Aberdeen – Explore The Flower of Scotland
Plan a holiday in Aberdeen, a popular tourist place and Scotland’s third most populous city. Sobriquet as Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands, Aberdeen is the 37th most populous built-up area in UK and boasts of a long sandy coastal line. The city spreads on an area of 184.46 km2 and serves as home to 228,990 residents. The history of the city goes back to more than 8,000 years old when it was divided into two parts - Old Aberdeen and New Aberdeen. The city received the Royal Burgh status from David I of Scotland and has been historically serving as a major industry for fishing, textiles and ship building. Oil Capital of Europe and happiest city in Britain are the attributes associated with the city. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition 10 times. The city’s sea port is the largest seaport in north eastern Scotland. As per the livability index of 2012, Aberdeen was the 5th most liveable city in the world and was among the eight 'super cities' spearheading the UK's economy. Scots is the official language while English is also spoken widely.
Aberdeen Airport is the primary international airport serving the city and is directly connected to major domestic as well as international destinations around the globe. The city features oceanic type of climate that is characterized by very cold winters and warm summers. While January is the coldest month of the year with temperatures around 70C, July is the warmest month in the city with average temperatures around 170C. Snowfall is not very common but the city is susceptible to harsh frosts. Owing to its proximity to the coast, the city experiences mixed weather and can get very cool at night even on hot days. The summer month from May to September is best for tourist activity and beach trotting. Aberdeen International Youth Festival in August is the most important festival held in the city and is a good time to holiday. Aberdeen Jazz Festival in March, The University of Aberdeen Writers Festival in May and Word and DanceLive are some of the major events celebrated in the city.
The city which is often termed as ‘The Flower of Scotland’ is famous for tis numerous heritage, natural as well as monumental attractions. St Machar's Cathedral which is believed to have been built in the 14th century is famed for its striking towers on the West front and sandstone spires. Plan a visit to University and King's College of Aberdeen that is testimony to the rich heritage of the country. If you are travelling with kids then you cannot afford to miss visit Cruickshank Botanic Gardens that houses fine collection of plants and is perfect for relaxing. Brig o'Balgownie is the oldest bride in Scotland and a major tourist attraction.
Castlegate and The Mercat Cross (center of city and the famous medieval town), Provost Skene's House (a wonderful museum housing private collection and belonging of Sir George Skene of Rubislaw), Aberdeen Art Gallery (showcasing collection of 17th-20th century paintings), Aberdeen Maritime Museum (excellent collection from the Dee estuary's port), Marischal College (flaunting impressive architecture), St Nicholas in Back Wynd (oldest church in the country) and Satrosphere Science Centre (interesting place for children) are among the most popular sightseeing places in the city.
Eating and Shopping
Brimming with hundreds of restaurants serving varieties of cuisines, Aberdeen has something to offer to tourists of any taste. Besides the world famous chain restaurants, there are many independent restaurants, stylish cafes and trendy bars, pubs and restaurants where youngsters of the city can be seen hanging around. Union Square is one of the major entertainment destinations where the most popular eating and drinking haunts are located. Some of the traditional dishes one should sample in Aberdeen are – rowie, haggis, kippers, stovies, porridge, clootie dumplings, cranachan and bridies. Anchor Steam Beer and Adelscot are the famous beers one should jewellery, local art and crafts,taste in the city.
Famed as the North Scotland’s shopping capital, there are plenty of thing that tourists should take back from Aberdeen. The city is sequined with numerous quality stores, upscale markets, glamorous shopping malls and designer boutiques. Union Street is a major shopping destination and some of the popular malls are located here selling jewelley, clothes, local arts, crafts and gourmet delights. When shopping in Aberdeen, do not limit your option to swanky malls and stores but explore the local markets which too have unique offerings for its tourists. Aberdeen Country Fair which takes place on last Saturday of every month on Belmont Street is a popular farmer's and craft market. Market on the Castlegate every Friday morning and Aberdeen Market building on Market Street are also perfect haven for traditional shoppers.
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