Old Aberdeen Travel Guide

  • The Crown Tower. King's
    The Crown Tower. King's
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    Botanic Gardens
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  • St Machar Bar
    St Machar Bar
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Old Aberdeen Things to Do

  • See New Kings - but it is not new

    New King's was constructed in the relative recent past in the year 1913. This magnificent building looks much older with its High Towers and ivy clad walls. The reason for this was so it would be inkeeping with the rest of the 15th. and 17th. century buildings which stand around New King's. It is not a Church or a Chapel but part of the University...

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  • Seaton Park and gardens

    Just beside St Machar's Cathedral is a large park with trees and plants. It is a place for relaxing, and attracts students and visitors when the weather is fine. It had been raining shortly before I arrived, so I was unable to go far or I'd have been drenched.

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  • Bishop Elphinstone's memorial

    As mentioned in the previous tip, King's College was founded by Bishop Elphinstone.On the lawn as you enter the college grounds, and in front of King's College Chapel is a bronze monument to him.William Elphinstone (1431 - 25 October 1514),was a Scottish statesman, Bishop of Aberdeen and founder of the University of Aberdeen.He was born in Glasgow,...

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  • streets and cottages

    Streets are sometimes narrow [Thom's Close], others are cobbled [High St], and some are treelined [The Chanonry] . The majority of the buildings are built of stone [Old Town House] but there are some cottages that are particularly interesting among the larger grey stone buildings. Examples are at Blacksmith and Cooper Place.

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  • King's College, Old Aberdeen

    King's College in Old Aberdeen is a formerly independent university founded in 1495 and a part of the University of Aberdeen . Its historic buildings are the centrepiece of the University of Aberdeen's Old Aberdeen campus, often known as King's College campus.It was the first university in Aberdeen, the third in Scotland and the fifth in the United...

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  • St Machar's Cathedral

    The first church on the site was built about 580 AD, and the cathedral dates to about 1166. The ceiling , however, was installed in 1520 by Bishop Dunbar.What to look for:The Sanctuary Cross- part of the cross is 800 years old.The East Window replaces the door to the central tower which collapsed in the 1600s. The stained glass shows scenes from...

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  • Go Inside St. Machar's Cathedral

    Since the Scottish Reformation in 1560 much of the details inside the Cathedral have been lost mostly due to destruction. The local artist Douglas Strachan created the stained glass window entitled "The Three Building Bishops" I liked the windows very near the roof of St. Machar's, they create a wonderful cascading light effect in the Church. The...

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  • See the Cathedral of St. Machar

    The Church is actually called Cathedral Church of St. Machar and is a Church of Scotland Parish Church for Old Aberdeen having lost its Cathedral status after the Scottish Reformation in 1560. The Church of Scotland has no Cathedrals and no Bishops. With this in mind, let me tell you a little of St. Machar Cathedral's history. The Ancient site of...

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  • The Townhouse & No.81 High Street

    The Townhouse and No. 81 High Street have connections The foundation stone for No. 81 was laid in 1771 for the family home of McLean of Coll, Hugh McLean was the Magistrate in Old Aberdeen in the late 18th. Century. Consequently he was responsible for building the other Townhouse (or town hall) constructed in 1788. The Townhouse (Hall) has above...

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  • Cruikshank Botanical Garden

    The gardens stand in what was once Cluny's garden established in the early part of the 17th. Century. They were transferred to the University on 26th. April 1898 by a deed of trust from Miss. Anne Cruikshank for the teaching and study of Botany as a pure science. I don't know much about science but I do love gardens. In light of the garden's time...

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  • See The Gates with a Turkish Twist.

    The Powis Gates were erected in 1833-4 and were built in front of Powis House by the Leslie family. The house no longer exsists, all that is behind these lovely Castle looking gates is modern University buildings and we have all seen our fair share of those. Although the gates are topped by Turkish style minarets, the crescents are in fact the...

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  • Seaton Park A Green Place with lots of...

