BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND GARDENS
It may be nicknamed the ‘Granite City’ but over a quarter of the land in Aberdeen consists of open space, including parks and gardens.
Duthie Park is the most famous, spreading across 44 acres since 1883. Within the park are the David WelchWinter Gardens, which house many exotic plants including the largest collection of cacti in Britain. The park is an ideal setting for the perfect day out with the family, with activities from boating in the ponds to cricket on the lawns.
With charming areas such as Johnstone Gardens, it’s easy to see why Aberdeen has won Britain in Bloom a record breaking 10 times. The garden has streams, waterfalls, ponds and a rustic bridge, making you feel like you’ve stepped into The Secret Garden. It’s little wonder the garden is a popular choice as the perfect setting for bridal couples to have their picture taken.
A stand out feature of Aberdeen is its ‘hidden gem’ that is Union Terrace Gardens, found at the very heart of the city. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a natural amphitheatre but instead a valley that has had a Victorian Viaduct built (1888) at its North end. The gardens are used for occasional concerts and leisure activities including New Year celebrations, as well as providing an oasis for relaxation in the city centre. The gardens’ showpiece, a magnificent floral crest depicting the city’s coat of arms, can be seen at the north side and there are new floral displays and themes each year. For example in 1983 the centenary of the Boys Brigade was marked with a special floral display and members of the BB's helped in its creation.