Castlegate
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,717 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A small, but pleasant area of Aberdeen where the main sights are the Aberdeen Citadel, Aberdeen Town Hall, Mercat Cross and Mannie Well. Like most civic squares, there’s plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants in and around the main square.
Written 30 May 2022
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George B
Aberdeen, UK1,538 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
This was the very busy area of Aberdeen where the market was held. Not now used for this.
Castle gate was a bustling hub around 200 years ago but some empty shops here.
Salvation Army Citadel is beautiful building here. Gordon Highlanders statue is here as well.
Nearby is the Maritime Museum.
Written 12 November 2019
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Laurence B
Aberdeen, UK4,334 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
A nice place to walk past or through but the loss if some shops and the outdoor market has hit this area. The mercat cross is nice enough to look at and the Gordon highlanders statue too.
Written 31 March 2019
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
To the east of Union Street in Aberdeen is Castlegate, it is a small area but there is a lot to see in a relatively small space. The Salvation Army Citadel stands on the former site of the medieval Aberdeen Castle. Castlegate was named after the site of the castle gates until their demise in 1308.

The Mercat Cross is in the centre of Castlegate and has a hexagonal base and was built in 1686 by architect John Montgomery. The Gallowgate is just off the main square and is named after the site where the gallows were situated and is where public hangings used to take place.

Off the main square is the Castlegate Well which is no longer in use. On top of the disused well is a small bronze statue that was added by goldsmith William Lindsay. It is a fascinating area of the city and is a must see whilst in Aberdeen.
Written 26 December 2018
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goldensurfer23
Aberdeen183 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The castlegate is Aberdeen most iconic place, the view is magnificent, looking down union street from the top, it's amazing, and a great photo tourist hotspot!!!!
Then you take a look round the square shaped area and realise what a dump this is!!! Aberdeen council should be ashamed, surrounded by bookies, and downmarket pubs, I can only describe it as a tragedy, as a proud Aberdonian it's heartbreaking to see such an iconic place, surrounded by absolute rubbish!!
Written 25 November 2013
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Cynthia P
Kissimmee, FL26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Went there to see the Mercat Cross, a must for unicorn lovers, and to see the Gordon Highlanders statue, a must for Gordons! Loved both and it was wonderfully not crowded. Ate at the Old Blackfriars and had the best waiter of our trip with a good selection of ales and food. Would definitely do again.
Written 10 December 2016
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rob148
Houston, TX40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Terrible area full of drunks and druggies, seriously the council have got something badly wrong, spend money in stupid places and not improve the places that really could make a difference. Would make a really nice covered bar and cafe area (not the rubbish they have there at the moment ) . If you're visiting then avoid,avoid,avoid. If you don't I already feel embarrassed about how bad the council are.
Written 20 December 2013
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Lewis S
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012
An area to go if you want pestered by wino's and junkies. Once bustling but now virtually deserted thanks mostly to the undesirables that hang around this area.
Written 11 November 2012
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rich t
Aberdeen, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
sorry the picture on the left dont recognise it...did i get the wrong Castlegate ?

if its the one in town its a cold stark,grey,horrible,dangerous place.The new Gordon Highlanders statue is a disgrace it looks completely out of place.There was a big deal made of some revelers standing on it by the lord provost and the evening depress.In London and Edinburgh statues related to the war have been there for decades and revellers go on them all the time with no fuss.
Written 29 February 2012
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
This is an old square with many interesting buildings and many fascinating statues. It’s normally quite busy and this place is very underrated.
Written 11 September 2021
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