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Getting to Know Aberdeen

By RGrant 31 Aug 2021

Union Street

Named after the Acts of Union 1800 with Ireland, Union Street is approximately one mile long and features some magnificent granite architecture. Halfway down Union Street, Union Bridge is the "World’s largest single span granite bridge" at 130 feet (40 m) across. Union Terrace Gardens – currently being redeveloped – provide a green respite in the busy centre.

Union Street boasts two world class shopping centres, the Bon Accord Centre and the Trinity Centre.

At the north eastern end of Union Street, the medieval Castlegate offers a window to the distant past. The impressive Mercat Cross, dating from 1686, is a hexagonal dome with a unicorn statue on top.



Shopping Centres

 Parks

  1. Hazlehead Park - large park with two golf courses, football fields, a large children's play area, two rose gardens, heather beds, and a pet zoo. There is also a small maze. On no 11 bus route (towards Kingswells).
  2. Duthie Park – beautiful park containing children’s play area, pond, café, and indoor Winter Gardens which contain one of the largest collections of cacti in the UK. On no 17 bus route (towards Faulds Gate).
  3. Aberdeen Beach – 10 minute walk from the town centre, Aberdeen Beach provides walks along the sea front, in addition to a large recreational area featuring cafes, restaurants, an amusement park, sporting facilities and a cinema. Don’t forget to walk towards the lighthouse, and visit Footdee.
  4. Victoria Park – A delightful park in the Rosemount area, which boasts a fountain made of 14 different granites, in addition to a generous selection of flowers, shrubs and trees, and a conservatory.
  5. Rubislaw and Queen’s Terrace Gardens – a long stretch of grass, mature trees and shrubs provide a delightful place to relax and enjoy the stunning architecture of Albyn Place.
  6. Seaton Park – a large and impressive park on the banks of the River Don, featuring a children’s playpark with a former steam train engine, and landmarks including the Bronze Age Wallace Tower.
  7. Westburn Park – A charming park near Rosemount, featuring a stream and bridges. It also offers indoor and outdoor tennis courts, bowling greens, football pitches, skate ramps and a children’s cycling proficiency track and play area.
  8. Bon Accord Terrace Gardens – Pleasant gardens that are only five minutes from Union Street, a lovely space to enjoy some tranquil time.
  9. Johnston Gardens – Beautiful gardens with streams, ponds (and often ducks), a stunning bridge, shrubs and flowers.
  10. Persley Walled Garden – landscaped Victorian walled garden featuring a granite obelisk memorial to those who have lost their lives in the workplace. Enjoy some time in the garden before moving on to the nearby nature trail along the River Don.

 Ten Recommended Places to Visit

  1. Broad Street, Aberdeen – view the magnificent Marischal College, new home to Aberdeen City Council. Visit restaurants and coffee shops in the impressive Marischal Square development, and marvel at the life size leopard sculpture.
  2. Hazlehead Park - large park with 2 golf courses, football fields, a large children's play area, two rose gardens, heather beds, and a pet zoo. There is also a small maze. On no 11 bus route (towards Kingswells).
  3. Art Gallery – offers an impressive art collection (with changing displays), in a recently redeveloped building that combines modern and old architecture. Relax in the café, peruse the library or browse the shop. Includes interactive displays for children. More info: www.aagm.co.uk
  4. The Torry Battery – a disused artillery battery near Torry which has overlooked the harbour since 1860. Stunning view of city in addition to opportunity to bird and dolphin watch.
  5. Maritime Museum – the perfect introduction to Aberdeen, providing a comprehensive overview of both the oil and fishing industries. More info: www.aagm.co.uk
  6. Footdee – a picturesque fishing village at the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour, and easily accessed from Aberdeen Beach. A charming historical oasis, with tastefully decorated outhouses and gardens which must be seen to be appreciated.
  7. Old Deeside Railway Line - Starts at Duthie Park and goes to Garthdee. For a longer walk continue for 16 miles through the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside to Banchory.
  8. Duthie Park – beautiful park containing children’s play area, pond, café, and indoor Winter Gardens which contain one of the largest collections of cacti in the UK. On no 17 bus route (towards Faulds Gate).
  9. Aberdeen Beach – 10 minute walk from the town centre, Aberdeen Beach provides walks along the sea front, in addition to a large recreational area featuring cafes, restaurants, an amusement park, sporting facilities and a cinema. Don’t forget to walk towards the lighthouse, and visit Footdee (see 6. above).
  10. Victoria Park – A delightful park in the Rosemount area, which boasts a fountain made of 14 different granites, in addition to a generous selection of flowers, shrubs and trees, and a conservatory.