Aberdeen Travel Guide
Aberdeen © Alan Jamieson
Aberdeen is a lively, scenic city enriched with 8,000 years of history. Its traditional, granite-based architecture earns Aberdeen the title of 'Silver City', and it is home to a plethora of parks and walkways, and has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom 'Best City' award ten times. The bustling seaport of Aberdeen is Scotland's third biggest city, and has been dubbed the Oil Capital of Europe. This alone is not likely to entice visitors to the city, unless they are there on business, but the fact that Aberdeen boasts a fascinating and bloody history, historic buildings, beautiful churches, attractive green spaces and plenty of Scotch whisky, just might.
Once a site of brutal conflict with the English during the Scottish Wars of Independence, the city was razed to the ground by King Edward III in 1336, but was quickly rebuilt and expanded rapidly over the centuries as it grew in prominence as a port. The 18th and 19th centuries saw an increase in elegance and style in the city, predominantly in the architecture of Old Aberdeen, an area with buildings made from the glittering local granite. Here, architectural gems include the 15th-century Kings College, the Town House, and Marischal College, one of the best examples of Edwardian architecture in Britain.
Modern Aberdeen is friendly and fun, although foreigners may struggle to understand the thick local accent. Belmont Street and surrounds are packed with restaurants, clubs, bars and live music venues; and there are plenty of top-class museums and galleries.
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