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When people think of the community of Dundee, the first thought is often of crocodiles in Australia rather than this city in Scotland.
Situated in the central Lowlands on the Firth of Tay, this medieval city is built on journalism, jam, and jute. You know your experience is going to be a little bit different when you see a bronze figure of Desperate Dan is a community’s city square! With Discovery Point and the Verdant Works Museum often visited, here is a more in-depth look at what this lively city has to offer visitors.
Dundee is also a shopper’s paradise, where major department stores co-exist with specialist shops tucked away in side streets. The aroma from some of the finest bakers in the UK wafts out to tempt you to sample the delicious bridies, speciality pies, tempting butteries and the famous ‘Dundee Cake’.
Are There Really Rainbows and Unicorns in Dundee?
You could go visit the RRS Discovery and experience one of the best floating museums in the world. You could also stop fighting with all of the tourists and experience an authentic atmosphere of a salty sailing ship that was built in the early 19th century. The Unicorn is the oldest British built ship that is still floating and had room for 46 guns. She was put out to retirement almost immediately upon being launched and never saw action, but that’s to your benefit.
Once you’ve seen the beauty of the sea, it’s time to see the beauty of the city itself. You can do this by climbing up Dundee Law for a good view of the two Tay bridges. Just be prepared for an extensive climb as it is 174 meters tall.
A final stop at the McManus Galleries will round out the perfect experience. Built in a Gothic inspired Victorian building in 1867, you can take your time to explore the many exhibits that are on display here. It’s a trip through time as the history of the city is explored, going back to the Iron Age, and there are relics from the Tay Bridge Disaster here as well.
There’s Always a Chance For a Good Time in Dundee?
One of the best places to be in Dundee is Metro. Not only will you get a view of the old Victorian dock, but you’ll get to enjoy a sense of affordable sophistication with the dining experience. Try to get your reservations in before 7pm to take advantage of their very affordable 3 course dinner menu. If you don’t, that’s fine as well because the chicken curry that comes out of the kitchen is some of the best in the world.
Visit Dundee Repertory Theatre, based at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter It is a unique organisation in the UK, providing the most comprehensive arts services in Scotland, offering audiences an all year round mix of theatre, dance, music, comedy and more. It is a major artistic community that is home to Scotland’s only full-time Ensemble Company, the Scottish Dance Theatre – Scotland’s principal modern dance company and the Education & Community Company one of the UK’s largest and most acclaimed Community Arts organisations.
Afterward, make some time to be at the Speedwell Bar to get a pine of real tap ale. There are a number of excellent malt whiskies available too and the atmosphere isn’t bad either. It’s definitely one of the best Edwardian bars in all of Dundee. There’s lots of warm mahogany to get extra atmosphere to the cold pints you’ll enjoy!
Dundee is an incredible city that offers a lot of hospitality to all who visit. A bit quirky, with a lot of natural beauty, this community waits to welcome you with open arms. Plan your visit today and you won’t be disappointed!
Sensation Science Centre
This is a Science Centre with a difference. It takes the mechanics of the senses as a base from which to explore the world around us, using lots of interactive tools to keep the young and the young at heart happy.
Takes you on a historical tour of the jute trade. The story of jute and the story of Dundee are inseparable. At its peak the industry employed 50,000 people in the city and satisfied much of the worlds demand for jute goods.
Is the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne and has been a royal residence since 1372. Here you can celebrate the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Hosted the most significant event in Scottish history. On 6 April 1320 the Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed by the assembled Scottish nobility in Arbroath Abbey.
Which is an early 19th-century working mill. Here you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the splash of the water-wheel and the sound and smell of grinding grain.
Angus Folk Museum
This is one of Scotland’s finest folk museums and it is where to find out about life in rural Scotland during the past 200 years.