What to Do in Aberdeen

When you have a holiday planned to Aberdeen, it’s essential that you make the most of what this captivating city has to offer. Planning your itinerary before you go, should ensure that you manage to fit everything in, no matter how long you are there. Here you can find some ideas of what to do in Aberdeen, some of which are very touristy, and some are not as well known.

  • Visit Castles

There are several amazing castles in Aberdeen, all with a whole lot of history behind them. Craigievar Castle is absolutely beautiful, it’s in a pink colour which is really unique, and it was actually still used as a home by the Forbes family until 1963. Balmoral Castle is a large estate house castle, and you can actually pay to stay at this residence during your time in Aberdeen if you want to feel like royalty for the duration

  • Johnston Gardens

Voted the number one place to go for visitors to Aberdeen is Johnston Gardens. This peaceful is just a great place to hang out. It is entirely free to get into the area, which is always a plus. Johnston Gardens has beautiful flowers, a duck pond and even a play area for the children to enjoy. There is nowhere better to enjoy a picnic, or just unwind, in Aberdeen

  • Go to Museums

There are a range of museums in Aberdeen, and if you want to learn about the city, you are going to find them interesting. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is probably the most popular; it includes a whole lot of information about the maritime history of the city, everything from fishing to the oil industry. This museum is free to get into, there is also a gift shop and even a cute little cafe inside. Some other museums in Aberdeen include The Gordon Highlanders Museum and Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life

  • Whisky Tours

Aberdeen is known for its love of whisky, so it’s no doubt that there are whisky tours available in the city. There are many distilleries, some of which you can visit informally, and some provide guided tours. Some distilleries that you could contact in Aberdeen, to make arrangements for a trip, include Glenglassaugh Distillery and Fettercairn Distillery. While visiting one of these places, you will usually have the opportunity to watch the whisky being made, and of course, enjoy a few samples

  • Go to St Machar’s Cathedral

This fantastic building is actually the resting place of William Wallace. It’s a church from the 12th century, and in addition to being one of the most famous landmarks in Aberdeen, it is also still used as a place of worship. The interior of the cathedral itself is subtle but beautiful, and it is worth a visit for the architecture alone

  • Watch a Concert

There are often regular performances at Aberdeen Music Hall, so why not immerse yourself in the culture, perhaps after you enjoy a meal at one of the exquisite restaurants in the area? The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles, regularly play here. There is also a yearly youth festival at the concert hall, in addition to performances from artists from popular culture. Check what is on at the time you are in Aberdeen, and book yourself some tickets

  • The Shops and Pubs

If you are in Aberdeen to have fun, more than a cultural trip, then the range of shops and pubs might be more up your street. The city undoubtedly has much to offer with shopping centres, pubs and cafes to suit all different budgets. No matter what you enjoy, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic experience in Aberdeen