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Planning a short break to Aberdeen? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Aberdeen. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Aberdeen. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Opened in 1817 the cathedral became the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney in 1914. The original structure was built in Gothic style but since then many additions have been added incorporating various styles including the coats-of-arms of 48 of the United States on the vaulted side aisles.

Prince Albert, the Prince Consort

This bronze statue which sits on Union Terrace, opposite His Majesty’s Theatre, was commissioned in 1861 in memory of the Consort. It was unveiled by his beloved wife, Queen Victoria, in 1863 after having withdrawn from public life after his death. After the unveiling, Lord Provost Anderson was knighted by the Queen for his propose to immortalize the Consort.

Aberdeen University

Made up of two colleges, King’s College is Britain’s oldest school of medicine and Marischal College, is the world’s second largest granite structure. Open daily and charging no admission fee, these fascinating buildings, their history, exhibits and displays are well worth a visit. King’s College is situated along University Road and Marischal College is on Broad Street.

The Castle Trail

This exciting tour takes visitors on a tour of fairy tale castles, stately homes, old ruins and wonderful gardens open to the public. The only signposted route of its kind in Scotland, it guides motorists around Aberdeenshire. The tour takes you from the 13th century ruins of Kildrummy Castle to the five-towered Fyvie Castle to 18th century Duff House and Haddo House.

Details of the Castle Trail can be found at the Tourist Board office in Aberdeen or site their website on www.agtb.org

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Built in 1884 this gallery houses one of the most important art collections in Great Britain. As well as works of art by some of the best artists the world has ever known, the gallery has an interesting collection of domestic Scottish silver and special exhibits and events are frequently offered. Located on Schoolhill admission is free and the gallery is open daily.

Visit them on www.aagm.co.uk

Crathes Castle and Gardens

Situated approximately 15 miles west of Aberdeen the castle’s features include a 16th century painted ceiling and a garden which is separated into eight sections giving wonderful displays of flowers all year round. The yew hedges date from 1702 and the grounds are ideal for nature study along the five trails, including a ranger service. Open daily, the Castle also has a visitors centre, shop and restaurant.

Duthie Park

In the centre of the city this beautiful park with its array of flowers, fountains, statues and duck ponds will restore you to piece and quiet. Included in the park is Rose Mountain and the Winter Gardens with their splendid display of blooms. A ‘not to be missed’ experience.

River Dee and River Don

Still home to the elusive Salmon in spite of the big city intrusion on their lives, these two rivers meander through the city, where fisherman can still be seen trying for that big ‘catch’. Taking a stroll along the river banks gives yet another perspective to this lovely old city, the third largest in Scotland.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Located in Shiprow this museum brings the North Sea to life with interesting exhibits on everything to do with fishing, shipbuilding and the oil industry of this region. Open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 3pm.

Their website can be visited on www.amm.uk.org

Cathedral of St. Machar, Chanonry

Although founded in 1311, the present structure dates back to the 15th century with its splendid heraldic ceiling which contains three rows of shields, modern stained-glass windows by Douglas Strachan and pre-Reformation woodwork.

The Cathedral is open daily between 9am and 5pm.

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