15 Must-Visit Attractions in Aberdeen

Sir Duncan Rice Library in Old Aberdeen
Sir Duncan Rice Library in Old Aberdeen | © Verino77/Flickr

Aberdeen glitters and sparkles in the sun; the flecks of quartz in the granite that the city is famously built from come to life when the day brightens. This is Scotland‘s third largest city, and people have lived on the site for millennia. As such, there is a wealth of things to see and do. Here are 15 places not to be missed, ranging from the natural to masterpieces of architecture, and the very old to the ultra-modern. Aberdeen really does have something for everyone.

1. Aberdeen Maritime Museum


Old First Aid Kit, Aberdeen Maritime Museum
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Partly housed in Provost Ross’s house, built in 1593, Aberdeen Maritime Museum takes visitors on a journey through the city’s relationship with the sea. From the days of the tall sailing ships right up to the present day and the oil and gas industry, this museum covers it all.

2. Provost Skene's House


Provost Skenes House
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Dating from 1545, Provost Skene’s House is one of the oldest in the city. Lord Provost George Skene ruled the city from 1676 to 1685 and commissioned the wonderful carved plaster ceilings within the building. There are also extensive collections of furniture and costume.

3. The Gordon Highlander's Museum


The Gordon Highlander’s Museum houses arms, memorabilia, clothing, medals and much more. Called by Winston Churchill ‘the finest regiment in the world,’ the Gordon Highlanders were originally raised in 1794 and have fought across the world in many campaigns.

4. Aberdeen Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Aberdeen Art Gallery Exterior
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Aberdeen Art Gallery was founded in 1884 and is a work of art in itself, with stunning carvings and granite stonework. Housing a remarkable collection, from Francis Bacon to William Hogarth, if you love art then this is certainly not to be missed.

5. Duthie Park and David Welch Winter Gardens


Duthie Park Bandstand
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This park, and the David Welch Winter Gardens it contains, is 14 acres of parkland, flowerbeds, play areas and a boating pond. The winter gardens house the second largest collections of bromeliads and giant cacti anywhere in the UK, along with banana trees, ferns and mosses. No matter the season, a visit to Duthie is worth it.

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