Five reasons why you need to discover Dundee

For seasoned urban explorers, the ideal city break should have the perfect mix of fabulous food, buzzing bars and eye-catching culture. It’s even better to discover a place like this before word gets out.

What if we were to tell you all of the above is available right here in Scotland? And within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Fuelled by an up-and-coming bang-on-trend billion pound investment, Dundee ticks all the boxes.

This hidden gem on the banks of the silvery Tay even has the added bonus of a charming castle and beach in nearby Broughty Ferry.

Here we list five reasons why Dundee needs to make your travel edit this summer.

New beginnings

Dundee is set to benefit from an incredible £1.1bn tourism investment in the next three years. Just 60 miles from Edinburgh and 80 miles from Glasgow, the city is served by fantastic road and rail links. Stepping out on to the flagship waterfront development there is a definite buzz as the city throngs to the pulse of progress. Now is the time to visit ahead of the rush.


Despite moving at a rate of knots this dynamic city keeps one eye on its heritage and no trip to Dundee would be complete without a visit to the world renowned RRS Discovery. Literally across the road from our front door. The historic ship tells the story of Captain Scott’s trip from the city to the Antarctic. Following the nautical theme the Frigate Unicorn – a 200-year-old historic ship and Scotland’s only wooden war ship – is just five minutes’ walk away.

Art and culture

Traditionally known for its blend of jam, jute and journalism, Dundee also has a burgeoning and edgy art scene. The stunning gothic McManus Galleries offers a wonderful window into it, with eight galleries to explore, the institution is currently celebrating its 150 anniversary.


Dundee United’s Tannadice in the sun last Thursday

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Or “Fitba” as it’s referred to locally, is in the DNA of the city. Dundee and Dundee United are the big rivals, and as far as being neighbours there is just a stone’s throw between them, with Tannadice (Dundee United) and Dens Park (Dundee) just 400 yards away in the same street.

Bars and a beach

As investment revamps the city’s civic spaces, Dundee’s bars and restaurants are building an Al Fresco café culture of their own to capitalise. Just a short stroll from the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, The Wine Press is the ideal spot to grab a drink or bite to eat after all that culture. Once you’ve sampled the bars why not blow away the cobwebs with a walk at nearby Broughty Ferry, the Dundee suburb with a beach and castle. Or take a short-trip over the river to Newport-on-Tay. This charming coastal town is home to the Newport – a restaurant run by 2014 Masterchef Winner Jamie Scott. The views as you watch the sunset over Dundee are picture perfect and worth the trip alone.

If you like the sound of a city break in Dundee why not take advantage of our summer offer here.