Football Trip to Dundee – How to get there and How to get about.
Dundee Airport’s only scheduled passenger service was set to close at the end of 2013 meaning that Edinburgh is now the closest airport. Dundee is approximately 60 miles from Edinburgh International Airport so negotiate a price in advance there is a fixed fare to Dundee which is approximately £120.
There are regular direct trains from Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket Stations to Dundee. All trains to Aberdeen (or Dyce) stop at Dundee. Waverley is the larger station with more facilities, such as places to eat, Haymarket is slightly closer to the airport. Trains often start at Waverley. Trains run between 05.40 and 23.10 and the journey takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. The cost of a standard single fare from Edinburgh Stations to Dundee is £19.10. The journey time is approximately 80 minutes. The station immediately before is Leuchars -get ready at that point, so you don’t miss the final part of the journey, which is quite spectacular, over the Tay bridge.
To get to Edinburgh station, there is an Airport Bus from Edinburgh International Airport to both Edinburgh railway stations, this is available from outside the UK arrivals hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It costs £3.50 one way, and takes around 25 minutes or taxi from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh railway stations will cost approximately £20 depending on the time of day. These are available from outside the terminal.
Dundee is on the main East Coast route with direct services to Newcastle, York and London, and to Carlisle, Preston, Coventry, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Reading, Southampton, Bournemouth and Plymouth. Rail journeys to the other major cities in Scotland (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow) take approximately 1 1/4hrs, and the regular service from London King’s Cross takes only six hours.
There are daily ferry services direct from Zeebrugge (Belgium) to Rosyth (near Edinburgh) operated by Superfast Ferries.
City buses operate an EXACT FARE pay-as-you-enter system. The buses come regularly (10 to 20 minutes) during daytime. Last buses leave the City Centre about 2315 hrs on most routes. All the local buses converge to the city centre and are relatively cheap.
Taxis are available at taxi ranks in the centre.
Football Trip to Dundee – Getting to the Stadium
Tannadice Park and Dens Park are next to each other on Tannadice Street
The following buses leave from the city centre at frequent intervals. Numbers 1a, 18, 19 & 21 from Meadowside and Number 22 from Littlewoods in High Street.
There is no designated public car park for Tannadice. However, there is adequate street parking in the vicinity of the stadium.
Football Trip to Dundee – The Stadium
The ground that is now Tannadice was first used for football in the 1870s, when the surrounding area of Dundee was still largely open countryside this ground was known as Clepington Park. In 1891, Johnstone Wanderers decided to enclose Clepington to enable them to charge for admission. In conjunction, it was decided to utilise the natural slope roughly a hundred yards to the west (below what is now Sandeman Street) in order to provide better views for spectators. Several Dundee clubs played at the ground until Dundee Hibernian took over the lease in 1909. The club heralded the new era by changing the name of the ground, Tannadice Park being adopted from the name of the street on which the ground’s main entrance would be situated.
The club’s and the ground’s inaugural match was against Leith Hibernian (the forerunner of Hibernian FC). The original capacity of Tannadice Park was around 10,000, which could be extended to 15000 on special occasions. Dundee Hibs was renamed Dundee United in 1923 and extensive improvements were made to the ground to gain entry to the league. The various financial crises which beset the club in the 1930s and its general lack of success on the pitch prevented any further ground improvements until 1953. At that time, the north terracing was concreted and four years later the same was done at both ends. During the close season of 1957, an important development took place with the construction of the Shed, which was opened in September of that year.
Many modifications were made at Tannadice in order to bring the stadium up to modern standards. Two new grandstands were constructed in the early nineties. The two tiered George Fox stand, was built in 1992 and is named after a former chairman of the club. The East Stand, a similar two tiered construction was built in 1994, and was renamed the Eddie Thompson stand in 2008. The latest stand to be constructed was the Fair Play stand in 1997.
Dundee moved to “Dens” in 1899. At either end of ground are The Bobby Cox & Bob Shankly Stands which are similar looking, both being single tiered and roughly of the same height. Both sides are quite old looking stands. The Main (North) Stand is a covered seated stand, unusual in that it is oval in shape, meaning that those sitting on the half way line are furthest away from the playing action. On the other side is a more conventional single tiered stand, that only runs for about 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. Both these stands have many supporting pillars that may hinder your view.
Football Trip to Dundee – Tickets
You can purchase advance tickets online to ensure your seat at Tannadice for future games. The first time you order tickets you will be required to register before you purchase. You will be directed to an external secure site where you can follow the online instructions to purchase the seat of your choice. http://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/index.asp?cat=Box%20Office#
Tickets are priced between £22 and £25 depending on the stand that you want. http://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/images/14414_60110_83618_RegularMOtherwell354.jpg
You can also buy tickets online for Dundee FC: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase. Tickets are £20 for the Main Stand or the South Stand
Football Trip to Dundee – Where to stay.
Dundee Central Premier Inn (Discovery Quay, Riverside Drive) – Located within easy reach of the A9(M), conveniently situated across from Dundee train station. This Premier Inn boasts a great waterfront location next to Discovery Point. For shops and local amenities Dundee city centre is only a short walk away. Sensation Science Centre is also nearby. Rooms from £29. http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/DUNDIS/dundee-centre
Holiday Inn Express Dundee (41 Dock Street) is a contemporary base for your visit to this thriving city, situated close to local businesses in the busy heart of Dundee, with restaurants and buzzing nightlife on our doorstep. Get your day off to a good start with a delicious complimentary breakfast, and catch up with emails over coffee in the Great Room using complimentary wireless Internet.
Travelodge Dundee Central (152-158 West Marketgait), The hotel has our fresh new look and features Travelodges new room design complete with Dreamer Bed so you can be sure of a great night’s sleep. Due to the city centre location, as you might expect, some external noise may be heard.
