The city of Aberdeen has been home to mankind for at least 8,000 years. Although there is much for one to do and see in the city there are plenty of sights and attractions to enjoy in the countryside surrounding it. In this article we are looking at a few of the attractions that the city itself has to offer and you can enjoy these whether you’re in the city for business or pleasure.
Most of the city’s attractions are based in and around Union Street, right in the center of everything. Dating back to the 1800’s is Union Street Bridge or if the weather isn’t being kind to you, you can go inside the Aberdeen Art Gallery instead. You could easily while away a few hours wandering around the gallery’s halls viewing the gallery’s collection of art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Many visitors also flock to Marischal College, which is close to the art gallery. This imposing granite building is the second largest of its kind in the world. It is home to the Marischal Museum which houses some wonderful and weird items. These exhibits have been donated by both graduates and friends of graduates of the college.
In nearby King’s College you’ll find the college chapel which for over five centuries was used daily as a place of worship. But, today it now houses a very wonderful collection of artifacts that date back to the 15th Century. Plus in Old Aberdeen where King’s College is located is St Machar’s Cathedral, which also traces its roots back to the fifteenth century and which overlooks both the River Don and Seaton Park.
It’s also worth visiting Aberdeen’s historic harbor area. Not only is there a wonderful Maritime Museum you can explore the city’s many oceanic links. But also here you will find Provost Ross’s House which is believed to be the oldest remaining building in this city.
Close to the harbor is the old fishing village of Footdee. You’ll notice that the 19th century fishermen’s cottages all face away from the sea. This was as an extra line of protection from the storms that come in from the North Sea.
If you are looking for something exciting and enjoyable for the kids in Aberdeen make sure you visit the Satrosphere Science Centre. Once inside your children will have over fifty different science and technology exhibits that they can try. The centre also has regular live science shows to help bring things to life.
Whatever your reason for staying in Aberdeen use this list of Aberdeen hotels and guest houses for your accommodation needs.