Dundee – Jewel of the north

The city of Dundee in Scotland sits on the banks of the river Tay, easily reachable by road or rail. A lovely modern city with wide streets and friendly people. Down at the riverside, there’s a great view across the Tay, with both the road and rail bridges spanning the river. There are a number of hotels on the riverside, most within a short walk of the railway station.

Road and Rail bridges in Dundee

Down by the riverside there is also the RRS discovery, the Dundee built ship that took Captain Scott on his first trip to Antartica. It is possible to step onboard the ship when visiting the world class visitors center and café.

Walking up into the town, there are plenty of shops, with 2 large shopping centers in the center alongside a number of small interesting little shops and jewellers. The shopping centres are a mix of stores and café’s with plenty of good places to eat or relax with a coffee. One of the sights not to miss is the ‘Desperate Dan’ statue in the high street, alongside Minnie the Minx from the Beano commemorating the city where the publishers of the comics are based. This is from the ‘Dandy’ comics and is well worth a photo. The old tram coffee stall is also worth a visit, posed as it is on the remains of the old tram tracks still visible in the town center.

Tram coffee shop

One place definitely worth a visit is the Dundee Science Center, part of the Scottish science centres network. The centre has plenty of interesting exhibits, some of which are interactive to keep everyone entertained and fascinated.

Dundee Science center

A very good place to visit, for a day or a long weekend.

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