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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. 

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Bringing together the finest chocolates from across the UK and Europe, the newly-opened Hardy's Chocolates is nestled on the character-filled Rosemount Viaduct. Alongside traditional flavours, unusual combinations like mango, ginger and chilli and strawberry and pepper are on offer for the more-adventurous chocolate lover. With free samples always on offer, and friendly staff who will create a bespoke selection just for you, you'll be hard pressed to find a bigger selection of sweet treats in the city. www.hardyschocolates.com


True North, Aberdeen's festival of music and song, takes place from 7-10 September. Although at the time of writing the programme hasn't been announced yet, last year's festival included stunning gigs from the likes of Laura Mvula, Honeyblood, King Creosote and Richard Hawley. Always a highlight is the annual tribute concert, which in the past has seen a collective of top Scottish musicians take on the work of iconic artists like Kate Bush and Neil Young. Gigs will be held in His Majesty's Theatre, The Lemon Tree and the Tivoli Theatre, as well as more unusual venues like the Maritime Museum and the Anatomy Rooms. www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth

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