Aberdeen, known as the ‘Granite City’ is Scotland’s third most popular city and is home to many tourist attractions, whether you love going to the beach, or relaxing in country parks you will find something you love to do here.
Balmedie Country Park is situated east of the village of Balmedie just 8 miles north of Aberdeen. The park is within part of a dune system that stretches 14 miles from Aberdeen to just north of the mouth of the River Ythan. The park is full of facilities for visitors including parking, toilets, picnic areas with barbecues and a swing park. The country park has a total of 1700 metres of boardwalk to assist you across the sands and streams.
Balmedie Beach is one of Scotland’s longest beaches as its stretches south for 14 miles and the easiest place to access the beach is Balmedie Country Park. The beach is beautiful and sandy and over the years has won a number of awards including a Seaside Award in 2006 and 2007!
Aberdeen Art Gallery is situated in the heart of this beautiful city and is an attractive example of late 19th century architecture. This wonderful gallery first opened in 1885 and is now home to one of the finest art collections in Britain with paintings, sculptures and graphics dating back from the 15th century to today. The Aberdeen Art Gallery is the largest public gallery in the north of Scotland and is most popular for its exciting programme of exhibitions and events. The gallery is home to its own lovely café area that sells a wide selection of Fairtrade food and drink and don’t forget to check out the Gallery Shop on your way out, where you will find cards, books, crafts, jewellery, prints, stationery and children’s gifts.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum is situated on the historic Shiprow in the heart of the city, near the harbour and is a museum that is dedicated to telling the story of the city’s relationship with the sea. This museum is home to many unique collections, covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. All the drama of the North Sea industries such as offshore oil, fishing and shipping are brought to life by touch screen consoles, computer visual databases and an education room. After a busy day why not have a sit down in the café with a bite to eat and then have a browse around the first class shop where you can pick up your souvenirs, gifts, crafts and books. All this plus the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is also home to a spectacular viewpoint over the super busy harbour.
Johnston Gardens is a small public garden full of beautiful flowers and shrubs. The garden has won the Britain in Bloom competition many times before and is a popular place for wedding photographs to be taken, because of the stunning scenery. There is a children’s play area on site along with streams, waterfalls, ponds, rockeries and rustic bridge helping to make this one of the most charming areas in the city.
Like most major cities, Aberdeen is a great place to shop with a large selection of High Street Stores alongside local independent shops!
Aberdeen is the ideal base for touring Royal Deeside including Balmoral Castle, Crathie Church, Ballater and Banchory home of Drum Castle and the Woollen Mill. Heading northwards from Aberdeen the fishing ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh are well worth a visit along with a trip to Banff Bay known as Scotland’s dolphin coast.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
St Machar's Cathedral
Aberdeen Art Gallery
His Majesty's Theatre
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