11 Hidden Gems in Aberdeen

Find the best hidden gems in Aberdeen on your next city break. Explore beautiful gardens, head out for a delicious meal and try a locally-made gin.

  1. City of Aberdeen Gin Distillery & Gin School Centrum Aberdeen

    Gin School Experience

    © City of Aberdeen Distillery Ltd

    Hidden within a historic railway arch in the heart of the city, this is Aberdeen's first distillery for over 75 years and first ever gin school! Sample the delightful gins produced on a tour and masterclasses. Don't miss a chance to try the Rhubarb Gin!

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  2. Johnston Gardens Aberdeen

    Johnston Gardens

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    Experience a taste of Japanese culture, colours and blooming flowers in the peaceful Johnston Gardens. The gardens have won the prestigious Britain in Bloom award numerous times and feature a stunning waterfall, glistening streams, and a rustic bridge.

  3. Dolphin Spotting Aberdeen

    Aberdeen harbour

    Head down to Aberdeen's harbour to hop aboard a sea cruise, or visit the Greyhope Bay Centre, the no.1 spot in the UK to see dolphins, which offers stunning views and a chance to learn more about these majestic creatures up close. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphins, white beaked dolphins, risso dolphins and even minke whales.

    The nearby Torry Battery is a popular viewing spot too, where you can get an exquisite view of the resident marine life feeding in the harbour mouth.

  4. St Machar's Cathedral Aberdeen

    St Machar's Cathedral

    If there’s one thing Aberdeen is known for, it’s unbelievable architecture. St Machar’s Cathedral is a striking place of worship. From the curious question of whether William Wallace’s arm remains within the walls to the age-old debate over whether it is a true cathedral, this building is full of mystery.

  5. Books and Beans Aberdeen

    Books and Beans, a cafe and book shop in Aberdeen

    For a quiet moment to yourself, head to 22 Belmont Street and settle down inside this quirky second-hand book shop. Find a new book to get lost in and catch up on some reading, and enjoy the tasty lunch menu.

  6. Seaton Park Aberdeen

    Seaton Park

    Let the stresses of the modern world drift away with a trip to Seaton Park, one of Aberdeen's most tranquil hideaways. Lose yourself amid the leafy pathways and grassy expanses.

  7. Silver Darling, Footdee Aberdeen

    Silver Darling Restaurant

    This restaurant has an incredible view overlooking the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour. Silver Darling is a must-visit spot, specialising in seafood with a French twist. With a passion for local produce, the menus are filled with traditional fish and shellfish dishes as well as meat and seasonal game favourites.

  8. Brig O' Balgownie Aberdeen

    Brig o’ Balgownie

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    This medieval crossing is somewhat legendary in Aberdeen. It dates back to the 13th century, lies over a mystical deep pool known as the Black Neuk, and it was famously immortalised in Lord Byron’s poem Don Juan. Nowadays, it’s a fierce contender for the title of the ‘oldest bridge in Scotland’.

  9. Old Aberdeen Aberdeen

    High Street in Old Aberdeen.

    The weaving, windy streets of Old Aberdeen have seen their fair share of politics, education and culture throughout the ages. There are incredible imposing buildings, lots of student haunts, budget eateries and artisan coffee shops.

  10. Aberdeen Beach Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Beach and Queens Links is famous for its golden sand and its long curved length between the harbour and the River Dons mouth.

    © Kenny Lam, VisitScotland. All rights reserved.

    Only a short distance from the city centre lies a classic beachfront, complete with an esplanade featuring shops, cafés and an art-deco style ballroom. Stop for an ice-cream and look out towards the swirling North Sea, or embrace the salty sea air on a brisk walk along the promenade, all the way from Footdee to the River Don.

  11. King's College, University of Aberdeen Aberdeen

    Kings College Chapel.

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    The King's College Chapel is hauntingly beautiful, with its stained glass windows, tall ceilings, sloping archways and intricate carvings. Follow the Old Aberdeen Heritage Trail | PDF 4,2MB to see more classical period features in the city.

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