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AberdeenUnited Kingdom

Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and one of the most prosperous urban communities in the UK. It owes its success over the past few decades to strong links with the North Sea oil and gas industry as well as fishing, farming, finance and property. It's also an ancient city, home to Scotland’s third oldest university and a favourite of Scottish and British Royalty for centuries. Affectionately known as the ‘Granite City’ after its many impressive examples of granite architecture, Aberdeen holds the record for most wins in the prestigious Britain in Bloom gardening competition. With beautiful parks, coastal views, celebrated golf courses and The Cairngorms National Park just a short journey away, Aberdeen is an inspired city break destination.

Aberdeen LandmarksAberdeen is at the heart of ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’. Visit the ruined clifftop stronghold of Dunnottar Castle or the majestic Haddo House – and don’t miss Balmoral Castle, the holiday residence of the British Royal Family since the 19th century. This is also an area famous for its whiskey production with Glenfiddich and Balvenie among the famous distilleries nearby. Explore Old Aberdeen in the area known locally as The Green; the mix of architecture here is a reminder of the city’s journey from medieval marketplace to Victorian metropolis and beyond. Delve into the city’s maritime heritage in the Aberdeen harbour area. Wander along the beachfront to the Footdee area which retains a traditional fishing village atmosphere.

Aberdeen Museums and GalleriesAberdeen Art Gallery is the city’s main gallery and a major attraction for art aficionados and casual observers alike. But it's not just the big one people come for, Aberdeen is scattered with some fascinating museums and smaller galleries, showcasing fascinating local and international art and artefacts. See selections from the city’s art collection at Drum Castle and Aberdeen Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum also holds a number of traditional boats, clothing, paintings and ephemera from the city’s busy nautical past. For modern history pay a visit to the Satrosphere Science Centre where hands-on exhibits and science shows will guarantee a fun day out.

Aberdeen Shopping, Restaurants and NightlifeAberdeen’s city centre is a great place to look for bargains as well as no-expenses-spared treats. The Bon Accord and St Nicholas centre and the renowned Union Square Shopping Centre both offer a mix of designer names and local boutiques. Go off the beaten track in the west end of the city centre where you’ll find trendy tea rooms and coffee shops, vintage clothes emporiums and independent craft outlets. Hungry? Head to Stonehaven for fish and chips or dine in one of central Aberdeen’s many fine restaurants. Specialities include Aberdeen Angus Beef and locally caught shellfish. Perhaps owing to its vibrant student population, Aberdeen also has a lively nightlife. Take it easy in the pub or head to the city centre nightclubs to really let your hair down.

The Cairngorms National ParkEscape the bustle of the city on a day trip to The Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy outdoor activities like hillwalking, rock-climbing, gorge-walking and skiing in truly spectacular surroundings. The Cairngorms constitute one of Europe’s last great wildernesses so remember your camera!

Where to stay in Aberdeen

Marischal Museum featuring heritage elements and heritage architecture

Central Aberdeen

4/5Very Good!(631 area reviews)

Travellers to Central Aberdeen praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by His Majesty's Theatre and Union Square Shopping Centre.

Central Aberdeen
Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dyce

4/5Very Good!(173 area reviews)

Dyce is well liked for its bars. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like TECA and Westburn Park.

Dyce
Cove, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Cove

4/5Very Good!(55 area reviews)

Some popular features of Cove include its restaurants and spas. If you're in the mood to explore farther, Duthie Park Winter Gardens or Union Square Shopping Centre are worth checking out in the surrounding nearby area.

Cove
Cults, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Cults

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Cults is well liked for its restaurants, and you can visit sights like Hazlehead Park and Gordon Highlanders Museum if you have time to explore the area.

Cults
Bucksburn, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Bucksburn

4/5Very Good!(43 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the breweries and golf courses in Bucksburn. You might want to make time for a stop at TECA or Auchmill Golf Course.

Bucksburn
Aberdeen West End, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Aberdeen West End

Aberdeen West End is noteworthy for its bars, and you can plan an outing to His Majesty's Theatre and Union Square Shopping Centre while you're in town.

Aberdeen West End

Top hotels in Aberdeen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Aberdeen Altens Hotel
The Aberdeen Altens Hotel
4 out of 5
£49
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Cove, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Duthie Park Winter Gardens, Robert Gordon University and Union Square Shopping Centre. Balnagask ...

4.3/5Excellent! (833 reviews)

"Friendly staff, specially the hostess at breakfast. The swimming pool is great. Room looks a bit outdated, but comfortable. The shower was bit old, difficult to adjust the temperature and weak. But overall, very nice stay!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

The Aberdeen Altens Hotel
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel
3.5 out of 5
£89
per night
5 May-6 May

Located in Central Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bon-Accord Centre and His Majesty's Theatre. Union Square Shopping Centre and University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (427 reviews)

"Huge room, huge wet room, really nice hotel and I hope to go back."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel
OYO Brentwood Hotel
OYO Brentwood Hotel
3 out of 5
£36
per night
3 May-4 May

Located in Central Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aberdeen Music Hall and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre and University ...

3.9/5Very Good! (382 reviews)

"Central, nice hot shower and good value for money. Plenty of shops near by."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

OYO Brentwood Hotel

Popular things to do in Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen
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University of Aberdeen

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Aberdeen, a top university in Aberdeen. Make time to visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

His Majesty's Theatre
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His Majesty's Theatre

4.5/5(62 reviews)

Find out what shows are happening at His Majesty's Theatre, a beloved theatre in Aberdeen. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed theatre scene.

Union Square Shopping Centre
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Union Square Shopping Centre

4.5/5(247 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Union Square Shopping Centre, a popular shopping spot in Aberdeen. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its acclaimed theatre scene.

Duthie Park Winter Gardens
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Duthie Park Winter Gardens

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Walk amid tropical rainforests or arid displays dotted with cacti at this beautiful garden set within a collection of large glasshouses in a pretty city park.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum
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Aberdeen Maritime Museum

4.5/5(50 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, a museum with a story of its own, during your holiday in Aberdeen. Discover the area's acclaimed theatre scene and shops.

King's College
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King's College

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Explore the campus of King's College during your trip to Aberdeen. Make time to visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Aberdeen

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK

£9
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom

£17
Per adult
Small-Group Speyside Whisky Trail Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group Speyside Whisky Trail Full-Day Tour

£37
Per adult

Reviews of Aberdeen

4.2

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 13.621794871794872%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Visit to Aberdeen for concert in new P&J live venue,great venue with good transport links .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

I love Aberdeen. My children grew up in Aberdeen. Very special city with very special residents.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

We found outside very noisy throughout the early morning. No double glazing

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Arrived as a last minute city break unsure what to expect. Had a lovely relaxing time. Very clean and interesting place. Plentiful restaurants and museums. I know why it’s called the ‘Granite City’ now

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Feb 2020

Lovely city with lots to do, well worth visiting

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Feb 2020

Great Art Gallery

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