Things to do and see in Aberdeen
Aberdeen is also known as the Granite City or the Silver City due to silver rock that was used to construct many of the buildings in the city. Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions; Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city The city is known for its stunning architecture and it is also a thriving industrial town.
Travelling to Aberdeen
Aberdeen can be accessed by road, train, ferry, bus or plane. There are frequent flights with most of the major air companies offering direct flights to Aberdeen. Aberdeen is also easy to travel to by train; journeys can be booked from main cities and towns in and around the UK. The major coach companies offer a service to Aberdeen and there are good motorway links for people that want to travel by car. However, anyone planning to travel to Aberdeen needs to be aware that it has recently been reported that the city has the worse morning traffic jams in Scotland.
Travelling Around Aberdeen
There are good local transport links as well as bus and train travel; there are also regular tram rides.
Some of the major landmarks in Aberdeen include the William Wallace Statue, Castlegate, the Brig ‘O’ Balgownie Bridge and the Queen Victoria Statue.
Must do things to see and do in Aberdeen
Union Street is part of the historic merchant quarter. The Green, which is situated in the quarter, has a strong medieval history, so it is a popular area to visit for people that want to get a taste of Aberdeen in the nineteenth century. Aberdeen Harbour has been there since the Roman times and it is a popular area for tourists to visit. The Granite Trail will give visitors an insight into the city’s granite industry, the March Stones is a themed trail; and Old Aberdeen used to be a separate burg of Aberdeen. Old Aberdeen has a wealth of historical buildings, which include the King’s College Chapel. Royal Deeside is rumoured to be one of the Queen’s favourite areas to visit, and if you want to see some of Scotland’s finest castles, then there is a castle trail. While in the city, a visit to Aberdeen Beach is also a must and the Condona Amusement Park is ideal for family fun.
Places to Visit
Balmedie is a stunning beach. The beach is situated north of the city centre and it has great historic significance; the North Sea is the ideal place for people that love to surf. Hazelhead Park hosts horse riding, golf and mountain biking and if you like winter sports, then Aberdeen as two ski and snowboard centres, which are based in Aberdeenshire. Nature lovers will enjoy indulging in some dolphin spotting and Aberdeen University is open to the public.
Aberdeen has a strong nightlife with numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants to visit. The Globe inn, the Blue Lamp and the Prince of Wales are some of the most popular venues.
Aberdeen sports village hosts some major sports events including indoor and outdoor athletics; it also has squash courts. Moreover, the sports village has an indoor football pitch. Aberdeen Football Club has a strong following and the home of Aberdeen F.C. is at the Pittodrie Stadium. Rugby Fans will want to see the Aberdeen Warriors; the team plays in the Scotland North League. The city is an excellent area for people that like rock climbing and outdoor pursuits.
Aberdeen is host to numerous festivals including the Aberdeen Youth Festival, Aberdeen’s Winter Festival and the May Festival. There are also jazz, music and summer festivals. If you are there for New Year, then you can celebrate Hogmanay with The Fireballs procession.
Good times of the year to visit Aberdeen
The summer is always glorious in Aberdeen. However, spring is thought of as being the best time of year for tourists to visit. The days are longer in the spring and the days are getting warmer so it is the perfect time for people that want to take part in outdoor pursuits. Spring in Aberdeen is relatively busy, but summer is the peak time for tourists.
Worst time of years to visit Aberdeen
Although prices are lower in the winter, this season is not the best time of year to visit Aberdeen. The winter weather can be harsh, but if you want a traditional Christmas with plenty of snow, then you mind find that the winter season is a good option.
Places to Avoid
Aberdeen is a largely safe place; however, there have been some problem areas that have been highlighted. Some people advise that is a good idea to avoid the harbour area at night, while others warn that Seaton Park should also be avoided when it is dark, as there are no street lights.