Life In Dundee

Voted “The best place to live in Scotland” in 2019 by The Sunday Times, Dundee has cemented its status as a great place to live and work. Situated on the bank of the River Tay, Dundee enjoys an idyllic location in the heart of Scotland. An hour away from Edinburgh by train or car, and a six hour journey from London, the city is both compact and connected. With a population of just 150,000, Dundee has an intimate and friendly feel. 

A city of innovation 

As the first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has become a hub for the digital industries. With a rich history of innovation and invention, Dundee has continued to be a city at the forefront of cutting edge design, technology and science in the 21st century. The multi-million pound Waterfront Development Project, including the V&A Museum, Scotland’s first design museum, pays homage to its vibrant past and exciting future. It is the proud home of the world-renowned Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, with their annual degree show attracting over 5000 visitors every year to the city. 

Dundee is rich with historical landmarks such as the RRS Discovery, the last traditional wooden three masted ship to be built in Britain, designed for Antarctic research. The city is also home to the Mills Observatory: the first purpose-built public astronomical observatory in the UK, located in the idyllic setting of Balgay Hill. The waterside location of the city provides magnificent views of the stunning Tay Bridge which spans the estuary of the river Tay between Dundee and Newport-on-Tay.

Whilst the city boasts modern, cutting edge architecture and design, Dundee city centre is a short drive away from picturesque countryside views. It is the perfect location for outdoor adventures, with hiking, canoeing, horse riding and skiing all within a day’s drive. The resorts of Aviemore, Pitlochry and Crieff are also a short distance away.

Entertainment and Culture

Dundee boasts a vibrant culinary scene with a variety of cuisines on offer including French, Japanese and Indian restaurants. There are also two international supermarkets specialising in Asian foods, ensuring that the city caters for its diverse population. 

Dundee boosts a vibrant cultural scene, with the famous Dundee Rep Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and the Dundee Contemporary Arts hosting regular exhibitions of cutting edge art, performance and design. The Rep Theatre is home to a boutique cinema which proudly shows independent films from over the world. 

The increasing number of independent shops selling art, jewellery and furniture from local Scottish talent highlights the pool of talent on offer in Dundee and cements its reputation as a haven of creativity and design. 

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