Enjoying the sunshine outside the Albyn Bar and Restaurant, Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite City
Union Street, Aberdeen
Aberdeen is the perfect choice for a classic city break. This city offers the ideal balance of attractions, shopping and nightlife to let you experience the Scottish way of life in a stunning setting.
Explore the city
Book a city break to Aberdeen and discover why this north-east settlement is known as the Granite City. Explore the city centre streets and admire the iconic granite buildings, bustling harbour and sandy beach.
The city of Aberdeen boasts many great attractions, places to eat and entertainment but you can still enjoy the great outdoors and activities. Visit the parks of Aberdeen including Hazlehead Park and Duthie Park, which is home to the Winter Gardens.
The city centre is very close to Aberdeen beach, which is a good location for a variety of activities including surfing, sea kayaking and kite buggying.
You can even find fascinating wildlife on the coast of the city – Torry Point Battery, an artillery battery at the harbour, is now an important spot for wildlife and one of the best places in the UK to watch for dolphins and porpoises.
There are a great range of attractions in and around Aberdeen, from museums and galleries to historic buildings, theatres, gardens and parks. Enjoy a stroll in the Winter Gardens, or take in an exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery.
After a day exploring Aberdeen's many attractions, enjoy the area's finest produce, such as Aberdeen Angus beef, at one of the city's many restaurants. Why not try fresh seafood in places like the Silver Darling which looks over the harbour?
Aberdeen has everything from spacious shopping centres that stock all your favourite high street brands to independent shops selling handmade crafts, jewellery and local produce. Union Street is home to a diverse array of shops, restaurants and bars, and leads onto the vibrant boutiques of the city’s West End. There is also the Bon Accord Centre and Trinity Centre.
Events and festivals in Aberdeen cover a wide range of themes from the traditional, such as the Doric Festival, the magical Winter Festival. The the great live music scene offers both contemporary and classical performances at venues such as the Lemon Tree.
There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Aberdeen, including free museums and galleries. Many attractions offer interactive exhibits and activities to keep young ones busy, and the science centre Satrosphere is especially designed with them in mind.