Top tips for exploring Dundee

Updated on 10 August 2022

As the world continues to open up again, we look forward to welcoming more of our alumni back to Dundee. Whether for a day trip, the weekend, or a reunion we would love to see you back in the city. To help with your planning here are some of our top tips for exploring Dundee today.

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University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Visit the University of Dundee Botanic Garden and enjoy its wide range of plants, with fine collections of conifers and broad-leaved trees and shrubs, tropical and temperate glasshouses, water garden and herb garden. Located in 9.5 hectares of south-facing, gently sloping land near the banks of the River Tay, the Garden features many species of indigenous British plants and representative collections of plants from all the continents of the world.

The Garden has a popular cafe and gift shop with a plant nursery, whilst regular art exhibitions are hosted in the Visitor Centre, and facilities exist for receptions and meetings.

Hotel Indigo Dundee

Boutique Hotel Indigo Dundee brings our city’s jute-spinning past back to life with its bold, minimalist design. Set in a former textile mill with a landmark bell tower, the hotel reflects its industrial heritage, with design nods throughout the lobby and bedrooms and on-site Daisy Tasker restaurant celebrating Scotland’s cuisine, community, and heritage.

  • Lower Dens Mill, Constable Street
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Tailend Dundee

Tailend is the product of the renovation of the old Deep Sea Chippy on the Nethergate, Dundee. Run by a local fishing family who turned an empty cellar space into a beautiful boutique restaurant and takeaway. The family also run their sister restaurant in St Andrews.

V&A Dundee

An international centre of design, V&A Dundee presents the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. The first-ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.

Discovery Point and RRS Discovery

Explore the magnificent, 121-year-old Royal Research Ship Discovery that was purpose-built for scientific objectives to explore at the time in the little-known Antarctica continent. At Discovery Point learn the stories of her voyages around the world and follow in the footsteps of the great explorers Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew.

The Pine Cone Cafe

The Pine Cone Cafe is a small delight set in a beautiful location in the Angus countryside just a short distance from Dundee and surrounded by picturesque views and their Christmas Tree Farm. The cafe offers a wide range of home-cooked food, cakes, and the finest hot drinks. They also have 'The Doghouse' if you would like to bring along your furry four-legged friends.

  • Templeton Christmas Tree Farm, Strathmartine
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Verdant Works

A five-star rated must-see visitor attraction in the very heart of Dundee city that proudly educates visitors about Dundonian social history, the jute industry and its place in the world in an over 150-year-old textile Mill. Sense the genuine atmosphere of Victorian time throughout the architecture, machinery and the stories of the workers.

The Quirky Coo

The Quirky Coo is a card and gift shop based in the heart of Dundee. If you’re looking for something a bit different (or even quirky) pop in or visit online.

Embark Dundee

Embark Dundee, the e-bike share scheme operated by Ride On, is the greatest mobility solution to move around Dundee. The electric bikes are easy to use, affordable and fun. Get on a bike and explore the city.

A list of stations can be found on the Ride On Dundee website.

Discover Dundee: your official guide to the City of Discovery

Enjoy a grandstand view of Scotland’s sunniest city with the Discover Dundee sightseeing bus tour. Highlights of the route include a panoramic vista from Dundee Law, skyline views from the Tay Road Bridge and, of course, a run along memory lane to reconnect with the landmarks you’ll remember fondly from your student days. Tickets last 24hrs and are valid across the Xplore Dundee network. Welcome aboard!

Dundee Museum of Transport

Dundee Museum of Transport offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as displays on a wide range of vehicles, toys, and models. They have a fully stocked cafe with board games and an arcade machine with over 100 games. One of their best attractions is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! They regularly rotate their vehicles in Hall 1 so there is always something new for recurring visitors to see and they host a new event every month. The museum has also recently completed its brand-new Sensory Garden and their 'Cars COP26 and the Climate Crisis' exhibition is up and running. A lot of the vehicles can be opened and you can take your picture inside.

  • 10 Market Mews, Market Street
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Find out more about your alumni benefits

We are delighted to be partnering with a number of businesses and attractions across the city to bring you, our alumni, a number of exclusive discounts and benefits.