Once most famous for its industrial grime, Dundee has evolved into a vibrant art, design, music and theatre scene. It’s the UK’s first designated UNESCO City of Design and now has the first design museum outside of London. The new V&A Museum Of Design is housed in a world-class building at the heart of the newly transformed waterfront. Visit and learn the story of Scotland's outstanding design heritage.
McManus is Dundee’s major museum, but don’t miss the Dundee Contemporary Arts. A focal point for the arts and design crowd, the building serves as a design shop, hip café, gallery and arts cinema. Just as must-see is the Dundee Science Centre (formerly known as Sensation), a museum devoted to the senses: slide through a cut-away head on a pink tongue, before exiting through a nostril. Sensational, indeed.
Down by the waterfront you can explore the Royal Research Ship Discovery, launched in 1901 to explore the South Pole. In the evening the west side of Perth offers great bars and a wonderful view over Britain’s most powerful river, the Tay. After a pint of deuchars, find a bench and just watch the river go by. No longer just Scotland’s fourth city, Dundee is an absolute delight.
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