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Top 10 Things to Do and See in Dundee

Top 10 Things to Do and See in Dundee

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Scotland’s fourth-largest city is often overlooked by tourists, but it is full of hidden gems. From its historic origins, to the beautiful waterfront, to the city’s traditions of science, discovery, and the arts, Dundee is well worth a visit. Here are the top 10 must-dos in the eclectic city of Dundee.

Get aboard the RRS Discovery

The RRS Discovery, the last British ship built in the traditional three-masted wooden style, was constructed in Dundee and served as the vessel for the British National Antarctic Expedition: Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton’s successful inaugural voyage to the Antarctic. Today, she is docked at Discovery Point, where visitors can tour a museum to learn more whilst enjoying the atmosphere of Dundee’s scenic waterfront.

RRS Discovery, Discovery Quay, Dundee, United Kingdom, +44 1382 309060

Immerse yourself in history at Scotland’s Jute Museum at Verdant Works

Dundee historically was the provider of much of Britain’s jute, and this museum provides an immersive peek into the history of the city’s working class, featuring interactive activities, a film show, and multimedia computer displays. Bring the family along for this fascinating museum, which is engaging for all ages.

Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works, West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee, United Kingdom, +44 1382 309060

See fine art at the McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum

This stunning Gothic Revival building houses Dundee’s primary art collection: eight light-filled open-plan galleries, containing artworks spanning 400 million years of human history. When you’ve had your fill of the art and artifacts, stop by the shop of the McManus for jewelry, books, and artifact reproductions, and then sit down and enjoy the ambiance at the café’s outdoor terrace.

The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee, United Kingdom, +44 1382 307200

Catch a show at the Dundee Repertory Theatre

Dundee’s West End is known to be the cultural hub of the city, and the Dundee Rep is a cornerstone of it. A theatre and arts company, it puts on its own productions as well as hosts visiting companies from across the UK, including dance, comedy, opera, drama, and musical theatre. Celebrities such as David Tennant, Alan Cumming, and Joanna Lumley have all performed here, meaning that you never know who or what you’ll see at a Dundee Rep performance.

Dundee Repertory Theatre, Tay Square, Dundee, United Kingdom, +44 1382 223530

Listen to world-class music at Caird Hall

Built in the early 20th century and named after its benefactor, a jute baron called James Key Caird, the hall serves as Dundee’s main concert auditorium, hosts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra frequently, and is used for graduation and welcome ceremonies by the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay. Come for a concert, or just scope out the exterior, which is famous for its appearance in the 1983 film An Englishman Abroad.

Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, United Kingdom, +44 1382 434451

See the stars at Mills Observatory

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