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.
Best Bar: Housed in the beautifully restored Langstane Kirk, Soul offers a chill-out spot by day and a lively music venue by night, perfect for anyone wanting top quality drinks and food.
Best Restaurant: For the finest steak in Aberdeen and an unbeatable wine selection head to Prime Cuts on Crown Terrace, where they serve up the best of local Scottish cuisine with a modern twist.
Best Shop: A well-known gem of the Aberdeen crown, MacBeans have supplied the city with top shelf tea and coffee for over 20 years – be sure to try the Coffee of the Moment before it’s all gone!
His Majesty’s Theatre
One of only two in the world, His Majesty’s Theatre is a cultural icon of Aberdeen. The venue’s beautifully designed auditorium hosts 1,491, its interior creating a warm and intimate atmosphere described as “like playing a gig inside a wedding cake” by Scottish legend Billy Connolly. It’s seen renowned performers like Sir Ian McKellan, Erroll Flynn, and Brian May, and legendary productions such as To Kill a Mockingbird and One Man Two Guvnors – with many more excellent shows coming soon.
See what’s on at His Majesty’s Theatre before you book, and whilst you’re here you can enjoy a pre-show bite to eat the 1906 restaurant and café. You can find the theatre just a 12 minute walk from our Aberdeen hotel.
Breakneck Comedy Club
Aberdeen’s Breakneck Comedy Club was launched in 2010, and has since become the leading comedy supplier in the north-east of Scotland. The venue’s inclusive atmosphere is perfect for stand-up comedy, and has seen a plethora of famous names such as Jason Manford and Tom Stade perform. With a well-priced bar and a regularly funny host to keep it all together, Breakneck Comedy Club is the perfect place to go for a fun night out.
You can find the comedy club just a 15 minute walk from the Jurys Inn hotel in Aberdeen, with tickets costing £10.
Cairngorms National Park
The largest national park in Britain, the Cairngorms National Park’s breath-taking natural beauty alone is worth visiting for. The Cairngorms is home to an abundance of wildlife, including several endangered species such as the red squirrel, as well as a variety of scenic landscapes waiting to be explored.
With plenty of activities to take part in, from snow sports and water sports to cycling and golf, as well as the first permanent bridge-based bungee jump in the UK, the Cairngorms make the perfect place for a day of adventures. You can find Braemar Castle in the National Park just an hour's from Jurys Inn Aberdeen.
Codona’s in Aberdeen is a hub of amusement and fun for the whole family, offering a variety of activities and rides including roller coasters, dodgems, a log flume, and an 18-hole adventure golf course! It even caters for rainy days with the Sunset Boulevard indoor complex, including bowling alleys, an arcade, and an adventure play land. There are also four restaurants and two bars for when you want to put your feet up!
Neatly placed to overlook the stunning shore, you can find Codona’s a 26 minute walk or 11 minute drive from our Jurys Inn hotel in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Science Centre
Aberdeen Science Centre attracts over 50,000 visitors each year with a range of exhibitions, workshops, and shows, all offering an exciting and educational day out. Aiming to inspire people of all ages, the science centre provides hands-on exhibits where you can engage with the science of the world and learn about everything from space exploration to deep sea robotics!
The centre also holds a Tramsheds Coffee House, where you can buy a range of light bites and baked goods. The Aberdeen Science Centre is open from 10am-4pm on Mondays and from Wednesday to Friday, closing at 5pm on weekends and school holidays, with admission costing £5.75 for adults and £4.50 for children. You can find the Aberdeen Science Centre a 22-minute walk from Jurys Inn Aberdeen.
Whether you’re taking a sandy summer stroll or a wintery walk in the crisp air, you’ll find the perfect place to ramble on one of Aberdeen’s beaches. With a variety of picturesque coastlines waiting to be explored, a walk along the waterfront is a great way to spend an hour or two before settling in for a picnic and a lounge.
The closest shore to the city centre is just a 23-minute walk from Aberdeen’s Jurys Inn, with the promenade offering a range of restaurants and activities to enjoy.
Aberdeen Heritage Trails
There are a number of walking trails across Aberdeen to explore the rich history and heritage of the district, as well as its breath-taking landscapes and coastlines. We recommend going on The Castle Trail, The Coastal Trail, or The Victorian Heritage Trail, however there are many more routes to discover.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
From shipbuilding and fast sailing ships, to fishing and port history, this coastal city is rich maritime heritage. The Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers an interesting and engaging day out for all, and it’s 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 to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum is free for all, and it’s open from Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm and from 12pm-3pm on Sundays. You can find the museum just a short 6-minute walk from Jurys Inn Aberdeen.
The Tolbooth Museum
Housed in one of the oldest and best-preserved 17th century gaols in Scotland, the Tolbooth Museum is brings to life the unique and gruesome history of crime and punishment over the last few centuries. A visit to the museum lets you immerse yourself in the eerie atmosphere of the historic cells and the background behind them, including what it was like to be a prisoner or a rebel throughout through the years.
The Tolbooth Museum is free to enter, open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and from 12pm to 3pm on Sundays. You can find the museum only a 9 minute walk from the Jurys Inn Hotel in Aberdeen.
Sitting atop a huge red rock conglomerate, Aberdeen’s Dunnottar Castle could be a fortress or kingdom from a fairy-tale! The castle is rich with Scottish history, having hosted historical figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, and the future King Charles II, and been involved in a number of battles and skirmishes.
Dunnottar Castle is open from 9am-6pm in the summer and from 10am-5pm (or a half hour before sunset, whichever is sooner) in the winter, with entry costing £7 for adults and £3 for children. You can find the castle just a short 30-minute drive from our Aberdeen hotel.
The Academy Shopping Centre
Housed in an architecturally stunning converted school building from the Victorian era, The Academy in Aberdeen offers a huge variety of fashion and beauty brands, a number of which are unique to Aberdeen. There are also a selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars, from Costa to Nandos, as well as Rye and Soda, a cafe that turns into a cocktail bar in the evening! With a relaxed central courtyard, it’s perfect for a spot of after-shopping al-fresco dining.
You can find the Academy an 8 minute walk from our Jurys Inn hotel in Aberdeen.
Bon Accord & St Nicholas
Bon Accord & St Nicholas offers the chance to indulge in an afternoon of retail therapy, with over 65 shops and restaurants in the huge combined shopping centre. As well as a series of high street stores there are also stores unique to the shopping centre, and a new Roof Garden hosting things like bouncy castles, petting zoos, and Jurassic gardens that are perfect for keeping the kids entertained.
Bon Accord & St Nicholas is a short 8-minute walk from our hotel in Aberdeen.