Cheap flights to Dundee are available from a number of regional airports around the UK. Flights to Dundee arrive at Dundee Airport. National Express Dundee operates a bus service to Dundee city centre. Dundee railway station is a short ride away from the airport, and connects Dundee to other parts of Scotland and the UK. Taxis can be hired at the airport, but should be booked in advance.
Dundee is a compact city and most of the centre can be explored by foot or on bicycle. National Express Dundee operates a network of buses around the city. Buses to surrounding areas are run by Stagecoach. Use the Travel Dundee website to check all bus routes and timetables, and to plan a journey. Have the exact fare available if purchasing a single ticket. DaySaver tickets, Journey Cards and Travelcards are also available, and generally help save money on multiple journeys. They can be purchased online through the National Express Dundee website, or from Travel Shops. Taxis can hired in advance if required.
City Square is bordered by the elegant Caird Hall and the Dundee City Chambers. It also boasts a charming bronze figure of Desperate Dan, familiar to readers of The Dandy. Discover the city’s past residents with a visit to The Howff, Dundee’s ancient cemetery. The Verdant Works is a restored jute mill dedicated to showcasing Dundee’s history as an important textile centre. The Law is an extinct volcanic plug and the city’s highest point. It is worth the climb to the top for the splendid views over Dundee and, on a clear day, all the way to Fife. Head to the McManus Gallery and Museum to see its extensive collection of artworks. The gallery also organises many temporary exhibitions as well as special guided tours and workshops.
Dundee’s main shopping centres are the Overgate and the Wellgate malls. They both have a range of popular high street chains, such as H&M, Next and BHS. The city centre also has a variety of independent boutiques that stock designer clothes and jewellery. The Jute Café Bar at the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre is a relaxed eatery with plenty of light, fresh dishes on the menu. Drouthy’s is a cosy pub offering hearty Scottish breakfasts and substantial mains. Duke’s Corner is a popular music venue that boasts an extensive beer, cocktail and wine list. Head over to Fat Sam’s to enjoy music by trendy bands and musicians.