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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
Aberdeen is ok, it has good shopping and places to eat and more bars than you will ever need.
Nicola G. 7 May 2015
Aberdeen has many excellent bars and restaurants and is great for a night or weekend away .
Jackie B. 21 Apr 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.

History

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
Britannia Hotel Aberdeen Leisure and Conference 2 hours ago 3 stars £33.83
Jurys Inn Aberdeen 16 hours ago 3 stars £62.10
Hilton Aberdeen Treetops 1 day ago 4 stars £48.31
Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE 1 day ago 3 stars £52.00
Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen 2 days ago 3 stars £52.00

Recently Rated Aberdeen Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Jurys Inn Aberdeen
4.1 / 5
3 stars £62.10
Britannia Hotel Aberdeen Leisure and Conference
3.7 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars £33.83
Holiday Inn ABERDEEN - EXHIBITION CENTRE
4.0 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars £44.00
Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen
3.4 / 5
9 reviews
4 stars £48.00
Skene House HotelSuites - Rosemount
4.0 / 5
4 stars £58.50

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Featured Hotels in Aberdeen

Hotel only £62.10

1 Jurys Inn Aberdeen

3 stars
4.1 / 5

Jurys Inn Aberdeen Hotel, Union Square,

Contemporary city centre hotel in the heart of AberdeenJurys Inn Aberdeen is an ideal hotel for a well-deserved city break, with its city centre location, and quick and easy access to the Aberdeen...

Hotel only £52.00

2 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN CITY CENTRE

3 stars
4.4 / 5 10 reviews

29-43 Chapel Street

The Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen City Centre offers a prime location, just seconds away from Union Street and very close to all major transport links within the city. With free Wi-Fi and a...

Outrageous price for an Express by Holiday Inn hotel
The hotel was up to the normal standard expected by the Express by Holiday Inn brand but this and every other hotel inflated their prices by a factor of 3 simply because of a conference occurring...
17 Apr 2015
Family weekend trip
We were happy with our room and the hotel in general. It was welcoming, clean, tidy and comfortable. There was a good selection for breakfast which was much enjoyed. The location makes it easy to...
22 Oct 2014
Hotel only £28.90

3 Thistle Aberdeen City Centre , The Caledonian

4 stars
3.9 / 5 11 reviews

10-14 Union Terrace

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The four star hotel, The Caledonian, is located right in the city centre , near Aberdeen Rail Station and Union Terrace Gardens. Immediately near St Nicholas Academy and Robert Gordon University,...

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
theatre get away
Hotel was very clean, staff attentive, allowed early check in. Only bad point was the shower wasnt up to much in ensuite & if breakfast isnt incuded in your room rate its £14.95 per head for...
17 Mar 2015
Hotel only £58.50

4 Skene House HotelSuites - Whitehall

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

2 Whitehall Place

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

Skene House Whitehall is situated in a quiet residential part of Aberdeen, yet only 5 minutes walk from the city centre, with its own private garden exclusively for guests use. The gardens lend...

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
Hotel only £62.31

5 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen City Centre

4 stars
3.0 / 5 5 reviews

Beach Boulevard

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

Located less than a mile from Union Street with excellent road, rail and airport links, the DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre hotel offers picturesque coastal views and is only a short...

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
Hotel only £58.50

6 Skene House HotelSuites - Rosemount

4 stars
4.0 / 5

96 Rosemount Viaduct

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

Skene House Rosemount is situated on Rosemount Viaduct in the heart of the city only a few minutes' walk away from Union Terrace Gardens, His Majesty's Theatre, Art Gallery and the Trinity and...

Hotel only £58.50

7 Skene House HotelSuites - Holburn

4 stars
4.5 / 5

6 Union Grove

FREE WiFi and Guest Parking

Skene House Holburn has an enviable location where the west end meets the city centre, minutes walk from Union Street - offers guests a hotel experience, a welcoming environment and a...

Hotel only £52.00

8 Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

3 stars
4.4 / 5

1 Justice Mill Lane

The hotel offer 185 bright and modern guest rooms along with excellent meeting facilities making it the perfect base for business and leisure travellers.Located in the city centre, the hotel is an...

Hotel only £48.31

9 Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

31 St. Andrew Street

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Set in the heart of Aberdeen - the oil capital of Europe - the Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre is only minutes from the city's train and bus stations. Scotland's 3rd largest city features an...

Superb bathroom and a view overlooking the city
We are so very happy we chose this hotel! It couldn't be better for this prise - definitely value for money ! Location was perfect - stone throw to the city centre, University and the Art Gallery....
26 Nov 2013

10 Aspect Apartments Aberdeen

4 stars
4.0 / 5

11 Golden Square

stay 7 nights save 10 %

Serviced apartments in the heart of Aberdeen city centre offering a home environment that is inviting and comfortable, making short and long stays a very enjoyable experience.11 GOLDEN SQUARE,...

Hotel only £49.00

11 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN AIRPORT

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

3 International Gate,Dyce

Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen Airport hotel is located 100m from Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) , the gateway to Europes energy capital and the worlds busiest commercial heliport....

