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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.


From per night

This weekend

From $297 per night

Next weekend

From $160 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency £1 = $1.21
Language English
Average weekend price $90 per night
Average weekday price $88 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Aberdeen is a lovely place to visit which we do regularly...

August 5, 2022

Aberdeen is a lovely place to visit which we do regularly staying at the station hotel. we have our breakfast at hotel & have high tea as well. only thing we would change is the choice of cakes & scones as its always fruit scones & not every one likes fruit so it would be good if their was plain & cheese ones. & it would be nice to have different cakes for a nice change.

Moira United Kingdom

A wonderful city!

August 4, 2022

A wonderful city! Splendid architecture, great parks and fantastic natural landscapes. A clean and walkable city. Locals are welcoming. Not to be missed: a walk along the Esplanade; the Marischal College, the Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum; the campuses of Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen, its main public parks, and the local food!

Anonymous United Kingdom

Aberdeen had a tough time during the pandemic.

July 13, 2022

Aberdeen had a tough time during the pandemic. Lots of places closed. Old Aberdeen was great to see… mostly the university Good place to stay for a day trip to Balmoral Castle. We did a lot of walking …

Ann Canada

There are some very nice areas here, but the former...

July 10, 2022

There are some very nice areas here, but the former commercial street at the center — Union Street — is in a sad state. Loud, aggressive people (possibly homeless) were having altercations every time I walked there (June 2022). Many storefronts are closed and empty. So all the things you want to see and do are outside that area, although often nearby. The Aberdeen Art Gallery is GREAT. Old Aberdeen (around the University of Aberdeen) is lovely, beautiful for walking, and the Brig o' Balgownie is a worthwhile add-on to your walk. There are not a ton of restaurants, but there are some very good ones. You must always book for dinner, even if you want to eat early. Mackie's 19.2 has great ice cream! Very worth the time to visit the Greyhope Bay Centre on a clear day for a view of the harbor.

Macloo United States of America

beautiful, historic architecture buildings, easy access.

June 25, 2022

beautiful, historic architecture buildings, easy access. Fantastic sports village facility Restaurants offered great range of food, reasonably priced and everywhere we ate gave prompt and friendly service

IAN United Kingdom

Provost Skene House is a must see, as is the art gallery and...

June 17, 2022

Provost Skene House is a must see, as is the art gallery and maritime museum. We love old Aberdeen. Would recommend also a trip round Footdee. Union Square was expensive to eat out in. Wether spoons great value. Food great in Ma Camerons in Belmont Street. We went to Stonehaven for the day. Unless one plans to visit Dunottar castle, a half day would suffice. A day pass on the bus is good value


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