This spirited Scottish city gives you the best of all worlds, offering a wealth of cultural, creative and culinary experiences for all.
Dundee is rapidly becoming a hub for culture and innovation with a huge redevelopment that has seen the likes of V&A Dundee finding a home there. It can offer the best of a city break and a weekend getaway to the great outdoors, all rolled into one!
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Thanks to plenty of train and coach travel around the city, getting around Dundee is pretty simple. You can use the local bus service operated by Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach. You can also catch one of the regular buses from High Street to Broughty Ferry to explore more of the Dundee countryside.
Stagecoach offers a weekly ticket for just £12.50 that will give you unlimited travel on all Stagecoach bus services. Known as a Dundee dayrider, you can purchase it from the bus driver/conductor when you board the bus. If you’re heading there with the family, you get discounted tickets for students and under 19s.
You can also head into the Xplore Dundee Travel Shop in Commercial Street and purchase a range of Xplore Dundee passes. Weekly passes are £13.80, four-weekly tickets for £50.00, or even an annual pass from National Express for £44.00 if you want to make trips to Dundee a regular occurrence!
There are several different companies you can hire bikes from in Dundee, including Spokes Bike Hire and Electric Bikes Scotland. If you’ve walked around the main city centre and fancy adventuring further out, or just get from point to point a little more quickly, hiring a bike might be a fun and efficient solution.
If you’re looking for off road routes, try the 26 mile Green Circular route that passes through many of Dundee’s parks and other attractions. You can explore the length of the River Tay by cycling along the waterfront, which will lead you to neighbouring towns if you’re feeling adventurous when it comes to looking for new places to visit outside Dundee.
There are an array of different car rental services throughout Dundee, however, as the city is a walkable area with lots of pedestrianised streets, you probably only want to hire a car if you’re anticipating driving further out of Dundee.
If you do need to travel somewhere that requires a car, but not often enough to warrant hiring one, there are taxi ranks dotted throughout the city including on High Street and Nethergate.
Currently in the middle of a £1 billion redevelopment, Dundee Waterfront is well worth a visit during its amazing transformation. It’s already seen the creation of the V&A Dundee in 2018, Slessor Gardens, various waterfront buildings and there’s a lot more in store. Even while it’s in its renovation phase, there are still lots of things to see if you wander around the area, including stunning architecture.
In the 19th century, Broughty Ferry transformed from a little fishing and whaling village, to an affluent area dominated by wealthy jute barons and their luxury villas. Now it’s home to an eclectic combination of building left over from this transition. This has made for a charming and tranquil place for visitors to go for a wander along the shoreline, The Ferry, and grab a bite to eat in the popular local pubs. You can also visit the local museum which documents the town’s transformation from a fishing village, as well as local wildlife and geology.