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  • 1. History of Aberdeen

    Aberdeen’s history can be traced back to the 12th century, when it was a trading port. Its history through the ages can been seen in the different buildings across the city, including the 16th century Provost Skene’s House and the University King’s College.Aberdeen was known as the Granite City as many of its buildings were made from the local granite stone. The best exam...Read moreples of this are Town House, in Union Street, the Citadel, at The Castlegate, and Marischal College. Read less

  • 2. Now in Aberdeen

    Aberdeen is a city surrounded by stunning scenery. It also has its own beachfront containing many attractions for visitors. The University of Aberdeen has been a part of the city for 500 years, and still is today. The famous Granite Mile is at the heart of the city’s modern shopping facilities and shows Aberdeen’s mix of history and modern.

  • 3. Events in Aberdeen

    Aberdeen’s Highland Games are a big event on the city’s annual calendar, and these take place in June. Annual festivals to be held in the city include the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, The Aboyne and Deeside Festival, the Aberdeen Winter Festival, the Tartan Festival, the 50+ Out and About Festival, the University of Aberdeen’s Writers Festival and the Taste of G...Read morerampian. The Nipper Dipper Boxing Day Dip takes place every year on Boxing Day and involves hundreds of people in fancy dress taking a dip in the freezing sea to raise money for charity. The Aberdeen Country Fair takes place on the last Saturday of every month throughout the year and is one of the largest markets in Scotland. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Aberdeen

    Codona’s Amusement Park has a 100ft Big Wheel, rollercoasters, log flume, waltzers, family rides, adventure golf and more. This attraction is on Beach Boulevard.Satrosphere, in Constitution Street, is a science and discovery centre with over 50 hands-on exhibits and live shows. Storybook Glen is a 28-acre fantasyland where nursery rhymes and fairytales are brought to life by ...Read morecharacters and scenery. Museums in Aberdeen include the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Blairs Museum and The Gordon Highlanders Museum. The Tolbooth Museum is housed inside one of the city’s oldest buildings and has displays about local history and crime punishment. Historic building Provost Skene’s House dates back to 1545 and has period rooms to demonstrate how people lived in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.Aberdeen Art Gallery displays paintings, sculpture and graphics from the 15th century to the present day. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Aberdeen

    ...Read mores picturesque coastline.The Linx Ice Arena is a large ice-skating rink at the Beach Promenade. Read less

  • 6. Business in Aberdeen

    The shopping centres in the city centre are all within easy reach of each other and include The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre, The Mall, The Academy, The Galleria and The Aberdeen Indoor Market. The West End area of the city has more independent stores and boutiques.Union Square, opened in October 2009, offers pedestrianised shopping, dining and entertainment in the city ce...Read morentre. The new building incorporates the old Aberdeen train station façade, built in the early 20th century. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Aberdeen

    Aberdeen has a train station in the city centre with regular rail links to the rest of Scotland and the UK. There is also a sleeper train service to London.Aberdeen coach station has services running to more than 200 locations in Scotland and services to destinations in the UK. Aberdeen Airport is just six miles from the city centre and has links to the rest of the UK and Europ...Read moree. Major roads linking to Aberdeen are the A90 and the A96. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Aberdeen

    Performances to take place at Aberdeen arts centre include comedy, theatre, drama, dance, musicals, tribute acts, opera and cabaret.Cowdray Hall is a popular concert venue. It also hosts dance events and arts workshops.Independent music venue The Tunnels hosts a variety of gigs and The Lemon Tree, Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre offer drama, music comedy and dance. Musa ...Read moreis a restaurant, art gallery and live music venue in the merchant quarter of old Aberdeen. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Aberdeen

    King’s College is a 500-year-old building incorporating King’s Tower, with its stone crown at the top.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Aberdeen

    Waterloo Bridge and the Terraces of the Houses of Parliament are built of Aberdeen granite.


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