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Aberdeen

Scotland’s third city has a story bound up with the sea since its earliest days as a trading town, then a fishing port. The grey and silver of the granite, quarried locally and used to build much of ‘downtown’ Aberdeen, especially around the main thoroughfare of Union Street, give the streets a unique ambience amongst Scotland’s cities.

Aberdeen has also been described – at least in the past - as Scotland’s largest seaside resort. Its promenade, with its leisure facilities including traditional cafes, cinemas, a permanent fun fair and a sports centre, has provided entertainment to generations of holidaymakers. However, Aberdeen is best known for its key role in the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea (and beyond).From the 1970s onwards this changed the nature of the city from a ‘market town’ and commercial centre for the mostly agricultural ‘shire’ to a major administrative and service centre for this international industry.

The story of Aberdeen is told in its Maritime Museum, while Aberdeen Art Gallery holds a impressive civic collection (with outstanding watercolours in particular). The Gordon Highlanders Museum is also a much loved local institution.

Finally, the wealth created by its involvement in the oil industry sustains a very good range of modern shopping malls.

Accommodation in Aberdeen:

Shopping

Covered shopping malls of various sizes from the Bon Accord to The Academy are the modern face of retailing – but there are traditional small-scale shops as well. 

Shopping in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Festivals & Events

Highland games and gatherings, agricultural shows, traditional music festivals – plenty of opportunities to sample the vibrant local culture in and around Aberdeen.

Events in Aberdeen & Grampian

Entertainment

His Majesty's Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree are just some of Aberdeen's arts venues.

Entertainment in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Old Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen’s most famous landmark is the crown-spire of King’s College Chapel, the centre of the campus of Aberdeen University. Cobbled streets, ivy-clad academic buildings and little town-houses all add to the atmosphere.

© Copyright Gordon Highlanders Museum Museums & Galleries

With the harbourside Maritime Museum, one of the finest public art collections in the UK, and a superb military museum – on the Gordon Highlanders, there is no shortage of choice.

Museums & Galleries in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Leisure Facilities

Indoors and outside, the city offers a good range of facilities from golf courses and swimming pools to an ice rink and a leisure centre by the sea.

Parks & Gardens

Famous for its rose-growing and a frequent winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’ awards, Aberdeen belies its northerly location with an emphasis on parks and gardens, including the famous ‘Rose Hill’ in the Duthie Park.

Family Fun

Aberdeen has plenty for families, including science at Satrosphere, Anderson Storybook Glen for toddlers, Codona’s Pleasure Fair (for kids big, and small) plus lots of play areas in local parks.

Family Fun in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands

Eating Out »

Aberdeen is a well-off city with many business-orientated hotels. This is reflected in a good range of sophisticated restaurants.

Eating out in Aberdeen and Grampian Highlands