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Aberdeen is a historical city on the northeast coast of Scotland. From it's rich history and ornate granite architecture to it's spectacularly rugged coastline; Aberdeen has a lot to offer. However, Aberdeen does not attract the hordes of tourists that Edinburgh does and thus visitors often get a better sense of the real Scotland on a trip here. Aberdeen is extremely accessible and also serves as an excellent launch pad from which to explore the beautiful Scottish Highlands. This guide outlines a one-day itinerary which will enable visitors to experience the best of what Aberdeen has to offer.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

13 Places

10 City Tips

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13 Places

Foodstory

Restaurants

Marischal College

Architectural Buildings, Educational sites

Old Aberdeen

Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Universities & Schools

King's College Chapel

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites

Brig 'o' Balgownie

Bridges, Caverns & Caves, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Footdee (Fittie)

Neighbourhoods

Bistro Verde

Restaurants

Balmedie Beach

Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Duthie Park Winter Gardens

Gardens, Parks

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Speciality Museums

Moon Fish Cafe

Restaurants

Six Degrees North

Restaurants

The Grill

Restaurants

Mercyfcb's City Tips

  • People in Aberdeen generally tip 10%.
  • Aberdeen is often called the "Granite City," however it surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains and forests.
  • Aberdeen is extremely accessible by both bus and train.
  • Aberdeen can get extremely cold so be sure to pack appropriately.
  • Sample Scottish staples such as Haggis and Whisky in one of the many pubs in Aberdeen, or visit a local distillery.
  • Aberdeen is very windy so when it rains a waterproof coat may be more useful than an umbrella.
  • It is possible to do day trips from Aberdeen to Loch Ness and other areas in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Taxis are fairly expensive, so I would recommend walking (the centre is compact and easily accessible on foot) or catching the bus. First Bus is the main bus operator in the city centre. Check their website for more information, including timetables and routes.
  • If you are planning on doing a few day trips further afield I suggest hiring a car.
  • The Tourist Information Centre can be found on Union Street.
  • Foodstory
    Restaurants (Cafe, British, Soups, Healthy)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Visit the Foodstory Cafe for a delicious breakfast before a busy day of sightseeing. The cafe sells healthy, organic, home made food that is locally sourced. The chic interior is constructed from re-purposed wood and recycled materials, and the food is both affordable and tasty.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Visit the website for opening hours and further information.
    • The cafe serves a fantastic array of gluten free cakes. Try the gluten free chocolate cake!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 583 restaurants in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really amazing place 10/10/2018
    • I am in love with this restaurant 02/10/2018
    • Foodstory
    Address:
    Anderson House 11-15 Thistle Street
    Aberdeen AB10 1XZ
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 7926 373034
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Marischal College
    Architectural Buildings, Educational sites
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Marischal College is an imposing granite building on Broad Street. The building is owned by the University of Aberdeen and is somewhat representative of the magnificent granite buildings that Aberdeen is famous for. Stop by to admire the beautiful architecture, and on sunny days, you may even be lucky enough to see the granite sparkle.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The building is currently being used by the council so it is not possible to visit inside, and is only worth a brief visit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Marischal College - Superb Granite Architecture 30/09/2018
    • Magnificent 08/09/2018
    • Marischal College
    Address:
    Marischal College Broad Street
    Aberdeen AB10 1YS
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 300 020 0292
    Other:
  • Old Aberdeen
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Universities & Schools
    Mercyfcb Says:

