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What travelers to Aberdeen are saying

Visited for graduation but we were constantly turned away from bars as we had a 16 year old in our party. Primitive, archaic attitude to alcohol spoiled our celebration. We never have a problem travelling extensively around the world except in our own country
Alan H. 25 Jul 2015
We (6 of us) were there for a special fundraising event for our friend, Gerry's Quest 3 Ball. The City is good for shopping, any breaks and sight viewings.
Vincent 26 May 2015
We lived in Aberdeen in the past and have relatives who still do. We are predisposed to liking the city and this trip did not alter that.
Andrew B. 24 Aug 2015
Interesting place but if you want to see their fantastic art museum you will have to wait until winter 2016. Being refurbished.
Susan K. 8 Sep 2015
Very grey
Robert M. 27 Jun 2015

City Guide – Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen, known as The Granite City, should be on every enthusiastic traveller’s bucket list. Beautiful, particularly in the rain when the grey stone buildings sparkle, the authorities have made enormous efforts to maintain the Georgian and Victorian architecture, providing a historic backdrop to a contemporary and cosmopolitan city where great shopping centres like Union Square and Bon Accord stand alongside older attractions including His Majesty’s Theatre, the University of Aberdeen and the Mercat Cross – erected around 1540.


Named from the Gaelic word meaning river mouth, Aber, Aberdeen was built around the River Dee, accumulating its wealth through an extensive fishing industry and burgeoning agricultural trade. When oil was discovered in the 1970s, the North Sea oil industry introduced a new source of economic prosperity to the region, attracting multiple international companies to the ever-expanding commercial district.

Yet despite this very business-like underpinning, Aberdeen has numerous attractions  that have little to do with the stock market and more in common with the thistle-and-heather Scottish image that the international community more usually associate with the third largest city in Scotland and the capital of the North East.

Things to see

Ranked as one of the most prosperous cities in the UK, Aberdeen accommodates different tastes and interests in less than 130 square miles. With a diverse culture that includes music venues of all sizes, including the Royal Opera House, there are art galleries, theatres, bars and world-class restaurants, as well as cinemas, clubs and excellent shopping facilities.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

The striking 19th century building houses paintings and sculptures from the 1500s to the present day. You’ll find an important collection including powerful 20th century works by Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Stanley Spencer and Francis Bacon. The paintings also include excellent examples by French Impressionists and Post Impressionists Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas.

Old Aberdeen

Travel north of the city centre to see the Castlegate Tolbooth Tower, the oldest structure in the city and all that is left of the castle. The 16th century King’s College is little changed from the day it opened, as are St Machar’s Cathedral and Marischal College. Visit the harbour
with its centuries old fish market, or if the rain is putting you off, the Maritime Museum and Gordon Highlanders Museum are both nearby and  highly recommended.

Attractions in Aberdeenshire

Never too far from nature in the raw, Aberdeen is a central hub for exploring the castles and forts that make up Aberdeenshire’s world-famous heritage sites. Understandably thought of as one entity, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are actually two separate entities, with the latter offering more than 350 places to visit. There are family residences, huge stone forts that could still withstand a siege, as well as crumbling ruins that mark the spot of some long-forgotten battle or struggle.

Balmoral Estate

Balmoral, one of the Royal Family’s Scottish residences, was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852 and it is an excellent example of Scottish Baronial architecture. Public access is allowed to the castle’s ballroom and formal gardens where a number of audiovisual exhibitions can be enjoyed. Balmoral is only closed to the general public from the beginning of August to the end of October when the Royal Family are in residence.

Craigievar Castle

Those with an interest in architecture should also visit Craigievar Castle, another Scots Baronial construction, which is less than 30 miles from Aberdeen and is open to the public from the 1st April until the 30th of September every year. Nestled in the picturesque countryside, this is a fairy-tale castle of perfect proportions that is little changed since it functioned as a full-time residence. Turreted and towered with cupolas and corbelling, this ‘Danzig Willie’ design still boasts the original Jacobean woodwork and beautiful period furniture, as well as a Victorian kitchen garden and extensive parklands.

Getting there

Aberdeen airport is less than 10 miles from the city centre with shuttle buses running a convenient regular service. The main train station is located on Guild Street, right in the centre of the city, and as the third busiest station in Scotland, it is an excellent way to travel more widely.

