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Some may say that Dundee has been a hidden treasure on Scotland's east coast until recent years. On the other hand, Dundee has received international attention recently and has emerged as a strong contender among Scotland's must-see cities. It's ideal for a city break, a weekend escape, or as a starting point for seeing the rest of Scotland. In our city guide below, you will discover some of the best reasons you should visit this fantastic city.
Why you should visit Dundee
Dundee's waterfront is undergoing a £1 billion makeover. The magnificent V&A Dundee, created by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, is one of the highlights. A structure and museum that has received several awards, including being named one of TIME Magazine's "World's Greatest Places for 2019." However, The V&A isn't the only fantastic attraction in Dundee and TIME Magazine isn't the only publication that has noticed this wonderful town.
The City's Recent Awards
Dundee continues to win awards, increasing its visibility both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Dundee was voted "Britain's Coolest Little City" by GQ Magazine in 2015, and The Wall Street Journal selected it as one of their top "10 hot places" to visit in 2018. You may have also spotted it on National Geographic's 2019 "Must see cool list" and "Top 19 cities to visit in the world." But those aren't Dundee's only awards.
Dundee has a long tradition of invention and innovation. It is also a design-driven city, as well as the UK's sole UNESCO City of Design. Only 22 other towns in the world have won this coveted honour. It's no surprise that the V&A chose Dundee as the site of their first museum outside of London.
This city has also given birth to many other innovations. Did you know it's where the Scottish gaming industry began? It is the location of 4J Studios (the company that developed Minecraft and Angry Birds). Some of the most well-known video games, such as Grand Theft Auto, were invented and developed in Dundee. If that wasn't enough, The Dandy, The Beano, and Desperate Dan are all based in Dundee too!
Dundee's excellent location is just another reason to visit. The city of Dundee is in a fantastic place, making it a perfect spot to have a base while visiting other regions of Scotland. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling are easily accessible by public transportation. It is also close to magnificent beaches, charming coastal towns, majestic castles, historical and cinematic places, breathtaking mountains, and various activities to suit your preferences.