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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. Satrosphere

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    Science Centres

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

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

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Fraserburgh

    Discover four centuries of local history at the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, a family friendly attraction in Aberdeenshire.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum

    Aberdeen

    The Maggie Law Maritime Museum sits in the heart of the picturesque fishing village of Gourdon, one of the few remaining working harbours on this coastline. The centrepiece of the Museum is the old inshore lifeboat, the Maggie Law.

  4. Spey Bay

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Buckie

    Spey Bay is a popular area of shingle beach and river estuary and is part of the largest vegetated shingle complex in Scotland.

  5. Blairs Museum

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    Museums

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Maryculter

    Blairs Museum is home of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collection.

  6. Troup Head

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Pennan

    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  7. 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.

  8. Balmakewan House Farm Shop

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    Food & Drink Attraction

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    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Aberdeen

    Welcome to Balmakewan House Farm Shop.

  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. Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services

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    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

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    Ellon

    Welcome to Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services.

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