Sights to See
This site lists just a few of the many attractions in and around Aberdeen.
Aberdeen International Youth Festival – 30th July to 9th August 2003 – Talented young people from all areas of the performing arts come from around the world to participate in this festival. The events include dance, music, and drama. Previous festivals have featured major symphony orchestras, youth ballet, folk dancing, and fringe theatre. You can visit the official website at www.aiyf.org.
For more information contact the Tourist Information Centre at 32 Union Street, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, or 01224 632727 or the festival offices on 01224 494400.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum – Shiprow (opposite Aberdeen Harbour) An award winning and fascinating insight into the history of Aberdeen’s maritime past. See the scale reproduction of a North Sea Oil rig, stretching from the entrance area right up to the top floor and marvel at the stunning views across the harbour. There are also many multimedia displays and features. For further information see the official website. Entry is free.
Belmont Street – Fast becoming the most popular place to spend an evening out, Belmont Street is home to a number of pubs and clubs, including Slains Castle , The Priory , Kef , Triple Kirks and Revolution . In addition, it also houses The Academyshopping centre and The Belmont Cinema. Well worth a look.
Gordon Highlanders Museum – Viewfield Road 01224 311200 Visit the regimental museum of the Gordon Highlanders and find out the story of one of the UK’s most famous regiments. In addition to the museum, there are 2 acres of gardens, and a shop. The museum is off Queens Road near Anderson Drive and is well signposted. Whilst in the area, why not visit Johnstone Gardens, recently voted the UK’s best park? Johnstone Gardens is situated 200 yards further down Viewfield Road.
Hazlehead Park – Groats Road, Hazlehead 01224 523400 Admire the splendour of Hazlehead Park, with its Rose and Azalea gardens, and miles of walks. Alternatively, have a relaxing pot of tea in the restaurant, overlooking the central pond, while the kids explore the maze, crazy golf and have fun in the Animal Corner. You may also want to visit Duthie Park which houses the famous Winter Gardens, ‘Spike’ the talking cactus, Rose Mountain and much more besides. Admission and car parking is free for both parks.
Provost Skene’s House – off Broad Street 01224 641086 Now a museum, Provost Skene’s House dates from 1545 and houses displays by the city council, ranging from archaeology to costumes, all in rooms decorated in keeping with the period. The museum is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday, and until 4pm on Sundays. Admission to the house is free.
Satrosphere – Tramsheds, 179 Constitution Street 01224 213232 A hands-on museum for children and adults alike. Unlike normal museums, there are no ‘Don’t touch’ signs here: Satrosphere is a truly interactive science museum with exhibits for the whole family. See www.satrosphere.net for full details.
St Machar’s Cathedral – The Chanonry 01224 485988 Historic cathedral in the heart of Old Aberdeen. Worth visiting to see the impressive heraldry on the ceiling, dating from the 16th century. Admission is free, with the cathedral open 9am to 5pm each day, with a service at 11am on Sunday.