Aberdeen is a rich city that entices tourists with a rich mix of culture, flowering gardens and pretty spectacular surrounding mountain scenery. The ‘Flower of Scotland’ is one of the many terms that are used to describe Scotland’s third city Aberdeen. Known for its many outstanding parks and flowers that number into the millions, it wouldn’t be wrong to describe this city as one big scent-filled garden. And, while it might not be as famous as those two Scottish biggies Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen is still a class act that more than holds its own when it comes to entertaining its many visiting guests.
But the reason you’ll be visiting Aberdeen won’t be just because you like the smell of flowers now will it? You’ll be visiting Aberdeen because it is also the oil capital of Europe. The discovery of the black stuff in the North Sea in the 1970s transformed this city from a sleepy town into one of the richest cities in the UK. And all that oil money has been well spent creating a modern city that is rich in culture – just check out its many museums and galleries – it’s also overflowing with fantastic bars, restaurants and cafes. As you’d expect from a city that has deep pockets, Aberdeen likes to party and has started to give good old Edinburgh a run for its money in the festival stakes.
From music and theatre events to military shows and folk celebrations, you’ll find every kind of festival in Aberdeen.
If you're looking for a unique gift or item of homeware to take home with you, look no further than Teasel and Tweed. Selling an eclectic mix of luxury items, including artworks, furniture and jewellery, all of Teasel and Tweed's products are sourced from Scottish designers and artists, and are either designed or made in Scotland. Also offering creative classes from wreath making to upholstery, the shop has certainly become a creative hub in Aberdeen. www.teaselandtweed.com
While Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for refurbishment, Drum Castle is home to some of the city's finest collections. Keeping art in the public eye while the gallery is closed, the Northern Lights exhibition features thought-provoking paintings, sculpture and digital media with a Scottish flavour. And, of course, the castle itself is an incredible feat of architecture: part Jacobean mansion, part medieval tower. www.nts.org.uk/Property/Drum-Castle-Garden-and-Estate/Drum-Art-Gallery
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