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.
On the hunt for a unique vintage memento of your time in Aberdeen? Peapod in the trendy Rosemount shopping area boasts a range of curios big and small, and is sure to house some treasures that you'll just have to bring home with you. From clothing to ornaments; cameras to vinyl turntables; Peapod's friendly staff will sift through their collections to find the perfect item for you. (www.facebook.com/PeapodAberdeen)
Aberdeen's Christmas Village returns to Union Terrace this year from 25 November to 8 January as part of the city's Winter Festival. Festival shoppers can buy unique hand-crafted gifts and refreshments with a distinctly Scottish flavour from the German-style Christmas market, showcasing the talents of local craftspeople and producers. There's also an open-air ice-rink for all ages and carnival rides to keep the little ones entertained. In the evenings, the Aberdeen Christmas Village features live entertainment from some of the most talented performers from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to be enjoyed alongside a warming mug of mulled cider.
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