Did you know?
in Aberdeen is the
second largest granite building in the world.
It's the powerful contrasts that give Aberdeen its personality: laid-back and fun-loving, dynamic and modern, cultured and historic, with wonderful cityscapes that meet the sea and lots of down-to-earth charm. Enriched with over 8,000 years of history, the city radiates a silver hue from its traditional, glittering architecture, built from local granite which earns it the nickname of 'Granite City'.
Aberdeen enjoys a truly cosmopolitan vibe which means that it should be on the mind of every city connoisseur! It's packed with an amazing wealth of shopping plazas and leading fashion stores, a host of top-class bars and restaurants offering tasty cuisine from all corners of the globe as well as pulsating clubs and music venues - perfect to shop, dine or party your holiday away in style.
But this fine urban specimen is more than just a great city break destination. Nature buffs will be at home in the plethora of parks, gardens and beautiful floral displays (not for nothing has Aberdeen won the Britain in Bloom 'Best City' award 13 times!), and a superb sandy beach and Aberdeen harbour - one of Europe's best locations for dolphin watching - are only a short walk from the centre. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy 30 courses within a half-hour drive from the city, and let's not forget about Britain's largest National Park, Cairngorms, which teems with wildlife and exhilarating outdoor adventures - that's also just a short drive away.
The city's sights can easily take a week to explore! Spend a day visiting galleries and art shops, view collection of artworks at museums, walk along the cobbled streets of the city's historic merchant quarter admiring its stunning architecture and enjoy acclaimed theatre productions. And if that wasn't enough, Aberdeen sits on the very fringe of Scotland's 'Castle Country' which means that with a short venture out of the city, you can discover everything from striking clifftop ruins to sumptuous royal residences along Scotland's only Castle Trail.
Travelling with kids? Find amazing things to do for all the family.
In Aberdeen, you're never far from an open green space.
Explore the city's cultural and natural heritage.
Find information on the Victorian Heritage Trail and the attractions and places
you can see along the way with this four day itinerary.
Discover 18 of Aberdeenshire’s most famous and dramatic castles on our 6-day itinerary around Scotland’s only dedicated Castle Trail.
Top designers, high street names and bargains - what else can you wish for?
Easy to get here, easy to get around,
hard to want to leave.
Aberdeen has fantastic transport links with the rest of the UK and Europe. Whether flying, taking the train, catching the ferry or driving, reaching the region is straightforward.
As to getting around the city, Aberdeen city has an amazing public transport system, both day and night, although exploring the streets by foot is a great way to experience the atmosphere of this vibrant city. Driving around is easy, but if you don't have a car, buses and trains will easily take you to and from your destination.