Dundee might be compact in size, but its beautiful streets are packed full of treasures that should not be missed on a trip to Scotland. The country’s first UNESCO City of Design offers stunning countryside, historical houses and delicious food and drink. If you have just one day in Dundee, it can seem like a struggle to know how to fit it all in, but there are some must-see attractions for every visitor. Read on for your top things to do on a day trip to Dundee:
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery And Museum
A magnificent, gothic building that offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Dundee. The McManus combines history, art and the environment to create a wonderful experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The main collection spans a huge 400 million years and has been the heart of Dundee’s art and culture since 1867. With eight impressive gallery spaces, visitors can learn about the history of the area while admiring the stunning paintings and exploring ancient artefacts.
The perfect activity for adventure lovers, Dundee Law, is an ancient, extinct volcano offering amazing views across the area. The iconic landmark is over 400 million years old with a rich history. Having been around since 1500 BC, the 572-foot peak was once used as a hillfort in the Iron Age. There have been various remains of Roman pottery from the 1st century AD discovered around the area.
The first ever design museum in Scotland, and the world’s first V&A museum outside of London, V&A Dundee is a must-visit. Locals and tourists both enjoy exploring how design creativity can be ingenious, provocative and breathtaking. The museum tells the remarkable story of design from the past, present and future. Located in the centre of Dundee’s waterfront, V&A Dundee was designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and is certainly a sight to be seen. The exhibitions in the museum change regularly and showcase some of the very best in design from all across the globe.