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Aberdeen is the third biggest city in Scotland and the fourth most liveable city in Britain (as ranked by Mercer), nicknamed The Granite City after its impressive Victorian era architecture and most famous export. Aberdeen has sights and attractions that will entertain families or groups of friends for days on end, whether you’re interested in culture or shopping you’ll find something fun to do here.
With 45 parks and open spaces to choose from, including Duthie Park (which has extensive gardens, a rose hill, boating pond, bandstand and play area) this city is famous for its flowers. Having won the RSH Britain in Bloom award ten times in a row, there are flower displays everywhere you look, including two million roses, eleven million daffodils and three million crocuses.
For culture fans, there’s the University of Aberdeen, which includes an Anatomy Museum, Geological Collections and a Zoology Museum. There’s also the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Satrosphere (Scotland’s first science and discovery centre) or Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve, a walkable half a mile away from the city centre.
What is there to do in the evening? A trip to the theatre could be on the cards, with the biggest theatre in north-east Scotland, His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall, which hosts the Royal National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and contemporary music concerts, both in the middle of the city. The Music Hall is also the venue for the annual Aberdeen International Youth Festival, which features over a thousand of the most talented young performers from around the world. You might want to check out The Lemon Tree, billing itself as ‘Aberdeen’s answer to the Edinburgh Festival all year round’ it’s a fashionable café bar, theatre, comedy club and live music venue all rolled into one.
Aberdeen's famous 'Granite Mile' is home to over 800 shops, from the latest designer fashions to traditional Scottish crafts, all the best known High Street names have outlets in the city and you can find them all in the five main indoor shopping centres. You’ll also find food from all corners of the globe, including native Scottish fare, in the city centre.
Sports enthusiasts might want to visit around the time of the Aberdeen International Football Festival which attracts hundreds of youth players from around the world, or the City of Aberdeen Bowling Tournament, a competition featuring some of Scotland’s top outdoor bowlers. You'll find a mixture of golfing, fishing, wind-surfing, tennis, horse-riding and walking all on your doorstep in Aberdeen.
There are plenty of camping and caravan parks around the city, so why not take a trip here and see Aberdeen for yourself? You might be surprised by all there is to do!