48 Hours In Dundee

Welcome to Dundee! Scotland’s capital of cool! So many amazing things to do, from art galleries to amazing cafes and restaurants, there is so many things to do in Dundee in the space of 48 hours, here’s our recommendations for March.

Day One

10am: Breakfast at Bridgeview

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Start your morning with a beautiful view over the River Tay and the Tay Rail Bridge at the Bridgeview Station Cafe.

Located in the West End of Dundee, this beautiful cafe and restaurant boasts some mouth watering foods and it is a great place to kick start your Dundee adventure.

11.30am: The Scottish Design Galleries at V&A Dundee

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Head into the V&A Dundee, home to the Scottish Design Galleries which hosts some of the best of Scotland’s design culture.

The Scottish Design Galleries brings the best of Scottish design and look at the amazing talents of Scottish designers.

Whilst visiting the Scottish Design Galleries, also check out Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room which was restored inside the V&A.

12pm: Tatha Bar and Restaurant at V&A Dundee

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After visiting the Scottish Design Galleries, why not have a wee lunch break by heading to Tatha Bar and Restaurant, the V&A Dundee’s in house restaurants.

With a selection of foods and a breathtaking view of the River Tay and the Dundee waterfront, this is surely to be a great wee place for a wee rest after your first part of your experience at the V&A.

1pm: Videogames: Design, Play, Disrupt at V&A Dundee

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Coming in April, the V&A Dundee’s next exhibition Videogames: Design Play Disrupt will open to the public.

In this exhibition, you can explore the best of Scottish video games and its role in everyday life.

3pm: RRS Discovery and Discovery Point

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After visiting the V&A Dundee, why not head next door where you can check out Captain Scott’s RRS Discovery – a historic ship set in the beautiful waters of Craig Harbour.

Start by visiting Discovery Point which explores Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s journey to Antarctica and explore how the Discovery came to be!

After touring the exhibition, head outside and explore the Discovery and experience what it was like on board the historic ship – and even pretend to take Captain Scott’s place by steering the ship and ringing the ship bell!

It is sure to be a great wee experience and defiently one to place on your bucket list when visiting the City of Discovery.

4pm: Dundee Contemporary Arts

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Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Dundee Contemporary Arts boasts a range of activities.

Housing two cinemas, an exhibition space, a cafe and activity area for the kids, the DCA is one of Dundee’s most proud achievements because of its uniqueness.

This amazing wee arts hub is one of the breakthroughs into Dundee’s cultural renaissances in the 21st century.

6pm: Dinner at the Malmaison

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The Malmaison is one of Dundee’s newest hotels occupying the former Tay Hotel but its restaurant is just as unique as it can be.

Although a bit expensive, it is worth it because the food there is brilliant. With great views looking over the Discovery and the V&A, enjoy foods ranging from tasty starters to an excellent main course, this restaurant is very nice and is one of the best places to enjoy dinner in Dundee.

8pm: Theatre Shows at the Rep

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The Dundee Rep Theatre, located near the Nethergate is home to the Scottish Youth Theatre and it is also a great place to watch some amazing theatre productions when visiting Dundee.

After dinner, why not watch some amazing theatre productions to entertain you during your visit to Dundee?

Day Two

10am: McManus Galleries

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Kickstart your second day by visiting McManus Galleries. The V&A Dundee may be amazing but its nearby negibour McManus Galleries has been here longer and unlike the V&A Dundee, the McManus hosts Dundee-themed exhibitions and artefacts.

Have breakfast at the McManus Cafe before exploring the museum, the cafe has amazing foods and it is a great wee place to start your day.

12pm: Frigate Unicorn

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After visiting the McManus Galleries, why not check out another Dundee ship, the HMS Frigate Unicorn, located in the beautiful Victoria Dock in the city’s City Quay area, explore one of the oldest remaining frigates in the world.

2pm: Broughty Castle

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Broughty Castle is located in the city’s east end in the beautiful leafy suburb of Broughty Ferry.

Broughty Ferry is home to the stunning Broughty Castle which was prominent during the Anglo-Saxon Wars in the 1500s during a siege of the castle.

The Castle was turned into a tourist destination by the local council and now you can explore the remanents of the castle.

The Castle prides itself as being located over the Broughty Ferry Harbour which connects to the Tay.

3pm: Verdant Works

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After your visit to Broughty Castle, why not head back into the heart of Dundee by visiting Verdant Works, a jute mill tucked away outside of the city centre.

Verdant Works is definetly one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Dundee.

A former jute mill turned museum, experience what life was like for jute factory workers

4pm: Mills Observatory

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Dundee is a scientific powerhouse and what way to celebrate scientific culture by visiting Mills Observatory, the UK’s oldest operating observatory.

Did you know that a Dundonian discovered the Horsehead Nebula? Yes! Williamina Fleming was the woman who discovered

The observatory which is located in the beautiful Balgay Park offers an amazing

6pm: Dinner at Oshibori

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Oshibori, located in the Nethergate area of Dundee hosts a different range of Japanese themed dishes and it’s beautiful decor which includes awesome paintings and other small artefacts, this wee restaurant is one of the most unique places to dine in Dundee.

8pm: Caird Hall entertainment

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Dundee’s Caird Hall is the city’s primary events venue and it offers a host of entertainment ranging from comedy acts to entertaining musicals, the Caird Hall is a great place to visit if you are wanting to experience some more high quality entertainment which is a great way to end your 48 hour trip to Dundee.


Photo credits include:

Cover photo: Craig Doogan Photography

  • dundee.com
  • Herald Scotland
  • GameSpew
  • V&A
  • Dundee Culture
  • NeON Digital Arts Festival
  • Leisure and Culture Dundee
  • Caird Hall
  • Verdant Works

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