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Visiting Aberdeen – A City Guide
The glistening, silver-flecked stone of many of its historic buildings earned Aberdeen the nickname, the ‘Granite City’. It’s a major hub of the worldwide energy industry, and for many visitors it’s primarily a business destination. For most holidaymakers, it’s the gateway to Royal Deeside, Scotland’s Castle Trail, and the Cairngorms. But stay a little longer and you’ll discover breezy beaches, quirky museums, dolphin watching and world-class golf courses.

 

Aberdeen: city layout
Aberdeen lies between the mouths of the River Don, in the north, and the Dee, south of the city centre. The Esplanade runs along Aberdeen Beach, from the Don to Footdee and Aberdeen Harbour.

West of the harbour, the city's main business and shopping district straddles Union Street. King Street links the centre with Old Aberdeen, where you’ll find medieval St. Machar’s Cathedral and King’s College, the Aberdeen University campus.

North of the river in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre hosts major trade shows and business conferences.

Business and technology parks cluster in Westhill and Dyce, near Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ).

 

Top Attractions in Aberdeen
Model ships, photos and maritime memorabilia at Aberdeen Maritime Museum highlight the city’s seafaring heritage, from fishing to North Sea oil. At the Tolbooth Museum, a former 17th-century gaol, you can visit the cells and shudder at an early guillotine nicknamed ‘The Maiden’.

In Old Aberdeen, the Crown Tower of medieval King’s College is an iconic landmark. On the university campus, King’s Museum showcases masks, weapons and art from global cultures. The twin towers of St. Machar’s Cathedral soar above the old quarter. Inside, you can admire stained-glass images of St. Machar, Aberdeen’s patron saint.

 

The concierge recommends…

  • A round of golf at the venerable Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Bridge of Don, with its challenging links amid dunes swept by North Sea breezes.
  • A VIP connoisseur's tour of Glen Garioch Distillery (say 'Glen Geery' to sound like a local) followed by a tutored malt whisky tasting session.
  • A midnight swim at Stonehaven Outdoor Swimming Pool. The Olympic-sized open-air pool is heated to a welcoming 29°C in summer and open until midnight on Wednesdays.
  • A cruise in search of dolphins, seals and seabirds with Clyde Cruises. The sea off Aberdeen is home to bottlenose dolphins and even the odd minke whale or basking shark.
  • A breezy clifftop walk around Dunnottar Castle. This spectacular clifftop stronghold was the backdrop for movies like Franco Zeffirelli's “Hamlet” (1990) and Paul McGuigan's “Victor Frankenstein” (2015), starring Daniel Radcliffe.

 

Hotels in Aberdeen
Many people visit Aberdeen to attend conferences and trade shows at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre or big concerts at its GE Oil and Gas Arena. Hotels that serve business guests or families on weekend breaks can be found in Bridge of Don, within walking distance of the AECC.

Bridge of Don is also a good base for a round of golf at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and close enough to explore the history and heritage of Old Aberdeen.

Business travellers and families with early flights to catch also favour hotels at Aberdeen International Airport, around seven miles from the city centre, or Westhill Business Park, west of central Aberdeen.

Properties on Chapel Street are close to nightlife and an easy walk from city centre attractions such as Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

Boutique hotels cluster at either end of Union Street, in the chic West End and in the buzzy Merchant Quarter.

 

Eating Out in Aberdeen
The wealth brought in by the oil industry has transformed Aberdeen's dining scene. There are lots of old-school pubs and fish-and-chip shops, but you'll also find elegant restaurants that serve fine seafood, lamb, beef and game.

There's no shortage of eateries serving sushi, falafel and dishes from all over Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas. Belmont Street, off Union Street, is a happy hunting ground if you're looking for a lively, informal spot.

Union Square, next to Aberdeen rail and bus stations, offers pizza, pasta and burger joints. Many upscale places around the West End place the emphasis on modern Scottish cuisine using local, often organic ingredients.

 

The chef recommends...

  • Local meats: The farms of Aberdeen's rich rural hinterland raise fine beef, lamb and pork. Venison and game comes from the moors of the Cairngorms.
  • Local seafood: Whether it's street-level fish and chips eaten with your fingers or halibut and lobster in a fine dining restaurant, it's bound to please.
  • Smoked haddock: Arbroath, south of Aberdeen, is home to the 'Arbroath smokie' – haddock smoked on the bone that's served as a savoury breakfast or teatime dish.
  • Haggis bonbons: This contemporary version of Scotland's national dish is slightly less rich and filling than the original.
  • The legendary deep fried Mars Bar: Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, claims to be the birthplace of this sticky delight. You'll find it in many Aberdeen chippers. Go on, you know you want to.

 

Shopping in Aberdeen
Aberdeen's Merchant Quarter straddles the east end of Union Street, where the city’s flagship mall is Union Square, next to the harbour. It's home to more than 70 shops, including brands like Superdry and Swatch.

Union Square's big rival, the Bon Accord and St. Nicholas Centre, is a couple of blocks away. It's a gleaming modern retail labyrinth packed with shops such as Karen Millen and Jo Malone.

For shopping with style, head for The Green, south of Union Street, where you'll find designer boutiques selling jewellery, clothes and accessories.

There are more smart boutiques in and around Aberdeen's West End, where Union Street meets Union Grove and Albyn Place.

At the monthly Aberdeen Country Fair, on Belmont Street, you can buy goodies like Scottish fruit wines, artisan bread and organic farm produce.

