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Vibrant, modern city surrounded by lush countryside

Are you looking for things to do in Aberdeen? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.

Known for...   Craigievar Castle, River's Dee and Don and Beef


Did you know...

  • The fastest sailing boat ever, the Thermopylae, was built in Aberdeen in 1868.
  • Sir David Gill, who took the first photograph of the moon in 1868, was born in Aberdeen.
  • Craigievar Castle was the model for Walt Disney’s fairytale castles.



 

  Attractions

Codonas Amusement Park

Beach front entertainment complex.
Beach Boulevard
Aberdeen
AB24 5ED

01224595910

 

Satrosphere

Interactive Science and Discovery Centre.
179 Constitution Street
Aberdeen
AB24 5TU

01224640340

Recommended by Robbie Davey, Aberdeen

 

Brandsbutt Symbol Stone FREE

We do not know why the Picts carved and erected these stones. They may have been intended as memorials to great warriors.
About 1m North-West of Inverurie off the A96
AB51 4GU

 

Dyce Symbol Stones FREE

Two Pictish stones, one with the older type of incised symbols and the other with symbols accompanied by a cross and decoration.
0.75m North of Kirkton off Aberdeen Airport ring road
AB21 0HA

 

Kinkell Church FREE

The ruins of a 16th-century parish church, with fine sacrament house dated 1524, and the grave slab of Gilbert de Greenlaw.
2m South of Inverurie off the B993 to Whiterashes
AB51 0LS

 

St Machar's Cathedral Transepts FREE

The nave and towers of the Cathedral remain in use as a church, and the ruined transepts are in care.
In Old Aberdeen
AB24 1RN

 

David Welch Winter Gardens FREE

The David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park are one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens and Scotland’s third most visited garden.
Duthie Park
Polmuir Road
Aberdeen
AB11 7TH

 

Tolquhon Castle

Noted for its highly ornamented gatehouse, Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Grampian countryside.
near Pitmedden
AB41 7LP

 

Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle FREE

A recumbent stone circle about 4000 years old.
1m West of Inverurie on the A96
AB51 5JL

 

Tarves Medieval Tomb FREE

A fine altar tomb of William Forbes, the laird who enlarged Tolquhon Castle. The carving is a remarkable survival.
In Tarves kirkyard, 15m North of Aberdeen on the A920
AB41 7JF

 

Pitmedden Garden

In the stunning Great Garden, thousands of colourful annual bedding plants make up an elaborate summer spectacle.
Pitmedden House
Pitmedden
AB41 7PD

08444932177

 
 

  Children's Activities

Doonies Farm

Family friendly 134 acre rare breed farm.
Coast Road
Nigg
AB12 3LT

 
 

  Museums

Marischal Museum

The award-winning displays of Marischal Museum have been closed to the public since 2008.
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1YS

 

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Museums & Galleries.
Shiprow
Aberdeen
AB11 5BL

01224337700

 

Aberdeen Art Gallery And Museum FREE

Fascinating look at Aberdeen's rich heritage.
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FQ

01224523700

 
 

  Parks

Union Terrace Gardens FREE

Located right in the heart of the city, to one side of Union Terrace, off the city’s main thoroughfare of Union Street.
Rosemount Viaduct
Aberdeen
AB25 1NE

 

Rubislaw And Queens Terrace Gardens FREE

These gardens stretch westwards from the city centre and comprise a pleasant strip of green lawn with mature trees.
Albyn Place
Aberdeen
AB10 1YP

 

Victoria Park FREE

It is a beautiful park, full of flowers, shrubs and trees. There is a conservatory used as a seating area for inclement weather.
Watson Street
Aberdeen
AB25 3DE

 

Bon Accord Terrace Gardens FREE

A park of two hectares, is believed to be the site of a bloody battle over 300 years ago – ‘The Battle of Justice Mills’.
Willowbank Road
Aberdeen
AB11 6YH

 

Duthie Park And Winter Gardens FREE

Lovely city centre park. The park has many artefacts including a bandstand, fountains, ponds, and statues.
Polmuir Road
Aberdeen
AB11 7TH

 

Westburn Park FREE

This spacious park caters for football and tennis, has a children's cycle track and a play area.
Westburn Road
Aberdeen
AB25 3DE

