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    Aberdeen Maritime Museum - Free & 5 Star

    by scotlandscotour Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is a great wee place, helping you understand the fishing and then the oil industry, so important to the lives and deaths of so many Scots locally.

    Its a really wonderful place, and deserves its accolade of 5 stars, so do try to give it atleast an hour. It'll help you 'feel' and understand the area - and appreciate it.

    Try to see these wee museums along the East Coast, in places like Anstruther and Fraserburgh (Fishing & Lighthouses, respectively) - they don't take much time, are easily overlooked, but really help you 'see' and 'feel' an area. So, if in doubt, stop, and check 'em out!

    Directions: Just off Union Street, walking downhill, towards the sea.

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    Aberdeen Maritime Museum

    by ringleader Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum is a five-star award-winning museum which tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea. This museum has a unique collection covering subjects of shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history, and is the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil industry.

    The best part of it is that the admission is FREE!

    Address: Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY

    Directions: Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-3pm. The museum has great views of the harbor!

    Phone: +44 (0) 1224 337700

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    Art Museum

    by foxie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I was really very impressed with Aberdeen's Art Museum. A very nice mix of modern and classical art with some really great portraits in the upper galleries. The best thing about it is that the vast majority of the art (as far as I could tell) was all local artists. So it also gives you a very interesting artistic glimpse into the forces that have shaped the culture of the area.

    Best of all, easy on the pocket book. A donation is suggested, but not required.

    Address: Schoolhill,

    Phone: +44 (0) 1224 523700

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    Provost Ross House

    by uglyscot Updated Jul 30, 2010

    This building, now owned by the National trust is the second oldest house in Aberdeen. It is named after Provost John Ross who was Lord Provost of Aberdeen 1710- 1712.
    The house was built in 1593. It still has many of the original features eg fireplace.
    In the 1960s it was used by the British Council, and I remember attending dances, lectures and a children's Christmas party there.
    I also took my 5th year class to visit it as part of a History of Aberdeen element.

    Address: Shiprow

    entrance upper storey Part of Provost Ross;s House
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    Spend time on the beach

    by uglyscot Updated Jul 4, 2010

    Aberdeen has a beautiful long sandy beach. It is particularly busy in the summer. Apart from the water, there are other amusements to be found. The fun fair has long been an attraction. My husband used to come home with lots of prizes he'd won at Bingo- garden shears were the most useful.
    The promenade is long and there are sets of steps leading down to the beach. In the evening it was enjoyable to sit there in the darkness and watch the stars while listening to the sea.
    The Beach Ballroom was another attraction when we were students.

    However, when the weather is dull and cold, the beach can be a miserable place with the wind blowing off the sea.

    Address: Aberdeen

    Aberdeen beach in winter
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  • Aberdeen Antique Centre

    by Antiques Written Jun 24, 2010

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    Situated in a listed railway arch, it looks tiny from the outside but once you're in you can't help but be amazed at how big it is! And it's packed to the rafters with all sorts of goodies.
    They sell Scottish antiques and vintage collectables, furniture, books, art, heaps of jewellery, silver, clocks, pottery, porcelain and glass, sporting memorabilia, retro classic, really cool vintage telephones, and so much more - so much in fact that you could spend hours browsing the book section alone!
    Plus, the staff are also the people who trade there (there's over 20 different traders) so they know their stuff and they're even willing to haggle.
    As an added bonus, they can ship all over the world so if you find something at bit bigger that you really love, you'll be able to get it delivered home. They even have a website you can order off.
    The reason this place is so special is beacuse there's nothing like it elsewhere in Aberdeen and a visit is well recommended.

    Address: 24 South College Street AB11 6JX

    Directions: Underneath the railway arches

    Phone: 01224 575075

    Website: http://www.antiques-atlas.com/aberdeen/

    Outside the centre
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    Aberdeen Harbour

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 11, 2009

    The harbour is in a sheltered estuary of the River Dee, and is a natural harbour. It has probably been in use since 5000 BC.
    In 1136 AD King David I granted the bishops of Aberdeen the right to levy tithes on all ships using the port. It had strong links with the Baltic and Scandinavian trade. Nowadays it is linked to the oil industry,

    Directions: at end of Union Street, linked by Market Street.

    view to Customs House Aberdeen Harbour
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    Union Street

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 11, 2009

    The long main street in Aberdeen from the docks to Holborn is the heart of Aberdeen. All the main shops can/could be found there as well as some more local ones.
    Towards the centre is a bridge crossing the railway line, and nearby the entrance to St Nicholas Church graveyard.
    Many the time I have walked up and down this street, having lived at the Holburn end for 3 years.

    Union Street entrance to St Nicholas grave yard on Union Street
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    Marischal College building

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 10, 2009

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    Marischal College was formerly an independent university, founded in 1593 by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal of Scotland. The University of Aberdeen was created after the merger with King’s College in 1860.
    The college was built on the site of a medieval Franciscan Friary, disbanded since the Reformation. That building was replaced in the mid-18th century and was in turn replaced [ demolished along with the remains of the friary] by the present building constructed 1837-1844 by architect Archibald Simpson, and then extended between 1893-1905. Now that Aberdeen City Council has the building on a long-term lease from Aberdeen University as offices , the famous granite facade will remain but otherwise the building will be replaced by a glass front and redesigned courtyard.
    As well as being the tallest building in Aberdeen, it is also the second largest granite building in the world. It was much admired by John Betjeman , and was Adolf Hitler’s favourite building in the United Kingdom.

