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The Top 5 Must-Visit Gems in Dundee

The Top 5 Must-Visit Gems in Dundee

If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s city life, Dundee is one of the most underrated tourist destinations you should consider visiting. 

Also known as the “City of Discovery”, Dundee is a creative’s dream, boasting several hidden gems and historical sights.

It’s also a wee city, which means that most of its attractions are within walking distance. In our opinion, this makes it the perfect leisurely trip given its compact size.

By the time you’ve reached the end, you’ll find yourself wanting to relocate to this quaint town. So, without further ado, let’s hop right in! 

1. Tay Rail Bridge

Tay Rail Bridge

Photograph: jasty78 on Flickr

Spanning 2 miles long, the Tay Rail Bridge was once hailed the ‘world’s longest bridge.’ Unfortunately, it collapsed in 1897 due to a terrible storm and the bridge’s poor design, drowning 75 people onboard a train.

Despite its tragic history, the new Tay Rail Bridge stands alongside the original, commemorating the lives lost in the accident. 

To get the most out of your visit, we suggest taking a stroll on their central walkway. This is perfect for pedestrians to admire the magnificent view of the River Tay.

So, don’t forget to get your eyes checked or else you might just miss the breathtaking view.

2. V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee

Photograph: Scotland


Operating Hours: Daily: 10 AM – 5 PM

Contact Details: +44 1382 411611

Opened to the public in 2018, this modern museum was created as a tribute to Scottish design achievements and trends. 

They boast several exhibitions, some paid and others free, to check out. It’s important to note that these are often on display for a limited time.

We suggest exploring their website for any interesting exhibits you don’t want to miss. Who knows, you may find new inspiration for an upcoming design project. 

Did we mention that admission is free? So, aside from being a must-see stop, you’ll also be able to save a few pounds to spend on a nearby cafe. 

3. Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

Photograph: Glamis Castle


Operating Hours: Daily: 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Contact Details: +44 1307 840393; [email protected]

A fairy-tale-like landmark just 12 miles from the Dundee city centre lies the glorious Glamis Castle.

According to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this 17-century baronial castle has over 1,000 years of history within its walls. It’s also where the book King Duncan was defeated and killed.

Spooky, right? Given its reputation for being haunted, they offer ghost tours where you’ll learn a tonne of fascinating stories and myths of what has gone on within these walls. 

If you’re a scaredy-cat, though, you’re probably better off joining their regular tour. You can expect a fee of around £15 per person for a 50-minute guided tour of the castle and its grounds.

We think it’s also worth highlighting that they offer luxurious accommodations if you’re willing to spend the night. Beware of unexplainable creaky doors and leaking faucets, though (we’re kidding!). 

4. Mills Observatory

Mills Observatory

Photograph: Dundee City Council


Operating Hours: Saturday: 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Contact Details: +44 1382 435967

Did you know that the Mills Observatory is the UK’s first public astronomical observatory? 

Built in 1935, this purpose-built facility has several displays, talks, shows, and workshops dedicated to space exploration.

It also boasts a Victorian refracting telescope which allows viewers to see over 30,000 objects in space. So, it’ll be no surprise if you spend the entire day here watching the stars and planets.

Upon entering, you’ll need to pay a small fee for adults and children over 6 years old. You can also get in touch with them to schedule group bookings. 

5. Broughty Ferry Beach

Broughty Ferry Beach

Photograph: Visit Scotland

Renowned for its golden sand and scenic waterfront, the Broughty Ferry Beach is a must-see for any tourist visiting Dundee. 

With that said, it’s a popular place for many couples aiming to get picture-perfect wedding photos. 

During warmer months, it’s a well-known hotspot for sunbathing. In colder months, on the other hand, it’s a prime location for wildlife watchers looking to catch a glimpse of migrating seals, porpoises, and waders.

While it’s dog-friendly most of the year, pets aren’t allowed on the beach from May to September. If you plan on bringing your furry friend, ensure they’re always on a leash.

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