Ten reasons to 'Discover Dundee'

7 months ago Sun 24th Apr 2022

The Discover Dundee sightseeing tour kicks off on Saturday 30 April - with journeys every half-hour, seven days a week, until 11 September. We're super excited to bring an open-top tour to Dundee, telling the story of our transformation from the City of Discovery to the UK's first (and only) UNESCO City of Design.

It's the ideal day out for visitors and locals alike. Here are ten reasons to Discover Dundee with us:

1. It's the Law

It's a 'well-kent' fact that Dundee is built on the slopes of a volcanic sill: the iconic Law. Dundee's highest point is a highlight of the tour, offering a 360° panoramic vista of the city, the silvery Tay and stunning scenery all-round. The half-hourly interval between journeys is ample time to hop off and take a stroll to the summit before heading back into town.

2. Best value in Scotland

Tickets last 24 hours, and can be bought on the bus using cash or contactless - or you can pay in advance and travel when you like with the Xplore Dundee app. Our standard prices are tied as the cheapest open-top tour in Scotland. But our tickets can also be bought and used on any bus in the rest of the Xplore Dundee network, with a 20% discount available for weekly/monthly pass-holders. There are also savings for NEC cardholders, students, children and families - and under-5s go free!

3. Look, listen and learn

When you board the bus, your friendly driver will hand you a set of complimentary headphones. Plug them in and listen along to an audio commentary complete with music, humour and even a snippet of homely Dundee dialect! Even locals might find themselves learning a little something new about their part of the world...

4. Hold on to your hats

Climb up top and feel the wind in your hair as you tour Dundee in a special open-top bus. You'll enjoy grandstand views of Scotland's sunniest city from a unique angle; see Dundee as you've never seen it before! The back half of the top deck is open to the air but the front is enclosed, giving you the choice of where to sit back and relax - whatever the weather.

5. Skyline highlights

Speaking of the weather: the tour will extend for a run over the Tay Road Bridge and back again when the Scottish sky behaves itself... Dundee's 1500 hours of sunshine every year certainly give us good odds! From the bridge, you'll have prime view of the nation's most magnificent skyline: instantly recognisable with our city stretching along the banks of the Tay and the Law watching over us.

6. Make a day of it

Heading into town for dinner and a show? Top up your evening with a day trip beforehand! Whether you're catching a performance at Caird Hall or raving at a concert in Slessor Gardens, there's plenty of time to squeeze in a hurl around town during the day. Keep an eye out for special discount deals throughout the season, exclusively available in the app for revellers.

7. Linking the past

Did you know that RRS Discovery and the Verdant Works museum are co-run by Dundee Heritage Trust? The tour provides the first two-way link between this pair of world-class attractions, with joint entry available. Learn more about Scott's audacious expedition to Antarctica and experience Dundee's long history as a textile town - plus special exhibitions and exciting new developments coming later this year! Just watch this space...

8. Visit the V&A

Dundee is home to a variety of attractions - including Scotland's first design museum, V&A Dundee. Drop by to check out their free galleries or buy tickets to the provocative Michael Clark exhibition. The museum is set in an innovative, twisting shell designed by acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma. Local culture isn't confined to the V&A, of course. Elsewhere on the tour, stop off at DCA - Dundee's home to free contemporary arts, including an independent cinema and cocktail bar!

9. Unlock the City Quay

The central waterfront isn't the only show in town. Dundee's City Quay is home to some little gems of its own, and it's another stop on the tour. Moored on the south side of Victoria Dock is HMS Unicorn, the oldest ship still afloat in Scotland. Opposite the Apex hotel is Wildshore, a thrilling aqua park on the water. You can also stop off for a bite to eat or a stroll along the riverside promenade towards the urban beach.

10. Travel further afield

Tickets valid on other buses in the Xplore Dundee network, which means you can hop off at various stops on the tour for a quick, easy transfer. Services 5/5a connect to Broughty Ferry, the Botanic Garden or the Museum of Transport, and services 6 | 17 | 22 all stop near Mills Observatory. Plus, if you live locally or have a hotel elsewhere in the city, take a local bus into town to join the tour and then head home again afterwards - all with the same ticket.

One more thing: enjoy your Dundee day out!