With 263 castles, 8 distilleries and 165 miles of coast to explore, there’s more than a thing or two to do on a trip to Aberdeen. This port city, known as the ‘Granite City’ is located in northeast Scotland, and there’s an abundance of local places to explore.
If you’re looking for a new destination to visit in 2020, Aberdeen could be perfect. Here are our top six reasons why you should visit Aberdeen next year.
Indulge in the Royal Whisky and Cheese Tour
The Royal Whisky and Cheese Tour hits Aberdeen in February, and promises a day of exploration and indulgence. Stops along the way include the Old Station in Ballater, exclusive whisky distilleries and a café ran by an artisan baker. This full day tour showcases the best cheese and whisky while providing a scenic journey through the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside.
This tour takes place on 22nd February, you can find out more information here.
Visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Exploring the historic developments behind the city’s maritime industries, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum reflects the story of Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea. There’s plenty to see in the museum throughout 2020, but if you visit in the first four months of the year you can see the free exhibition ‘Cartomania: A Victorian Photographic Phenomenon’. This fascinating exhibition explores the craze of Cartomania and the social impact of photography.
For more information about the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, including details of how to buy tickets, visit the website here.
Walk through Johnston Gardens
A hidden gem, this beautiful garden is full of wildlife, streams and rockeries, intercepted by picturesque bridges and winding pathways. It’s a photographer’s dream year round, but in the summer the flowers come into bloom and mallards and ducks call Johnston Gardens their home. There’s a children’s play area and toilet facilities for visitors.
You can find out more information about Johnston Gardens on Aberdeen City Council’s website.
See a show at His Majesty’s Theatre
Watch a production at Aberdeen’s esteemed theatre in 2020. Designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1906, the theatre has an abundance of shows to offer throughout 2020, including Chicago and Dial M for Murder.
Be inspired by the University of Aberdeen’s Library
The Sir Duncan Rice library is home to the university’s modern collections, including arts, humanities and social sciences. You’ll find a gallery, multimedia room, resource collection and ample computer access throughout the library. With 24 kilometres of shelving to explore, you’re sure to find the perfect book to cosy up with.
Find out more about the library here.