 

Arts, crafts and antiques in Aberdeen

  • Looking for a 'pre-loved' bargain? Browse the charity shops along Union Street for books, clothes and knick-knacks.
  • You’ll find antique Scottish silverware, traditional jewellery made with semi-precious Highland stones, period porcelain and vintage timepieces at Aberdeen Antique Centre.
  • Discover quirky work made by crafters from all over Aberdeenshire at the monthly Crafters Roadshow at Bon Accord and St. Nicholas Centre.
  • For souvenirs with a seagoing theme, visit the Maritime Museum Shop, where you'll find model ships, prints, charts and replica ships' instruments.

 

Culture & Nightlife in Aberdeen
His Majesty's Theatre is at the heart of Aberdeen’s visual and performing arts scene. This opulent venue hosts performances by Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, touring plays and musicals.

The Lemon Tree is a leading venue for new drama and dance, music and stand-up comedy.

Film-lovers will find arthouse and classic movies at Belmont Filmhouse. For blockbusters, try the 10-screen Cineworld at Union Square, or the 1,500-seat Vue Aberdeen complex.

LIstings bible The Skinny, given away in trendy, student-friendly bars, has all the latest details of indie gigs and club nights.

Currently under renovation, both Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Music Hall are set to reopen in 2017, as is Provost Skene’s House, a medieval manor noted for its painted ceilings.

While Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed, you can see works from its collection at Drum Castle, 10 miles from the city centre.

 

Live music and comedy in Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen Performing Arts is your one-stop shop for tickets to rock, pop, drama and comedy at venues from the art-deco Beach Ballroom to Café Drummond, Aberdeen’s favourite indie music haunt.
  • The 8,500-capacity GE Oil and Gas Arena, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, welcomes superstars like Elton John, The Prodigy and The Proclaimers.
  • For a laid-back night out, check out Jazz at the Blue Lamp, an intimate spot for blues, jazz and soul.
  • Babylon Nightclub is a bastion of the Aberdeen clubbing scene, in the unlikely surroundings of a former ecclesiastical college in the West End.

 

Visiting Aberdeen with a Family
Families can find plenty to please around Aberdeen. Many visitor attractions, such as the Tolbooth Museum and Aberdeen Maritime Museum, are free. In the city and nearby there’s everything from ice rinks and swimming centres to treetop ziplines.

Family-friendly attractions cluster along Aberdeen's Esplanade, and the miles-long sandy beach is a perfect place for children to play.

If it rains, zoom down the water slides at the Beach Leisure Centre, or strap on some skates at the cavernous Linx Ice Arena.

For a summer stroll or a refuge from inclement weather, visit huge glasshouses full of palms and tropical greenery at Duthie Park.

You can watch dolphins without leaving dry land at the Torry Battery viewpoint, on the south bank of the River Dee.

 

Top Family Attractions in and around Aberdeen

  • Enjoy all the fun of the fair at Codona's Amusement Park, a haven for old-school seaside entertainment and a much-loved landmark on Aberdeen's Esplanade.
  • Dive into the past or the future with more than 50 hands-on exhibits at Satrosphere Science Centre, which includes a full-dome planetarium.
  • Take to the trees at Go Ape Crathes Castle. Older children and teens can thrill to giddying zip lines and treetop rope walks.

Latest Aberdeen Hotel Reviews


Comfortable bed and great service
By mery41
Excellent value for money at the Holiday Inn Aberdeen - Exhibition Centre. Large, silent rooms, large bathroom, very clean throughout. No noise during the night, tea and coffee facilities in the [More] room, fast Internet connection. Excellent and varied breakfast. Kind staff, so convenient to walk to the Exhibition Centre. Will recommend. [Less]
Didn't want to leave.....
By aharkins77
Great staff, comfortable rooms, great sleep, great food and a nice night cap to complete my evening, top marks for the staff and I look forward to my next stay....5 Stars from me. [Less]
Great experience
By Road Warrior 1957
Very friendly team, good location for city and airport. A comfortable stay with good food and plenty parking available [Less]
A fantastic stay.
By Davybhoy
This hotel is fantastic and the staff are very attentive to any needs which may arise. The quality of the food was first class and the bar facilities great also. [Less]
Excellent hotel
By JMBJWMW
This was our second stay at the hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful again, we were made very welcome at front desk, the bar and restaurant. We were the only two guests using the Club lounge during [More] our stay so there was no hostess. Instead we were given evening drink chits and canapés in the bar and breakfast in the restaurant, which suited us fine. We spent time in the gym. The room was very comfortable with a fab bathroom. We had two tiny issues. Firstly we could not operate the in room safe and secondly, the hotel had run out of aromatherapy kits. First world problems so no big deal. We will be back soon as we love it here. [Less]
Luxury service and relaxing stay
By Jane P
This hotel is fantastic for business purposes. Everything you need and more. Great food, fantastic rooms and friendly staff. Location really good, next to airport, with ample parking. Food was [More] excellent but bar a bit pricey! Only one criticism - there is nowhere to sit in front of a mirror in the room. Had to use hairdryer standing up! [Less]
Exactly what we needed
By Montymouse
Booked at the last minute for an overnight stay. Got a great rate for a room for 4. Hotel is fresh, modern and clean. Staff were friendly and efficient. It wasn't luxury but that's not what we were [More] looking for. Met our requirements and was great value. Would definitely recommend [Less]
Good value comfortable hotel
By Zarathustra
Comfortable, clean and bright hotel close to Airport terminal. This hotel offers great value and my breakfast was included in the price of the room. Breakfast was great, besides one of those [More] horrible juice bar machines that churn out watered down fruit juices and also a lack condiments. Still, great hotel. [Less]
Comfortable stay
By jac670
The hotel is of a high standard with clean rooms and comfortable beds for a good nights sleep. Breakfast was good, only 5 minutes walk from airport. [Less]

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