Duthie Park © Iain Middleton-Duff
Created by Lady Elizabeth Duthie in 1881 to commemorate her uncle and brother, Duthie Park is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Dee and draws hundreds of visitors to its colourful floral displays and 44 acres (18ha) of well-maintained grounds. The park is famous for its Winter Garden, an indoor garden with a spectacular array of tropical plants and cacti; its Rose Garden, with over two million plants; and its exotic and stylish Japanese Garden. There is also a boating pond, plenty of winding walkways for a romantic stroll, bowling greens, tennis courts, two children's playgrounds and a restaurant. The park is great for picnics and often hosts concerts and other fun events, as well as attracting those wanting some exercise, with joggers traversing the paths, and people playing cricket on the lawns. Although the gardens are most popular in the summer months, the indoor gardens ensure that it is worth visiting in any season. Duthie Park is undergoing some restoration and improvement currently, but it is unclear whether this will disrupt visits or whether the park will remain open. Other 'green lungs' worth exploring in Aberdeen include Hazelhead Park, the Union Terrace Gardens and the Johnston Gardens.
Address: Polmuir Road
Telephone: 01224 585310
Opening times: Open daily, from 8am until one hour before dusk
Admission: Free admission, though donations are welcome