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.
It's undeniable: vinyl is making a huge comeback. Music lovers across the country are choosing to lose the downloads, and are dusting off their turntables for an analogue listening experience. Having recently moved into the city from a small store in Aberdeenshire, Maidinvinyl has quickly become the must-visit record store in town. Whether you're after a super rare record or just a copy of one of David Bowie's classics, they've got what you're looking for with a great mix of second-hand and new vinyl on sale. www.maidinvinyl.co.uk
In 2016, Aberdeen's Tolbooth, a historic prison, celebrates its 400th anniversary. As well as tours of the building which detail its history and infamous prisoners, a special exhibition entitled Tales from the Tolbooth' from January 25 onwards will reveal some of the rarer details about the city-centre attraction. Admission is free and more information can be found at www.visitabdn.com/whats-on/calendar/tales-from-the-tolbooth
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