What to do and see in Aberdeen, Scotland: The Best Places and Tips

Experience the richness of Aberdeen’s proud history and culture — from the sound of residents’ traditional Doric accent to the sights of glittering granite buildings lining the city’s streets. Explore the cobbled roads and historic university buildings of Old Aberdeen, then take a stroll along the nearby sandy beach and watch for dolphins in the busy harbour. Afterward, find your way to the quaint fishing quarter of Footdee, and lose yourself among its tiny cottages and colourful gardens.

1. Aberdeen Maritime Museum

52-56 Shiprow | Provost Ross House, Aberdeen AB11 5BY, Scotland Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1670 reviews

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Aberdeen has long prospered off of sea-based industries, from the boom of the city's fishing industry in the early 20th century to its oil industry today; this museum explores the historic developments behind the city's maritime industries.

Reviewed By 640bruceg

Aberdeen harbour, ships and North Sea oil.

A very impressive museum which maintained our interest for a couple of hours, with coffee and cake too. A varied range of exhibits in an interesting building with views of the harbour. I was particularly impressed with the model oil platform stretching up

2. Duthie Park Winter Gardens

Duthie Park Polmuir Road, Aberdeen AB11 7TH, Scotland Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
65%
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28%
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4.5 based on 968 reviews

Duthie Park Winter Gardens

Reviewed By Taz_D_Uk - Scotland, United KingdomScotland, United Kingdom

A park for all

A park for walkers, runners, children, dogs and access to cycle pacth. Childrens play area. A couple of large ponds and a nice cafe with outdoor searting too.

3. Footdee (Fittie)

Pocra Quay | Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen AB11 5DQ, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Other, Neighborhoods
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 965 reviews

Footdee (Fittie)

Reviewed By Neil K - Lincoln, United KingdomLincoln, United Kingdom

Wacky and wonderful

This eccentric collection of cottages and other buildings was once a fishing village and can be found at the rivers mouth at the far end of Aberdeen's lovely beach. It is great fun to wander around the tiny alleyways and look at the details of the very pe

4. The Gordon Highlanders Museum

St Luke's | Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH, Scotland Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 651 reviews

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

"The Finest Regiment in the World" was how Sir Winston Churchill described The Gordon Highlanders in 1900. So why not come and see why? A wonderful day out and a fantastic welcome await you at The Gordon Highlanders Museum where we are committed to preserving and sharing the legacy of this world-famous Regiment. The Museum is a Visit Scotland 5* attraction (the only 5* military museum in Scotland). It is located at St Luke's, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen, in the beautiful former home of prominent Scottish artist, Sir George Reid. However the Gordon Highlanders Museum is more than just a museum - it has a wonderful tea room, a gift shop and beautiful gardens all of which are staffed by volunteers and can offer conference and fine dining facilities as well. The Museum, in addition to displaying the permanent collection, has a full programme of events throughout the year, including a major annual exhibition (at present 'Shattered Hopes - The Gordon Highlanders in 1914'). It also provides an excellent learning and outreach programme to schools and community groups throughout the North East of Scotland, courtesy of our Education sponsors. The Gordon Highlanders Museum is an independent self-financed charity that receives no public subsidy. It is reliant upon visitors, donations and sponsorship to maintain its current range of activities. Opening Times: Early February - Late November Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm

Reviewed By Sheila S - Nairn, United KingdomNairn, United Kingdom

On bus route

Had a good visit with a tour guide. Made very welcome from time we arrived. Guide allocated to us on arrival. Felt that we were being rushed, need at least 3 hours. Also wanted to wander on our own at times. Did not have enough time. Tea rooms excellent.

5. Slains Castle

Cruden Bay, Aberdeen AB10 1JE, Scotland Sights & Landmarks, Castles
Excellent
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4.5 based on 292 reviews

Slains Castle

Erected in 1597, this is one of the most famous castle ruins in Scotland, and was used by Bram Stoker as the inspiration for the castle of the evil vampire in his most famous supernatural tale "Dracula."

Reviewed By Journey252778

Beautiful but stay safe

Loved the castle and the views are amazing. Totally free to visit but be careful of your car on the track down and also be very watchful of kids (or overexcited adults) as it is on the edge of a cliff and lots of walls, etc are missing so just be aware of

6. Balmedie Beach

Balmedie, Aberdeen, Scotland Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 589 reviews

Balmedie Beach

A stretch of sandy beach north of the city.

Reviewed By DunelmArts - Aberdeen, United KingdomAberdeen, United Kingdom

Bracing walk

The Aberdeen bypass has made Balmedie Beach a more accessible option for many. Wide golden sands and marram grass dunes make this an attractive day out. There are walks along the beach or dunes with views out to sea and across the coastal windfarm. Depend

7. Johnston Gardens

Viewfield Road | Springfield, Aberdeen AB15 7XE, Scotland Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
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4.5 based on 276 reviews

Johnston Gardens

Reviewed By AndyandJean45 - Aberdeen, United KingdomAberdeen, United Kingdom

Lovely place to walk my dog

One of our favourite places to spend half an hour in this beautiful garden hideaway in the west end of Aberdeen.Great place to take your doggie for a walk round the garden and discover its terraces, bridges and waterfalls.Nice place to just sit and reflec

8. Duthie Park

Aberdeen, Scotland Nature & Parks
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 521 reviews

Duthie Park

Reviewed By Devikka M - Aberdeen, United KingdomAberdeen, United Kingdom

A beautiful park in all seasons!

Aberdeen has some lovely gardens and parks to be proud of and Duthie Park is definitely one of them. The beautiful grounds are large and expansive enough for walks and runs, has loads of parking space and children play areas at all entrances, small ponds,

9. The Tolbooth Museum

Town House | Castle Street/Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ, Scotland Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Specialty Museums More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

The Tolbooth Museum

Reviewed By mariay586 - Inverness, United KingdomInverness, United Kingdom

Postcode AB11 5BQ

The listed post code doesn't exist and wrong. We've been here but thought there was another one called the same and tried to find it. Only to discover it was wrong address. My son was dissapointedThanks for highlighting this issue, we’re looking into it,

10. Old Aberdeen

High street, Aberdeen, Scotland Other, Sights & Landmarks, Universities & Schools, Neighborhoods, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas More
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4.5 based on 164 reviews

Old Aberdeen

Reviewed By Jeff1903 - King's LynnKing's Lynn

A lovely part of the city.

It's a lovely part of the city to wander around with its cobbled streets and historic buildings. There are several places to visit, such as the small museum and the Kings College Chapel and there is the odd bar and café. It is maybe a miles walk from the

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