Nestled on the North Bank of the Firth of Tay, Dundee boasts fantastic proximity to Scotland’s 3 biggest cities yet deserves to be recognised in its own right as the perfect getaway destination for shopping, sight-seeing and strolling. With no shortage of things to see and do, a rich cultural scene and a land steeped in over 800 years of history, Dundee is fast becoming the go-to Scottish city for those in the know. So why not see what all the fuss is about for yourself and book your cheap flights to Dundee with Flybe today?
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Formerly known as the city of ‘jute, jam and journalism’ Dundee has lately enjoyed something of a renaissance and now prefers to describe itself with the strap line ‘One city – many discoveries’. Whether you have few or many days to while away in this loveable city you can’t fail to get enthused about the endless historical and cultural sights, the explosive dining scene or just simply strolling around and enjoying fresher-than-fresh air. With a £300 million regeneration plan (in place between now and 2031) set to connect the city to the stunning waterfront and improve public facilities, you can bet that Dundee’s universal appeal is only going to go one way.
From fancy eateries with waterside views, to relaxed cafes perfect for a leisurely lunch – this is a city that always makes time for a bite to eat. If it’s the aforementioned fine dining you’re after then head to AA Rosette awarded restaurant Castlehill for authentic Scottish dining with a contemporary twist. Another must-visit has to be Metro – where international cuisine is served against the backdrop of sleek interior design and service with a smile. Fancy somewhere a little lower key? Well never fear as Dundee is renowned for its relaxed dining scene, with places like Playwright offering mouth-watering food and movie star imagery and The Gulistan House for unbeatable Indian cuisine served in a breath-taking converted church. Make sure you also include a night out in your plans as Dundee has a pulsating nightlife that encompasses chic bars, laid-back pubs and dance-the-night-away clubs like the award-wining Liquid.
Enjoying a spot of retail therapy in Dundee couldn’t be simpler thanks to the two shopping centres at each end of the city centre, and the extensive mix of independent retailers and high street stores that pepper the streets in-between. For a serious shopping stint your best bet is Overgate – a sizeable mall with a glass feature wall, not to mention over 56 shops selling everything from fashion and cosmetics to homewares and electrical items, interspersed with plenty of cafes in which to relax with a coffee and admire your purchases. Outside Overgate the main high street bursting with yet more retailers leads to the city’s other mall Wellgate – another retail mecca with 3 floors bursting with shops and entertainment. If you’re keen to avoid the hustle and bustle then check out Dock Street and Exchange Street for a larger selection of independent retailers.
Kick off your break with a hike up Dundee Law for unparalleled views over the city, the Tay bridges and even Fife. Hiking to the top is rewarded with a war memorial and plenty of history surrounding the area. Once you’ve conquered the land, make time to learn about the seas with a visit to Discovery Point – where the three masts of the RRS Discovery dominate the riverside and the story behind the ship’s Antarctic voyage is played out through a fascinating exhibition and audio-visual display. Experience Dundee’s ever-growing cultural movement at The Contemporary Arts where modern art, design and cinema are all to be found under one roof. For a completely immersive and high adrenaline experience, make sure you check out Battlefield Live Dundee for indoor combat and laser tag that’ll exhaust and entertain even the most active of visitors.
Located just 3km from the city centre, Dundee airport is easily accessible by car or taxi.
IATA code: DND
Name: Dundee Airport
Address: Riverside Dr, Dundee DD2 1UH
Telephone: 01382 662201
Long stay, short stay and disabled car parking spaces can all be found outside the airport terminal.
Due to its proximity to the city centre, Dundee airport is best accessed and departed via car or taxi. However once in the city centre you’ll find an extensive public transport network including both rail and bus services.
Taxis are available at the airport, but note that booking in advance is required.
There are a range of car hire providers in the airport terminal building, where you can organise a hire car to let you see the city your way.