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Tourist Offices

Aberdeen Information Centre

Address: , 23 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BP
Telephone: +44 1224 269 180.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0930-1700, Sun 1100-1700.

Website: http://www.visitaberdeen.com

Situated close to the city centre's bus and train stations. The staff are very knowledgeable and can help with planning excursions and booking accommodation. There's also public internet access as well as a selection of tourist literature and guides (some of it free).

Attractions

Duthie Park

Bordering the River Dee, Duthie Park is 18 hectares (44 acres) of verdant public space, which was donated to Aberdeen in 1880. Today it features boating ponds, playgrounds and plenty of wildlife. It also includes the David Welch Winter Gardens, a vast indoor space containing tropical, Japanese and arid conservatories including the largest collection of cacti in Britain.

Address: , Polmuir Road, Aberdeen, AB11 7TH
Telephone: +44 1224 585 310.
Opening times:

Daily 0800-one hour before sunset.

Website: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/community_life_leisure/parks_open_spaces
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Union Street and St Nicholas Kirk

Union Street is the thriving heart of the city. Many of Aberdeen's main attractions are located in its surrounds, including the accomplished Union Street Bridge built in the 19th century. While the Aberdeen Art Gallery is undergoing refurbishment, seek out nearby St Nicholas Kirk instead with its 12th-century clerestory windows, ornate relics and kirkyard.

Address: , Union Street, Aberdeen,
Telephone: +44 1224 643 494 (St Nicholas Kirk).
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1200-1600 (St Nicholas Kirk).

Website: http://www.kirk-of-st-nicholas.org.uk
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Marischal College

The grandiose Marischal College on Broad Street is the second-largest granite structure in the world. A two year renovation project of the former university structure has rejuvenated the stunning exterior, while the vast interiors now largely contains Aberdeen City Council offices and university events space. It's must-see architecture worth viewing from many angles.

Address: , Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB
Telephone: +44 1224 274 301.
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Maritime Museum

No visit to Aberdeen is complete without a visit to the historic harbour area. The excellent Maritime Museum is located on a site with Provost Ross's House, which is reputed to be the oldest building in the city. Multimedia displays tell the interesting history of Aberdeen's intimate connection with the ocean.

Address: , Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY
Telephone: +44 1224 337 700.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1500.

Website: http://www.aagm.co.uk/Visit/AberdeenMaritimeMuseum/amm-overview.aspx
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Old Aberdeen and King's College

The centrepiece of old Aberdeen is the King's College (now united with Marischal College to form the University of Aberdeen) with its imposing buildings and quadrangle. Its chapel houses 15th-century artefacts, while the King's Museum displays exhibitions encompassing history, science and art. Nearby, the 15th-century St Machar's Cathedral overlooks Seaton Park and the River Don.

Address: , High Street, Aberdeen, AB24 3EE
Telephone: +44 1224 272137.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1000-1530.

Website: http://www.abdn.ac.uk
Admission Fees: Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Aberdeen Science Centre

Close to the Esplanade, the informative Aberdeen Science Centre (also known as Satrosphere Science Centre) is a hands-on museum that provides visitors an interactive way of learning more about science. Featuring debates, shows and workshops, there are over 50 exhibitions too including live science demonstrations and planetarium shows that are ideal for the entire family.

Address: , 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TU
Telephone: +44 1224 640 340.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1000-1600, Sat-Sun 1000-1700.

Website: http://aberdeensciencecentre.org
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Aberdeen Beach

Heading out in your Speedos to catch some rays may not be high on the agenda when visiting Scotland, but Aberdeen Beach is a golden cowlick of coastline that welcomes dog walkers, ice cream lovers and hardy summer sunbathers. If sand between your toes isn't your thing, the promenade is dotted with cafés and picnic areas with outstanding views.

Address: , Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Peacock Visual Arts

North East Scotland's leading contemporary visual arts centre organises various local and international art exhibitions. A second smaller gallery displays and sells original prints, many of which are produced at Peacock's in-house printmaking facilities. For those without a clue about printing and etching, Peacock also runs classes.

Address: , 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB16 7NN
Telephone: +44 1224 639 539.
Opening times:

Tue-Sat 0930-1730.

Website: http://www.peacockvisualarts.com
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Codona's Amusement Park and The Boardwalk

For something different, head to Codona's Amusement Park. This seafront complex has a live music and entertainment stage, a 4D motion ride theatre and an amusement park with rollercoasters, log flume, waltzers and other gut-churning rides. Nearby is The House of Fun, a family centre with trampolines, 10-pin bowling alleys, pool halls, bingo competitions, bar and restaurant.

Address: , Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen,
Telephone: +44 1224 595 910.
Opening times:

Hours vary. See website for details.

Website: http://www.codonas.com
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Footdee

Within easy walking distance of the harbour is the pretty fishing village of Footdee (pronounced 'fittie'). The old 19th-century fishermen's cottages all face inwards in squares with their backs to the ocean to protect themselves from the harsh storms that can rage in from the sea.

Address: Footdee, , Aberdeen,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No