    Seaton Park is a large park in Old Aberdeen. We literally stepped out of the Cathedral gates and walked into Seaton's welcoming open spaces. The flower beds and trees were a riot of late summer colours and the little water fountain just charming on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Some parts of the park are quite hilly, but worth the effort to climb to...

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  • University Buildings of King's College

    Aberdeen's King's College and Marishal College, in the city centre of Aberdeen, were amalgamated in 1861 and became The University of Aberdeen. Most of the learning and teaching is here in the many fine buildings at the Campus in Old Aberdeen. The Elphinstone Hall is a stunning building with its many arches, the halls are used for civic receptions...

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  • The Cobbled Streets & Quaint Cottages

    The little row of cottages, in Wrights & Coopers' Place is named after one of the six incorporated trades in Old Aberdeen, woodworkers and barrel makers. This would directly connect the barrel makers to The Old Brewery (described in a seperate tip) which sits directly behind the cottages. Wrights & Coopers owned land here which was feued (or leased...

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  • King's College Chapel

    King's College Chapel was founded on the 10th. February 1495 by King James lV of Scotland. Bishop William Elphinstone got construction started when he received a Papal Bull from Pope Alexander lV. The Chaple is built from sandstone and the Master Mason, Alexander Gray, was involved in the Chapel's design. King's took five years to build and was...

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Old Aberdeen Restaurants

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    by scottishvisitor Written Sep 15, 2006

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    If you are hungry or thirsty in Old Aberdeen then visit the St. Machar Bar - it is your only choice here - pity the poor students with no place to hang out - but the city isn't far away for them - so you can be assured of a seat here. The bar, like most of Old Aberdeen, is small but you will receive a warm welcome from the bar man. BTW there are NO public toilets in Old Aberdeen so if you need to go - go here!!

    Favorite Dish: The homemade soup with fresh bread rolls is very good here - try the Scotch Broth - wholesome and healthy.

    St. Machar Bar A Map to Guide you around
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Old Aberdeen Transportation

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 18, 2006

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    Old Aberdeen does not welcome a lot of traffic, the traffic lights seem to be permanently set on red here. When we visited there was a wedding taking place, hence the name on the bus, and the Traffic Wardens directed us to a side street. There are buses from the City Centre numbered 6 or 20 with the destination "Old Aberdeen High Street"

    Aberdeen Executive Bus
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Old Aberdeen Local Customs

  • The Old Brewery turned to Teaching

    The Old Brewery would have had a direct connection with Old Aberdeen trades and the row of cottages named Wright's & Coopers' Place with coopers being barrel makers to hold the beer brewed here. The Old Brewery is a very charming building when viewed from the pretty courtyard surrounded by student accommodation. It was lovely taking a break here...

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  • Small is Beautiful

    The Mitchell Hospital was never really a proper hospital, it was the politically correct term for a building which went some way to help the poor and unfortunates. Built in 1801 and founded by an Eglishman, David Mitchell from the County of Essex, the 'hospital' was home to five widows and five unmarried daughters of the Burgesses of Old Aberdeen....

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  • The Bishop Who Had to be Moved

    Bishop Elphinstone was the key figure in the creation of King's College. He was born in Glasgow, an illigitimate Son of a Canon in 1431. He was schooled in Glasgow and also ordained there as a priest in 1455, later he became Bishop of Aberdeen on 19th. March 1483. His monument can be seen in front of King's College Chapel. This bronze and marble...

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Old Aberdeen Off The Beaten Path

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    Lord Byron wrote of Brig O' Balgownie in his poem Don Juan "The Dee the Don, Balgownie's brig's black wall" Legend has it that the bridge was built in the 14th. century under the direction of Bishop Henry Cheyne and was completed by Robert the Bruce, whether this is true or not it was still the first bridge to span the River Don and sits over a deep pool called the Black Neuk. Documents show that todays bridge was the result of re - building work in three stages in the 17th. century. The bridge is scheduled to become an Ancient Monument, this is the reason for the building work taking place today. I will return in the future to see the finished results of Balgownie's re-building.

    The Bridge Under Construction Again Brig O' Balgownie Great Views of the River Don Summer on the River Don Trees in Summer
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