Attractions

Historic Building in Aberdeen

Marischal College

Marischal College, founded in 1593 by the 5th Earl Marischal, merged with King's College (founded 1495) in 1860 to create the modern University of Aberdeen. The college's huge and impressive facade overlooking Broad…
Museum in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Overlooking the nautical bustle of Aberdeen harbour is the Maritime Museum, centred on a three-storey replica of a North Sea oil production platform, which explains all you ever wanted to know about the petroleum in…
Gallery in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Behind the grand facade of Aberdeen Art Gallery (at time of writing closed for refurbishment until winter 2017) is a cool, marble-lined space exhibiting the work of contemporary Scottish and English painters, such a…
Historic Building in Aberdeen

Provost Skene's House

This late-medieval turreted town house was occupied in the 17th century by the provost (the Scottish equivalent of a mayor) Sir George Skene. It was also occupied for six weeks by the Duke of Cumberland on his way t…
Museum in Aberdeen

Gordon Highlanders Museum

This excellent museum records the history of one of the British Army's most famous fighting units, described by Winston Churchill as 'the finest regiment in the world'. Originally raised in the northeast of Scotland…
Cathedral in Aberdeen

St Machar's Cathedral

The 15th-century St Machar's, with its massive twin towers, is a rare example of a fortified cathedral. According to legend, St Machar was ordered to establish a church where the river takes the shape of a bishop's …
Church in Aberdeen

St Nicholas Church

On the northern side of Union St, 300m west of Castlegate, is St Nicholas Church, the so-called 'Mither Kirk' (Mother Church) of Aberdeen. The granite spire dates from the 19th century, but there has been a church o…
Historic Building in Aberdeen

King’s College Chapel

It was here that Bishop Elphinstone established King's College, Aberdeen's first university (and Scotland's third), in 1495. The 16th-century college chapel is easily recognised by its crown spire; the interior is l…
Museum in Aberdeen

Old Town House

At the north end of High St, the Old Town House now hosts a visitor centre with information and exhibits on the history of Old Aberdeen. It also houses King's Museum, with changing exhibits of items from the univers…
Architecture in Aberdeen

Salvation Army Citadel

The Baronial heap towering over the eastern end of Castle St is the Salvation Army Citadel , which was modelled on Balmoral Castle.