Built on the picturesque shores of the Firth of Tay, Dundee boasts an impressive ‘Cultural Quarter’ where the university is to be found, among a cluster of lively pubs and cafes popular with friendly Dundonians. Don’t forget to look out for the comical bronzed figure of Desperate Dan in this city, home to the much-loved publishing firm, DC Thomson. Here’s our guide to accessible things to see and do in Dundee:
Dundee can be reached by train, and the city’s railway station has impressed reviewers. One passenger gave the station 4.5 stars saying:
‘Wheeled into the station, through the barriers, straight into the lift (a massive lift that can take 66 people or several wheelchairs!). Wheeled straight out of the lift onto the platform’.
Hotels with good disabled access
For a room with a view, Dundee’s Apex City Quay Hotel looks over the River Tay and is within easy reach of the city centre. The hotel has ‘lift access to all levels’ and step-free access into the main entrance. Also looking over the Tay is Malmaison, a fashionable hotel with top reviews on Euan’s Guide. One reviewer said, ‘we had an accessible room, where the bathroom facilities were excellent’.
Holiday Inn Express on Dock Street is an affordable, modern hotel close to the train station. One wheelchair user who stayed here told us:
‘Having stayed in this hotel before, we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. The wetroom was well laid out with a raised toilet with supporting handrails. It was nice to have a separated hand basin beside the toilet to avoid having to go over to the main basin.’
Head to Dundee’s historic Victoria Dock where you can view HM Frigate Unicorn, the oldest British-built ship afloat. Visually impaired visitors are invited to touch a number of the ship’s artefacts, and all guests can enjoy an audio-visual presentation and virtual tour of the attraction. With limited access to the Gun Deck, wheelchair users are admitted free of charge to HM Frigate Unicorn.
Art enthusiasts might like to visit The McManus, located in a spellbinding Gothic Revival-style building. Here you can gain a fascinating insight into Dundee and explore the venue’s many galleries. One person gave The McManus a five star review saying there was, ‘good signage, level access, automatic doors, and a lift to all levels’. Alternatively, check out Dundee Contemporary Arts for regularly changing exhibitions, cinema and more!
To learn all about Dundee’s jute industry history, head to the Verdant Works and speak to volunteers who once worked in the mill! One visitor wrote:
‘There were ramps in places, lifts and accessible toilets. Lots of interactive exhibits, a fantastic tour given upon arrival and then demonstrations of the equipment.’
Places to eat and drink in Dundee
Dundee is packed full of cafes, restaurants and bars! If you like Chinese food, you could give City Harbour Chinese Buffet Restaurant a go. One reviewer gave this venue 4 stars saying, ‘the staff are very friendly, attentive and helpful. They will help you collect food from the buffet if necessary’. Alternatively, you could visit Manchurian Restaurant, a 5 star rated venue on Euan’s Guide. One person told us, ‘the food is tremendous!’.
By the waterfront, Discovery Quay is a restaurant that offers amazing views as well as great food! One reviewer told us it had, ‘great access with a step-free front door’. In the city centre, you might like to visit Italian Grill, a 4 star rated venue with ‘blue badge parking in nearby streets’.
Avery & Co on South Tay Street is ‘an exciting, independent eatery’ serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks/ One visitor told us, ‘the access is really good, it’s bright and clean.’
For a livelier atmosphere to set you up for a night out, Forgan’s is a popular restaurant in Broughty Ferry. One reviewer described it as ‘wheelchair accessible’ with level access and an automatic door. Alternatively, a country pub called The Cambustay can be found on Dalhousie Road and has ‘level access’ with ‘friendly, efficient and helpful’ staff.
Described as a ‘perfect place for a wheelchair user to have a great meal out with friends,’ Collinsons Restaurant can be found on Brown Street and has been rated 5 star on Euan’s Guide!
Dundee’s Rep Theatre is a highly respected venue that is home to one of the UK’s foremost theatre companies, Dundee Rep Ensemble. The theatre lists good wheelchair access including a push-button door at the main entrance and ramp up to the box office. If you’re looking for a concert, Caird Hall is the city’s main auditorium. One reviewer gave this venue 4.5 stars saying, ‘there’s parking underneath the hall and a good sized lift to get up to the main area’.
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Last Updated – February 2017