    Spend some time wandering along the cobblestone streets of Old Aberdeen, admiring the beautiful architecture of the university buildings. Old Aberdeen was initially a separate burgh and it retains a somewhat different character to the rest of Aberdeen.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to visit the beautiful university buildings in Old Aberdeen.
    • Wear practical shoes as many of the streets are cobbled.
    • Old Aberdeen may be quieter during the holidays as it can be fairly busy with students during term time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Original Aberdeen 03/10/2018
    • Picturesque 16/09/2018
    • Old Aberdeen
    Address:
    High street
    Aberdeen
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 269180
    Other:
  • King's College Chapel
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    King's College and the adjacent chapel are the focal point of the old University of Aberdeen campus. The intricate architecture of the building is stunning, making it an extremely popular tourist destination. King's College Chapel is situated in the atmospheric old town; walk through the cobbled streets to admire the beautiful university buildings.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look out for the Chapel's Crown Tower which has become a somewhat iconic symbol of the University of Aberdeen.
    • Avoid the students by visiting during the holidays.
    • Enjoy the view as you relax in the quad.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning little church next to the university 28/08/2018
    • Amazing building! 27/08/2018
    • King's College Chapel
    Address:
    College Bounds
    High Street
    Aberdeen AB24 3EE
    Scotland
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Other:
  • Brig 'o' Balgownie
    Bridges, Caverns & Caves, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The Brig 'O' Balgownie is a 13th-century bridge which crosses the River Don. The bridge has a rich history and was vital for moving armies swiftly across the coast of Aberdeen. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Don to admire this beautiful Gothic bridge.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and tranquility away from the noise of the city.
    • The bridge is best accessed on foot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    • The Oldest Bridge in the UK 03/09/2018
    • It is a bridge. 08/08/2018
    • Brig 'o' Balgownie
    Address:
    Bridge of Don
    Old Aberdeen
    Aberdeen
    Scotland
  • Footdee (Fittie)
    Neighbourhoods
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Footdee is an old fishing village on the coast; explore this quiet area for a taste of authentic Aberdeen, only a short walk away from the bustling city centre. Admire the sea view and the picturesque fishing cottages here, thanks to this historic area retaining much of its quaint charm.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you choose to come here later in the day, buy a takeaway fish supper and enjoy it by the sea.
    • Head here at sunset to enjoy the sea view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Footdee has lost some of its flavour. 15/10/2018
    • Old fishing village 14/10/2018
    • Footdee (Fittie)
    Address:
    Pocra Quay
    Beach Esplanade
    Aberdeen AB11 5DQ
    Scotland
  • Bistro Verde
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, British, Scottish)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Head to Bistro Verde for a well earned lunch; a cosy restaurant located in the centre of Aberdeen. It has a fantastic reputation for its seafood as well as its traditional Scottish dishes. Enjoy the tasty food and relaxed atmosphere after a long morning exploring Aberdeen.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The restaurant is small and intimate which is part of its charm; however this also means that it fills up quickly, so be sure to book in advance.
    • Try the delicious cullen skink.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 583 restaurants in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brilliant Food and Service 19/10/2018
    • Absolutely amazing! 15/10/2018
    • Bistro Verde
    Address:
    Unit 1-2 The Green
    Aberdeen AB11 6NY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 586180
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Other:
  • Balmedie Beach
    Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Balmedie Beach is an award winning beach, located just 5 miles from Aberdeen. Escape the city and enjoy a blustery walk along this seemingly endless beach. The beach is popular with surfers, so sports enthusiasts may be tempted to try to catch some waves while you're here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The beach goes on for miles making it the ideal place to go running.
    • The sand dunes provide much needed shelter from the wind; set up around the dunes should you wish to have a picnic.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fantastic 04/10/2018
    • Lovely Walk in the Dunes 28/09/2018
    • Balmedie Beach
    Address:
    Balmedie
    Aberdeen
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1358 742396
    Other:
  • Duthie Park Winter Gardens
    Gardens, Parks
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Duthie Park is situated over 40 acres of land with an array of pleasant features to explore, including fountains, ponds, and statues. The Duthie Park Winter Gardens houses a vast number of tropical plants and cacti too - escape the biting cold of the Aberdeen wind and admire the flora within the green houses.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a car park available for visitors to use, however owing to popularity it can fill up extremely quickly.
    • Pack a picnic and spend some time relaxing in this beautiful park.
    • There is a restaurant where visitors can refuel.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A vital asset 19/10/2018
    • It was a garden. That's all I was looking for so I was happy 18/10/2018
    • Duthie Park Winter Gardens
    Address:
    Duthie Park Polmuir Road
    Aberdeen AB11 7TH
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 583155
    Other:
  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Aberdeen is a thriving industrial city; its economic success is largely a result of its relationship with the North Sea. The award-winning Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of this significant alliance, and is a must visit attraction owing to the diversity of the exhibits and the vast time frame it covers. Learn more about Aberdeen and the industries which shaped it here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check the informative website for opening hours and more information on specific exhibitions.
    • There is a good onsite cafe where visitors can enjoy tea and cake.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 122 things to do in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Aberdeen visit 20/10/2018
    • A must visit to find out Aberdeen’s many links with the sea 14/10/2018
    • Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    Address:
    52-56 Shiprow
    Provost Ross House
    Aberdeen AB11 5BY
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 337700
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Moon Fish Cafe
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, British, Scottish)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    Head to Moon Fish Cafe for a decadent evening dinner. The restaurant serves up delicious and innovative dishes that are created using locally sourced, seasonal products. A three course dinner at this unique restaurant is the perfect end to your day in Aberdeen, complete with a glass of wine and an exquisite sea food main.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The lunches are reasonably priced and they offer set menu deals in the evenings.
    • Visit the website for up to date information and to see the latest menu.
    • I would recommend booking in advance as the Moon Fish Cafe is extremely popular.
    • The seafood dishes are delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 583 restaurants in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fine Dining with Great Service 18/10/2018
    • Excellent Meal 15/10/2018
    • Moon Fish Cafe
    Address:
    9 Correction Wynd
    Aberdeen AB10 1HP
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 644166
    Price range:
    US$ 39 - US$ 111
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Other:
  • Six Degrees North
    Restaurants (Belgian, Scottish, Brew Pub, Bar)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    After dinner I would suggest heading to Six Degrees North for a drink or two. Six Degrees North is a fantastic Belgian craft beer pub in the heart of Aberdeen. Craft beer enthusiasts will greatly enjoy an evening spent sampling and learning about a variety of beers here - there are over 350 to choose from!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Six Degrees North has a private tasting room, where they also offer tutored tastings.
    • They serve wine and spirits for those who do not share their passion for beer.
    • This is not the cheapest pub in Aberdeen, however drinking here is an extremely informative experience, so for those interested in beer it is definitely worth it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 583 restaurants in Aberdeen
    • Service is slow, but the beer makes up for it. 24/09/2018
    • A lovely location 14/08/2018
    • Six Degrees North
    Address:
    6 Littlejohn Street
    Aberdeen AB10 1FF
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 379192
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • The Grill
    Restaurants (Pub)
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    Mercyfcb Says:

    The Grill is one of the oldest whisky bars in Aberdeen, and the bar sports an impressive array of whiskys, some of which are extremely rare. For a true taste of traditional Scottish drinking culture, and an authentic immersion in local life, end your night here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ensure that you drink responsibly as whisky is extremely strong.
    • There is minimal seating so be prepared to stand at the bar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 583 restaurants in Aberdeen
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Traditional Bar 10/10/2018
    • Flights of Fancy 03/10/2018
    • The Grill
    Address:
    213 Union Street
    Aberdeen AB11 6BA
    Scotland
    Phone:
    +44 1224 573530
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
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