The Granite City, the Silver City, the Windy City – whatever you choose to call it, you won’t be left wondering what to do in Aberdeen, thanks to our helpful guide. With over 300 castles, several cathedrals and the quaint fishing village of Footdee, which has been almost untouched for over a century, Aberdeen has a rich history, which is best illustrated in its many museums, art galleries and historical buildings. But that’s not the only way the largest city in the North East excels. The city’s culinary and entertainment scenes are incredible as well, with a wide array of restaurants, cafés, pubs, clubs, theatres and annual festivals. And if you’re staying in one of our Aberdeen hotels a little further afield from the city centre, you’ll be perfectly placed to discover the windswept majesty of Balmedie beach or the Cairngorms mountain range – which was called one of the last great places on earth by National Geographic.
Things to do in Aberdeen
Aberdeen dates back to the Dark Ages and the area has more than 300 castles and historical buildings to explore. From the striking Granite Mile to the the quaint fishing village of Footdee, which has been almost untouched for over a century, the city is alive with incredible buildings and structures, each with its own unique story.Aberdeen dates back to the Dark Ages and the area has more than 300 castles and historical buildings to explore. From the striking Granite Mile to the the quaint fishing village of Footdee, which has been almost untouched for over a century, the city is alive with incredible buildings and structures, each with its own unique story.
From an ice arena to an outdoor snow sports centre, escape rooms to state-of-the-art cinemas, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Aberdeen no matter the weather. On top of that, there are pulse-racing cycling trials, informative walking tours and stunning beaches to make your stay in the city truly unforgettable.
Dance your heart out in a lively music venue, discover laugh-out-loud comedy acts, catch a show in one of the city’s many theatres or be thrilled by sporting action – whatever it is you fancy watching during your stay, Aberdeen’s entertainment scene won’t disappoint.
Places to eat
Covering quirky cafés and busy food markets to the best restaurants in Aberdeen, our guide to the city’s cuisine will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you want fine dining or just a quick place to refuel with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake after a busy day spent sightseeing, we’ve got it covered.
As well as offering an abundance of daytime activities, Aberdeen really comes into its element once the sun goes down. Make the most of the city’s vibrant nightlife scene by discovering its finest watering holes and most cutting-edge clubs, all with the help of our in-depth guide.
The city boasts a number of modern shopping centres, from the centrally located Union Square to the charming boutique stores of The Academy. Alongside a choice of bustling markets, these make Aberdeen an absolute retail heaven for anyone wanting to indulge in a spot of shopping during their stay.
Dive into Aberdeen’s seafaring history at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. This historic building is where you’ll find an exciting array of installations, including scale models of an oil rig and deep-sea diving equipment to hands-on exhibits and touchscreen displays.