Green Guide Dundee

The UK’s only UNESCO designated City of Design, Dundee is best known for its cultural attraction and its mesmerising waterfront views.

We've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit Dundee. Get our recommendations on the best things to do, places to stay and places to eat, all whilst being sustainable for the environment.

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Environmentally friendly places to stay in Dundee

There are some lovely places to stay in Dundee, whether you're looking for something that's just a stone's throw from the station or something luxurious. All of these places to stay in our Green Guide have something to offer, but most importantly, are doing something to reduce their impact on the planet.

Dundee places to stay

Apex City Quay

BEST FOR: Spa lovers

ADDRESS: 1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, DD1 3JP


This contemporary hotel is close to attractions such as HMS Unicorn and the V&A museum. Rooms are decorated with a light, freshly minimalist feel, with a choice of views over the city or out towards the quayside and River Tay.

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BEST FOR: Everyone

ADDRESS: Lower Dens Mill, Constable St, Dundee, DD4 6AD


Just 15 minutes’ walk from the station, this trendy hotel is in a former jute mill and incorporates many of the original features including bare-brick walls and hardwood floors. Nods to the city’s history also carry through to the decoration details in the 102 bedrooms.

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BEST FOR: A touch of luxury

ADDRESS: 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, DD1 4AY


This hotel is just two minutes’ walk from the train station, housed in a refurbished Victorian mansion that retains many of the original features from when it was built in 1899. There’s a chic brasserie, snazzy bar, and there are several spacious suites among the 91 rooms if you want to push the boat out.

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BEST FOR: Those catching an early train

ADDRESS: 2 South Union Street, Dundee, DD1 4BF


This waterfront hotel is a great choice for travellers who are keen to lower their carbon footprint: step off a train, exit the railway station, walk 10 metres and you’re there. Think of it as a modern reincarnation of a classic railway hotel, complete with a bar and cafe.

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Planet friendly places to eat in Dundee

Looking for a light bite whilst waiting for your train or indulging in some gastronomic delicacies? Visit one of these places to eat in Dundee where the food is delicious and their carbon footprint is low.

Dundee places to eat

Bridgeview Station Restaurant

BEST FOR: Those looking for a delicious meal with an incredible view

ADDRESS: Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD2 1QU


Built and opened in 2009, the Bridgeview Station is a family-run independent restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the River Tay and the Tay Railway Bridge.

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Empire State Cafe

BEST FOR: Anyone who craves great coffee

ADDRESS: 28 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, DD1 4AY


If you’re walking to or from the station, this friendly little café is en route downtown. Open from 7.30am most mornings, it’s the perfect stop if you need a pick-me-up before catching your train.

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Fisher and Donaldson

BEST FOR: Anyone with a sweet tooth

ADDRESS: 12 Whitehall Street, Dundee, DD1 4AF


Warning: your life may never be the same after you’ve tasted this café’s
speciality: fudge doughnut - a squidgy,custard-like centre topped off with a layer of fudge.

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Heather Street Food and Drink

BEST FOR: Hungry museum fans

ADDRESS: 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ


Heather Street Food and Drink is located outside of the beautifully designed V&A Museum and the world famous Discovery Ship on the River Tay – offering fantastic views of the recently redeveloped waterfront and wildflower meadows.

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Loco Rita's

BEST FOR: A vegan fiesta

ADDRESS: Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EU


Nestled in the heart of Dundee’s cultural quarter, Loco Rita’s is a 100% vegan Mexican cantina. Named ‘Crazy Daisy’ after the owner’s daughter’s nickname, this gem creates all food from scratch and is said to be home to Scotland’s only vegan soft serve ice cream machine.

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BEST FOR: Fish and chip aficionados

ADDRESS: 81 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DH


Ask around and many Dundonians will agree this is the best spot in town for a fish supper, whether you want to take out, or dine in. This old-fashioned chippy was turned into a chic eatery a few years ago, with an empty cellar space becoming the dining room.

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The Bach

BEST FOR: Laid-back weekend brunches

ADDRESS: 31 Meadowside, Dundee, DD1 1DJ


In New Zealand, a bach (pronounced “batch”) is a holiday cottage, often found by the beach or river. This socially aware, dog-friendly, Kiwiinspired café pays homage to good times and great food from down under, where brunch stretches till late afternoon.

