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Aberdeen
Travel Guide

Aberdeen showing night scenes, a city and a square or plaza

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

Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
The price is £70 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Located in Central Aberdeen, this spa 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! (536 reviews)
quirky, comfortable, central Aberdeen hotel
"This hotel was a great 'find' for us and we enjoyed our stay. Decor was quirky and interesting, rooms very comfortable with a wet room (so easy to use) , large beds and very available facilities in the room (eg plugs, TV etc). The breakfast was a little shaky on day two, with the hotel trying to ..."

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa
Jurys Inn Aberdeen
Jurys Inn Aberdeen
3.5 out of 5
The price is £52 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Located in Central Aberdeen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Cleanliness but rooms a bit too warm"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Jurys Inn Aberdeen
Malmaison Aberdeen
Malmaison Aberdeen
4 out of 5
The price is £68 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Located in Aberdeen West End, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Johnston Gardens and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. His Majesty's Theatre and Union Square ...
4.2/5Excellent! (455 reviews)
Lovely stay
"We had a great stay , The food was amazing dinner & breakfast of high quality, Room was clean & a non contact check in & check out. would definetly recommend"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2020

Malmaison Aberdeen
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Royal Athenaeum Suites
Royal Athenaeum Suites
3.5 out of 5
The price is £75 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Central Aberdeen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"Handy for getting to see things. Would be better if there was more information in the property. Apartment could do with more hooks for coats"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Royal Athenaeum Suites
Marischal Apartments
Marischal Apartments
4 out of 5
The price is £64 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Central Aberdeen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (209 reviews)
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"Excellent location.the flat was quiet and comfortable good facilitirs and would use the poroperty again."

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020

Marischal Apartments
Aberdeen Serviced Apartments: Charlotte street
Aberdeen Serviced Apartments: Charlotte street
4 out of 5
The price is £65 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Central Aberdeen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bon-Accord Centre and His Majesty's Theatre. Union Square Shopping Centre ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Stand out apartments
"Really nice place to stay at home. Check-in is a painless process with a key safe code. Apartment was spotless and gave confidence that it was cleaned properly. There is hand sanitizer at the entrance area. The apartment is fitted out with high quality furnishings to make it comfortable. Kitchen ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2021

Aberdeen Serviced Apartments: Charlotte street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Aberdeen

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2 May 2020

The new road to the airport bypassing Aberdeen is excellent

5/5 - Excellent

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12 Mar 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

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9 Mar 2020

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

4/5 - Good

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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

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18 Feb 2020

Lovely city with lots to do, well worth visiting

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