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    46 Reasons Living In Dundee Ruins You For Life

    Amazing views, great nightlife, unbelievable food and engrossing history. Dundee is where it's at.

    1. Because of the discoveries you can make... / Creative Commons

    Dundee's RSS Discovery, an Antarctic research ship launched in 1901, was the last wooden three-masted ship ever built in Britain.

    2. ...and the unicorns you can spot.

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    The beautiful HMS Unicorn has been based in Dundee since 1825, and is the sixth-oldest ship in the world. Impressive.

    3. Because of sunrises like this...

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    4. ...and sunsets like this.

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    You really can't beat living in Scotland's sunniest city.

    5. Because its green spaces are beautiful (even when they're white).

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    Every single one of Dundee's 18 parks has a unique charm. Baxter Park and its historic pavilion (pictured) were gifted to the city by the Baxter family in 1863.

    6. Because Broughty Castle transports you back in time...

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    Dundee is home to five separate castles. Broughty Castle is open to the public and houses a local history museum.

    7. ...and Mains Castle adds grandeur to Caird Park.

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    It's the perfect spot for a picnic.

    8. Because its museums bring history to life. / Creative Commons

    The stunning McManus art gallery and museum houses artefacts from all over the world and also has a great local history section. The café inside is brilliant, too.

    9. Because its galleries are works of art in their own right.

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    Dundee Contemporary Arts brings new art to Scotland from all over the world, like this installation by sculptor Richard Deacon.

    10. Because its theatre is world class.


    The Dundee Rep Theatre is home to Scotland's only permanent company of full-time actors. Famous faces to grace the stage include Dundee native Brian Cox, Joanna Lumley, and David Tennant.

    11. Because this is on your doorstep.

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    From Dundee you can be in the heart of Highland Perthshire in under an hour, and discover incredible scenery like the Queens View.

    12. Because it is great for animal lovers.

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    Camperdown Wildlife Centre is home to many animals including the European brown bear, the black and white ruffled lemur and, of course, these ridiculously cute otters.

    13. Because housing is actually affordable.

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    The average house price in Dundee is £128,127. Perhaps a house doesn't have to break the bank?

    14. Because you have the seaside on your doorstep...

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    OK, so Broughty Ferry Beach is technically in the Firth of Tay, not the sea, but look how amazing it is. In the summer months, the award-winning beach has volleyball nets and a safe area marked out for swimming.

    15. ...and it looks amazing at night.

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    The smaller beach at Broughty Ferry is a fantastic place for an evening stroll.

    16. Because the views are panoramic...

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    Dundee is built upon an extinct volcano known as the Law. The views from the top are second to none.

    17. matter where you're standing.

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    The view of Dundee from the other side of the Tay is equally spectacular.

    18. Because its rail bridge is stunning.

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    The historic Tay Rail Bridge provides a rail link to Fife, Edinburgh, and beyond. It looks fantastic as well.

    19. Because of its thriving music scene.

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    Dundee has always had a passion for live music, with famous names like Deacon Blue, The View, and Average White Band (pictured) all hailing from the city.

    20. Because it's a perfect blend of old and new.

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    The architecture of Dundee is constantly changing. The modern District 10 building is made entirely from recycled shipping containers, and The Vine is an excellent example of Georgian architecture in Dundee.

    21. Because the nightlife is incredible.

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    From live music to theatre, pubs to clubs, the city has something for everyone. Plus most venues are within walking distance of each other, so you save a fortune on taxi fares. Result!

    22. Because it's changing for the future.

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    There are so many exciting times ahead for Dundee. The waterfront is undergoing a £1 billion regeneration project that will include the V&A at Dundee as well as a brand-new train station and hotel.

    23. Because its universities are world-class.

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    Abertay University is world renowned for its computer games courses, while the University of Dundee (pictured) is at the forefront of many of the medical research projects in the UK.

    24. Because Dundee cake is the finest in the world...

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    Dundee cake, made with sultanas, currants, and blanched almonds, is a gastronomical delight.

    25. ...and you can't beat a Dundee peh.

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    Geese twa pehs, a bridie in an ingin ain in ah. (Translation: I would like two pies, a Forfar bridie and an onion one, also.)

    26. Because there's a pizza just for you.

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    Project Pie, an artisanal build-your-own pizza restaurant in the city centre, is a must for any pizza lover.

    27. Because of a dinner with a view.

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    Bridgeview Station restaurant is the perfect place for a meal with family and friends. The view over the Tay is stunning, and the food looks (almost) too good to eat.

    28. Because who wouldn't want to live in the same city as Clark's?

    Clark's 24-hour bakery is legendary in Dundee, and for good reason. Where else can you get a peh at 4am?

    29. Because of its rich heritage...

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    Dundee is known for the three J's: jute, jam, and journalism. The jute mills are a huge part of Dundee's history, with many (like Verdant Works) still standing today. The 19th-century Barry Mill in nearby Carnoustie is also a great place for a day out.

    30. Because it's fine and Dandy.

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    Legendary Dundee publishing firm D.C. Thomson, best known for the Dandy and Beano comics, was founded in 1905. The Dandy's Desperate Dan even has his own statue in the city centre.

    31. Because it has an amazing maritime history.

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    The North Carr lightship is the last remaining Scottish lightship. When she was in use, her job was to warn sailors of the Carr rocks as they entered the River Forth on their way to the River Tay.

    32. Because there's always something fun (or crazy) to do.

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    Every New Year's Day the Broughty Ferry Dook takes place in the harbour. Hundreds of people brave the freezing temperatures to take the plunge for charity. Brrriliant.

    33. Because of its unique football rivalry. / Creative Commons / Mike Pennington

    Dundee and Dundee United football clubs are within a stone's throw of each other. No other clubs in the UK have stadiums as close together as Tannadice and Dens Parks.

    34. Because this is in the city centre.

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    City Quay is the perfect place to get away from it all – even if you only get an hour for lunch.

    35. Because it's in the heart of golf country.

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    Dundee lies between Carnoustie and St. Andrews, both of which regularly host the Open Championship. The city also has several golf courses, making it the perfect place to tee off.

    36. Because it's a city with a clear conscience.

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    Dundee has been a Fairtrade city since 2004, promoting the sale of fairly traded products in cafés, shops, and other businesses, which means there are always lots of unusual and delicious treats on offer.

    37. Because there's no beer garden like Laings.

    A Dundee institution, the beer garden at Laings on Roseangle offers the perfect place to relax in the sun with a pint. Bliss!

    38. Because it's absolutely beautiful in winter...

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    39. ...and in summer.

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    40. Because it's the "world's biggest village".

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    Dundee is often described as the "world's biggest village" thanks to its fantastic community spirit. Who wouldn't want to live in such a friendly place?

    41. Because dolphins come to visit. / Creative Commons / Lis Burke

    ...and you can take a boat trip out to greet them.

    42. Because it's a book lover's paradise.

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    The Literary Festival is fantastic: You can enjoy literary lock-ins at The Orwell (pictured), or listen to big-name authors like Jodi Picoult read from their novels.

    43. Because it looks amazing at night.

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    44. Because who wouldn't want to live beside the silvery Tay?

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    Imagine not having this view on your doorstep.

    45. Or see skies like this from their window?

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    46. There's no other city quite like Dundee. The setting is stunning, the people are friendly, and the food is fantastic. Admit it: Dundee has ruined you for life.