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DundeeUnited Kingdom

Explore a city built on a jute empire, with magnificent Victorian architecture, beautiful North Sea beaches and an extinct volcano offering fabulous views.

Looking over the Firth of Tay, Dundee is a historic quayside city with medieval foundations. Established over 800 years ago, the city expanded and renewed itself throughout medieval times, the Victorian era and the industrial revolution. See Dundee’s diverse landscapes on a stroll through the city or from atop an inner-city hilltop.

Dundee owes its Victorian opulence to the industrial revolution and production of jute. Visit Verdant Works, a museum in a former jute mill, to understand the industry’s history and learn how its wealth enhanced the city.

The McManus Galleries and Museum and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral are magnificent examples of Gothic-style architecture. City Square has additional striking architecture. Here, find local markets, community events and tributes to Dundee’s prestige in the comic world.

Dundee’s maritime industries made it the perfect place to build the polar-voyaging RRS Discovery, which you can visit at Discovery Point. Get further insight into the city’s history at the Howff, a centuries-old cemetery in the heart of the city.

Admire stunning city views from Dundee Law, an extinct volcano that is now a grassy summit in the middle of town. Spot the sandy beaches of Broughty Ferry and find the perfect patch of sand to spend the next sunny day.

Enjoy contemporary culture in Dundee too. Check out Dundee Contemporary Arts or the Dundee Rep Theatre to appreciate the city’s emerging artistic talents.

Visit a traditional pub and sample an aged scotch whiskey. Try jams and marmalades made from locally grown berries. For a livelier night, head to Dundee’s downtown bars, which are popular with students from the city’s large universities.

Reach Dundee by air, train, bus or car. The city has its own small airport. International airports in Aberdeen and Edinburgh are within a 90-minute drive. Regional and intercity trains arrive at Dundee’s main railway station near the quay. Stay in restored Victorian-era lodgings, comfortable city hotels or beachside cottages. Take a daytrip to the surrounding Glens and Highlands or play at the nearby golf courses.

Top hotels in Dundee

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, Scotland
The price is £59 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Located in the heart of Dundee, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of HMS Unicorn and V&A Dundee. University of Dundee is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Dundee Tay ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (956 reviews)

"The hotel was modern clean and friendly. The staff were excellent and the room was large and well equipped"…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Malmaison Dundee
Malmaison Dundee
4 out of 5
44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, Scotland
The price is £53 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Situated in Dundee, this romantic hotel is steps away from City Square and V&A Dundee. University of Dundee is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away. Dundee Tay Bridge Station ...

4.2/5Excellent! (856 reviews)

"Nice rooms and great big bathrooms. Would definitely stay with them again"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Malmaison Dundee
Holiday Inn Express Dundee
Holiday Inn Express Dundee
3 out of 5
41 Dock Street, Dundee, Scotland
The price is £51 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in the heart of Dundee, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of City Square and V&A Dundee. University of Dundee is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away. Dundee Tay ...

4.1/5Very Good! (897 reviews)

"In these difficult times the hotel was very organised. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The limited food on offer was very good. Location was excellent. The only down side was the car park. It is council owned and therefore quite expensive, but as it linked to hotel by gangway, very ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Holiday Inn Express Dundee

Popular places to visit in Dundee

V&A Dundee
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V&A Dundee

4/5(184 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at V&A Dundee, a favourite museum in Dundee. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Dundee Science Centre
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Dundee Science Centre

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Be amazed at robotics, explore space from the planetarium and apply all five senses at this fascinating and interactive science museum.

Discovery Point
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Discovery Point

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Travel back in history and relive the valiant voyages of Antarctic explorers. View multimedia exhibits aboard a traditional wooden ship and floating museum.

City Square
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City Square

4/5(90 reviews)

Dundee’s cultural center lies in this civic square, where exciting local events and markets occur beneath the grand façades of historic buildings.

Desperate Dan Statue
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Desperate Dan Statue

Spot the bronze likeness of a much-loved comic character strutting through his home city of Dundee when you visit City Square.

Verdant Works
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Verdant Works

4.5/5(35 reviews)

See original industrial artifacts and learn the personal stories of the workers and barons who made up Dundee’s prosperous Victorian-era jute boom.

Top things to do in Dundee

Small-Group Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky from Edinburgh
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Small-Group Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky from Edinburgh

£52
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour

£46
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife
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St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife

£49
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
St Andrews, Falkland & the East Neuk of Fife Full-Day Tour
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St Andrews, Falkland & the East Neuk of Fife Full-Day Tour

£45
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
St. Andrews, Fife & Dunfermline Abbey Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup
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St. Andrews, Fife & Dunfermline Abbey Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

£40
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

£350
Per adult

Reviews of Dundee

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 58.63192182410423%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.840390879478828%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.6514657980456026%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Decent shopping, good pubs and restaurants, really nice walk along the river Tay and very clean compared with other city centres

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

Go to Dundee for work every month. Will not be returning back to this hotel. Much better options in Dundee eg apex.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

It is one of my favourite places as I was there as a student 40years ago and my kids are there now. But the DCA the discovery, the V&A, the Mcmanus gallery and erdant works are all excellent...stunning countryside and the Tau with road and rail brid

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Just wentto VandA and DCA. Main visit was to St. Andrews after we checked out.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Have always liked Dundee, a lot of regeneration work has been done to make it more appealing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Jan 2020

Very friendly city.

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