Dundee

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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 whisky. 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.

Best Western Queens Hotel
Best Western Queens Hotel
3 out of 5
160 Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £50 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in the heart of Dundee, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from University of Dundee and 0.6 mi (1 km) from V&A Dundee. Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and ...
4/5 Very Good! (363 reviews)
"Staff and hotel food great, the hotel itself is looking a bit tired in places."

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2021

Best Western Queens Hotel
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, Scotland
The price is £69 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
Located in the heart of Dundee, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of HMS Unicorn, V&A Dundee, and University of Dundee. City Square and Desperate Dan Statue ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (961 reviews)
"Great location great food friendly staff"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa
Malmaison Dundee
Malmaison Dundee
4 out of 5
44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, Scotland
The price is £57 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in Dundee, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from V&A Dundee and 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from University of Dundee. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Loved the Interior of the Hotel . Very clean room with comfortable bed and crisp white bedlinen . Great view of The Tay Bridge from bedroom window . Staff at reception welcoming and friendly . Would have no hesitation in booking this Hotel again ."

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Malmaison Dundee
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GreenStar Apartments
GreenStar Apartments
4 out of 5
48 Bell St, Dundee, Scotland
Situated in Dundee, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Abertay University, University of Dundee and V&A Dundee. McManus Galleries and Museum ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Great stay
"It was a great stay in Dundee. The apartment is located on a university campus with several pubs nearby. Its central location made it easy to walk to places more inland like Dundee Law as well as the main tourist sites along the water. The apartment itself was huge and nice. Would recommend!"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021

GreenStar Apartments
Westport Serviced Apartments
Westport Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
138 West Marketgait, Dundee, Scotland
Located in the heart of Dundee, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from University of Dundee and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from V&A Dundee. Dundee Repertory ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (92 reviews)
"The room was very spacious, and the equipment was very clean."

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Westport Serviced Apartments
Luxury Victorian farmhouse, dog friendly, in 7 acres of garden, orchard and wood
Luxury Victorian farmhouse, dog friendly, in 7 acres of garden, orchard and wood
Binns of Fowlis, Binns Farmhouse, Dundee, SCT
Located in the mountains, this Dundee holiday home offers ski-in/ski-out access within 9 mi (15 km) of Camperdown Country Park and Templeton Woods, Mills Observatory ...
5/5 Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Magical Christmas Stay
"We stayed 20-28th December over the festive period. The house is amazing. Karen put up a tree for us. The entire party loved the stay. Beds were very comfortable, plenty of crockery and utensils for a large family dinner. The grounds are well maintained and are beautiful. The layout is just what ..."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2022

Luxury Victorian farmhouse, dog friendly, in 7 acres of garden, orchard and wood
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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