Dundee Local Information: 10 top things to know... more

  • 1. History

    The port of Dundee has played an important role in the city’s history. It was once known as the capital of the jute trade as well as being a major whaling port. Dundee is often referred to as the City of Discovery, and this name comes from the Royal Research Ship Discovery, led by Captain Scott on his first journey to the Antarctic at the beginning of the 20th century. It wa...Read mores built in Dundee and is now in the city as a tourist attraction. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Dundee, situated at the mouth of the River Tay, is a modern city offering a good selection of green spaces and plenty of tourist attractions. Education is big part of life in the city due to the two universities: the University of Abertay Dundee and University of Dundee. There is also a further education college and teacher training college.

  • 3. Events

    Dundee Science Festival runs for two weeks from the end of October and offers a wide programme of science-based events for all ages and abilities. Thousands of people enjoy workshops, lectures, debates, entertainment and more in a variety of venues. The Dundee Literary Festival is held in October and includes a range of events including open mic evenings, workshops and perform...Read moreances. This celebration lasts for three days. The Dundee Flower and Food Festival takes place at the end of August and offers a wide selection of events including the World Jam Awards and a Celebration of Dance. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Discovery Point tells the story of Captain Scott’s voyage to Antarctica. Visitors can climb aboard the RRS Discovery and experience hands-on exhibits, multi media displays, an audio visual show and much more. The Mills Observatory includes two main display areas, the observatory dome with telescopes and a planetarium. The Sensation Science Centre is based on the five senses...Read more and includes interactive displays. Events take place regularly at this venue. Broughty Castle Museum is in the listed building of Broughty Castle, built in 1496. This attraction includes activities, displays and great views. Camperdown Wildlife Centre has a variety of animals for visitors to meet including lemurs, marmosets, porcupines and a brown bear. The McManus art gallery and museum includes galleries, interactive displays, changing exhibitions and events. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    There are plenty of parks and gardens to enjoy in Dundee, including the Barnhill Rock Garden, Baxter Park and Pavilion, Camperdown Country Park and Clatto Country Park. The Dundee Ice Arena is the city’s ice rink, offering skating sessions for all ages and abilities. The Dundee International Sports Complex has facilities for netball, football, basketball, table tennis, and ...Read moremore. Swimming is available at the Lochee Swim Centre. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The Overgate Shopping Centre has many big name stores as well as independent retailers and plenty of places to eat and drink. The centre has parking for over 1,000 cars. The Wellgate Shopping Centre has over 30 shops, a food court and a 600-space car park. City Quay is a retail, leisure and hotel development on the city’s waterfront. This shopping area is just a short walk ...Read morefrom the main city centre. Farmers’ markets are held in the city on the third Saturday of the month in the High Street. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    The main A-road in and out of Dundee is the A90. This leads to Perth, to the west, and along the coast to Aberdeen in the north-east. The A92 leads to Arbroath, to the east. Dundee Airport, which is about four miles from the city centre, has domestic flights to the rest of the UK. Edinburgh Airport, which is about 41 miles from the city, has domestic and international flights....Read more Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The main venues for live entertainment in Dundee are the Dundee Repertory Theatre and The Whitehall Theatre. Dundee Contemporary Arts is a centre for exhibitions, art and culture. Films are shown at this venue, workshops take place and exhibitions are held. Live music takes place in a variety of venues including Fat Sams and The Reading Rooms.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Tay Road Bridge is 2,250 metres in length and runs across the estuary of the River Tay from Dundee to Newport on Tay. The bridge was opened in 1966 after four years of building work that cost £5 million. There are 36 full time staff looking after the bridge.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    The first Tay Bridge was opened in 1877 after six years of building work, but collapsed on a stormy night in December 1879, killing an estimated 75 people who were on a train crossing the bridge when the disaster struck. The exact cause of the Tay Bridge Disaster is not known to this day.

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