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Low carbon things to do in Dundee

You can't have a visit to Dundee without a stop at some of the cultural highlights or a spot of shopping at the independent shops and markets. No matter how you choose to spend your day, shop and sightsee with a minimal carbon footprint. 

Dundee things to do

Dundee Contemporary Arts

BEST FOR: Seeing Dundee in a new light

ADDRESS: 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY


There is always something interesting going on at this cultural hub where artists and audience, both locals and visitors get to experience and create.

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Dundee & Angus Cycle Hire

BEST FOR: Those who want to explore the city on two wheels

ADDRESS: Waterfront Place, Dundee, DD1 4EZ


This social enterprise offers numerous community projects – including bike recycling schemes and safety education programmes. For those visiting the city, be sure to hire a bicycle or electric bike and if you want to explore on two wheels, Dundee Cycle Hub is the place to rent a bike.

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Dundee Farmers Market

BEST FOR: Those looking for a taste of Dundee

ADDRESS: City Centre, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3AJ


With a plethora of family-run farms bursting with fruits, vegetables and artisanal products, Dundee’s Farmer’s markets are a great way to try the local flavours.

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The Little Green Larder

BEST FOR: Eco-friendly shoppers

ADDRESS: 272 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1AE


Offering a zero waste shopping experience, The Little Green Larder has a selection of over 300 refillable items – including whole and dried foods, liquids and cleaning products.

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McManus Gallery and Museum

BEST FOR: Those wanting to learn more about Dundee

ADDRESS: Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 1DA


It’s hard to miss this imposing Gothic-Revival style building in the centre of town, which houses an art gallery and museum, with an impressive collection of fine art and natural history.

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Spex Pistols

BEST FOR: Vintage lovers

ADDRESS: 4 Johnston’s Ln, Dundee, DD1 5ET


Independent optical boutique witha passion for vintage frames and their preservation. Created to offer something a little different, the Spex Pistols team also offer vintage stoneware jars, cameras, and record players in addition to expertly crafted lenses and frames.

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The Urban Beach

BEST FOR: Urban dwellers looking for a waterfront stroll

ADDRESS: 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ


Explore Dundee’s waterfront and see where the river meets its city. Treat yourself to an ice cream from Janetta’s Gallateria whilst you stroll through the landscaped Slessor Gardens, or head to the colour-lit fountains and admire the impressive River Tay whale sculpture.

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The Wardrobe

BEST FOR: Fashionistas who want to shop with a clear conscience

ADDRESS: 112 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4EH


This clothes shop is a great spot to pop into for cool retro fashions, but there’s more to it than that. The store is a community-led social enterprise that aims to make Dundee a more sustainable, healthier, and happier place through various climate-focussed projects.

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The Waterfront

BEST FOR: Everyone

ADDRESS: Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ


There’s no more eco-friendly way of exploring Dundee than on foot, and you’ll find a number of the city’s top attractions grouped close together on the banks of the River Tay. The architecturally striking building houses permanent and temporary exhibitions, some of which are free to explore.

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V&A Dundee

BEST FOR: Museum fans

ADDRESS: 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ


The first Victoria & Albert museum outside of London, the V&A Dundee has been designed to be a sustainable building using renewable energy. The design museum has 30 boreholes – each with a depth of 200 metres - that use latent heat from the ground to help heat and cool the building.

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Verdant Works

BEST FOR: Anyone who wants to step back in time and learn how Dundee became the city it is today

ADDRESS: West Henderson’s Wynd, Dundee, DD1 5BT


Dundee’s commerce was founded on jam, jute, and journalism. At this museum and former mill, you can learn about the middle one – a natural fibre
second only to cotton in the amount produced and variety of uses – and how, in Victorian times, the city rose to build trading links all over the world on the back of it.

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Travelling by train is the most eco-friendly mode of motorised transport, particularly our world-class Azuma trains which run under electric power on much of our network. If over the next year each of us substituted just half of our planned leisure car and plane journeys within the UK with train, we’d reduce our carbon emissions by a staggering 331 kgs.

With sustainable recommendations from LNER colleagues, locals and tourism organisations, this Guide has something for everyone to enjoy when exploring Dundee, Durham, and York this year and beyond.

We hope that you enjoy your journey. Please don’t forget to tag us on Twitter or Instagram @LNER and #GreenGuides so that everyone can see where and what you’ve been enjoying on your travels.

David Horne,
LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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