Visit Aberdeen

Visiting Aberdeen ensures a great experience for everyone.  Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland is a region with a vibrant nightlife, great affluence, sprawling countryside and dramatic coastlines. The city is known for its quality of life and was recently ranked in the top 60 places in the world to live beating the likes of Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Houston and Dubai (Source:  Mercer Survey 2011). Aberdeen is also bidding to become the UK City of Culture 2017, for more details click here.

Scotland’s third largest city, getting here couldn’t be easier with road, rail and air links ensuring easy access from all around the UK and Europe.  In fact, a recent extension to the runway at the airport has opened up Aberdeen even more to international travellers.

Aberdeen is a city with strong industry that has put the city on the global business map with the energy industry at the centre of this.  Oil was first extracted in the North Sea in 1975 and paved the way for a period of great prosperity and saw the city being named the Energy Capital of Europe.  Companies flocked to the region to set up business and even today the city is ranked second behind London in terms of business competitiveness and has the highest earnings and lowest unemployment rates out of any Scottish city.

However, it is the tourism and sights that really appeals to visitors with much to do and see in the area.  Aberdeen is the hub of the north east for nightlife, family activities and shopping with many large shopping centres in the city centre.  A trip out into Aberdeenshire will see you witness some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer, the Queen’s residence at Balmoral, picturesque coastal villages, a plethora of castles and historic sites, some of the best golf courses in the country as well as several winter sport centres.  If you are lucky you might even see the glow of the famous Northern Lights in the night sky above.

Aberdeen has an abundance of culture and at the heart of this is His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.  From blockbuster plays and musicals to the latest chart-topping rock bands to the funniest comedians to the very best in classical music, we have something for everyone.  So whatever your visit, whenever you stay, make sure you take in a show.  Click here to see what’s on and plan your trip today.

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Show n' Go tickets can be bought and used on any First Aberdeen bus service or in advance from the First Travel Shop in Union Street. To find out more, visit