Aberdeen City History

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Welcome to Aberdeen,

Aberdeen is the third most populous city in Scotland and the 25th in Britain with a population of around 217,100. Aberdeen has many names; Granite City, Silver City with the Golden Sands as all the buildings built in the 18th centaury till the 20th centaury incorporated granite in which debris came off that sparkled like silver, even the roads are made of it! Also the city has a large and very sandy coastline in which North Sea Oil was discovered in 1970\\\'s. This sandy beach is accompanied by one of Britain’s busiest harbours and wonderful coastal walks to be enjoyed.

City Centre;

Aberdeen has two separate burgh’s- Old town and New town. Aberdeen’s old town in situated to the north of the city and it is this part of the city that holds University of Aberdeen and St Machar’s Cathedrals- in which the whole of Old Aberdeen was built around. The oldest monument in Old Aberdeen is the ‘Brig o’ Balgownie which is a bridge built over the River Don. This bridge was finally built after twenty years in 1320 and has been a key asset as it allowed large armies to move quickly over the East-Coast of Aberdeen. This bridge also increased the trade industry considerably to the North-East of Scotland. In this present time the bridge is footpath and cyclists only although it has a connection with the students of Aberdeen University- students jump off the bridge during high tide during summer months. The Old Townhouse is also located in Aberdeen’s Old Town- this is where the cities local government accommodated and as most of the city is- in early Georgian design. The beautiful and spiritual Cruickshank Botanic Gardens is another landmark in Old Aberdeen and is located close to St Machar’s Cathedrals. This Garden is 11 acres long and was set up as a gift from Miss Anne Cruickshank in loving memory of her brother, Dr Alexander Cruickshank. The ownership of this stunning garden is between University of Aberdeen and the Cruickshank Charitable Trust. For more information: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/botanic-garden/

The city also features many landmarks, which are well worth a see from the fantastic and breathtaking Marischal College. This is the former university building in Aberdeen’s city centre until recently when the building was modernised and was reopened to the public in June 2011 although is not used now for university teaching but for the grand hall it has. The building also holds a Museum that is free entry for public use, this was named the second largest granite building in the world. Another must see is Aberdeen Art Gallery, which includes permanents collections of Post-Impressionism artists, and The Scottish Colourists. The west wing of Aberdeen Art Gallery is a major war memorial. Maritime Museum is also a public free entry activity and host home to fishing and port history, shipbuilding and fast sailing ships. Here is a link to information about Aberdeen’s main venues and historic activities-   http://www.aagm.co.uk/Venues/AberdeenMaritimeMuseum/amm-overview.aspx                                                                                                                                   

Shopping; Aberdeen is well know for it’s useful ‘Granite Mile’ in which Union Street joins over 800 shops, bar and restaurants for an easy and accessible experience as well as five main indoor shopping centres- an example of this is Union Square which is easily accessed by bus and train and is open till 8pm weekdays. Aberdeen has won ‘Britain in Bloom’ thirteen times with it’s gorgeous flower-rich park’s.

Accommodation; Aberdeen is also home to many luxury hotel suites with accommodation in the city centre. Here is a useful map of lists of well-known hotels in Aberdeen’s city centre- http://www4.rgu.ac.uk/files/Aberdeen%20Map1.pdf also for a large variety of bed and breakfast’s look at our Budgetscot website- http://www.budgetscot.com/aberdeen/all-areas/all/ind/page1

Entertainments; In Aberdeen it is a very vibrant and lively city and therefore has many events constantly being organised. For a list of continually updated events including exhibitions, talks and lectures, films, performing arts and many more- http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/xev_Event.asp. There is also the world famous Highland Games which is always on the third Sunday in June(19th June), Highland Games celebrated it’s 50th year in 2010. Although theses games are still regarded as highly competitive this a hotspot for family entertainment with pipe bands mixing with tradition.

Nightlife; Aberdeen also has a large range of nightlife based for all people interests all based in the city centre. Belmont street is the most well-known for it’s variety; ranging from Drummonds which is the top spot for live music every night from local bands and is open till 3am on weekends to Vodka Bar which has a range of over different shots, each varying in flavour!

Also Aberdeen is a bit different from most Scottish cities with that it has the advantage of having more than half of Scotland’s whiskey distilleries and the only malt whiskey trail in the world- Malt Whiskey Trail along Speyside. This trail follows each of the whiskey distilleries traditions and recipes, diving into all depths of it’s making. With following the only Malt Whiskey Trail you will hear historic knowledge of Scotland and it’s distilleries. Also from distillery to distillery you will be walking through clearly signposted countryside to enjoy the beautiful scenery. If come in May, or September, for the whiskey festivals then all of the shops, bars and pubs will be open and buzzing.

History; Aberdeen is a seaport located beside two rivers the Don and the Dee. It was originally established as this due to the Roman's but then the Norman's took over and fullfilled it's potential as a port since then it has been a large importer of fish, wool and timber and by the 19th centuary had become Scotland's Largest Fishing Port.