety of fish dishes including other all-time Scottish favourites such as haggis, neeps and tatties.

Dundee is not only notorious for its good food and drink but it's up and coming nightlife scene also has everyone talking too. Transport yourself back in time at Draffens. This 1920's speak-easy style bar is the perfect setting for a good night out with friends or family. Hear live jazz music while you sip away on some great cocktails. Enjoy craft beer at its very finest at Innis and Gunn's Beer Kitchen. Get the chance to create your own beer where a beer master will guide you step-by-step on the basics on how to add your own style and flavour and useful tips and tricks. Not to forget that you will be able to take home with you your own beer which you have brewed!

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