Aberdeen is port city on the east
coast of Scotland, 123 miles north of
Edinburgh, 66 miles north of
The main attractions in the City are
Street with its grand Granite
buildings, Union Terrace
Skene House Museum, Marischal
College, Tolbooth Museum, Castlegate
Square, Maritime Museum, Harbour Boat
with fun park, and in the old town 2
miles north - St Machar
Cathedral, and Kings
College with a Chapel, two Museums
and Botanic Gardens.
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Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is looking down Union Street
towards the Tolbooth and Castlegate Square.
Gardens opened in 1879 are next to Union
Street with statues of Robert Burns and
The Kirk of St
Nicholas is also next to Union Street, with
the earliest parts of the Church being from
Castlegate is a
Square at the east end of Union Street with the
Market Cross from 1686. The Square was laid out
after the old Castle Gates were destroyed in
1308. A Gordon Highlanders Statue was
unveiled in the Square in 2011 by Prince
Charles. This was the site of their original
barracks in the 1700s.
in this area are of a brown sand stone. Most of
the Granite buildings on and around Union
Street now were built from the 1830s. Some of
the earliest Granite buildings are Marischal
College 1830s, Townhouse 1870s, His Majesty's
Theatre 1903, and Queen Street
The Townhouse was built around the old
Tolbooth. You have to look carefully to see the
Tolbooth. It is the brown sandstone building
with the round spire on top. Large Image.
The Tolbooth was built in the 1600s to served
as a prison and opened as the Tolbooth
Museum in 1991.
College is situated just round the corner
from the Townhouse on Broad Street. The College
was founded in 1593. That building was replaced
by this huge Granite building built between
1835 and 1906. This is claimed to be the second
largest Granite building in the world. The
largest is the El Escorial
Monastery in Spain. Much of the building is now
used as offices for Aberdeen Council. There is
a Museum at the
College but has been closed while restoration
work is carried out.
House is situated by Marischal College.
This is a house built in 1545 that now serves
as a period museum.
The Maritime Museum is situated by
the Harbour, a short walk downhill from Union
Street. The Museum covers early shipbuilding at
Aberdeen and the North Sea Oil Industry.
Aberdeen Harbour is now mainly used by North
Sea Oil Ships and Northlink
Ferries to the Orkney and Shetland Isles.
Security fences now prevent you from strolling
around the harbour to view the fishing vessels.
Boat Tours can
be taken around the harbour, or up the coast to
view Dolphin, Seals and more.
A walk along the north side of the harbour
takes you through the Old Fishing Village of
Fittie. There was a fishing village hear from
the 1300s, probably even earlier. The
interesting little village seen today was laid
out in 1809.
is situated just past Fittie, about a two mile
walk from Union Street via Fittie, about 1 mile
walking direct. The beach is popular for
Bathing in warm spells and Surfing at
others. The Beach area has a Cinema and
Restaurants at Queens Links, and many
rides, activities and diners at Codona's Amusement Park.
About 2 miles north of Union Street is
with St Machar
Cathedral. This cathedral was completed in
the 1450s on the site of two earlier churches.
Old Aberdeen was a separate town from Aberdeen
until they merged in 1891.
part of Aberdeen University, is also situated
in Old Aberdeen, half of a mile south of St
Machars Cathedral, down the old cobbled High
Street. The College was founded in 1495 with
the Chapel being the most interesting section.
The University has 2 Museums and
from 1898 that can be visited.
Aberdeen began as two towns, Old Aberdeen to
the moth at the mouth of the River Don, and
Aberdeen 2 miles south at the mouth of the
River Dee. Both no doubt growing around farming
1136 - the earliest record of Aberdeen was
when King David I of Scotland granted the
Bishops of Aberdeen the right to charge ships
using the harbour.
1308 - Aberdeen Castle was captured by the
English during First War of
Scottish Independence. Forces of the Scots
King Robert the Bruce destroyed the Castle.
Aberdeen Castle was situated where
Castlegate Square is today, centre of
1450s - St Machars Cathedral was built in
1495 - Kings College was founded in Old
1593 - Marischal College was founded in
1629 - the Tolbooth was built in Aberdeen
next to Castlegate Square. The Tolbooth was
used as a prison.
1644 - the Battle of
Aberdeen took place during the wars Wars of
the Three Kingdoms. These wars were over many
Scots opposing King Charles I attempts to
control Scottish Churches. Aberdeen rebels,
known as Covenanters, were defeated in the
Battle with the Kings forces taking control of
1647 - the bubonic plague killed about a
quarter of the population.
1811 - shipbuilding in Aberdeen becomes a
1830s on - many of the older buildings in
Aberdeen centre were replaced by large Granite
1881 - Aberdeen Football
Club was formed.
1891 - Aberdeen and Old Aberdeen merged.
1960s - Aberdeen is a major fishing city
with its huge harbour often crammed with
1970 - Oil was discovered in the North Sea
out from Aberdeen. This led to the harbour
being used for many large ships used in the Oil
1990s? - the huge fish market at Aberdeen
was demolished with Peterhead 31 miles north
becoming the main fishing port in the
1992 - the Last shipbuilders in Aberdeen
1992 - Aberdeen Ice Hockey Club was formed.
They now play as Aberdeen Lynx.
2002 - large ferries begin running between
Aberdeen and the Orkney Isles and Shetland
2018 - the areas first Offshore Windfarm was
completed 2 miles out from Aberdeen.
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