Budget friendly things to do in Aberdeen…

General, Jan 17th, 2019



Duthie Park & The David Welch Winter Gardens

The David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park are one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens and Scotland’s third most visited gardens. Boasting a beautiful floral paradise all year round, with many rare and exotic plants on show from all around the world, this is a must do come rain or shine. The Park itself also hosts a cafe, wedding venue, play-park, and gorgeous greenery complete with bandstands.


Johnstone Gardens 

This hidden gem is tucked away in the city and consists of a rustic bridge, charming streams and waterfalls. Loved by photographers and wedding parties for a lovely photo op and peaceful walk just short from the hustle and bustle.


Maritime Museum

Situated on the historic Shiprow, this fantastic museum tells the story of Aberdeen’s history with the sea. In depth displays show an insight into the thriving Oil and Gas industry that the north is worldly known for. This, plus a history on shipbuilding, fishing and Aberdeen’s port, make the award-winning facility a go-to. Just a short walk from the centre, and with a spectacular viewpoint over Aberdeen’s harbour – you won’t be disappointed.


Footdee – “Fittee”

“‘Footdee’ (pronounced ‘Fittee’) is an old fishing village on the east coast of Scotland”. Walking distance from the heart of the city, this little fishing village is a must see when checking out the local sites of Aberdeen. The crisp walk is sure to burn off some calories, leaving you feeling refreshed. Colourful paint and unusual artwork dons each building – a great photo opportunity, (plus the locals are so friendly!).


The Torry Battery & Dolphin Watching

With panoramic views of the North Sea, the Torry Battery is a great spot for bottle-nosed Dolphin watching. The RSBP are on hand with binoculars from 11am-6pm if you don’t have any of your own. Remember to wrap up warm, as these fantastic creatures may keep you waiting – but what a show when they arrive. Harbour cruises are also available if you want to get a little closer.


Aberdeen City Centre Walking Tour & Old Aberdeen Tour

These free tours are a great addition to the Aberdeen local tourist scene. Running every Friday & Saturday at 1pm until 3.30pm, the city centre tour showcases Aberdeen’s colourful past, from pirates to Lords. Further to this, the Old Aberdeen tour runs on most Sundays, showing you the nooks and crannies of Aberdeen you would never have know otherwise.


Slains Castle

Did you know that Slains Castle is one of the most famous ruins in Scotland? Used as the inspiration for the well-known gothic and supernatural tale Dracula, this crumbled ruin hosts breathtaking cliff views and an eerie atmosphere. This is an authentic untouched castle ruin so it does not have any facilities and the castle is accessible off a slight beaten track. Please do not let this put you off, as it is utterly breathtaking on route and even more so once you have arrived. You won’t be disappointed.


Book your stay direct to receive discounted rates, then enjoy exploring the city and it’s surroundings for absolutely free by following this guide.



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