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Aberdeen Art Gallery The Gallery was purpose-built in 1884. A central fountain dominates the Centre Court, and the pillars, which run down from the upper balcony, are hewn from local marble. The policy of the gallery is to acquire contemporary art, particularly British work.

Town House/Tolbooth Union Street. Take a walk around the city centre and take in the granite buildings that give Aberdeen its title of: 'The Granite City' The turreted spire of the granite Town House is worth a look as the steel-grey 19th century façade actually hides a 17th century building called the Tolbooth. Utilised as a jail for centuries, the Tolbooth now houses a museum dealing with the concept of crime and punishment.

Marischal College - Broad Street. This is Aberdeen's most imposing building which is the second-largest granite building in the world.

Footdee Located at the east corner of the harbour, Footdee is a nineteenth-century fishermen's village that consists of quaint cottages, which back onto the sea. Their doors and windows face inwards to give them protection from storms but also, so local folklore has it, to stop the Devil from sneaking in via the back door.

La Paella Actually a home delivery and catering service specialising in Paella and Tapas. The food is great and you get to keep the pan your paella gets cooked and delivered in!!
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Aberdeen Activities

Satrosphere - 179 Constitution Street, the hands-on science exhibition housed in the city's old tram depot provides a very enjoyable experience for kids of all ages.

Aberdeen Beaches

The beach at Aberdeen is one of the best in the U.K. It is two miles long and lined along its length by an esplanade. which has cafes, amusement parks, cinemas and a huge leisure centre.

Aberdeen Restaurants and Bars

Aberdeen Restaurants

The Silver Darling Pocra Quay, North Pier, Footdee. In a wonderful setting beside the lighthouse, this is one of best seafood restaurants in North East Scotland and the prices reflect this.

Ashvale - 46 Great Western Road. You can't visit Scotland and not eat at least one 'fish supper:' Ashvale is one of Scotland's best, and largest, fish-and-chip shops, with seating for 300 diners. There is also a take away service

Lemon Tree - 5 West North Street. Beleaguered vegans will love this cafe situated inside the arts centre as it serves good vegetarian and vegan snacks and meals at very reasonable prices.

Soul & Spice - 15–17 Belmont Street. . The African and Caribbean dishes served here are excellent and the prices are reasonable.

Aberdeen Bars & Clubs

Prince of Wales - 7 St Nicholas Lane. This is a typical Aberdeen pub that serves good pub grub and is famous for its real ales. On Sunday evening's it is often the venue for live folk music sessions.

St Machar Bar - 97 High St, Old Aberdeen. This is the only pub in the city's medieval quarter and is popular the local students.

RSVP - Academy Shopping Centre, Schoolhill. This is the place for you if you prefer drinking in a stylish bar with designer furniture. There are live jazz acts on Sunday afternoons.

The Blue Lamp - 121 Gallowgate. Live bands perform here on Fridays and Saturdays and there is folk music on Mondays. If you want a quiet drink there's also a small room where the noise levels are relatively low.

Aberdeen children's activities

Satrosphere - 179 Constitution Street, the hands-on science exhibition housed in the city's old tram depot provides a very enjoyable experience for kids of all ages.

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