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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
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Aberdeen

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

  2. Duff House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Banff

    Duff House is the premier outstation of the National Galleries of Scotland and houses a collection of fine paintings and furniture.

  3. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  4. Glen Tanar

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

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    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  5. Duthie Park Winter Gardens

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Aberdeen

    This 44 acre garden in Aberdeenshire was opened to the public in 1883.

  6. Corgarff Castle

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    Castles

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    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Strathdon

    Corgarff Castle, dating back from the 16th century, sits in the tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside.

  7. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  8. Balmoral Castle

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. The Butterworth Gallery

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    Galleries

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Aboyne

    Butterworth Gallery at Ballogie is situated on Royal Deeside between Banchory and Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

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