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Five things to do in Dundee this summer

West Park's location is great to visit attractions such as Discovery ship.If you’re after a change of scenery, come and relax for the weekend at West Park where we can offer you comfy beds, tranquil gardens and tasty food. Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre you’ll never be too far away to discover all the action Dundee has to offer.

Here’s our top five things to do in Dundee this summer, whatever the weather!

1. RRS Discovery / Frigate HMS Unicorn

If you’re one for historic findings, this is perfect for you. Spend a day exploring RRS Discovery and HMS Unicorn, both docked in Dundee’s attractive Victoria Dock.  Take a wander around below deck; checking out the craftsmanship and detail of the interior (including those muckle big guns,) you’ll be impressed.

2. Scone Palace

If you fancy treading the same ground as royalty, then pay a visit to Scone Palace, famous for being the site of the coronations of Kings of Scotland. There are some great walks in the surrounding grounds and a unique maze designed in the shape of a star, ideal for a gentle stroll and great fun for the kids.

3. Glamis Castle

Appearing on the back of the Scottish ten pound note and being one of Scotland’s finest castles, you really won’t want to miss this! Glamis Castle is the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and only a 30 minute drive from West Park.

There are many events taking place here during the summer, including the Scottish Transport Extravaganza and Romeo and Julie outdoor picnic, perfect activities to enjoy with all the family.

4. Camperdown Wildlife Centre

If you want to get in touch with your inner animal, Camperdown Wildlife Centre is the place for you! And it’s only 10 minutes away from West Park! There’s an exciting array of animals on show from European brown bears to ring-tailed lemurs.  

5. Dundee Museum of Transport

This newly open Museum is the centre point for Dundee’s transport heritage, from public buses, to a 19th century horse-drawn Ambulance. As well as an array of display areas there is also a perfect little tea room to take a break.

If you’re staying with us at West Park and plan for an early start, make sure you let one of our staff know. We can arrange a grab and go breakfast to take for your journey so you won’t be left hungry for the day ahead.

For more information on booking your West Park accommodation, call us now on 01382 647171, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

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Five tips for booking city break accommodation!

West Park flats exteriorThe summer has officially arrived! What better excuse to head off for a city break.  The British summer is well known for being unreliable, but by following our five tips for booking your accommodation, you’ll find the ideal stay that won’t let you down!

The vibrant Scottish city of Dundee provides the perfect setting for all types of breaks. Sight-seeing in the city, family trips and golfing weekends; where better to stay than West Park

1. Select a good location

The last thing you want on a sight-seeing break is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to do. Be sure to check your accommodation is in walking distance of the nearest city, you don’t want to be spending hours finding a parking space. West Park is a short walk away from Dundee and just an hour away from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. You won’t know which city to visit first!

2. Choose comfort

It’s important that you feel relaxed and stress-free in your chosen accommodation. Comfortable beds and clean en-suites are essential for your stay. Enjoy a long night’s sleep in your choice of single or double rooms with your very own en-suite at West Park. And yes, you can help yourself to complimentary toiletries and all the tea and coffee you wish!

3. Never go hungry

There’s nothing worse than arriving to your location, tired after a four hour drive with your empty stomach grumbling, to find there is nothing available to eat. Book accommodation with an on-site restaurant and bar to cater to your needs.

4. Stay connected

Excited to boast to all your friends about winning the golf but can’t get any signal? Want to show off your delicious evening meal but can’t get a connection?  Ensure your accommodation has a Wi-Fi connection. You’ll stay up-to-date with news and weather whilst posting pictures to Facebook to make all your friends jealous. Wi-Fi is available in some of our communal areas.

5. Pick affordable prices

We’ve all experienced the moment of disappointment when we’ve seen the beautiful photos, read the fantastic reviews, and then seen the sky-high prices! For as little as £35 per night you can enjoy a comfortable bed in a fantastic location throughout the summer months. West Park has over 200 rooms available and with excellent offers for groups, all you have to do is pick your weekend! 

Experience all of the above and more this summer at West Park, your ultimate city break in Dundee!

