Posted : 4 December 2018

Dundee has been named among the coolest places in the world to visit in 2019 by a top travel magazine.

National Geographic Traveller UK’s Cool List 2019 names the 19 destinations it expects to dominate the headlines over the next 12 months.

Dundee is joined by the likes of Hong Kong, Corsica and even Antarctica on a list featuring everything from futuristic cityscapes and modernist architecture to pristine rainforest and rehabilitated wildlife.

The magazine said: “Being chosen as the only city outside of London to house a V&A Museum has created a new kind of swagger for Dundonians — and there’s more transformation to come.”

Highlighting the city’s main attractions, it added: “The £1bn redevelopment of the waterfront is still ongoing, but its crown jewel — the V&A, which opened in late-2018 — is in place.

“The project has also brought new restaurants, bars and new railway station building to a part of town that had been in decline for decades.

“A few minutes’ walk away you’ll also find Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic exploration vessel, the RRS Discovery, which was built here in 1900.”

Dundee council leader John Alexander said: “It’s great that the spotlight continues to shine on our city’s transformation.

“Tourism has been on the up in Dundee for a while now, and the most recent figures show it is worth more than £150m a year to the local economy.

“We’ve seen fantastic visitor figures at V&A Dundee since it opened in September, and look forward to even more people discovering what Dundee has to offer in 2019.

“As cool as the Antarctic – that can’t be bad!”