Dundee is filled with places that promote creativity and culture, and we’ve brought some of them together on this page. From our crowdsourced guide to the city, to the many venues, hubs and heritage sites – have a look below and start your list of what to visit next!
Whether you’re visiting for the first time, staying as a student, have made the city your home or are a life-long Dundonian, our latest guide offers inspiration to explore, celebrate and connect with Dundee and all of the wonderful experiences it has to offer.
Download the guide or pick up your copy from spots around the city! And when you’re out and about exploring, be sure to share all the places you’ve visited using #DundeeGuide. We’d love to hear your favourite and unmissable spots on the map!
We also have an accessible, black and white version of the 99 Things to See and Do in Dundee guide available to download.
We created the city’s first crowdsourced guide back in 2012 and the newest edition marks the sixth update – huge thanks goes to Freya Allan for the wonderful illustrations, Agency of None for the brilliant design, and UNESCO City of Design Dundee; Dundee: One City, Many Discoveries; and V&A Dundee for supporting the production of the guide.
We regularly post content related to to the guide on social media. We’d love to hear about your favourite places on the map – use #DundeeGuide to share your suggestions with us!
Across Dundee you’ll find lots of places to make and experience creative work, with programmes available for all ages and abilities. We’ve compiled some of those spaces here, whether you’re a creative practitioner looking to create and showcase your work, someone visiting the city for the first time, or a local resident keen to get involved.
These community led spaces are valuable places to meet, share skills and collectively imagine the future. They provide spaces, creative resources and varied programmes which make creativity inclusive and accessible with many available to book for community focused workshops, consultations and events.
These cultural spaces host a varied programme of events and activities or are home to multiple creative projects helping to support the broader creative networks across the city. Visit for the afternoon, bring friends and family, stop for some food, and soak up the atmosphere.
Whether you are looking for space to hold your own exhibition or places to see local and international talent, Dundee’s diverse range of exhibition spaces has something for everyone.
Learn more about Dundee, its history, and the people who have shaped it through exhibitions, events and creative activities at these unique spaces.
Find space to access creative tools, materials and tuition to make work. Run by experienced local makers, lots of these spaces offer hands-on workshops to learn new skills as well as bookable access to experiment and develop your own work.
Performance is a big part of Dundee’s culture, with spaces of all sizes hosting an incredible line-up of local and touring talent across the city. Settle in to enjoy a show or gig, or get involved at dance classes, theatre workshops, am-dram clubs and more.
Free and accessible public art across the city brightens up streets and neighbourhoods, inspiring locals and visitors alike to explore new parts of Dundee. From murals to temporary exhibitions transforming empty spaces, they offer new perspectives of the city and encourage people to stop and linger.
Dundee became the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design in December 2014, joining UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network of global design cities, including Cebu, Mexico City, Seoul, Kobe, Montréal, Shenzhen, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Helsinki, Bilbao and more.
The designation is a prestigious award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide. Like other cities we have our challenges, but the City of Design status is something which Dundee can build on to do even greater things.
The UNESCO Dundee Design House, located on Union Street, is free to hire for design related projects like workshops, pop-up shops and more. Get in touch with the UNESCO team for further information.