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Some will argue that Dundee was a hidden jewel on Scotland's east coast until recently. On the other hand, Dundee has recently attracted worldwide recognition and emerged as a strong competitor among Scotland's must-see cities. It's excellent for a city break, a weekend getaway, or as a base for exploring the rest of Scotland. You'll find some of the top reasons to visit this beautiful city in our city guide below.
Why should you visit Dundee?
The waterfront in Dundee is getting a £1 billion facelift. One of the attractions is the spectacular V&A Dundee, designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. A building and museum that has won a number of prizes, including being named one of TIME Magazine's "World's Greatest Places for 2019." However, The V&A isn't Dundee's only amazing destination, and TIME Magazine isn't the only magazine that has taken note of this magnificent town.
Recent Achievements by the City
Dundee continues to win recognition, enhancing its awareness in the UK and worldwide. GQ Magazine named Dundee "Britain's Coolest Little City" in 2015, and The Wall Street Journal called it one of the top "10 hot locations" to visit in 2018. It's also on National Geographic's 2019 "Must See Cool List" and "Top 19 Cities to Visit in the World." But those aren't the only awards presented to Dundee.
Dundee has a strong history of inventing and innovating. It is also a design-driven city and the only UNESCO City of Design in the United Kingdom. Only 22 other cities in the world have received this prestigious honour. When you know this, it comes as no surprise that the V&A picked Dundee as the location for their first museum outside of London.
This city has also given birth to many other firsts. Did you know it was the birthplace of the Scottish gaming industry? It is the home of 4J Studios (the company that developed Minecraft and Angry Birds). Dundee is where some of the most well-known video games, such as Grand Theft Auto, were designed and produced. Not only that, but The Dandy, The Beano, and Desperate Dan are all created in Dundee!
Another reason to visit Dundee is its brilliant location. Dundee is a fantastic location, giving it an ideal base for exploring other parts of Scotland. Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling are all conveniently accessible by public transport. It is also adjacent to spectacular beaches, lovely coastal villages, towering castles, historical and cinematic sites, breathtaking mountains, and a variety of activities to suit any and all interests.