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Filled with green fields, emerald-blue waters and ancient castles, the Scottish city of Aberdeen is a tapestry of culture, old-world charm and natural beauty. Located in the north-eastern side of Scotland, Aberdeen is also known as 'Granite City' for its grey-stone buildings.

From educational institutions and galleries to museums and castles, the rich cultural history of Scotland is preserved well in Aberdeen. The country's oldest bridge, Brig o'Balgownie, was built in the 14th century and features in Lord Byron's poem Don Juan. The Tolbooth Museum is an interesting visit if you're willing to know more about ancient rules and punishments of the town. After touring the museum, take a walk to the mercat cross of Aberdeen – a spot that acted as a gathering place for inhabitants to hear public announcements in the past. For a quick royal experience, head to Balmoral Castle – the summer residence of Queen Elizabeth II – located about 1.5 hours away from Aberdeen.

The simplest way to reach Aberdeen is by flight. For travellers from the UK and Europe, Aberdeen Airport offers multiple flights in and out of the city. Inverness Airport and Edinburgh Airport are more suited for travellers from other continents as they offer more international connections. You may also opt for railway services if you're travelling from other parts of Scotland, England or Wales. If you're looking to save more during your Aberdeen trip, try the city’s bus services.


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From $185 per night

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From $185 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.28
Language English
Average weekend price $110 per night
Average weekday price $115 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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I had never been to Aberdeen before, and planned my holiday...

June 12, 2024

I had never been to Aberdeen before, and planned my holiday to include some time in the area. i visited the Northeast coast, Royal Deeside and St. Andrews and Dundee from here. The Aberdeen tour was fascinating with so much street art, stories of witches, and beautiful granite buildings. I really enjoyed the Maritime Museum and the Deacon Skene's House display of famous people from Aberdeen. Favourite Pub: The Prince of Wales, half a block from the Aberdeen Douglas Hotel.

Julia Canada

We were there for 3 nights.

May 25, 2024

We were there for 3 nights. Would have liked more time to see more of the city and the castles in the area. In our two full days we had all day tours out of the city. They were great but we could have used more time.

Kathleen United States of America

Aberdeen hates cars, random speed limit changes, blocked...

May 21, 2024

Aberdeen hates cars, random speed limit changes, blocked roads, bus lanes, timed restrictions and now the LEZ zones all combine to make it very stressful, confusing and easy to get fined for honest mistakes.

Paul United Kingdom

The parks were great, also the pubs and choices of places to...

May 21, 2024

The parks were great, also the pubs and choices of places to eat. Everyone was very friendly. Aberdeen is the gateway to Deeside which must be one of the most beautiful areas in the country with so much to see and do.

Ken United Kingdom

Aberdeen is a place for a short visit so you can say”been...

May 20, 2024

Aberdeen is a place for a short visit so you can say”been there, ticked the box”. All in all a rather tired city which has not had the investment from the offshore industries that it deserves. Places are rather untidy and tired with the exception of Old Aberdeen which is lovely and worth a visit. Good beach area about 25 minute walk from centre also worth a visit. Plenty of eateries and drinking establishments for all tastes and qualities. Some areas could do with a thorough clean up! Stonehaven a short 20 minute train trip is far nicer and is a small fishing port. Well worth a visit if in the area.

Trevor United Kingdom

Lots to see and do.

May 2, 2024

Lots to see and do. Visited Duthie Park - beautiful. It helped that the weather was particularly good. We were there to attend a concert by the local Bon Accord and District Pipe Band. Vg it was too. Their guests were St Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band , The Junior Bon Accord and Distict Pipe Band also played. Very encouraging to see some very young people performing. We ate in hotel the first night and the second night we went to the Ferryhill House Hotel - also first class. Very easy to make your way around Aberdeen.

Doreen United Kingdom

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