 

Westfield Park FREE

This is the largest formal park in the Bridge of Don area. The park contains the Alex Collie Multi-Sports Centre, play areas.
Scotstown Road
Aberdeen
AB22 8PE

 

Stewart Park FREE

The park was named after former Lord Provost of the city, Sir David Stewart. Two curios are whale jaw bones and intricate fountain.
Anderson Road
Aberdeen
AB24 4NZ

 

Seaton Park FREE

Beside the park's south gates stand the fortified towers of St Machar's Cathedral.
Don Street
Bridge of Don
Aberdeen
AB24 3QY

 

Allan Park FREE

A park of 6 hectares, almost hidden from view in a sheltered hollow between the Deeside Walkway and the River Dee at Cults.
Park Brae
Cults
AB15 9HS

 

Johnston Gardens FREE

A one-hectare park whose garden, surrounded by private housing, has streams, waterfalls, ponds, rockeries and rustic bridge.
Viewfield Road
Aberdeen
AB15 7XE

 

Hazlehead Park FREE

A park of over 180 hectares, which was originally part of the freedom lands granted to the city in 1319.
Hazlehead Avenue
Aberdeen
AB15 8BJ

 
 

  Beaches

Aberdeen Beach And Queens Links FREE

Aberdeen Beach is a well-loved and extremely popular recreational area of the city. Only a short distance from the city centre.
Beach Esplanade
Sea Beach
Aberdeen
AB24 5NS

 
 

  Cinema

Cineworld Aberdeen Union Square

Modern multi-screen cinema complex.
26 First Level Mall
Union Square
AB11 5RG

03303334444

 

Cineworld Aberdeen Queens Link

Modern multi-screen cinema complex.
Queens Link Leisure Park
Links Road
AB24 5EN

03303334444

 

Vue Cinema Aberdeen

City centre cinema.
Lighthouse Cinema
10 Ship Row
AB11 5BW

03453084620

 

Belmont

Independent Picture House.
49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1JS

08719025721

 
 

  Theatre

Aberdeen Arts Centre

Art, theatre, musicals, drama, exhibitions and workshops.
33 King Street
Aberdeen
AB24 5AA

01224640340

 

AECC Aberdeen Strictly Confidential

Following the continued success of BBC One's ratings-winning Strictly Come Dancing, Craig Revel Horwood's brand new show.
Bridge of Don
Aberdeen
AB23 8BL

 
 

  Live Music

Music Hall Aberdeen

Located in the heart of the city centre, the Music Hall hosts a wide variety of concerts, performances, shows and events.
Union Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1QS

 

The Tunnels

Popular, intimate live music venue and nightclub.
Carnegies Brae
Aberdeen
AB10 1BF

01224619930

 

Club Snafu

Intimate, boutique music venue and nightclub.
1 Union Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5BU

01224596111

 
 

  Leisure centres

DW Fitness

Health and fitness club.
Beach Boulevard Retail Park
Aberdeen
AB24 5EN

01224321335

 

Pure Gym

Great value heath and fitness centre.
Shiprow
Aberdeen
AB11 5BW

08451894701

 

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen
AB10 7AY

01224321335

 

Bannatyne

State of the art health and fitness club.
Laurel Drive
Aberdeen
AB22 8AQ

01224707171

 
 

  Karting

Lochter Activity Centre

Everything from rally karting to archery to clay pigeon shooting. There's something for everyone.
Old Meldrum
Inverurie
AB51 0DZ

01651872000

 

Kart Start

Indoor Go Karting Centre.
Broadfold Business Centre
Broadfold Road
AB23 8EE

01224823030

 
 

  Sport

Transition Extreme

Extreme Sports Centre.
Victoria House
Links Road
AB24 5NN

01224626279

 

Linx Ice Arena

Ice skating rink.
Beach Boulevard
Aberdeen
AB24 5NR

01224655406

 

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

Innovative indoor ski and snowboard centre.
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen
AB10 7BA

 
 

  Riding

Hayfield Equestrian Centre

Lessons and pleasure rides available.
Hazelhead Park
Hazelhead
AB15 8BJ

01224315703

 

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