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Aberdeen Attractions

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Union Street, Aberdeen

Outside your Aberdeen hotel are 17th-century tolbooths and kirks, seaside roller-coaster thrills and sleek bars born of the 1970s oil boom.

Historic Aberdeen

Book an Aberdeen hotel and soak up 16th-century history inside the sweeping neo-Gothic creation Marischal College. Opposite is Provost Skene’s House where Butcher Cumberland stayed on his way to clobber Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden. In the Tolbooth, where the defeated Jacobites were imprisoned, check out the guillotine and rather nasty scold’s bridle.

Art and museums in Aberdeen

Overlooking the busy Aberdeen harbour is the Maritime Museum inside Provost Ross’s House where a giant whale’s ear bone gets equal billing with the newt suit for underwater diving. There are dozens of excellent child-friendly interactive exhibits at Satrosphere Science Centre where you can work out what a pot of paint would weigh on Jupiter.

Quirky things to do in Aberdeen

Kids will be delighted to hear that Aberdeen has a candyfloss-tastic seafront attraction called Codonas Amusement Park where you can scream along the roller-coaster track or inside the ghost train. Storybook Glen off South Deeside Road is a 27-acre kids’ park dotted with more than 100 oversized fairy-tale and nursery rhyme characters.

Events in Aberdeen

Aberdeen stages an annual Highland Games on the third Sunday in June where tug o’war and caber tossing sort the men from the boys.

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Attractions in Aberdeen:

Donald Runnicles, Scottish conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony in Aberdeen

Opening times:
7.30pm Sep 2012 - Apr 2013; Thu and Fri only (annual)

Glamis Castle

Opening times:
Mar-Oct Daily 10am-6pm; Nov-Dec: 10.30am-4.30pm Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)

WDCS Wildlife Centre

Opening times:
Daily 10.30am-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; Weekends only (various dates)

A reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Aviemore
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Opening times:
10am-5pm; hill visits (weather permitting) 11am + May, Jun, Sep & Oct 2.30pm + Jul & Aug 3.30pm Feb 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

Pitlochry Theatre Season, Pitlochry. Courtesy of Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Pitlochry Theatre Season

Opening times:
8pm; mats 2pm (check theatre for repertoire schedule) May - Nov 2013 (annual)

What's on in Aberdeen:

Apples. Photo by Ben Evans, © Whatsonwhen
Aberdeen Country Fair

Dates Open:
25/07/2015 to 25/07/2015
27/06/2015 to 27/06/2015
26/09/2015 to 26/09/2015
29/11/2014 to 29/11/2014
28/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
31/01/2015 to 31/01/2015
13/12/2014 to 13/12/2014
30/05/2015 to 30/05/2015
06/12/2014 to 06/12/2014
28/03/2015 to 28/03/2015
20/12/2014 to 20/12/2014
25/04/2015 to 25/04/2015
29/08/2015 to 29/08/2015
27/12/2014 to 27/12/2014

Director Sir Thomas Allen gets a close shave from Nicholas Folwell's Dr Bartolo prior to Scottish Opera's new production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. Photo Alastair Divine
Scottish Opera in Aberdeen

Dates Open:
13/11/2014 to 15/11/2014

Aberdeen's regular International Street Market, Union Terrace. Courtesy of Aberdeen City Counceil
International Street Market

Dates Open:
07/11/2014 to 09/11/2014
07/08/2015 to 09/08/2015
05/06/2015 to 07/06/2015
27/03/2015 to 29/03/2015

Ilan Volkov, Israeli conductor
Sound Festival

Dates Open:
16/10/2015 to 08/11/2015
17/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

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