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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. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  2. WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation has two wildlife centres in Scotland, the Scottish Dolphin Centre located at Spey Bay in Moray and the Dolphin and Seal Centre in North Kessock. Both are free to visit.

  3. Aberdeen Art Gallery

    Type

    Galleries

    Gradings

    • 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.

  4. The Owl And Pussycat Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Peterhead

    ** MEET THE STARS ** MEET THE STARS ** We are privileged to announce the arrival of two famous residents. HARRY POTTER STARS Hedwig and Eral are now resident at the Centre and are looking forward to meeting all our visitors.

  5. Wynford Farm

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Aberdeen City and Shire

    Welcome to Wynford Farm

  6. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

    Type

    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.

  7. Balmoral Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Balmoral

    Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Balmoral Estate has been the Scottish Home of the Royal Family ever since.

  8. The Lemon Tree

    Type

    Venues

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    The Lemon Tree is a buzzing alternative entertainment venue on North Street in Aberdeen.

  9. Pitmedden Garden

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Pitmedden

    Enjoy the spectacle of the Great Garden, with over 40,000 plants bursting with colour in the summer months.

  10. Satrosphere

    Type

    Science Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

    Satrosphere Science Centre boats over 50 hands-on, interactive exhibits and live science shows.

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