Dundee - The City
Dundee is a city with a history of re-inventing itself and changing with the times. Today, it’s a thriving centre of excellence for a range of knowledge-based industries from medicine and biotechnology to information science and computer games. For more than a century it has also been a major print media centre and the ‘comics capital’ of Britain, courtesy of D.C. Thomson, publisher of several of Scotland’s major newspapers and of a huge array of comics and magazines – such as the Beano, the Dandy and many more – that have enjoyed iconic status with comic fans of all ages for generations.
The city also has a proud industrial heritage, and some of the relics of its 19th century heyday as a hotbed of industry have become excitingly different visitor attractions, ranging from the Royal Research Ship Discovery – built in Dundee for Captain Robert F. Scott’s polar expeditions – to Verdant Works, the last of the jute mills on which Dundee’s 19th century wealth was based.
Dundee is also a city with a thriving cultural life. Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s more adventurous arts spaces since it opened in the 1990s, while Dundee Rep is Scotland’s only full-time repertory theatre ensemble and home to Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s principal modern dance company.