Where to stay

The various districts of Aberdeen have a distinct ‘village’ feel and that includes accommodation. Although there are a number of competitive options available in the south-west of the city where the B&Bs and guest houses are clustered, the hotels in the city centre provide an excellent base for both business visitors and pleasure seekers.

City centre accommodation

The Hilton Garden Inn on St Andrew Street (rooms from £93 per night)and the Premier Inn on West North Street (rooms from £29) are a great corporate choice. The Copthorne Hotel on Huntly Street has all of the amenities of an international chain with the charm of an independent operator.  On the outskirts of the city, The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is an exquisite combination of contemporary culture and historical romance – a description that is equally applicable to Aberdeen itself.

To find the best place for your stay in Aberdeen with the most up-to-date information, use our comprehensive search tool today.

Recently booked Aberdeen hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Jurys Inn Aberdeen 2 days ago 3 stars £53.10
Skene House HotelSuites - Holburn 2 days ago 4 stars £72.00
Station Hotel 2 days ago 3 stars £50.00
Skene House HotelSuites - Rosemount 3 days ago 4 stars £58.50
Britannia Hotel Aberdeen Leisure and Conference 4 days ago 3 stars £33.83

Recently Rated Aberdeen Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Jurys Inn Aberdeen
5.0 / 5
2 reviews
3 stars £53.10
The Caledonian Hotel
3.9 / 5
12 reviews
4 stars £28.90
4.2 / 5
12 reviews
3 stars £49.00
Travelodge Aberdeen Central Justice Mill
4.3 / 5
3 reviews
2 stars £44.00
Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen
3.4 / 5
9 reviews
4 stars £55.20

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Featured Hotels in Aberdeen

From £28.90

1 The Caledonian Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 12 reviews

10-14 Union Terrace

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Good city centre hotel
Good hotel at a very reasonable price. Room was clean and tidy. Staff were very friendly. Would not hesitate to stay here again.
19 Aug 2015
Quest 3 Ball
A very comfortable Hotel that exceeds our expectations. Hotel is in centre of Aberdeen and all in walking distance to various places. Six of us stayed for 3 nights and would recommended this Hotel...
27 May 2015
From £53.10

2 Jurys Inn Aberdeen

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Jurys Inn Aberdeen Hotel, Union Square,

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Great hotel
Absolutely great and this is second trip. Great room , great staff , good food and every detail attended to from booking in and check out. Great!
27 Oct 2015
Theatre trip
Most pleasant experience staff Most helpful would come back
25 Aug 2015
From £51.28

3 Inn at The Park Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

3-4 Deemount Terrace

From £44.00

4 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN AIRPORT

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

3 International Gate,Dyce

From £49.00

5 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE

3 stars
4.2 / 5 12 reviews

29-43 Chapel Street

Extremely noisy hotel
Stayed on a Saturday night and the noise outside the hotel from 12.30 to 04:00 is just too much. This an area where many late night revellers come to get something to eat and a taxi home. The rooms...
11 Nov 2015
Very Noisy
We stayed on a Saturday night, there is a taxi rank and various fast food outlets in the street in front of the hotel. From Midnight until 4.30 am, it felt like we were in the middle a raging...
10 Nov 2015
From £48.30

6 Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

1 Justice Mill Lane

Great location in the city
Was staying in Aberdeen for a night out with work. Friendly staff at reception. Room was on the small side but adequate for the purpose. Room was clean with all the amenities that you'd expect. One...
15 Sep 2015
From £50.00

7 Station Hotel

3 stars
2.8 / 5 8 reviews

78 Guild Street

Great Location
The Hotel is in a great location, opposite to bus & train station and right in the heart of city centre. The amenities in the hotel are good as are the communal areas, but the rooms themselves are...
10 Sep 2015
Nice break
Nice clean friendly hotel, close to shops and train station
10 Jun 2015
From £58.50

8 Skene House HotelSuites - Rosemount

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

96 Rosemount Viaduct

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

unexpected trip booked at late notice and Skene House met all expectations
This filled the bill on a late and unexpected trip to Aberdeen. Well place for the city centre and other locations. It was discreet and comfortable which was exactly what we needed.
25 Aug 2015
From £72.00