For more information on booking your West Park accommodation, call us now on 01382 647171, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

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Five tips to plan the perfect leavers’ ball

West Park dining room place settingsThey say your school days are the best days of your life.  What better way to let off all that post exam steam than by having a leavers’ ball to remember. Forget trying to jazz up your school hall, celebrate in style with one of our ball packages, here at West Park.

Have you been given the responsibility to plan the ball? You’ve got the best job! Check out our five tips to help you create a spectacular evening for you and your classmates.

1. Have you got a theme?

A themed party can be a lot of fun, and gives you an opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate the end of school. If you can’t decide on a theme, why not put a list together for your fellow classmates to choose from. Whether it’s red carpet glamour to a night in Vegas, we can help you capture it at West Park.

2. Food and catering

Our menu won’t disappoint your guests and nor will the cost. Starting at just £24.95 per person, you’ll be able to enjoy a three course meal that could include tasty treats like tomato and basil soup with a crusty bread roll, chicken breast with bacon wrapped chipolatas and a lightly roasted jus, and sticky toffee pudding with hot toffee sauce and ice cream. Yum!

Just give us a call to have a chat about your requirements; we’ll be able to put together a menu to suit both your taste buds and your budget.

3. What to wear?

Although the girls usually spend a lot more time than the guys finding the perfect ensemble, having the right outfit is one of the most important things for everybody.

Your theme can play an important part here,  if you’re going for fancy dress do you need a hand in finding the perfect costume? Our events team can help by linking you up with local suppliers.

4. Music

Whether you’re planning on getting groovy to a live band or dancing to the latest tunes from a DJ, there’s plenty of room at West Park for whatever you fancy. A disco is included in the price of some of our packages, and we can help if you’d like details of local bands. 

5. That little extra something

You might want to think about adding a few extra touches to make the celebration extra special. For a lasting reminder of the evening why not consider a photo booth, or a sweet cart for guests to help themselves to? We’re happy to help make your event the best in town.

From the early stages of planning through to the evening, our West Park events team will help you put together a night to remember.

For more information or to book your special night, call us now on 01382 647177, or email enquiries@westpark.co.uk

 

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Five reasons to stay at West Park this festival season

 

Typical Double Bedroom at West ParkIt’s festival season! Have you booked your tickets for T in the Park and Rewind Scotland yet? Or does the fear of sleeping in the middle of a field, showering with freezing cold water and sharing the toilets with other festival goers fill you with dread?

Why not concentrate on the music and come and stay with us? Our overnight accommodation at West Park has everything you need to refresh overnight for the day ahead and enjoy some more great music. Still unsure? Here are five reasons to stay with us this festival season:

1.    Location 

You’re not far away from two of Scotland’s biggest festivals. Staying at West Park, you’ll be 35 miles from Balado for T in the Park and 24 miles away from Rewind Scotland’s, Scone Palace. Our team are always on hand to help you book transport if you need it to get to and from the festival.

West Park is in the leafy west end of Dundee, on the banks of the River Tay, so why not take some time out to relax with friends and explore this beautiful part of the country when the festival has finished.

2.    Costs 

Sometimes paying the extra to camp at a festival can be pricey. You can stay with us for as little as £35 a night; we have discounts for group bookings. With 204 rooms available, you’re sure to be near to each other, no matter how big the group

3.    Comfort 

Why spend the night tossing and turning in your tent? You can get a relaxing night sleep with us at West Park. We have a number of twin, single and double rooms to choose from.

4.    Convenience 

Whether you’re glamping or sleeping in the car, you can’t avoid those early morning treks to the communal toilets and showers. This is something you don’t have to wake up to if you’re staying with us. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms so you can freshen up in your own time. Your valuables will be safely locked in your room while you’re at the festival, so there’s no need to worry about leaving anything in your tent.

5.    Refreshments

Long queues at expensive food stalls, or trying to keep your drinks and food cool, can be a real pain when you’re camping. For just an extra £8.50 per night, you can enjoy a hearty Scottish breakfast served in our Victorian mansion house – you’ll need all the energy possible to dance all day and night.

Don’t worry if you’re in a rush to get away in the morning, speak to our staff the night before and we’ll arrange for a grab and go breakfast to be available from reception. This takes the stress (and the cost) away from trying to find food while you’re at the festival.

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