Aberdeen - Cities & towns - Destinations & Maps - VisitBritain.com

Aberdeen travel guide

The silver city

Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city, is a town with sparkle. Its glittering granite skyline, famous the world over, is matched by an impressive line-up of culture, shopping and nightlife from world-class restaurants to first-rate museums.

Memory of Aberdeen

“Aberdeen is so friendly, we felt really welcome. We spent a day exploring the town and than headed out to some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen. There are so many amazing castles, we couldn’t keep track.”

Julia Li, Hong Kong

Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city, is a town with sparkle. Its glittering granite skyline, famous the world over, is matched by an impressive line-up of culture, shopping and nightlife from world-class restaurants to first-rate museums. It’s one of the only cities in Britain with a proper sandy beach and there’s some of Scotland’s most seductive scenery just outside the city in Royal Deeside, the The Cairngorms National Park and along the coast. You’ll leave intoxicated by rich maritime history, eye-catching architecture and some of the world’s finest whiskies.

Culture and heritage

Aberdeen has long and close ties with the ocean - it’s a bustling port where ferries dock and depart, fishing boats bring home the day’s catch and oil workers leave town for the offshore rigs. On land, Aberdeen boasts a lively cultural scene with several great venues hosting gigs, comedy and theatre.


You’ll find all your favourite high street shops on Union Street, Belmont Street and George Street. For something more special try the boutique shops on The Green and in the West End. The Union Square development and Bon Accord Centre are good options if you want all your shops under one roof.


Take your pick from some excellent museums, have a day at the beach or tour one of Aberdeenshire’s famous whisky distilleries. The award-winning Maritime Museum is a must-see as is Aberdeen’s old town with its cobbled streets and graceful granite buildings.

Top daytime must-do's

Top night time must-do's

Experience what it’s like to sleep on an oil rig at the Maritime Museum

Catch a gig at the Lemontree, the mainstay of Aberdeen’s live music and performance scene

Visit Aberdeen Art Gallery with its fine collection of art from the 15th century to the present day

Take in a play or a show at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre

Venture out of the city to discover Grampian’s great castles

Savour a whisky in a traditional Scottish pub – try Ma Cameron’s on Little Belmont Street or the Prince of Wales on St Nicholas Lane

Get out of town and explore the spectacular coastline around the city

Explore the past at the 16th-century Provost Skene’s House with period furniture and costumes


Aberdeenshire is home to over 50 golf courses including the prestigious Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Murcar Links. And if you’re into your fishing you can’t go wrong with the salmon-stuffed River Dee and the River Don known as one of the finest wild brown trout rivers in Europe.

Food and drink

With a busy harbour and huge fish market, Aberdeen is the place to head for great seafood. Seek out the Silver Darling for super sea views and even better fish or the Ashvale which stakes a claim as the best fish and chip shop in Scotland. Visit in June for the Taste of Grampian Food Festival .

Music and nightlife

See a band at the Lemon Tree or hit local pubs for live Scottish music and local entertainment. You’ll also find bars and clubs to suit most tastes clustered around Union and Belmont Streets.

Buy before you fly

There’s so much to see and do in Aberdeen, so don’t waste time in queues, buy your travel passes and attraction tickets online! With the BritRail GB Flexi Pass you can hop on a train wherever and whenever you like, and explore Britain at your own pace. For more great offers, go to VisitBritain Shop .

Aberdeen Facts

Northeast Scotland
Aberdeen Airport
Football club
Aberdeen Football club
Famous locals
Annie Lennox
Local food
Seafood, Deeside salmon, haggis,...
Nearest towns/cities
Dundee, Inverness
  • 路線
    • Ben Nevis view from Corpach © Britainonview / - Britain on View
      Walking up Ben Nevis

      Britain's highest mountain features on many people's hit list and while the walking and summit views make it a worthwhile outing, it is not a...

    • River Wye Source:Anguskirk
      Walking the Wye Valley

      The Wye Valley Walk follows the beautiful river valley from Chepstow in Monmouthshire to Rhayader in Powys, criss-crossing the border between...

    • Eilean Donan Castle at night Source:Allan Gourlay
      Scotland's history & heritage

      Taking you through the West Highlands of Scotland, this captivating itinerary allows you to relax and indulge your senses while experiencing the...

    • View over Oxford spires from Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford © Britainonview / Pawel Libera
      Heart of England by car

      On the lookout for everything English? From cosy tea rooms to superb medieval architecture you will find everything in the Heart of England.

    • Wast Water in the Western lake District Source:Barry
      North England by car

      Come and take in some of the prettiest towns and villages and the most inspiring scenery England has to offer, from wild mountains to wooded...

  • 觀光
    • Canterbury Cathedral Source:Spiterman
      Canterbury Cathedral

      Canterbury has been a key location for the Church of England for nearly five centuries and you'll find many important religious buildings and...

    • Kew Gardens, London Source:Roger Quayle
      Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

      Kew Gardens has made continual contributions to botanical and environmental science since 1759, helping conserve unique collections of plants...

    • Major Oak in Sherwood Forest Source:Chris Guise
      Robin Hood

      A brilliant archer, Robin Hood lived a life of adventure, stealing from the rich to give to poor and hiding out in Sherwood Forest. Take a Robin...

    • Durdle Door, Dorset Source:© lovestruck. (Flickr)
      Dorset and East Devon Coast

      The Dorset and East Devon Coast, also known as The Jurassic Coast was the first ever site to be inscribed as a 'natural' World Heritage Site. It...

    • Blenheim Palace Source:Chris Guise
      Blenheim Palace

      The birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace near Oxford is a perfectly preserved 18th-century residence set in a 2,100-acre park...

  • 節日
    • Llangollen International Eisteddfod Source:© Old Polar_oid
      Llangollen International Eisteddfod

      The Inverness Highland Games on 24 July promises to be one of the most memorable events ever experienced in the Scottish Highlands.

    • Stage at RockNess Festival Source:Pogofish
      RockNess music festival

      Known as 'The Most Beautiful Festival in the World' because of its jaw-dropping location, RockNess on the banks of Loch Ness (do you see what...

    • Serena Williams

      每年,約 500,000 名網球愛好者會到訪溫布頓,欣賞世界最頂尖網球員爭奪溫布頓錦標,氣氛無可比擬。在這裡瞭解其吸引力。

    • Man vs Horse Source:© Dirty Dingus
      Man vs. Horse Marathon

      Who do you think would win in a race between a man and a horse? Seems obvious doesn’t it, but don’t be so sure.

    • Minack theatre on the coast of Porthcurno, Cornwall Source:Eve Saint-Simmons
      The Minack Theatre

      The Minack Theatre showcases a summer season of 18 plays in Britain’s most beautiful and original theatre.