Dundee Named Sixth Best Tourist Destination In Europe By Travel Guide

When you think of all of the amazing places to go on your holiday in Britain, you think of all of the big hitters. London, Manchester, Dundee.

Well, if your mind doesn't quite jump straight to Dundee, perhaps you're missing out. Travel guide Lonely Planet has listed the Scottish city as one of the best places to visit in Europe.

Admittedly, 'The City of Discovery' might not get the publicity that it deserves, but hey, they don't call it 'The City of Discovery' for nothing.

OK, so there is a bit of an angle on this. This year, for their guide, Lonely Planet have tried to address the issue of over-tourism. It would start to get pretty boring if it was just London, Venice, Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona every year.

With that in mind, they've highlighted Dundee's cultural assets - there is a new V&A museum opening this September - and it's vibrant and newly developed waterfront.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Dundee is the fourth largest city in Scotland and is often overlooked in favour of it's more illustrious neighbours, Glasgow and Edinburgh, but the folks behind the guide are hoping to give the city a shot in the arm by bringing it's many charms to a wider audience.

The Lonely Planet editorial director, Tom Hall, told the BBC: "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."

From the city's point of view, obviously this is great news, and a confirmation that their efforts to make the city better haven't passed unnoticed.

City Council Leader, John Alexander, said: "Partnerships between public, private and third sector agencies and joint working in teams combining art, science and balance sheets has been a hallmark of putting Dundee well and truly on the destination map.

RRS Discovery. Credit: PA
RRS Discovery. Credit: PA

"Dundee is determined to succeed and our ambitions for the city and its people are sky-high."

Whilst Dundee came in a creditable sixth place, the top spot went to the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. The northern Italian area has recently emerged as one of the food capitals of Italy and even has its own food theme park.

Well, at least Dundee isn't that far from Pleasureland in Arbroath...

Featured Image Credit: dundee.com/visit

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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