Apex Hotels Dundee City Quay Hotel and Spa (1 W Victoria Dock Rd), in Dundee. 4 star luxury spa hotel, near Dundee Airport.
The Queen’s Hotel Dundee (160 Nethergate), was built in 1878 and is Dundee’s most prestigious continuously trading and privately owned hotel. The hotel is ideally situated for golf, with St. Andrews, Carnoustie and a host of spectacular courses nearby and is only minutes from the shopping centre, university, theatre and bustling West End bars and restaurants of Dundee (including our own Nosey Parker’s).
Football Trip to Dundee – What else to see & do.
This website offers audio for a guided walk around the Blackness area of Dundee City. When the jute industry took off in the late 19th Century, Dundee grew massively, both in ambition and in population. However, so much dependence on one product meant that when the industry died out, Dundee was in big trouble. This is the story of how the city reinvented itself after the jute mills closed. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/heritage/walk-around-dundee
Discovery Point is home to Scott of the Antarctic’s vessel, Discovery, as well as the 19th-century frigate, Unicorn.
The Verdant Works is a living museum depicting a working jute mill. The McManus Galleries host an exhibition of history, art and natural history, including a 40-foot Tay whale skeleton.
The Mills Observatory is the only full-time public observatory in the UK. Dundee’s Science Centre, Sensation, brings science to life with interactive exhibits.
Football Trip to Dundee – Eating & Drinking
Bank Bar (Union St), One of the earlier bank-to-pub conversions in the city, this smallish pub has a cosy feel to it on account of the wooden floor and fittings and also the secluded seating areas separated by wood & glass panelling. An S&N tenancy, it is making a good effort on the real ale front, with 2 or 3 usually available, frequently from Scottish micros. Food is served all day.
Capitol (Seagate), A very large area on two levels, made into a Lloyds No.1 (Wetherspoon’s) in 2003, it serves food all day. Lots of handpulls, with usually 4 or 5 different real ales on tap, with good variety.
Counting House (Reform St), A bank conversion by Wetherspoon’s in 1998, this is a large single-area establishment (toilets upstairs) with a long bar. It operates long hours of opening (including food provision) ensuring customers at all times of day. There are usually 5 or 6 real ales on tap, with a good variety on the guest fonts. Real ale festivals and special price offers pull in the punters, as do the low prices generally.
Drouthys (142 Perth Road), for many years a Belhaven managed house (Drouthy Neebors), this is now just called Drouthys, and is owned by local outfit Fuller & Thompson (who also run Duke’s Corner, and the Jute bar at DCA and several bars in Edinburgh). Neat seating areas make the smallish upstairs area seem bigger, and a large chalk-board lists the many edibles on offer throughout the day. Quiet tasteful musak creates a pleasant atmosphere. There are 4 taps, with a good variation on the guest beer font. A tricky spiral staircase takes you down to the toilets and also a further seating area, which can be booked for small functions.
Duke’s Corner (West Port), The unusual bar arrangement has 30 taps along the wall behind the staff, with no fonts on the actual bar-counter. Real ale traditionalists may be surprised to see the good stuff dispensed by turn-top handles rather than handpulls. The outside area has also been much improved, with tables and umbrellas for outdoor drinking.
Phoenix (Nethergate), A striking, imaginative pub interior, the ceiling and pillars are original, but the bar and gantry reputedly came from a demolished Welsh pub. Unusual metal adverts, brewery mirrors (including a rare Ballingall’s of Dundee), bric-a-brac, 12-pointer stag’s head, and secluded seating alcoves all contribute to a place of great character, deservedly popular. Five new fonts of special design have recently been installed by the characterful owner, Alan Bannerman, who will discuss them with customers at the drop of a hat! Several draught foreign beers also available.
Pillars (Crichton St), An institution for its loyal regulars, The Pillars was taken over by local character John Justice in late 2010, real ale then being introduced with one handpull. Orkney beers often available.
Braes Bar (14 Perth Road), Part of the Maclay’s pub group, this is a multi-part venue attracting university personnel for coffee, meals and drinks. Fine views over the river from south window seats. Gas fire in one bit, quiet musak and silent tv screens. A modest range of drinkables, but staff enthusiasm keeps real ale in play with 2 handpulls.
Near to the Ground
Frews Bar (117 Strathmartine Road, A three-roomed pub with a public bar dated 1915 and two lounge bars, one of which is a rare Art Deco survivor. Situated at the foot of a three-storey tenement, it has the metal windows that are typical inter-war work: those on the corner include a plough motif in stained glass, as this was the old name of the pub. The public bar has been amalgamated with a tiny snug on the right by the removal of a short partition. On the back of one of the pots that decorate the inglenook-style fireplace is written ‘H & F Thomson Architect’, ‘Alex Fair Wood Carver’, ‘John Scott Joiner’ and ‘Mr Stewart Licence Holder 18th October 1915’. The back gantry with bevelled mirror panels could also date from 1915: the oblong panels and top have been added in recent years, while the counter and wall-panelling seem relatively modern.
On the right is a lounge with sleek inter-war panelled walls with brass bell-pushes all around. However, the counter was added post-war, the top replaced in the 1990s while the fireplace has some new tiles. The real star at this pub is on the left with a separate entrance in Moncur Crescent. This is a second lounge which retains its 1930s Art Deco panelled walls, brass-stepped quarter-circle bar counter front and back gantry, fireplace, fixed seating and even the tables. This Sporting Memories Lounge is only open Friday nights, on Saturday or by prior appointment. (as described by Heritage Pubs UK – http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/pubs/national-inventory-entry.asp?pubid=309)