Dundee & Scotland
Dundee has been described as the largest village in Scotland, because it’s friendly, compact and easy to navigate.
It’s the fourth largest city in Scotland, home to around 147,000 people. To put that in context, Scotland has a total population of around five million.
Dundee is on the east coast, between Aberdeen and Edinburgh. It sits right on the Tay estuary and its beautiful south-facing position makes it Scotland’s sunniest city. It’s perfectly placed for exploring, too, with the other three major cities all within two hours’ journey, not to mention beaches, mountains and picturesque villages on the doorstep.
As well as taking in the spectacular scenery, you can ski, climb mountains, fish and ski without travelling very far.
As well as Al-Maktoum, there are two universities and another college in the city, so there are lots of students here from all over the world, more than 45,000 during term-time.
There’s lots of nightlife to enjoy, from friendly pubs and restaurants to clubs and music venues. There are cinemas, a theatre, parks, museums and an art’s centre, and the thriving cultural scene in the city is home to artists, writers and musicians and a number of creative initiatives.
In fact, Dundee has been named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design, a prestigious recognition of the contribution the city has made to design and innovation.
A £1billion redevelopment is currently taking place at the waterfront, transforming the city and linking it back to the river. The centre piece of this is the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee, an impressive new centre of 21st century design for Scotland and the world.
The city was once Britain’s premier whaling port and a major hub of the world textile trade. As it continues to evolve, Dundee is now a flourishing centre for life sciences, computer games, research, the arts, business, education, hi-tech manufacturing, telecommunications and tourism.
Dundee always ranks highly in national quality of life surveys, and you’ll soon discover why.
Dundee Fact File
- The first ever radio broadcast was sent from Dundee.
- The city’s Ninewells Hospital is the largest teaching hospital in Europe.
- The Tay Railway Bridge is just over two miles long and the section closest to Dundee was completed in 1887, to replace a section that was destroyed in 1879 by a storm.
- Mary Shelley lived in Dundee and started to write Frankenstein while she was living here.
- The city is home to RRS Discovery, the research ship that carried Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first, successful journey to the Antarctic.
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