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  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
    Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Marischal College, Aberdeen
    Marischal College, Aberdeen
  • Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen
    Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen
  • The view to the Town House and Union Street
    The view to the Town House and Union Street
  • A detail of the Town House in Union Street, Aberdeen
    A detail of the Town House in Union Street, Aberdeen

With its golden, sloping beach overlooking the North Sea and iconic granite buildings which glint in the sunshine, the city of Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s most striking and vibrant cities.

The city of Aberdeen sweeps towards the sea and is defined by a curved beach, popular with surfers and walkers, as well as iconic granite architecture which sparkles in the sunshine. Historic buildings are everywhere from the impressive turreted Town House on Union Street to the beautiful Marischal College and Museum, which recently underwent a £68 million renovation to become the new council corporate headquarters.

The beautiful squares and gardens add the perfect backdrop to this amazing city, lovely green spaces where you can take some time out from the bustle of the city centre.

The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university, founded in 1495 and architecturally striking. A stunning combination of medieval and Renaissance craftsmanship, King’s College is an integral part of this, while 2012 saw the opening of a new library incorporating both media and technology and offering public spaces, exhibitions and events.

Aberdeen Art Gallery is an attractive late 19th century building with an elegant marble lined interior. It houses one of the most important collections in the country, with works ranging from Raeburn, Hogarth and Ramsey to Monet and Damien Hirst. There are also costume, furniture and ceramic exhibits.

At the heart of the city, Provost Skene’s House is a great free attraction presenting a fascinating window into the past. Dating from 1545, a series of period rooms have been carefully furnished to show the evolutions of style between the 17th and the 19th centuries. The Tolbooth, another of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings, is a well-preserved example of a 17th century Scottish jail.