Dundee slessor gardens
Dundee’s Slessor Gardens

 

Occupying one of the finest City locations, on the north bank of  the River Tay, Dundee City is perfectly placed as a tourist destination. The only south facing City in Scotland, Dundonians enjoy more hours of sunshine and more green spaces than any other Scottish city dwellers. Not too large, it has all the cultural and leisure pursuits you would expect in a much larger City and its central position means that 90% of Scotland’s population lives within 90 minutes of the city. Add to that, excellent road, rail and coach links which make it an excellent base to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.

One of Scotland’s most progressive cities, work has been going on for some time to change the face of Dundee’s Waterfront at a cost of £1 billion. The focal point of the revitalised Waterfront will be “the V&A at Dundee”, an offshoot of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. This architecturally stunning building, when completed, will be an International Centre for Design and will host major exhibitions and celebrate Scotland’s Design Heritage. Complementing this new development are local attractions such as The McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, displaying the City’s historic collection; Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre with its international reputation for contemporary art, and Dundee Rep, home to Scotland’s only full-time acting ensemble and contemporary dance company. Dundee was recently awarded the title UNESCO City of Design, the only City in the UK to hold this award.

Dundee’s long gone, traditional industries, such as textiles, whaling and shipbuilding are brought to mind with the restored RRS Discovery, launched in 1901, and now sitting alongside her multi award winning Visitor Centre, Discovery Point, which gives an insight into the hardships of polar exploration. HM Frigate Unicorn, launched in Chatham in 1824, now based in the City’s Victoria Dock, is the last intact warship from the days of sail. Verdant Works, is an Industrial Museum which recounts Dundee’s time as Juteopolis when 50.000 people were employed in the Jute industry. Also Linen and Twine Manufacturer, John Mills, left a bequest to build Mills Observatory, Britain’s only full-time Public Observatory with powerful; telescopes and a permanent astronomy exhibition.

Historic ships, Observatory and outstanding Museums are just a small selection of Dundee’s interesting attractions why not make the journey to discover the others in this City of Many Discoveries.