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Dundee is Scotland's fourth biggest city, and is located at the foot of Balgary Hill on the north side of the Firth of Tay. The city's waterfront, formerly a significant port, is now a commercial and cultural centre with an excellent maritime museum with preserved vessels and a scientific centre and is well worth seeing.
Dundee has also become a famous destination for entertainment, and the city's cuisine culture and other superb shopping opportunities can be found in the Old Town area. Dundee is also a great spot to go about and explore. Heading up to Dundee Law, an extinct volcano with a summit of 572 feet that affords spectacular views of the city and its environs, is a highlight of a self-guided walking trip.
Cross the Historic Tay Rail Bridge
You'll cross the renowned iron bridge across the River Tay if you arrive by rail in Dundee. The first two-mile stretch of the Tay Rail Bridge, also known as the Tay Bridge, was built between 1872 and 1878 and transported the train from here to Edinburgh across the world's longest bridge at the time.
However, following a storm in 1879, this bridge fell, resulting in a tragic accident in which a train plunged into the freezing waters below, drowning 75 crew and passengers. The old bridge's stumps may still be seen, and a memorial to the victims can be seen on Dundee's shore.
The current bridge, completed in 1887 as a replacement for its predecessor, took nine years to construct and used salvaged girders from the previous bridge. It is still considered one of the most stunning railway excursions in the world. You can even walk over the bridge, pausing at the two observation platforms along the route for great views of Dundee and the Firth of Tay.
It's also worth conquering the neighbouring Forth Road Bridge. It's a terrific attraction for anyone strolling or cycling about the city, and it offers a variety of observation platforms with spectacular views over its stately ancient neighbour. It debuted in 1964.
Discovery Point, on the Dundee waterfront, tells the tale of the royal research ship RRS Discovery. It also uses cutting-edge special effects and audio-visual presentations to clearly depict the Polar Regions' natural desolation and awe-inspiring grandeur.
Visitors can also climb over the ship built in Dundee between 1901 and 1904 to transport Robert F. Scott on his Antarctic expedition. The ship was famous for being the last wood-built three-masted vessel built in Britain, and it claimed the strongest wooden hull of any ship in history at the time. There's also a cafe and a shop to enjoy at this top-rated Dundee tourist site.
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