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Aberdeen

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A gateway to the Scottish Highlands, this city is filled with ancient architecture, modern museums and blooming gardens.

Visit Aberdeen, often referred to as Scotland’s Silver City because of its granite buildings that shimmer in the sunshine. Spend time here to appreciate the historic city’s abounding culture and fascinating past. From museums to gardens and historic buildings, Aberdeen is a delightful destination in its own right, as well as a jumping-off point to the wilds of the highlands.

Start your explorations by walking around the city and studying its distinctive architecture. The 12th-century St Machar’s Cathedral is a highlight, with stained-glass windows and striking towers, while the King's College Chapel, part of the University of Aberdeen, dates back to the 15th century. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the university and stop at the fascinating University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum.

Aberdeen has numerous world-class museums. Learn about the city’s ancient maritime traditions at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and peruse the galleries of the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Allow time to discover the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which brings to life the stories of the everyday men who formed one of the British Army’s most formidable regiments for over 200 years.

In the heart of the city, in a 17th-century building, The Tolbooth Museum has fascinating displays depicting crime and punishment over the centuries in Scotland.

Search for one of Scotland’s oldest bridges, the Brig o' Balgownie, which is believed to have been built on the orders of Robert the Bruce in 1320 and crosses the pretty River Don. Near the beautiful Duthie Park and David Welch Winter Gardens, the Brig o' Dee bridge with Doric columns is another worthy ancient bridge to discover.

Aberdeen International Airport receives flights from across Europe and beyond. The city is served by a network of buses and taxis. Rent a car to travel out into the highlands and explore lakes and castles. Aberdeen’s weather can be highly changeable, so come prepared for wind, rain and sunshine, sometimes all in one day.

Where to stay in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Marriott Hotel
Aberdeen Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Overton Circle Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland
The price is $62 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in Dyce, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from TECA and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Aberdeen and His Majesty's Theatre. Pittodrie Stadium and Aberdeen ...
4.2/5Very Good! (530 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Aberdeen Marriott Hotel
Jurys Inn Aberdeen
Jurys Inn Aberdeen
3.5 out of 5
Union Square, Guild Street, Aberdeen, Scotland
The price is $65 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Central Aberdeen, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (952 reviews)
"Liked it was attached to the shopping centre; staff were happy to assist with document scanning request; price was good value for money"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

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Residence Inn by Marriott Aberdeen
Residence Inn by Marriott Aberdeen
3.5 out of 5
Guestrow, Aberdeen, Scotland
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The price is $94 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Central Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Provost Skene's House, Union Square Shopping Centre, and His Majesty's Theatre. University ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (646 reviews)
"Clean and very frendly staff"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Residence Inn by Marriott Aberdeen
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Silver City Apartments, Prime, Modern Apartment
Silver City Apartments, Prime, Modern Apartment
3 out of 5
77C Crown Street, Aberdeen, Scotland
The price is $90 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Located in Central Aberdeen, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Aberdeen Music Hall, His Majesty's Theatre, and Union Square Shopping Centre. University ...
Silver City Apartments, Prime, Modern Apartment
Royal Athenaeum Suites
Royal Athenaeum Suites
3.5 out of 5
15 Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland
The price is $126 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
Located in Central Aberdeen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (159 reviews)
"Friendly receptionists."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Royal Athenaeum Suites
Orange Apartments-Kepplestone
Orange Apartments-Kepplestone
5 out of 5
Queens Road, Aberdeen, Scotland
Located in Central Aberdeen, this luxury apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Johnston Gardens, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and His Majesty's Theatre. Robert ...
4.3/5Excellent! (22 reviews)
Home from home
"Amazing place to stay great parking and lovely set out apartment with all you could ever ask for in a home from home all cooking utensils etc and very clean"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Orange Apartments-Kepplestone
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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