Aberdeen Travel Guide

Aberdeen City in Scotland Aberdeen is a port city in northeast Scotland, where the Dee and Don rivers meet the North Sea. With an offshore petroleum industry, the city is home to an international population. It’s also known as the ‘Granite City’ for its many enduring grey-stone buildings. The 19th-century Marischal College is typical – a monumental Victorian landmark that’s now headquarters of the City Council.Aberdeen Maritime Museum features interactive exhibits on the historic local shipping, fishing and oil industries, and affords panoramic views of the busy harbor. Aberdeen Art Gallery has collections of European fine art and decorative arts. St. Machar’s Cathedral has a 16th-century heraldic ceiling, while the Gordon Highlanders Museum commemorates the famed British army regiment. The region’s castles include clifftop Dunnottar, and Drum, with a 13th-century tower. Popular outdoor pastimes include salmon fishing in the River Dee, walking in the nearby Cairngorm mountains, and playing golf at numerous local courses.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Striking glass-fronted museum complex

Interactive and multi-media displays on city’s maritime heritage and North sea oil and gas industry.

Duthie Park

Large green space & gardens

Park featuring an expansive lawn area, playgrounds for kids & both indoor & outdoor gardens.

St Machar’s Cathedral

Site of worship since 580 AD

12th-century cathedral with stained glass windows, heraldic ceiling and John Barbour memorial.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Army regiment history museum

Interactive maps, uniforms and weaponry displays tracing the 200-year history of the army regiment.

Hazlehead Park

Woodland, sports pitches & sculptures

Large public space with sports facilities, a playground, woodland walks and a sculpture collection.

Codonas Amusement Park

Amusement park, bowling, circus, and beach

Codona’s Amusement Park is an amusement park based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was established by the Codona Family in 1969 and is currently managed by the third generation of the family. It is

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum

Victorian neoclassical art museum

18th-20th century painting and Scottish metalwork collections in late 19th-century granite building.

The Tolbooth Museum

Prison exhibits in a historic jail

Small, preserved 17th-century jail-turned-museum with historical relics & information.

Aberdeen Science Centre

Interactive science exhibits

Science centre with interactive exhibits, experiments, hands-on workshops and live shows.

John Codona’s Pleasure Fairs Ltd

Amusement park with roller coasters

Roller coasters and big wheel in amusement park with indoor adventure golf and tenpin bowling.

Johnston Gardens

Landscaped spot with streams & ponds

Lush site with streams, ponds, waterfalls & rockeries along with a path, bridge, ducks & a monument.

Seaton Park

Green space with gardens & a play park

Large riverside park featuring gardens, mature trees, green spaces, a playground & a toilet.

Cruickshank Botanic Garden

Lush spot with variety of plants & trees

Tranquil 11-acre green space established in 1898 with 2,500+ plants, several gardens & an arboretum.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court

David Welch Winter Gardens

Spacious indoor botanical garden

Roomy greenhouse complex with diverse displays of plants & flowers, plus a wedding venue & cafe.

Provost Skene’s House

Torry Battery

Dolphin and harbor

The Torry Battery is an artillery battery near Torry in Aberdeen, Scotland, which has overlooked the city’s harbour since 1860. It was originally constructed for nine guns with a defensible barracks

Westburn Park

Green space with sports & play areas

Public park with ponds, skateboard ramps & tennis courts, plus a kids’ playground & cycling track.

Brig o’ Balgownie

The Brig o’ Balgownie is a 13th-century bridge spanning the River Don in Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. Construction of the bridge was begun in the late 13th century by Richard Cementarius

King’s College Chapel

Chapel and architecture

Union Terrace Gardens

Formal gardens & an amphitheater

Landscaped sunken & formal gardens in the town center, with an amphitheater & shade trees.

William Wallace Statue, Aberdeen

The William Wallace Statue was erected 1888 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and depicts Sir William Wallace. Sculpted by William Grant Stevenson, the statue is positioned opposite His Majesty’s Theatre

Kirk of St Nicholas

The Kirk of St Nicholas is a historic church located in the city centre of Aberdeen, Scotland. It is now officially known as the “Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting” as it has membership of both of

Footdee Mission Hall

Union Terrace, Aberdeen


Union Terrace is a single carriageway street in the city centre of Aberdeen. At the south end, it has a junction with Union Street, at Union Bridge and Bridge Street; and at the north end, it

Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

Nature preserve on the river’s edge

Riverside nature preserve known for its variety of wildlife, including waterfowl & seals.

Balmoral Castle

Royal residence with ballroom art show

Scottish Baronial style mansion and summer home of the royal family, with ballroom art collection.

North Sea Trail

The North Sea Trail is an international long-distance path linking seven countries and 26 partner areas in Northern Europe around the North Sea. The project’s aims are to support sustainable

Marischal Museum


Marischal Museum was a museum in Aberdeen, Scotland, specialising in anthropology and artifacts from cultures around the world. Part of the University of Aberdeen, it was situated at Marischal

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Church from 1817 with traditional choir

Early-1800s Episcopal church built of sandstone & granite with a well-known choir & frequent events.

Craigievar Castle

17th-century turreted baronial castle

Castle dating from 1626, with original Jacobean woodwork, plaster ceilings and portrait collection.

Grosvenor Casino Aberdeen

Chain casino with on-site bar & dining

Modern chain casino with gaming tables and slot machines, a grill restaurant and a late bar.

Leopard Sculpture by Kelpies Artist Andy Scott

Victoria Park, Aberdeen

Victoria Park is a small park in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. The park has an area of five hectares and was opened to the public in 1871. It is named after Queen Victoria. In the center of

Girdle Ness Lighthouse


Girdle Ness Lighthouse is situated near Torry Battery on the Girdle Ness peninsula just south of the entrance to Aberdeen’s harbour, in Scotland. It is an active light, managed by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

The Locked Door Escape Games

Persley Walled Garden


Rubislaw quarry

Rubislaw Quarry was opened in 1740 and is located at the Hill of Rubislaw in the west end of the Scottish city of Aberdeen. In 1778/9, Aberdeen City Council sold it to a businessman for £13,

Hazlehead Park Pets Corner

Duthie Park Bandstand

The Salvation Army

Gilcomston South Church


Gilcomston Church is a congregation, formerly in the Church of Scotland, which meets in the recently refurbished church buildings of the Gilcomston South Church of Scotland on Union Street, Aberdeen

Aberdeen St. Mark’s Church of Scotland

Nigg Bay, Aberdeen


Nigg Bay in Aberdeen is located to the east of the southern part of the City of Aberdeen.

Kincorth Hill

Nature reserve and nature

Wellington Suspension Bridge

The Wellington Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing the River Dee from Ferryhill to Craiglug in Aberdeen, north east Scotland. Designed by Captain Samuel Brown and the Aberdeen City

Powis Gate

Den of Maidencraig

Nature reserve and nature