Official language: English
Time zone: UTC+1 (summer), UTC+0 (winter)
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In August takes place Aberdeen International Youth Festival, and in March – Aberdeen Jazz Festival. During them streets are filled with music and art.
Footdee is currently one of the most interesting districts of the city located on the Pocra shore. You can see there charming houses that used to belong to fishermen back in the day and...dolphins.
In the modern premises of a new University library, you can use a observation deck, from which there is a lovely panorama for the city and the sea.
Located on the northern East shore of Scotland, Aberdeen is known mainly for typical for that region granitic architecture and beautiful beaches. Thanks to the oil industry, for which that region is famous for, the city is still developing and getting rich and broadening culinary and touristic offer result in growing each year number of people that want to get to know it better.
The historic characteristic spot of the city is very well preserved ruins of the old town, which is Old Aberdeen. Typical for Aberdeen granitic buildings, thanks to which the city is often referred to as silver or grey one, can be seen, for instance, alongside the main street – Union Street. Over there are located, for e.g. buildings of Town and County Bank, Music Hall and Trinity Hall. A walk in search for granitic pearls of architecture is worth to be continued also via streets Castle Street, King Street, and Castlegate. A must see is also Rosemount Viaduct, Marischal College, the cathedral of St Machar and stone bridges like Bridge of Dee, Wellington Bridge.
Aberdeen is famous as well for located in the city’s center park Union Terrace Park and sandy beach (Aberdeen Beach), at which are restaurants, funfair, cinema and even a gym and shopping mall. It is a perfect spot for romantic walks at the sunset! It is worth also to go to the Victorian premises of Aberdeen Art Gallery and to Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which is the marine museum. Due to perfect connections to other parts of Scotland, you can treat the city as the starting point for trips to outskirts of the region, for instance, to distillery of whisky, to moors or to castles built on cliffs.
What is worth to eat there? The specialty of the region are steaks from beef Angus Aberdeen and fried fishes from the Northern Sea (for e.g. sea bass). A must try are also cullen sink (a thick soup of smoked haddock, potatoes, and onions), ham hock, cock-a-leekie soup (soup of leek and chicken). In search for local tastes, we recommend a trip to Union Square Aberdeen, where you can find many really worth recommending eateries. Scottish dishes can be tried for sure in restaurants Native, Howie’s and Angus and Ale.
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