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A Guide to Aberdeen

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Best Bar: Situated on Aberdeen's Union Street and housed in a former church, Soul bar offers ‘modern conversion with a twist’, as well as a relaxed atmosphere for all ages and professions.

Best Restaurant: Located on Crown Terrace, Prime Cuts offers the finest steaks in Aberdeen. This restaurant prides themselves on using Scottish local ingredients, blending traditional Scottish recipes with a modern touch.

Best Shop: One of Aberdeen's best-known specialist shops, MacBeans on Little Belmont Street have supplied top quality Tea and Coffee products since 1989. With hundreds of regular customers who all appreciate the quality and service that MacBeans offer, this shop is an Aberdeen gem.

Aberdeen City Guide

Aberdeen city centre is overflowing with exciting attractions for visitors to explore. From museums and heritage trails to castles and beeches, this beautiful Scottish city and ‘shire’ are awaiting your discovery. Peruse below Jurys Inn’s Aberdeen City Guide to make the most of your trip.

Start DateEnd DateEventVenue and distance
from Jurys Inn Aberdeen
4 October12 October

Aberdeen Film Festival

The first Aberdeen Film Festival is due to launch Saturday, the 4th of October 2014 featuring free screenings and workshops, local, national and international feature films, short films, question and answer sessions and the 48 Hour Film Project.

CineWorld Union Square

4 minute walk

6 October 

TechFest September Festival

TechFest in September is Aberdeen and the North-East Scotland's annual festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and is widely acknowledged as a major event in the annual calendar of the region.

Various venues

31 October2 November

International Street Market

The popular three-day market will offer a huge selection of goods from around the world from 9am until 6pm, Friday-Sunday. An estimated 120,000 visitors and shoppers are expected in the city centre, keen to sample an array of products on sale from around the UK, Europe and Asia, spread over 350 metres of stalls.

Union Terrace

10 minute walk

Golf Courses Aberdeenshire

To truly experience the delights of Scottish golf and the captivating scenery of the Scottish countryside, choose from Aberdeenshire's astounding selection of 45 inland courses. Relish in the engaging tests at Newmachar, and take time to discover the magnificent panorama of Royal Deeside with Inchmarlo, Banchory and Aboyne setting the pace.

Cairngorms National Park

Experience the breath-taking and utterly stunning scenery of Britain’s Largest National Park during your visit to Aberdeen. The Cairngorms National Park is an attraction that should not be missed with mountains, lakes, lochs, and an abundance of wildlife, including many endangered species, all ready to be discovered as you immerse yourself in this incredible natural landscape.

Described as a ‘natural playground’, the park also offers everything from snowsports, cycling and walking routes, as well as watersports.

Codona’s Aberdeen

Codona’s Amusement Park offers a great day out for the whole family. Overlooking the beautiful shoreline, Codona’s is situated a leisurely 24 minute walk from Jurys Inn Aberdeen and offers easy access to the city’s beaches.

This children’s paradise has a range of activities and rides, including three roller coasters, super dodgems, white water log flume, and a haunted mansion! Codona’s Pirate Island Adventure Golf is also worth a visit with 18 holes, a 25ft high volcano, a pirate ship, and a bucket load of family fun!

Codona’s also has a ‘Sunset Boulevard’ indoor complex, ideal for rainy days, however the Timetable and Prices vary depending on which activities you opt for.

Cruickshank Botanic Garden

This beautiful urban oasis is the perfect place to explore some of nature’s stunning creations. With an Arboretum, rock garden and ponds, sunken garden, rose garden, beech lawn, and more, Cruickshank Botanic Garden offers an enjoyable day out as you wander around grounds.

The garden is free to enter, and during the winter months is open 9am- 4.30pm, and in summer months remains open until 7pm.

Situated at the University of Aberdeen, The Cruickshank Botanic Garden is a short 15-minute bus ride from our Aberdeen hotel. If you decide to visit the gardens, the university is also well worth exploring as it has some of the oldest architecture in the city, offering awe-inspiring structures for you to discover.

Satrosphere Science Centre

Satrosphere Science Centre offers an exciting and educational day out for all. As Scotland’s first science centre, Satrosphere provides fantastic hands-on interactive exhibits and live shows to entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Aiming to help explorers understand the world and the science of how things work, the centre is a great way to get kids engaged and curious, hopefully inspiring ‘the scientist within’. If you want to grab a bite to eat on your day out, Tramsheds Coffee House (situated inside the centre) offers a range of light bites and baked goods.