Hotel only £87.18

12 Inn at The Park Hotel

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

3-4 Deemount Terrace

Located in the heart of Aberdeen, just 5 minutes' walk from the City Centre and Aberdeen train station. This family run hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, traditional home-cooked cuisine and...

Hotel only £45.00

13 Carmelite Hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

Stirling Street

Boutique hotel in the centre of Aberdeen cityThe Carmelite Hotel is a boutique hotel offering guests an excellent location in Aberdeen city centre. The hotel also offers excellent transport links,...

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
Hotel only £48.00

14 Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen

4 stars
3.4 / 5 9 reviews

122 Huntly Street

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Premier hotel in central Aberdeen Situated in the quiet west end of the city, the Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen offers you some of the finest accommodation in the area. Providing easy access to the...

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
Hotel only £96.25

15 Craibstone Suites

4 stars
2.0 / 5 1 reviews

15 Bon Accord Square

The Craibstone Suites consists of slylish immaculately presented hotel suites. Hotel serviced apartments in Aberdeen are located within a recently refurbished Grade B listed townhouse in the very...

Hotel only £43.34

16 Station Hotel

3 stars
2.7 / 5 7 reviews

78 Guild Street

The Station Hotel is located in Aberdeen city centre, opposite the railway station, with onsite parking available. Part of the Cairn hotel group, we offer spacious and comfortable bedrooms and an...

Nice break
Nice clean friendly hotel, close to shops and train station
10 Jun 2015
Dump....
The front desk area, bar and restaurant are very nice, but it ends there... the rooms are horrible, I checked in at the same time as a friend and we both had to go back to the front desk to ask for...
7 May 2015

17 Aberdeen Douglas Hotel

3 stars
1.0 / 5 1 reviews

43-45 Market Street

Close to the train and bus stations, Aberdeen Douglas Hotel has a central location, comfortable bedrooms and a free Wi-Fi internet connection. Built in 1856, the Douglas Hotel is one of Aberdeen's...

Hotel only £160.00

18 West End Apartments

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

Beaconsfield Place

the apartments are located in the heart of Aberdeen's prestigious West End, just off Queen's Road and next to Beaconsfield Place. These high quality apartments are close to the city's famous...

Hotel only £33.83

19 Britannia Hotel Aberdeen Leisure and Conference

3 stars
3.7 / 5 6 reviews

Malcolm Road, Bucksburn

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The Hotel also features eight Conference and Banqueting Suites within the hotel and can accommodate up to 450 people. As the hotel is so close to the airport it can offer transfers to the airport...

Great value much cheapness
Stayed for 1night room was dated but clean.Only paid £35 for the night most other hotels wanted over a hundred don't expect luxury treatment but I have no complaints and would definitely use...
28 Jun 2015
ROOMS COULD DO WITH UPGRADING
1 night stay. Extremely noisy!!! very old fashioned. The hotel looked horrible.
8 Apr 2015
Hotel only £44.00

20 Holiday Inn Express ABERDEEN - EXHIBITION CENTRE

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Parkway East,Bridge of Don

Enjoy a Restful Stay at the Modern Holiday Inn Express Aberdeen-Exhibition Centre Hotel, this is a fully non smoking hotel Conveniently Located on the A90 Next to the Aberdeen Exhibition and...

great stay
very friendly staff.pity they ran out of food breakfast time so early but they soon restocked..
29 Jul 2014
Hotel only £51.00

21 Thistle Aberdeen Altens

4 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

Souterhead Road

Free WIFI & Leisure Club Access!

The Thistle Aberdeen Altens is a welcoming and stylish hotel just south of the centre of the Granite City, making it ideal for those want to visit the city for business or pleasure. Within close...

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
Hotel only £52.00

22 Aberdeen Marriott Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Overton Circle-Dyce

Rate includes breakfast

When looking for luxury hotels in Aberdeen, the Aberdeen Marriott Hotel offers fine accommodation in the thriving port known as the Granite City. This Aberdeen Hotel is just 3 miles from the...

Hotel only £80.00

23 Norwood Hall Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5

Garthdee Road

FREE Wifi, FREE Parking and just 3 miles from the City Centre, Norwood Hall Hotel was built in 1881 on the site of the 15th Century Pitfodels Castle. This truly magnificent Victorian mansion exudes...

a different experience
We wanted to try something other than the standard hotel or B&B. This modified Victorian mansion filled the bill. It was in a quiet location with beautiful grounds. It was away from any...
27 Jul 2015
Hotel only £47.10

24 The Spires Luxury Serviced Suites Aberdeen

4 stars
5.0 / 5

505 Great Western Road

Weekend Special - 15% OFF

The Spires Serviced Suites are the ideal alternative to traditional hotels. Enjoy the additional space, flexibility and independence of your own luxury apartment. Situated in the West End of...

Hotel only £95.00

25 Dreamhouse Apartments Aberdeen

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

The Forbes Building Baker Road

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The Dreamhouse Apartments Aberdeen City North are located in a new development which offers contemporary and comfortable accommodation, with easy access to the city centre, Old Aberdeen, and the...