A city break in the granite city of Aberdeen will bring you within easy reach of museums and art galleries, a fascinating maritime history, a buzzing night life and beautiful escapes to the Aberdeenshire countryside.
Discover Aberdeen’s famous architectural beauty by simply walking around this charming granite city. Visit the world’s second-largest granite structure, the Marischal College and Museum, or crane your neck to see the neo-Gothic tower of the Town House.
The Aberdeen Art Gallery is the city’s most important exhibition space, housing a permanent collection of 18th-century masterpieces that includes the work of William Hogarth, Francis Bacon and Monet.
If you’re looking to find out more about Aberdeen’s maritime culture, head to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the city’s connection to the North Sea as well as enjoying beautiful views of the busy harbour.
During city breaks from Aberdeen, young families will enjoy an afternoon at the Satrosphere Science Centre because of the museum’s strictly hands-on approach. Children can touch, play with and examine the centre’s displays to learn about space in a fun and tactile way.
There’s a reason why Aberdeen has such a good reputation for retail therapy. Aberdeen’s premier shopping centre, Union Square, is the first stop for serious shoppers, with more than 60 shops and restaurants to peruse. For something a little more unusual, there’s the Merchant Quarter in the city’s West End, where you can find more independent retailers and boutiques.
Stay up all night in Aberdeen with the help of the city’s non-stop pubs, bars and clubs. With a large student population, Aberdeen is full of cheap and lively watering holes as well as some more refined venues for discerning drinkers.
To hear local music acts and DJs, head to the atmospheric venue The Tunnels, or make a little music of your own at the city’s luxury karaoke booth bar, Sing City. If cocktails are your weakness, stop off at the Orchid, Dusk or The Tippling House to find unique fruity blends alongside traditional Scottish ales at the bar.
There’s no reason why a great city break can’t include a quick trip to the countryside. Outside of the city in luscious Aberdeenshire you can find Britain’s largest national park, the Cairngorms National Park.
The park attracts walkers, hikers, fishermen and wildlife seekers all year round because of its beautiful and varied landscapes and abundance of natural life. The park’s rare animals include mountain hares and pine martins, while those looking for a more hands-on experience can have a go at horse riding at the Alvie Stables. In the winter, this natural haven becomes the number one destination in Scotland for skiers and snowboarders.