Satrosphere Science centre is open daily 10am-5pm. Adult tickets cost £5.75, with child admission (over 4 years) costing £4.50. The Science centre is a 22-minute walk from Jurys Inn Aberdeen or, alternatively, you can take the 15 bus.

Aberdeen Beeches

Whether enjoying a wintery stroll taking in the scenery and crisp fresh air, or a summer day out in the sand, Aberdeen’s beaches should not be missed. Take a look at the various beautiful coastlines awaiting your visit in Aberdeen city and shire.

The closest shore to the city centre can be found just a 23-minute walk or bus ride from Jurys Inn. The promenade offers a range of restaurants and activities to get stuck in with, including Codona’s amusement park (see above).

Aberdeen Heritage Trails

Aberdeenshire is home to a string of tourist trails, which explore the district’s rich history, heritage, breath-taking landscapes and coastlines, helping you make the most of your visit. We highly recommend one of the following trails: The Castle Trail, The Coastal Trail, or The Victorian Heritage Trail.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

As a coastal city, Aberdeen is rich in maritime history. Covering everything from shipbuilding and fast sailing ships, to fishing and port history, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers an interesting and engaging day out for all. This fantastic museum is also the only place in the UK where you can learn about the North Sea oil and gas industry. Integrated into Provost Ross’ house, which was built in 1593, the museum contrasts old and new architecture while overlooking the busy harbour.

Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm, with limited hours of 12-3pm on Sundays. Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a short 6-minute walk from Jurys Inn Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Housed in a beautiful 19th Century building, the Aberdeen Art Gallery offers an impressive collection of art ranging from the 15th Century to present day. Featuring works of Hogarth, Francis Bacon, Monet, Renoir, Damien Hirst, and many more, this gallery is the perfect place for culture vultures to immerse themselves in all things art.

Admission to Aberdeen Art Gallery is free. Opening hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm, with restricted Sunday hours of 1-4pm. It is a brief 8-minute walk to the gallery from our Aberdeen hotel.

The Tolbooth Museum

As one Aberdeen’s oldest buildings and best- preserved 17th Century gaols in Scotland, The Tolbooth Museum is bursting with an incredible and gruesome history. Immerse yourself in the eerie atmosphere of the jail as you explore the cells, the historic building, the various displays of grisly torture methods, and even Aberdeen’s 17th Century guillotine.

Admission is free and the museum is open Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm. The Tolbooth museum sits next to the Town House, which is one Aberdeen’s stunning architectural gems, and only a short 8-minute walk from our hotel in Aberdeen.

Dunnottar Castle

This magnificent castle is an Aberdeen must see! Situated on a ‘giant conglomerate on the edge of the North-Sea’, Dunnottar Castle looks like a fortress out of fairytale or fantasy story, creating a breath-taking and truly unrivalled experience. The castle is overflowing with rich Scottish history with famous historical figures such as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, Marquis of Montrose and future King Charles II gracing the castle with their presence.

Entry cost £6 for adults and £2 for children. The castle is open 9am-6pm in summer and 10am-5pm in winter.

Just a short 30-minute drive out of Aberdeen’s city centre and from our hotel, this incredible castle should not be missed during your stay!

The Academy Shopping Centre

This shopping centre offers retail therapy with a difference. Housed in a converted Victorian school building in the heart of Aberdeen, The Academy not only offers a range of restaurants and retail brands, it has a great central courtyard that provides a relaxing atmosphere for al-fresco dining or enjoying a beverage.

The Academy Aberdeen is a short 7-minute walk from Jurys Inn Aberdeen, making it ideal for a day of retail or grabbing a bite to eat.

Bon Accord & St Nicholas

This large shopping centre offers over 70 stores of your favourite high street brands from New Look to River Island to John Lewis. There are also a range of stores that are exclusive to Aberdeen, making Bon Accord & St Nicholas a hot spot for some retail therapy. There is a range of places to enjoy a quick meal too, so take a look at what’s on offer and plan your visit today!

Bon Accord & St Nicholas is a short 8-minute walk from our hotel in Aberdeen.

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