Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and a fantastic base for touring, shopping, eating out, entertainment and visiting a varied mix of attractions.
Dundee - 'one city, many discoveries' - has transformed itself in recent years into a lively, cosmopolitan centre that's an increasingly popular choice as a short city-break destination or for a great family day out.
Once heavily industrialised, Dundee is now developing exciting commercial, cultural, artistic, and scientific dimensions to take it forward into the 21st century. Dundee has been named the must-visit Scottish destination by countless travel writers, publications and websites.
Dundee is being picked out as the place to visit for 2019 for good reason. Not only is it a UNESCO City of Design but it’s home to Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee and the only V&A museum in the UK outside of London. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the extraordinary futuristic building is situated on the city’s waterfront and has already become one of Scotland’s most instagrammable visitor attractions since opening in 2018.
The city centre is a shoppers' paradise with the Murraygate, Wellgate and the magnificent glass-fronted Overgate shopping centre housing major department stores and retailers to suit all interests. Look out for City Quay, on the Dundee waterfront, where factory outlets aim to guarantee designer labels at low prices.
The city's burgeoning cultural quarter is home to highly regarded Dundee Rep Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts centre while elsewhere visitors can enjoy an impressive range of galleries and museums covering a wealth of subjects.
There’s also a feast of major events going on throughout the year including the annual Dundee Jazz Festival in October/November, summer festival of street entertainment, and the city's Guitar and Mountain Film Festivals. Dundee's Food & Flower Festival, held in late August and September, is now the largest in Scotland.
Even before its Victorian heyday, Dundee was an important centre and the city proudly remembers its long sea-faring and industrial heritage with the textile heritage centre at Verdant Works, Europe's top industrial museum in 1999 while just across the city centre, on the bank of the River Tay, Captain Scott's famous Antarctic expedition ship RRS 'Discovery' is berthed at the award-winning Discovery Point Visitor Centre.
Dundee Jazz Festival was listed in 2017 as one of Scotland's best Autumn/Winter Festivals! Click here to read the full article.