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  • Enjoying the sunshine outside the Albyn Bar and Restaurant, Aberdeen
    Enjoying the sunshine outside the Albyn Bar and Restaurant, Aberdeen
  • Castlegate, Aberdeen
    Castlegate, Aberdeen
  • The interior of the Maritime Museum in Shiprow, found in the city centre of Aberdeen
    Maritime Museum
  • Looking over Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite City
    Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite City
  • View up Union Street in Aberdeen
    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 David Welch Winter Garden, AberdeenThe 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.

This region is well-known for its variety of golf courses and you can access many easily from the city centre. Hazlehead Park has three golf courses, while the Royal Aberdeen Golf Course at Balgownie Links is the sixth oldest course in the world and will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July this year.

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Attractions

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.

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Places to eat

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?

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Nightlife

Aberdeen’s nightlife enjoys a fantastic reputation with plenty of chic clubs, a flourishing music scene and outstanding restaurants. Enjoy a drink at one of the sleek bars or traditional pubs before taking in an evening performance at prestigious arts and cultural venues such as His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree or the Music Hall.

Shopping

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.

Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in Aberdeen

Events

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.

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Family things to do

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.

Enjoy a day out with the family

History and heritage

Aberdeen is home to many historic attractions, including medieval buildings and the Tolbooth Jail and also the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which explores the area's rich sea-faring history.

Experience historic Aberdeen

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