Aberdeen Attractions

Looking down a reconstructed oil rig in Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Looking down a reconstructed oil rig in Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Enjoy a fantastic range of attractions in Aberdeen, from long sandy beaches to free entry maritime museums with reconstructed oil rigs and world class art galleries. Families will love Aberdeen’s choice of free museums, day trip tours and amazing rides, adventure golf and indoor bowling down on the beach at Codona’s Amusement Park.

Top free entry museum, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is packed with interactive displays unearthing the city’s maritime history in oil, gas, fishing and shipbuilding in a fun way perfect for children. Just a 10 minute walk from city centre Castlegate sees you at the fun interactive Satrosphere Science Centre, another top attraction for children in Aberdeen with more fantastic interactive exhibits and chemistry shows not to be tried at home!

Marischal College

Marischal College

Take a tour of the magnificent 19th Century Aberdeen Art Gallery, home to one of Scotland’s best art collections with outstanding collections of French Impressionist artwork, 18th Century portraiture and 20th Century art. Open for tours during the summer season, The Tolbooth Museum features spooky old gaol cell tours and displays on grizzly crimes and punishment of centuries past.

Don’t miss a tour of the 16th Century Provost Skene’s House right in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, one of Scotland’s rare treasures in the burgh architectural style. Aberdeen is a city brimming with heritage gems and spectacular granite architecture. Look out granite treasures including the fairytale Town House with turrets on Union Street, the Citadel on The Castlegate and the world’s second largest granite building, the mighty gothic Marischal College on Broad Street.

You’re in Scottish castle country in Aberdeen, starting point for the great Grampian castle trail featuring 16 of the world’s most unique castles including the headland perched Dunnottar Castle just to the south of the city. When you’ve been wowed by the Castle Trail, head off on the Coastal Trail and explore miles of stunning signposted unspoilt coastline. Alternatively, sit back and relax on one of a choice of coach tours into Aberdeenshire departing regularly from Aberdeen city centre taking in castles, distilleries, Royal Deeside and the magical coastline. 

Hit the surf on Aberdeen beach, improve your swing at one of a choice of Top 100 best golf courses in Aberdeen or head west into Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms for best fishing along the River Dee and a choice of challenging hill walking and mountain bike trails. From snow sports to water sports and land-based off road driving, outdoor activities around Aberdeen are extensive. Stay in the heart of the North East – book a place to stay in Aberdeen online now.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.