The bustling city of Aberdeen will clear your head of cobwebs and whet your appetite for more breathtakingly beautiful Scottish backdrops. Stay in one of our Aberdeen hotels and you're on the doorstep of the famous, granite buildings, strikingly offset by the long, sandy coastline, the two characteristics which gave the city its nickname: 'the Silver City with Golden Sands.'
The discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s brought a flood of workers from all walks of life, fueling a revolution in construction and consumerism. The number of businesses, houses and hotels in Aberdeen rapidly increased and the city remains to this day the third largest in Scotland. This transformation has not detracted from the settlement's ancient beginnings. The fusion of striking, industrial framework with cobbled streets, ancient architecture and historic landmarks, such as the St Machar's Cathedral, gives the city a feeling of magic.
Shopping in Aberdeen
As you might expect from any affluent and populous British city, the assortment of shops and attractions will satisfy the most particular and demanding of clientele. Keen shoppers should stay in an Aberdeen hotel near Union High Street, an area full of shops and boutiques. The Bon Accord Centre, the Mall, the Academy and the St Nicholas Centre should also be visited by shopaholics, catering to a variety of tastes and needs, all offering a range of products, from top-end high street names to many more modest brands at competitive prices.
Eating and drinking in Aberdeen
Aberdeen's blend of cultures, fantastic regional ingredients and long culinary tradition make it one of the UK's most popular centres for exciting cuisine. Easy access to the North Sea has fuelled a thriving and deliciously fresh seafood scene, with popular restaurants like the Silver Darling, and the Moon Fish Café, offering affordable and world-class fish dishes overlooking the harbour and the seascape beyond. For the non-fish eating folk, the city is dotted with grills and steakhouses paying homage to the world's favorite breed of cow - the Aberdeen Angus. The Stage Door Restaurant, just down the road from His Majesty's Theatre, is often considered to be the place to go for steaks, with its delicious dishes, great atmosphere and reasonable prices.
Activities and culture in Aberdeen
Home to the country's largest national park, the area surrounding Aberdeen, bordered by the lush rivers Don and Dee, is home to a stunning variety of flora and fauna. Rugged coastlines, magical lochs and majestic mountains provide activities, trails and adventures a-plenty for the more daring holidaymaker. Head out from your Aberdeen hotel and explore. The city itself is rich in history and culture and is blessed with a dynamic modern arts scene. The city centre has several museums on offer including the Maritime Museum and Provost Skene's House as well as numerous famous Art Galleries. The schedules of the city's theatres are packed with ballet, musicals, plays and operas all year round; while venues like The Lemon Tree provide a jumble of comedy, jazz and smaller musical performances. Head to the Belmont Picture House for art-house cinema and a Tuesday-night movie quiz. Book a Best Western hotel in Aberdeen and explore this Scottish haven. You are guaranteed a fantastic UK city break.
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