    In the 1960s when I was a student , it was the Science part of the University, so I only attended lectures in Geology there, and, of course, my graduation ceremony.
    The huge Gothic style building stood out as a landmark. Even now when parts have been demolished , and scaffolding covers part of the windowless facade, it is still a remarkable building. At least see the outside before or in case it disappears.

    Address: Broad Street

    Directions: Upper Kirkgate, Broad Street. Near St Nicholas and Bon Accord Centres

    Marischal College Marischal facade Marischal
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    A Long Granite facade

    by scottishvisitor Updated Dec 30, 2008

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    The long Granite Facade in Union Street includes the buildings of the Town House and the City Sheriff Court. It is part of the 'Granite Mile' which runs from Union Street into Broad Street. There are many more Granite buildings in the city but none more beautiful than this section. The buildings were constructed in 1868 and completed in 1874., the year 1994 saw their 200th. anniversary with renovations of the interior of the Court House. The Town House was designed by Archibald Simpson and William Smith. The other architect involved in the Sheriff Court was James Mattew. Aberdeen's oldest prison used to be housed here in the Tolbooth, it dates back to the Jacobite period and was the place where Jacobite followers were tried and tortured. Forget the shops and the torture of the past and see the Fairy Tale Castle lookalike of this lovely Town House.

    Address: Union Street

    Directions: At the far end of Union Street towards King Street

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    The oldest street in Aberdeen

    by scottishvisitor Updated Dec 30, 2008

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    A few weeks ago in early December I noticed a tip from Uglyscot (Shane) on Ye Olde Frigate pub with no photo. I decided to take some time out from Christmas shopping to take a photo of this old bar so I could send it to her. We walked through a little lane in Union Street to get to Nether Kirkgate and it was here I found a plaque on a wall indicating this was the oldest street in Aberdeen. This cobbled street dates back to 1739., Nether Kirk Gate used to have six city gates which led from Upper Kirkgate down to the harbour. This street is today below the popular Saint Nicholas Centre and is somewhat hidden from passers by. There are no city gates left here but you do get the impression of stepping back into the past from here.

    Address: Nether Kirkgate

    Directions: Below Union Street and Upper Kirkgate

    Ye Olde Frigate A street below Thistle
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    Come watch the birds on the Ythan

    by scottishvisitor Updated Dec 8, 2008

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    The River Ythan runs into the North Sea at Newburgh. There are beautiful views of the estuary. A lots of bird watchers come here to see swans - ducks - herons and sea birds. You can cross the road to the other parking layby to take a woodland walk which will eventually take you to Newburgh's large sand dunes and the sea. When we pass by here on our way to Aberdeen - if the weather is photogenic we do stop here to catch the many sea birds and lovely views.

    Address: Just outside the village of Newburgh north side

    Directions: North from Aberdeen about 10 - 15 minutes drive.

    Website: http://www.aboutaberdeen.com

    View over the Ythan Winter Colours and ice on the Ythan Great Winter Vistas in the North East
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    Hazelhead - The lungs of a city

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jul 20, 2008

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    Aberdeen has many green places to visit one of my favourites is Hazelhead Park. A large open park with plenty to offer whether you come here with children to play or just walk the quiet paths. The children's play area is spacious with safe surfaces under the abundant play equipment. You can enjoy a cuppa and some light snacks in the cafe also some delicious ice cream to have in or take away served in a cone as you while away some time away from the city traffic in a much more greener environment.

    Address: Hazelhead Avenue

    Directions: Just off Queen's Road

    Sparkling Fountains The Cairn & the colours A place for play Hold on to the dove of peace My favourite part
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    The Auld Kirk of St. Nicholas

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    The Church was built between 1682 & 1754 but an earlier Church stood here, established by a Papal Bull in 1157., recently, the Church has unvieled a secret and lottery funding has been put into finding the remains of an even earlier church dating back to 1060. Only a small part of the 1157 church remains and can be found inside at Collison's Aisle.
    It has an interesting and very old Kirk Yard where many famous Aberdonians have been laid to rest.
    The locals use it as a picnicking spot in summers and a short cut from shopping in Union Street to shopping at the Bon Accord Centre.

    Address: Between Union Street & Upper Kirk Gate

    Website: http://www.aboutaberdeen.com

    Church in Winter St. Nicholas Kirk The Old Kirk Yard The Old Kirk Yard The Many Steps to the Kirk Yard
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    Science can be a lot of fun

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    In class we had been studying toys of the past our summer outing took us to Satrosphere where we enjoyed a workshop on 'What makes a toy work' It was funny to see our moden day children could not work out how to play with a humble spinning top or a kaleidoscope even the simple pull back clockwork car had them flummoxed. Children are encouraged here to have some free play with the interactive science based equipment in the roomy playstation The Satrosphere Science Centre is open Monday to Sunday from 10.00 - 17.00 Admission charges are £5.75 for adults and £4.50 for a child Special deals are offered to School Groups with adult superivors entrance is free. They also have a cafe here in the old tram sheds which serves teas coffee cold drinks and light snacks for which you don't have to pay the entrance fee for the exhibitions.

    Address: 179 Constitution Street

    Directions: About 10 minutes walk from the City Centre

    Phone: 01224 640340

    Website: http://www.satrosphere.net

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