Lonely Planet names Dundee in Best in Europe 2018 list


They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Dundee’s case it’s taken a whole city working together to achieve this ‘money-cant-buy’ achievement.


Today, Dundee was named as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations to visit in 2018 by the number one travel guidebook brand, Lonely Planet. 


It’s been four years since a Scottish city made it onto this influential list and we’re the only UK city to be featured as one of Europe’s best alternative city breaks for 2018!


The impartial recognition from the travel experts at Lonely Planet is a fantastic endorsement that we are well on our way to achieving our tourism goal of making Dundee one of the best small cites in the UK for cultural short breaks.


Dundee’s marketing campaign, One City, Many Discoveries has been promoting Dundee’s tourism message for 10 years focusing on the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront, the world-class visitor attractions, independent businesses, unbeatable coastal location and of course the characterful and friendly locals at the heart of it all.


We work closely with all our city partners to ensure when media visit to report on the city whether from Brazil or Bristol, Milan or Manchester we ensure they have a locally curated, culturally rich experience befitting of the warmth and character so unique to Dundee.


Our independent businesses, cultural organisations, universities, college and the countless individuals who work day in day out to grow the city’s profile and reputation and tourism infrastructure have today been recognised through the Best In Europe Top 10 Destination title.  We hope it’s a title the whole city can feel proud of !


Lonely Planet’s spokesperson and Editorial Director, Tom Hall said:

While visitors have always been assured of a friendly welcome, Dundee has often been overlooked by travellers to Scotland, but that should be set to change. The opening of V&A Dundee is a really exciting moment that marks the city out as well worth a visit, but throw in nationally important museums and attractions, and its dynamic, creative spirit, and travellers will find a city boasting plenty to discover.” said


“The bright future’s giving us all a glow in ‘sunny’ Dundee!  Oure renaissance city of Design, Discovery and Dennis! This summer, the free ‘Bash Street’s Back at McMenace’ exhibition at the renamed McManus Galleries, will remind everyone Dundee is the World capital of Comics. To me, Dundee is, was and always will be the inspiration behind Beanotown: you can’t get any cooler than that! Mike Stirling, Head of Beano Studios Scotland and Ambassador for One City Many Discoveries:


Dundee offers food, drink and service that can rival anywhere in the world. There is a real buzz about food in the city and the passion of local and independent operators can be seen in everything from food trucks to fine dining, and everything in between. We have a great choice of cafes, bars and restaurants ready to cater to all the needs of visitors to the city and I look forward to welcoming them into my establishments. Grant Avery, owner of Más and Avery & Co restaurants


"We're delighted to see something we've always known being recognised on an international scale: that Dundee is a fantastic city to visit, with a thriving cultural life and incredible creative energy. I hope this latest accolade for the city will encourage even more people to plan a trip here, and we at DCA look forward to welcoming them when they do." Beth Bate, Director Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)


"This is a fantastic boon for the city as well as for Scotland's Tay Country region by extension. This level of global recognition is very special because Dundee is the sole representative of the UK on this list. The hard work and efforts of the city are really paying off and we are proud to be working with so many like minded people who have strived to give Dundee her rightfully deserved place as a world class destination." Louise Murphy, co-founder of Discovery Tours and Dark Dundee Walking Tours:




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