An overlooked jewel in the heart of Scotland.
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An overlooked jewel in the heart of Scotland.
Dundee often doesn’t get the attention that some of its bigger neighbours like Edinburgh and Aberdeen steal, but it’s well worth exploring next time you take a trip to Scotland. The city enjoys an unparalleled location on the beautiful Scottish coast, and it’s because of this that the locals are known for being friendly and welcoming.
Dundee Train Station is located right on the shores of the River Tay, in the heart of the city. This location offers great views sweeping into the city across the water and it makes it the perfect place to start exploring the city.
Dundee packs a punch despite its small size. However, its diminutive nature does make it easy to cover everything on foot. And, as any good shopaholic knows, this makes it perfect for shopping ‘til you drop! There are two shopping malls in the city centre, offering all of your favourite brands. Not only will you find all of the UK’s biggest names, you’ll also find a range of shops native to Dundee. You can find everything from unique gifts to the hottest trends.
If independent shopping is what you’re after, there’s plenty to be explored in the streets of Dundee. Shops sell everything from jewellery to toys, and designer stationery to quirky spectacles and sunglasses. Whether you’re looking for a vintage record or an ultra-modern art print, you’ll find it all tucked away in the winding streets of the city.
Dundee is a creative haven and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the great pop-up markets. Some of the most popular include the WASPS open days, the Tea Green Pop-Up markets, and, of course, the Christmas Market. Here you’ll find loads of local artists, jewellers and designers selling unique pieces.
As you would expect from a city with Dundee’s location and reputation, there’s plenty of options for keen foodies. From Dundee cake to fish and chips, there are plenty of local delicacies on offer. Most of the best options come from indie operators unique to the area. Think craft coffee, handcrafted cocktails, and locally-sourced ingredients.
Held every third Saturday of the month, The Dundee Farmers’ Market has stalls that pop up across the pedestrianised City Square offering a great place to mill around while shopping, with most offering a try before you buy option.
Each district in the city offers a different dining experience. Some of the main areas to explore include the City Centre, Perth Road and Broughty Ferry. Each has a distinctive flavour and atmosphere. ‘The Ferry’, as it’s affectionately called by locals, is the place to head to on summer evenings, when you can make the most of the coastal location as well as the outside dining areas of its many pubs. Perth Road, near the university, offers a great selection of cool bars and cafés, with a distinctive hipster vibe. Meanwhile, if you really want to get the party started, the pumping city centre scene is where you need to be.
Dundee has had something of a resurgence in recent years. The biggest sign of this when it comes to culture is the giant new V&A centre – the only one outside of London. V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and aims to showcase the brilliance of Scottish creativity, as well as the best designs from around the world. The V&A isn’t the only great museum in the city though. Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works delves into the city’s fascinating history, while McManus’s imposing Gothic exterior is home to an amazing collection of art as well as environmental exhibitions.
The water-side location of the city also has a big impact on Dundee’s culture, which can be seen in the many activities on offer in the surrounding areas. Whether you choose to take to two wheels and make your way down the riverside cycle path or go on a boating trip along the river and even out into the sea. If the weather’s not cooperating, you can still take to the water - take the opportunity to make the most of the Olympia Leisure Centre with its cutting-edge flumes, rapid river and wave pool.
Music also plays a large part in Dundee culture. Annual music festivals held in the city include the Almost Blue Festival, which features local artists as well as a great variety of visiting artists. A summer music programme also gets the city dancing in the streets, with big names like Rudimental and Olly Murs performing in the past.
Dundee Station has step-free access from Riverside Drive and Civic Plaza. Both accessible ticket machines and office counters are available in the station, as are ramps for train access. Customers are advised that there are no accessible taxis available at the station.
Dundee has several bus operators running the extensive bus network. However, the ABC Ticket allows you to travel on an unlimited local service. For customers who prefer a door-to-door service, a taxi rank is also available at the station who prefer travelling by taxi.
For further information about Dundee Station, check out our station guide.
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