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About Aberdeen

With a proud and fascinating history, the City of Aberdeen presents a modern cosmopolitan image to visitors who are often surprised by the many diverse attractions which the regional capital of Grampian Highlands offers. The city has long been famous for its outstanding parks, gardens and floral displays which greet the visitor - with around 2 million roses, 11 million daffodils and 3 million crocuses, it is not difficult to see why Aberdeen is known as the quote "Flower of Scotland"; Indeed, One of the city's top attraction is the Winter Gardens at the Duthie Park which is also home to the stunning Rose Mountain. One can sense that there is a true feeling of civic pride here and in order to discover more about the city and its people it is worth visiting some of the city museums and galleries Aberdeen is fortunate in having excellent museums and galleries in its compact city centre which are all within easy walking distance of each other: Provost Skene's House is the oldest surviving quote "town house" and can be considered an architectural gem in the heart of the city. Close by, Marischal Museum located in the magnificent granite edifice of Marischal College paints a picture of Northeast life and the Tolbooth Museum at the Town House is Aberdeen's museum of civic history.

Aberdeen's fortunes have long been associated with the sea and a visit to the re-developed Aberdeen Maritime Museum with its state of the art, hands-on exhibits is a must. This museum focuses on fishing, shipbuilding and the oil industry and is an ideal point to view the activities of one of Britain's busiest harbours, just a few yards from Union Street. Aberdeen has a flourishing cultural scene with excellent collections of Scottish and Impressionist works and contemporary exhibitions at the Art Gallery on Schoolhill, and there are smaller galleries worth seeking out as befits a cosmopolitan centre such as Aberdeen there is a packed programme of arts performances and Entertainment's throughout the year. Pick up a copy of quote "What's On" to find out who is appearing at His Majesty's Theatre, which concert is on at the Music Hall or which acts are at the Lemon Tree. To the north, at Bridge of Don, the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre is the venue for major events and top name concerts. This is very much a quote "festival" city with events throughout the calendar ensuring a real buzz of activity. Quote "Rootin' Aboot" is the spring celebration of roots and folk music, the International Youth Festival brings young performers from all over the world while the Alternative Festival in October is an eclectic mix of music, comedy and artistic performances. The Winter Festival is growing in stature and encompasses seasonal events and activities, bringing light and laughter to the darker months.

North of the city centre, Old Aberdeen provides an oasis of tranquillity in contrast to the bustle of city life. Once quite a separate entity from the city that grew up close to the River Dee, Old Aberdeen is chiefly associated with the University of Aberdeen whose King's College, with its distinctive crown tower, is a central feature. The King's College Visitor Centre tells the story of the 500 year old University. The quarter is an outstanding conservation area and other attractions in this area include the University's Cruickshank Botanic Garden, St Machar's Cathedral (one of Aberdeen's three cathedrals) and Seaton Park with its walks which lead to the Brig O'Balgownie across the River Don It is difficult to imagine a similar sized city which caters so well for all the family. Satrosphere is a science and technology discovery centre where the emphasis is very much hands on the exhibits. Then there are the attractions of Aberdeen Beach The city's two miles of sands ensured status as a coastal resort but modern attractions have meant that the area has kept pace with modern tastes with Codona's Amusement Park boasting indoor and outdoor funfair attractions. There are bars, cafes, restaurants, a golf complex on the King's Links, Pittodrie Stadium -the home of Aberdeen Football Club, the Beach Leisure Centre with its pool and the Linx Ice Arena. 1997 saw the completion of new leisure developments including a cinema complex and quote "Aberdeen Fun Beach", with its year-round facilities, is now one of Scotland's premier leisure and entertainment districts. At the end of the Esplanade and at the entrance to the harbour is the community of Footdee, known locally as quote "Fittie". This community was a planned fishing village in the city and provides a vantage point for harbour activity There are of course many interesting places to visit on the outskirts of the city. Doonies Farm at Nigg is a working farm where every animal is a rare breed. Hazelhead Park is a popular family location with its aviary, pet's corner, maze, riding centre and gardens. The Gordon Highlanders Museum has recently been refurbished and extended and highlights the proud heritage of Grampian's famous regiments and nearby Johnston Gardens is an exquisite little park. Just outside the city, Storybook Glen's fairytale figures will enchant smaller children and there are many walks and trails on the city's western side including the Old Deeside Line and the trails in Countesswells and Tyrebagger Forests, the latter with its unique sculpture Trail.

This elegant granite city welcomes visitors whatever the time of year and the warmth of this welcome is reflected in the toast associated with the words quote "Bon Accord"; on the city Coat of Arms & quote "Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again" The Northeast of Scotland prides itself on having some of the finest schools in the country. Whether your choice would be private or state schooling for your child they will gain from the renowned Scottish scholastic teaching methods. www.aberdeen.net.uk/acc/default.asp

Thomson Properties welcomes you to Bonnie Aberdeen and hope you have a wonderful time in our great city.

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