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Introduction

Dundee Centre

Dundee Centre

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Dundee, Fundee or Scumdee? Everyone has a different take on Scotland's City of Discovery. With two excellent universities, a thriving music scene and enough watering holes to keep even the most devout beer-lovers happy, Dundee is definitely a city where you can have a good time. However speak to an Aberdonian and you'll soon get a different impression -jealousy is a terrible thing!

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Sights and Activities

  • RRS Discovery is the first of two Dundee built ships for Cpt. Scott's South Pole expeditions.
  • Verdant Works is an excellent museum covering Dundee's previous fame as one of the world's largest jute centres.
  • Saint Mary's church and the adjoining medieval steeple sit directly outside the new Overgate shopping centre and offer a nice combination of history and shopping.
  • The Dundee Contemporary Arts centre in the heart of the cities "wee" cultural quarter, near the University of Dundee, offers art and cinema as well as food and drinks in its beer garden or bar the views out to the river.
  • Broughty Ferry, Dundee's posh seaside suburb, is an excellent spot for a stroll along the beach, a pub lunch, a Visocchi's ice cream or a nosey around a castle.

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Getting There

By Train

Dundee train station is an easy 5- to 10-minute walk from the city square and has connections to all the large Scottish cities as well as London.

By Bus

Seagate bus station has both local bus services to surrounding towns as well as Scottish Citilink and Megabus services.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Dundee Backpackers Hostel71 High StreetHostel81
West Park319 Perth RoadHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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