9 Skene House HotelSuites - Holburn

4 stars
4.5 / 5

6 Union Grove

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

From £55.32

10 Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

31 St. Andrew Street

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

From £63.00

11 Skene House HotelSuites - Whitehall

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

2 Whitehall Place

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

Comfortable and stress free
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I initially was hesitant due to the external appearance, however on seeing my allocated room including the amenities I was a very happy customer. I will be returning...
27 Nov 2014
It is evident to see that every detail has been assessed and catered for.
Due to my plane flight being later than anticipated I requested to stay later and the staff accommodated me accordingly. The staff were helpful the room had beyond my requirements. I enjoyed my...
29 Jun 2014
From £55.20

12 Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen

4 stars
3.4 / 5 9 reviews

122 Huntly Street

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Great stay very doggy friendly
Had a great stay travelled with our dog who was allowed in the bar. Gad a lovely meal. Staff were great. Won't look anywhere else if visiting aberdeen
17 Jun 2015
Really comfortable stay Staff excellent
Really comfortable stay Staff excellent Although a bit dated was spotless. Great value for moey
5 May 2015
From £75.00

13 Craibstone Suites

4 stars
2.0 / 5 1 reviews

15 Bon Accord Square

From £71.42

14 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen City Centre

4 stars
3.0 / 5 5 reviews

Beach Boulevard

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Sports trip
The offer available was very good value, given the extortionate prices generally at Aberdeen during the week at the majority of hotels.
21 Apr 2015
Nice place
The hotel has a friendly staff. The English breakfast was of good quality
6 Aug 2014

15 Aspect Apartments Aberdeen

4 stars
4.0 / 5

11 Golden Square

stay 7 nights save 10 %

From £157.50

16 Carmelite Hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

Stirling Street

Girlie weekend
We have now stayed at this hotel on many occasions and wouldn't stay anywhere else when we go to Aberdeen . The location is fantastic as it is literally 2 mins from train station and same again...
22 Apr 2015
From £95.00

17 Aberdeen Douglas Hotel

3 stars
1.0 / 5 1 reviews

43-45 Market Street

From £42.00


3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

Exhibition & Conference Centre,Claymore Drive

Hotel located in outskirts of city
Average property which will not rate amongst the gest stayed in during our recent holiday in Europe. The bed was atrocious and apart from some instances when the reception staff were very helpful...
26 Jun 2015
A business trip
From arrival to check-out, the staff were very helpful and friendly. The cleanliness was excellent as was the dining facilities. Will be using this hotel again as a frequent traveller now.
28 Sep 2014
From £61.75

19 The Spires Luxury Serviced Suites Aberdeen

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

505 Great Western Road

Weekend Special - 5% OFF

Great value overnight stay
We were warmly welcomed by Joanne who gave us all the information we needed for our stay. Apartment was ideal if unspectacular, but you can't complain for the price. Everything we needed was...
22 Sep 2015
From £95.00

20 Dreamhouse Apartments Aberdeen

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

The Forbes Building Baker Road

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From £45.00

21 The Aberdeen Altens Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 7 reviews

Souterhead Road

Free WIFI & Leisure Club Access!

excellent hotel in industrial estate
Booked here for graduation as city centre hotels were booked up or charging exorbitant rates. Outwardly looked a bit grim but inside bright, clean and comfortable. Check in was a bit slow as we...
26 Jul 2015
Take advantage of the health club
Stayed there for almost a month over two trips. Room is average but clean. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The wifi was good in the morning, but spotty in the evening. Would drop the...
26 Aug 2014
From £54.00

22 Aberdeen Marriott Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Overton Circle-Dyce

Rate includes breakfast

From £79.01

23 Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

South Deeside Road

Rate includes up to 40% off, Breakfast and more

scotland getaway
Wonderful hotel and atmosphere. The room we booked was not available so we were upgraded to one of the higher end suites. very nice views. Staff was very nice and accomodating. Bar was a little...
3 Oct 2015
Brilliant weekend celebrating husbands 50thbirthday
Arrived late evening on Friday, really enjoyed the 3 course alcarte menu for dinner, could have a more varied menu on alternative nights,room was lovely, would have liked a better view, as I...
1 Sep 2015
From £52.80


3 stars
Not yet reviewed

2 International Gate,Dyce

From £44.00


3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Parkway East,Bridge of Don

Family vacation
Enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Great location to see Aberdeen and surrounding area. Excellent breakfast with choices. Easy access from airport and close to major highways. Nice view of the North...
23 Aug 2015
great stay
very friendly staff.pity they ran out of food breakfast time so early but they soon restocked..
29 Jul 2014