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An overlooked jewel in the heart of Scotland.
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Dundee 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. Hop on a train to Dundee and enjoy an unparalleled location on the beautiful Scottish coast, also known for its friendly and welcoming locals.
The main train station in the city is Dundee.
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 has its own small airport where you can fly to regional destinations like London City and Belfast.
Dundee’s closest international airport is Edinburgh Airport. The easiest way to get there via public transport is by hopping on a CrossCountry train to Edinburgh Waverly which takes around 1 hour 20 minutes. From here, walk 5 minutes to St Andrew Square and hop on the TRAM for 30 minutes to arrive at the terminal.
There are ways to find cheap trains to Dundee. Purchasing a railcard is a great idea if you’re eligible as you can save ⅓ on every single journey you take! It quickly pays for itself if you travel frequently. It’s also worth taking a look at two single tickets rather than a return, as this can sometimes work out cheaper. We have student deals too. Visit our cheap tickets page for loads more tips on finding affordable trains to Dundee.
For further information about the station in Dundee, check out our station guide.
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.
We want to help you travel affordably, so we recommend booking your train to Dundee in advance. You can do this via our website or Train Tickets app. Take a look at our special offers and you may find yourself saving more!
If you want to explore Dundee and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Dundee before you arrive.