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  • View up to Craigievar Castle in the autumn with leaves lying on the ground
    Craigievar Castle
  • The David Welch Winter Garden, Aberdeen
    The David Welch Winter Garden, Aberdeen
  • The exterior of Provost Skene's House in the city centre of Aberdeen
    Provost Skene's House in the city centre of Aberdeen
  • A young spectator and Highland Cow calf at the Turriff Show, one of the biggest agricultural events in Scotland
    The Turriff Show, one of the biggest agricultural events in Scotland

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Aberdeen City and Shire. From ancient castles and wildlife reserves to country parks and more you’ll find great things to see and do across the region.

Home to an impressive 300 castles and Scotland’s only Castle Trail, Aberdeenshire clearly lives up to its epic title of ‘Castle Country’. Whether you want to see fairytale castles, historic ruins, elegant decor or dark fortresses, you'll find them here.

For those looking for a short, but scenic walk then why not choose a short forest trail or in Aberdeen city, take a stroll around Old Aberdeen and then down to the beachfront?

Whilst in Aberdeen, why not take advantage of free entry into Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum or the fascinating Provost Skene’s House? You can also learn the incredible story of one of the British Army’s most famous regiments at The Gordon Highlanders Museum. All are located within the city centre.

For a relaxing afternoon with the kids then head to the David Welch Winter Gardens. Based in Duthie Park, the 19th century Winter Gardens offers striking and colourful floral displays with exotic plants from across the world, flourishing in one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens.

The city is also home to Satrosphere, Scotland’s first science and discovery centre. With over 50 interactive and engaging hands-on exhibits and live science shows, you and your family will discover more about the world around you and the science of how things work. A great fun and educational day out!

Use the listings to plan fun family days out in Aberdeen City and Shire.

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  1. Arbuthnot Museum

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    Museums

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    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Peterhead

    Arbuthnot Museum is one of Aberdeenshire’s oldest museums, and is home to displays of Peterhead's fishing, shipping and whaling past.

  2. Fyvie Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Turriff

    Dating back to the 13th century, Fyvie Castle is found about a mile north of the village of Fyvie in Aberdeenshire.

  3. Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Welcome to University of Aberdeen Museums

  4. Hoodles Playbarn & Coffee Shop

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    Children's Attractions

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    • 4 Activity Centre
    4 Activity Centre

    Inverurie

    Hoodles Playbarn and Coffee Shop on the outskirts of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, offers a unique fun experience for children in a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.

  5. Banchory Museum

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    Museums

    Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Banchory

    Banchory Museum has displays relating to local history, especially the life of Banchory born musician and composer James Scott Skinner - the Strathspey King.

  6. Glen Tanar

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  7. Aberdeen Art Gallery

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    Galleries

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

    Situated in the heart of the city, Aberdeen Art Gallery is a particularly attractive example of late 19th century architecture.

  8. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

  9. Huntly Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Huntly

    Huntly Castle sits on the edge of the small market town of Huntly, beside the River Deveron in Aberdeenshire.

  10. Leith Hall Garden

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Rhynie

    Leith Hall and Garden features extensive herbaceous borders and a fine collection of alpines and primulas in the rock garden.

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