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THINGS TO DO IN ABERDEEN

Situated on the coast, Aberdeen offers visitors a maritime adventure filled with parks, museums, castles, and of course, the seafront. Walk Aberdeenshire Coastal Path, stroll Aberdeen Harbour and take a cruise, visit the spiritual and beautiful St Machar’s Cathedral, or discover the historical Footdee, Aberdeen’s culture, heritage, awe-inspiring landscapes are a Scottish treasure for you to explore.  

ENTERTAINMENT & ATTRACTIONS

CRATHES CASTLE, GARDEN & ESTATE

An impressive ‘ivy-clad tower house’, Crathes Castle is filled with character, history, beautiful painted ceilings, winding staircases, period furniture, family portraits, and more. Explore the extensive grounds, home to walking trails, a Walled Garden, an Arts and Crafts Garden, a Rose Garden, a fountain, and a croquet lawn. There’s also the opportunity to embark on a Go ape adventure at Crathes.

Opening Times: 10.30am-5pm, daily, April- October, 11am-3.45pm, Saturday & Sunday, November -March

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: A 25 minute drive.

 

CODONA’S ABERDEEN

Situated on Aberdeen’s waterfront, Codona’s amusement park offers a myriad of exciting attractions and rides for all ages. Brave the Vertigo Aerial Assault Course, enjoy beautiful views of Aberdeen on the Grampian Eye Big Wheel, ride the Apple Family Coaster, or get wet on The White Water Log Flume. The park is also home to two adventure golf courses, ‘Cosmic bowling’, Smugglers Cove indoor play, and more, as well as a range of places to eat.

Opening Times: Opening times vary depending on the time of year.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: 15 minutes by car.

 

PROVOST SKENE’S HOUSE

Dating back to the 16th century, Provost Skene’s House offers a glimpse into the lives of 17th, 18th, and 19th century residents as you explore the richly decorated period rooms. You can also see interesting religious paintings in the Painted Gallery and themed displays in the Costume Gallery.

Opening Times: Check the site for opening times as there are temporary redevelopment closures.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: A ten minute drive.

 

DUNNOTTAR CASTLE

Situated on a dramatic rocky cliff top, Dunnottar Castle offers a fortress ruin filled with intrigue and oozing history and heritage. Iconic figures such as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II visited the castle, while the stronghold resisted Cromwell’s attacks and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels. Wander the ruins and absorb the breath-taking views of the coastline and beyond.

Opening Times: 10am-3.30pm in winter and 9am-6pm in summer.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: 15 minutes by car.

 

GOLF

With over 50 courses within a 90 minute drive, The Aberdeen Altens Hotel is a great base for any golf enthusiast!

The city has three municipal courses - Hazlehead, Balnagask, and The Links – and what municipal courses. They are not ones to boast but Hazlehead No 1 was designed by Dr Alistair Mackenzie who created the Augusta National course home of the US Masters.

If you want to stay local to the hotel, then you have a great choice of courses within 15 minutes of the centre of the city. Craibstone, Balgownie, Murcar, Royal Aberdeen, Deeside, Peterculter.

Included in the top of any ‘must play courses’ would be Royal Aberdeen, the sixth oldest club in the world and host to the 2014 Scottish Open. Next door to Royal Aberdeen sits its neighbour, Murcar Links, another wonderful links championship course that regularly appears in magazine polls as one of the UK’s top golf courses.

To the north lies the much heralded Trump International Golf Links, a giant of a course in the true Scottish links tradition. It has received worldwide acclaim, and rightly so, and was designed to host major competitions.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Additional places that have family activities are: The Glen, Doonies Farm, Transition Extreme and Aberdeen Snowsports Centre.

 

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

JOHNSTON GARDENS

A beautiful one-hectare park, Johnston Gardens is the perfect place to explore streams, waterfalls, ponds, ‘rockeries’, and a ‘rustic bridge’. A picturesque oasis of plants, trees, and wildlife, the gardens are perfect for a peaceful stroll with loved ones.

Opening Times: 8am- an hour before dusk.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: A ten minute drive.

 

ABERDEEN BEACHES

Situated Scotland’s north eastern coastline, Aberdeen is bursting with beautiful beaches to enjoy. Whether enjoying a walk along a promenade, sunbathing, picnicking, sand castle building, surfing, water sports, or simply taking in the fresh sea air, a trip to one of Aberdeen’s beaches is a must, even in the crisp winter weather!

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: Roughly between 15 minutes to an hour by car.

 

DUTHIE PARK

Covering 44 acres, Duthie Park is home to a bandstand, fountains, ponds, statues, colourful flowers, two play areas, and the Winter Gardens, which offers a ‘botanical treasure trove’ of exotic plants, cacti, and more. There are a range of activities available, including crazy golf, boating ponds, four-person cycles, and cricket on the lawns.

Opening Times: 8am- an hour before dusk.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: A five minute drive.

 

HAZLEHEAD PARK

Hazlehead Park offers 180 hectares of woods, rose gardens, azalea & rAhododendron borders, sculptures, a maze, and more. The park is also popular for sports with two golf courses, a ‘pitch and putt’, and football fields, as well as providing a children’s play area and ‘pet’s corner’.

Opening Times: 8am- an hour before dusk.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: 15 minutes by car.

 

DOLPHIN WATCH

With visitors to the Torry Battery having a nine in ten chance of seeing dolphins feeding in the port’s navigation channel, Aberdeen Harbour has become one of the best places in Europe to go dolphin watching. Visit DolphinWatch Aberdeen.

 

FOWLSHEUGH

What better way to see the beauty of birds close up than by visiting a seabird cliff colony? The spectacular cliffs at Fowlsheugh are packed with 130,000 breeding seabirds in the spring and summer, including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. You could see puffins and fulmars too. Finally, look out for grey seals, dolphins and minke whales.

 

Museums & Culture

ABERDEEN MARITIME MUSEUM

Discover Aberdeen’s unique maritime heritage as you explore a range of collections, taking you through a journey of shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing, port history, and the North Sea oil and gas industry. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is filled with hands-on and interactive exhibits, a changing programme of special exhibitions and events, a café, and a gift shop selling nautical items, from souvenirs to crafts.

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-3pm.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: A ten minute drive.

 

SATROSPHERE SCIENCE CENTRE

Filed with hands-on exhibits, activities, shows, debates, and more, Satrosphere Science Centre is a great place for kids to learn about the science behind how things work. Visit the planetarium, interact and learn from knowledgeable and friendly staff, try an experiment, or enjoy one of the talks, this centre offers the opportunity to ‘learn while you play’!

Opening Times: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: Ten minutes by car.

 

THE TOLBOOTH MUSEUM

Housed in one of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings, The Tolbooth Museum is a 17th gaol that offers a glimpse into the evolution of crime and punishment as well as the local history. Climb the steep narrow staircases, explore the cells with original doors and barred windows, see the recreated scenes, and immerse in the eerie atmosphere of this gruesome and interesting prison.

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-3pm.

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: A ten-minute drive.

 

THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS MUSEUM

The Gordon Highlanders Museum offers an insight into the life and history of the regiment, dating back to the Napoleonic Wars through to both World Wars and the Cold War. In addition to learning the history, you can browse the Armoury, the Silver Room, and the Lakin Room, as well as strolling the museum gardens.

Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4.30pm

Travel Time from The Aberdeen Altens Hotel: Ten minutes by car. 

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