Dundee Open Top

Ride around Dundee!

There’s nothing quite like an open-top bus tour to blow the cobwebs away, whilst providing a whistlestop but fun packed insight into the collection of great sights within a city and that’s what the Dundee Open Top Tour achieves in this fab location.


Adult day pass £10, child £5 and family £24

Travel Type:


No. of Attractions:

5 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

50 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every half hour from the end of April until mid-September (check times before travelling)

Starting point:

Dundee Discovery Point

How to get here

Journey fact:

Dundee is known as the "City of Discovery" because it is the birthplace of the RRS Discovery ship, which carried Captain Scott and his crew on their first expedition to Antarctica in 1901.

Journey Overview

Tickets last all day and customers can hop on and off to visit the ‘must see’ attractions and landmarks and enjoy the regenerated waterfront, the vista from Dundee Law and skyline views from the Tay Road bridge and of the ancient Kingdom of Fife.

There are complimentary headphones so that customers can listen to some great titbits in enthralling commentary, as well as enjoy a bit of music and a little quiz too!

Dundee is a city of culture, great retail therapy and rich history, it’s also the home of the iconic comic, ‘The Beano’ and all its crazy characters. Dundee is also Scotland’s sunniest city – averaging more than 1,500 hours of sunshine each year, which is why an open top bus is so apt – though on the rare occasions, it rains, so thankfully the front of the top deck is covered!

Gateway to the Dundee Open Top Tour:

By train from Edinburgh or Aberdeen. Dundee is also well served by McGill’s and Stagecoach bus services.

A Fab Day Out!

There’s so many great places to stop off and check-out on this great tour! Here’s a selection:

Victoria and Albert Museum – This incredible waterfront building houses Scotland’s first design museum, customers can enjoy the architecture, fashion, furniture, engineering, video games and much more

HMS Union is also a great place to visit and was launched in 1824 as a 46-gun frigate. This ship is a rare survivor from the days of sail, one of the six oldest ships in the world and Scotland’s only representative of the sailing navy.

RSS Discovery is really enthralling and customers will be enthralled by the fascinating story of this ship from her beginnings in Dundee, her audacious Antarctic expedition with Captain Scott, and her voyages.

The McManus is a museum and art, housed in a Gothic Revival building and features exhibitions on art, history, and culture. The Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) is highly recommended to visit and is a leading arts and cultural centre. It features a cinema, two galleries, a print studio, and a range of learning and creative spaces. The centre showcases a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions, film screenings, and live performances, as well as offering a variety of educational and community programs for all ages. Its modern architecture, innovative programming, and dedication to accessibility and inclusivity make it a hub for both local and international artists and audiences. The DCA is an integral part of the cultural landscape of Dundee, promoting creative expression, cultural exchange, and social engagement.


Verdant Works is a museum that celebrates the city’s jute industry heritage. The museum is located in a refurbished jute mill and showcases the history and culture of the industry through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and immersive displays. Visitors can learn about the lives of the workers, the processes involved in the manufacture of jute, and the global impact of the industry. Verdant Works provides an educational and engaging experience for all ages and is a popular attraction in Dundee.

Meanwhile, in the City Centre, the pedestrianized Murraygate and High Street offer a variety of shopping opportunities, while the historic Overgate Centre features a mix of independent shops and major retailers. The heart of Dundee is also home to a vibrant food and drink scene, with plenty of cafes, pubs, and restaurants serving up everything from traditional Scottish dishes to international cuisine. The waterfront redevelopment has transformed the city’s relationship with the River Tay, providing beautiful views and opportunities for outdoor activities.

How to get here...

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Places to visit & things to do on this journey

Victoria and Albert Museum

The McManus museum and art gallery

Verdant Works museum

Murraygate and High Street shopping


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