Outside your Aberdeen hotel are 17th-century tolbooths and kirks, seaside roller-coaster thrills and sleek bars born of the 1970s oil boom.
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:
7.30pm Sep 2012 - Apr 2013; Thu and Fri only (annual)
10am-5pm; last admission 4pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Mar-Oct Daily 10am-6pm; Nov-Dec: 10.30am-4.30pm Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)
Daily 10.30am-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; Weekends only (various dates)
10am-5pm; hill visits (weather permitting) 11am + May, Jun, Sep & Oct 2.30pm + Jul & Aug 3.30pm Feb 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)
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