Visiting Aberdeen

Description of Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan port city in the Northeast of Scotland and the third largest city of the country after Glasgow and Edinburgh. As one of the sunniest places in Scotland, it offers great opportunities to visit the area’s excellent beaches and golf courses. Aberdeen has it all: from hotels and restaurants to cultural attractions, great architecture and historical monuments to parks and walkways.

Inside info

One of the best attractions in Aberdeen is The Maritime Museum, rated five-star by the Scottish Tourist Board. Through displays, short visual commentaries, historical artifacts and scale models, this museum provides you with a great insight into the mechanics and technology of ships and oil rigs. The exhibits which show Aberdeen’s rich maritime history are very interesting and attract people of all ages. Even the building is worth seeing. Don’t miss it even if your time in Aberdeen is limited!Another must do while visiting the city is the Satrosphere Science Centre, Scotland’s first science and discovery centre that has over 50 interactive exhibits and live science shows that are of interest to adults as well as children. With its educational posters, gifts, books, models, sciences kits and other unusual items, this museum is a good way to discover more about the world and how things work. This is a fun learning experience not to be missed!Why not check out the annual Aberdeen Youth Festival that attracts more and more visitors each year. This is the world’s leading festival of youth arts full of creativity and innovation, bringing together and presenting the best young performers. A multi-arts event, there are also amazing young dance companies, classical dance academies, youth orchestras, bands and music ensembles from worldwide. For more information: http://aberdeenfestival.com/ Another building worth seeing is His Majesty’s Theatre situated above the Union Terrace Gardens on Rosemount Viaduct. A beautiful Victorian building, this theatre offers great shows and performances. Moreover, it has a café and a restaurant if you wish to enjoy delicious pre-theatre dinners. This is a beautiful, iconic building with a Roman Classical style auditorium and a theatre’s stage flanked by pink marble. This is a must!

Did you know ?

There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world. Eight of them are in the USA. Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, was from Aberdeen, Washington.

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Located in the Northeast of Scotland between two river mouths, Aberdeen is the third most populous city in the country with a population of over 220,000. This Scottish city is a leading business centre and contributes greatly to the British economy. With two universities, Aberdeen is also the educational centre of the North East. After discovery of oil in the North Sea, this coastal city is often referred to as the Oil Capital of Europe or the Energy Capital of Europe. The climate of this leading city is an oceanic one. Despite its northern location, the weather is quite mild. Average temperatures in summer are around 17°C and typically around 0°C in the winter. Aberdeen has very little daylight in the winter – around 6 hours and 40 minutes at its shortest. In the summer, days can be as long as 18 hours.