Aberdeen tourist information

Famous as the 'Granite City' due to its imposing stone architecture, Aberdeen is not the cold, harsh place this title suggests, but a vibrant and cosmopolitan University city made prosperous by the North Sea oil industry.

With a wealth of attractions, shops, restaurants and bars, there is plenty to keep you occupied in the city if the famous 'harr' (sea fog) keeps you from the sandy beach.

Rich in history, the area has seen human settlement since 6,000BC. The name Aberdeen is likely to mean 'mouth of two rivers' from it's position between the local rivers Dee and Don. By 1264 it had a castle, which saw one of Aberdeen's many battles in the early fourteenth century when it was taken by Robert the Bruce. The city's motto later became 'Bon Accord', which by tradition was the password on the night the castle was taken.

Aberdeen's past is a matter of pride in the city, and there are a number of historic houses and museums, most notably Provost Skene's House dating from 1545 and the Maritime Museum which includes exhibits on the modern oil industry as well and the city's shipping and fishing history.

Union Street is Aberdeen's main shopping street, a wide and impressive thoroughfare built in the Nineteenth Century. Shopping Centres such as St Nicholas & Bon Accord and The Mall Aberdeen house flagship Department Stores, bars and clubs for every taste. Nightlife is the city is extremely vibrant and varied, top-names often perform at the city's Music Hall in Union Street and His Majesty's Theatre. The more alternative music venue The Lemon Tree comes highly recommended.

Aberdeen is also justifiably proud of it's beautiful parks and gardens. Famously banned at one time from the 'Britain in Bloom' competition for winning too many times, beautiful parks such as Johnston Gardens and Duthie park, with it's large glasshouses, justify the city's horticultural reputation.

Further afield, the city is also the gateway to beautiful and historic Aberdeenshire with it's historic castles (including Royal Balmoral), distilleries and breathtaking scenery.

Days Out around Aberdeen.

Wander along the coast, along the Esplanade.

Towns Near Aberdeen To Visit - straight line distance:

Stonehaven (13.05 miles) Inverurie (13.96 miles)
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Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel & Spa
South Deeside Rd, Blairs Aberdeen AB12 5YP
This Victorian mansion with pool, spa and gym is set in quiet countryside 5 miles from Aberdeen. It has 2 bars, 2 restaurants and is 3 miles from the Castle Trail.
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The Spires Serviced Suites
531 Great Western Road Aberdeen AB10 6PE
Set within an impressive turreted granite building in the exclusive West End of Aberdeen, these fully-serviced luxury suites have been awarded 4 Diamonds from the RAC.
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Atholl Hotel
54 Kings Gate Aberdeen AB15 4YN
Atholl Hotel is quiet, friendly and has a popular restaurant, and rooms with free broadband internet access. It is a few minutes west of Aberdeen city centre. Atholl Hotel is located off Anderson Drive, which is one of Aberdeen's main roads.
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20 Summerhill Court Aberdeen AB15 6TW
Situated 3 miles (4.8 km) from Aberdeen city centre, Best Western Summerhill Hotel is a brand-new development with spacious bedrooms and suites in a comfortable, peaceful atmosphere.
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Thistle Aberdeen Altens
Souterhead Road Aberdeen AB12 3LF
The Thistle Aberdeen Altens is 3 miles from the city centre and just 1 mile from the coast. The Altens has modern rooms with en suite bathrooms and boasts a sauna, spa and indoor pool. Each room has a satellite TV, hairdryer and work desk.
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Travelodge Aberdeen Airport
Burnside Drive Off Riverview Drive, Dyce Aberdeen AB21 0HW

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54C Chapel Street Aberdeen AB10 1SN
A 10-minute walk from Aberdeen Rail Station in the centre of the city, these apartments offer free Wi-Fi and free parking on site. The sandy beach is less than 2 miles from the building.
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7 Wellwood Mansions Aberdeen AB15 9PB
Situated 4 and half miles from Aberdeen city centre, Town & Country Apartments – Cults offers 3-bedroom apartments with free parking and free Wi-Fi.
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23A Burnside Drive Aberdeen AB21 0HW
These modern, two-bedroom apartments are set next to the River Don in Dyce, 5 minutes’ drive from Aberdeen Airport. They offer free Wi-Fi, free secure parking and free transfers from the airport and Aberdeen Train Station (upon prior request).
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Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Golf Club founded in 1780 and one of the oldest (and finest) in the world

Storybrook Glen An endearing oudoor theme park for children featuring models of storybook characters.


Johnston Gardens Award-winning and beautiful park.

Duthie Park Large and beautiful riverside park with large glasshouses.

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Aberdeen Art Gallery The city's main art gallery, housed in a handsome Victorian granite building.

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Provost Skene's House Historic House dating from 1545.


Aberdeen Maritime Museum Museum which includes exhibits on the modern oil industry as well as the city's shipping and fishing history.

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His Majesty's Theatre Large and popular theatre venue hosting top-name shows.

The Lemon Tree A alternative and highly recommended music, comedy and theatre venue.

The Music Hall Aberdeen's main concert venue.

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