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10 Best Things To Do In Dundee, Scotland – Hand Luggage Only

Discovering Two Scottish Gems - The V&A Dundee And The Magnificent Glamis Castle (3)

Nestled on the shoreline of the River Tay, Dundee is one of Scotland’s cities that’s nestled on the eastern coastline. Not only that, it is pretty great for a day trip, with loads of the best things to do in Dundee dotted around this smaller Scottish city. 

Now, I’ll be honest, sometimes Dundee gets a bad rap as a place to visit. That being said, after living in Scotland (and visiting Dundee every other week) whilst studying in St Andrews, its regeneration is in full swing. 

Nowadays, with the likes of the V&A Dundee, the history around RSS Discovery and nearby spots like Glamis Castle make it a perfect place to stop for a day trip. 

So, to help you get the most out of your visit, take a look at some of the top places in Dundee that you can’t miss. Have an amazing time exploring Scotland; it really is a beautiful country. 

1.) V&A Dundee

The V&A Dundee is, without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Dundee in its new waterfront regeneration. After demolishing an old hotel and leisure centre, the design-led V&A Dundee has been open since 2018.


Now, what I love about the V&A Dundee is that it focuses on, and is influenced by, the achievements of Scottish design. There are so many exhibits and highlights to see at the V&A Dundee. Plus, they also hold seasonal exhibits, too. 

Best of all, V&A Dundee is free to enter and well worth stopping by as you wander the River Tay waterfront. 

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2.) The McManus

Best Things To Do In Dundee Scotland McManus Art Gallery

This Gothic revival-style building is located in the Meadowside area of Dundee and houses some of Dundee’s most prized possessions.

You see, it houses The McManus Museum and Gallery which has eight incredible galleries to explore.   

Best Things To Do In Dundee Scotland McManus Art Galleries

Once inside, you’ll get to explore the extensive collection of fine and contemporary art pieces that make Dundee Special.

Plus, you’ll get to learn more about Dundee’s expansion in Victorian times (When jute was big business in the city). 

Best Things To Do In Dundee Scotland Museums Art Gallery

For me, I love visiting the Victoria Gallery. You see, this is where they keep some of Scotland’s most prized oil paintings. They are centuries old and so beautiful to see. 

Just be sure to give yourself at least 90 minutes to explore the galleries. 

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3.) Discovery Walk

Best Things To Do In Dundee Scotland Tay Bridge

Although small, Discovery Walk is right next to the Slessor Gardens which is right next to the V&A Dundee. What it lacks in size (it’ll only take you 5…

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