Situated in Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Murcar Golf Club, Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Provost Ross's House. Academy and Provost Skene's ...
First time staying here and would definitely recommend. My only wish is that the windows were easier to open/opened more as room gets very hot. Need to know where you get the mattress from! So comfortable!
Located in the heart of Aberdeen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Union Square Shopping Centre, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, and Provost Ross's ...
The room was freezing even after having the heating on. Not pleasant!
Located in the heart of Aberdeen, this hotel is steps away from Union Terrace Gardens, Academy and Aberdeen Music Hall. His Majesty's Theatre and Aberdeen Art ...
The hotel is nice and the staff are friendly.My main gripe is they charged me £40 for keeping my car in their car park over 4 days.This is signed in the car park but you have little choice but to use their car park due to the hotels location.
Located in the heart of Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Academy and Aberdeen Music Hall. His Majesty's ...
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 in the city. This policy is totally unfair on those not attending the conference.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carby Art Gallery and Codonas Amusement Park. King's Links and Pittodrie Stadium are also within ...
The offer available was very good value, given the extortionate prices generally at Aberdeen during the week at the majority of hotels.
Located in Dyce, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Kirkhill Forest and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Auchmill Golf Course. Cruickshank Botanic Garden and Cathedral of ...
Hotel fairly new and modern staff very friendly and helpful.
Located in Ardoe, this spa hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Blairs Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Academy and Duthie Park Winter Gardens. Gordon Highlanders ...
Very warm welcome on arrival. Spacious hotel. Despite amount of rooms, it never felt crowded. Amazing breakfast selection. Evening bar meal was also faultless. Hotel was a great place for exploring local areas with lots of nice scenic places to visit. Overall, a fantastic few days away and would ...
Located in the heart of Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aberdeen Music Hall, Academy and His Majesty's Theatre. Aberdeen Art Gallery and Provost ...
First time I have stayed at this hotel & it won't be the last. The room was really nice with a lovely large shower. The breakfast was cooked to order & was a nice change from eggs etc lying for ages. The staff were all really nice. The hotel is in an excellent location in the centre of Aberdeen, ...
Located in the heart of Aberdeen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aberdeen Music Hall, Academy and His Majesty's Theatre. Aberdeen Art ...
Did the job without being too fancy. Clean and good location.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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