In 2014, Dundee achieved UNESCO City of Design status. It’s the first city in the UK to attain this distinction. Dundee’s attributes include a fascinating history, family-friendly attractions, diverse entertainment, eclectic shops and world-class restaurants. All this comes with an abundance of arts and culture, wrapped up in a fresh, modern look.
Getting There and Getting Around
The most convenient way to get to Dundee from outside of Scotland is to fly to Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Glasgow. Since Dundee is a main stop on the northeast rail line, it’s easily accessible via coach from anywhere in the UK. Dundee is within two hours travel time of all of Scotland’s main cities. Within the city, travelers can easily cycle or drive around the region, take a guided tour, or use local bus service.
Among the many dining options Dundee has to offer, three of them stand out. The Flame Tree Café features an innovative food and beverage menu that includes rainbow bagels, paninis, wraps, beetroot lattes and milkshakes. Since this café has vegan and free-from menu options, it makes the ideal dining option to accommodate travelers with different dietary requirements.
Travelers who enjoy luxury will enjoy dining at the Taypark House. The restaurant and café are situated in the original drawing and dining rooms of this baronial mansion. The delicious fare includes grazing boards, home-baked goods and gourmet sandwiches. Anyone who wants to experience culture within a culture will enjoy the Agacan Kebab House. This small, family-run business consists of an art gallery and Turkish kebab shop in one.
As the oldest surviving medieval church tower in Scotland, the Old Steeple is a photography lover’s delight. Visitors can climb the 232 steps to get some of the best views of Dundee. For those who can’t make the ascent, there’s still plenty to see. The Old Steeple houses an antiquities room, a cap house and an assortment of carved medieval stones.
Busy travelers who can only fit a few items onto their itinerary should at least visit Perth Road and High Street. The former houses quaint gift shops and contemporary art galleries while the latter offers world-class shopping. Alternatively, go on a family-friendly treasure hunt via the Dundee Treasure Trail. This self-guided tour lets travelers learn about the city’s structures and monuments by solving riddles along the route.