United Kingdom may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

AberdeenUnited Kingdom

A gateway to the Scottish Highlands, this city is filled with ancient architecture, modern museums and blooming gardens.

Visit Aberdeen, often referred to as Scotland’s Silver City because of its granite buildings that shimmer in the sunshine. Spend time here to appreciate the historic city’s abounding culture and fascinating past. From museums to gardens and historic buildings, Aberdeen is a delightful destination in its own right, as well as a jumping-off point to the wilds of the highlands.

Start your explorations by walking around the city and studying its distinctive architecture. The 12th-century St Machar’s Cathedral is a highlight, with stained-glass windows and striking towers, while the King's College Chapel, part of the University of Aberdeen, dates back to the 15th century. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the university and stop at the fascinating University of Aberdeen Zoology Museum.

Aberdeen has numerous world-class museums. Learn about the city’s ancient maritime traditions at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and peruse the galleries of the Aberdeen Art Gallery. Allow time to discover the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which brings to life the stories of the everyday men who formed one of the British Army’s most formidable regiments for over 200 years.

In the heart of the city, in a 17th-century building, The Tolbooth Museum has fascinating displays depicting crime and punishment over the centuries in Scotland.

Search for one of Scotland’s oldest bridges, the Brig o' Balgownie, which is believed to have been built on the orders of Robert the Bruce in 1320 and crosses the pretty River Don. Near the beautiful Duthie Park and David Welch Winter Gardens, the Brig o' Dee bridge with Doric columns is another worthy ancient bridge to discover.

Aberdeen International Airport receives flights from across Europe and beyond. The city is served by a network of buses and taxis. Rent a car to travel out into the highlands and explore lakes and castles. Aberdeen’s weather can be highly changeable, so come prepared for wind, rain and sunshine, sometimes all in one day.

Top Hotels in Aberdeen

Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel
Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in Central Aberdeen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bon-Accord Centre and His Majesty's Theatre. Union Square Shopping Centre and University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (485 reviews)

"The property was very clean and felt safe and comfortable during my stay. The only thing that was a downfall to me was no free parking."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel
Malmaison Aberdeen
Malmaison Aberdeen
4 out of 5
The price is CA $112 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in Aberdeen West End, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Johnston Gardens and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. His Majesty's Theatre and Union Square ...

4.2/5Excellent! (437 reviews)

"Fantastic suite, will definitely book again as it was perfect 👌"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 3, 2020

Malmaison Aberdeen
Britannia Aberdeen Hotel
Britannia Aberdeen Hotel
2.5 out of 5
The price is CA $49 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Bucksburn, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Auchmill Golf Course and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. TECA and Formartine and Buchan ...

2.9/5 (698 reviews)

"Everything in the service and room was quite pleasing and relaxing apart from the comfort of the pillows which didn’t have much comfort, other than that it was a good over night stay"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Britannia Aberdeen Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Aberdeen

Royal Athenaeum Suites
Royal Athenaeum Suites
3.5 out of 5
The price is CA $123 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Central Aberdeen, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Tolbooth Museum and Union Square Shopping Centre. His Majesty's Theatre and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

"Handy for getting to see things. Would be better if there was more information in the property. Apartment could do with more hooks for coats"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2020

Royal Athenaeum Suites
Primevenus
Primevenus
3.5 out of 5

Located in Kingswells, this holiday home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Curl Aberdeen and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Hazlehead Park. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and His Majesty's ...

Primevenus
Skene House Hotels - Rosemount
Skene House Hotels - Rosemount
4 out of 5

Located in Central Aberdeen, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, His Majesty's Theatre and Union Square Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (854 reviews)
Great!

"Great place, very handy for the city, good secure parking."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Skene House Hotels - Rosemount
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Aberdeen

Reviews of Aberdeen

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
29
5 - Excellent 46.03174603174603%
4 - Good
28
4 - Good 44.44444444444444%
3 - Okay
5
3 - Okay 7.936507936507937%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 1.5873015873015872%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 9, 2020

Very unique and historical city. The architecture and design of all the old buildings is breathtaking

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 24, 2019

I went to university there. We did not visit any attractions

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

In general, we loved the city. The people are friendly, our accommodations downtown and by the airport met our expectations, and arranging tours by bus or train from Union Square is extremely easy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 23, 2019

Nice stop over to Dufftown. Drive to country side around, gliding club, walk in town, try caffe, restaurant (illicit still), local brew pubs (ferce pub) Unfinished business here.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 29, 2019

The city has some cool structures, but some p

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 31, 2019

Our toilet wasn’t working properly but they couldn’t move us because they were full but siding try to fix it wither

Cities near Aberdeen