Aberdeen travel guide

Aberdeen Tourism | Aberdeen Guide

You're Going to Love Aberdeen

Scotland's northern gem, Aberdeen has become one of the richest cities in the UK thanks to a tide of North Sea Oil. The city exudes elegance and class, from the wine bars of its city center to the Royal Estate at Balmoral.

The "Granite City" was here well before the oil began to flow, and it has a gorgeous historical core, with boutiques housed in 18th-century premises on Union Street, superb museums, and fabulous food (and whisky).

You can escape to sublime golf courses on the coast, tour the castles and pubs of Royal Deeside, or confine yourself to one of the UK's most atmospheric, beguiling cities.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Aberdeen

What to do in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Maritime Museum
St. Machar's Cathedral
King's College
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Top activities & attractions in Aberdeen

When to Visit Aberdeen

Estimated hotel price

Aberdeen in {1}

1 night at 3-star hotel
Prices are not fixed and may vary with time

Aberdeen can be visited pretty much all year round. With sophisticated cultural attractions on offer, even winter can be a good time to explore the city (although brace yourself for some serious cold). The best time for general sightseeing, whisky tours, and golf is summer. From late June to mid-August, the weather is warm and ideally set up to get out and about.

Average temperatures
Fahrenheit (°F)
When the weather is nice in Aberdeen

How to Get to Aberdeen

Airports near Aberdeen

INV Inverness

Airlines serving Aberdeen

Good (68,956 reviews)
Good (47,029 reviews)
Good (28,157 reviews)
Good (30,272 reviews)
Good (3,735 reviews)
Good (4,280 reviews)
Good (23,194 reviews)
Good (23,454 reviews)
Show more

Where to Stay in Aberdeen

In the Aberdeen area, you can choose from luxury city center hotels and quirky B&Bs in Old Aberdeen to coastal accommodation and rural castles. If you need to be near the beach, the DoubleTree by Hilton has great sea views. Brentwood Villa is a lovely B&B in Old Aberdeen, while leading 4-star city center options include the modern Rox and the Malmaison Hotel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Aberdeen

Where to stay in popular areas of Aberdeen

Most booked hotels in Aberdeen

How to Get Around Aberdeen

The Cost of Living in Aberdeen

Shopping Streets

Aberdeen has some elegant squares and shopping streets that equal anything in Edinburgh. The city's shopping hub has been Union Street for over a century, which is where you'll find international chains. However, shopping malls like the Trinity Shopping Centre and the Bon Accord & St Nicholas are great alternatives, with plenty of independent stores to check out.

Groceries and Other

If you need to shop for food or any other groceries, Aberdeen's supermarket selection includes Tesco, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Asda, and Sainsbury's. Prices will be fairly high by Scottish standards (it's a rich city), with a gallon of milk costing around £3.20 and 12 eggs £1.80.

Cheap meal
Cheap meal
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
Single public transport ticket
Single public transport ticket

Where to Eat in Aberdeen

Aberdeen has a huge range of gastropubs, brasseries, and international dining options. Some of the best gourmet restaurants include Granite Park, which focuses on seasonal British produce, Cafe Andaluz, which looks to southern Spain for inspiration, and Montmartre, a classy French brasserie. But there are plenty of Japanese, Indian, and Korean eateries around too. A sit down meal at an upmarket place like Granite Park will cost about £25 with two courses included.

Other popular cities in Scotland