Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, in relationship to populous numbers. Aberdeen’s buildings, since the mid 18th century, have been made using local grey granite and the city is well known for its sandy coastline. This has led to the city being nicknamed the Silver City with the Golden Sands and also the Granite City. However in recent years the city has added the nicknames of the Energy Capital of Europe or the Oil Capital of Europe due to the discovery of oil in the North Sea.
Aberdeen has benefitted greatly from the oil industry and the support industries. Nowadays the city is thoroughly modern and incredibly vibrant with a lively nighlife.
Aberdeen hotels are often inhabited by visiting businessmen and businesswomen but also by many other types of tourists eager to take advantage of the many visitor attractions Aberdeen has to offer. Below you will read details about three; Duthie Park Winter Gardens, Satrosphere Science Centre and Aberdeen Maritime Museum:
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum in Aberdeen is situated close to the harbor, at the legendary Shiprow. There are superb views of the harbour from the museum. The Maritime Museum can be found in quite a few buildings, which include a former church and one of the oldest residences in Aberdeen. The museum has exhibits which include everything relating to the seagoing environment, from fishing boats to the oil industry. In essence, the museum conveys the story of the city’s epic relationship with the sea. Some of the collections contain models, ship plans, photographs and paintings from the most major of Aberdeen’s shipbuilders.
Duthie Park Winter Gardens
Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston,in 1881, gifted 44 acres of land, to the council. The land for the park was purchased, as a lasting memorial to her brother and uncle. In 1899, the gardens were ready, and were opened to the public. However, in 1969 disaster struck and the greenhouses had to be demolished and reconstructed. This was due to horrendous storm damgage. Today, the David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park are one of Scotland’s favourite garden attractions, and also the largest indoor gardens in the whole of Europe. Each greenhouse has an important collection such as, the Fern House, Tropical House, Temperate House, Victorian House, Japanese Garden and Corridor of Perfumes.
Satrosphere Science Centre
In Aberdeen, the Satrosphere Science Center was one of the first science and discovery centers in Scotland. This interactive, hands-on science center, has over 50 exhibits and live science shows, and opened to the public in 1988. Although the center is aimed at primary age children, the attraction of the exhibits is universal. The center is situated in the old tram sheds, near to the sea front, on Constitution Street. The aim is to inspire teenagers to become scientist’s, as interest in science courses in universities, is in decline. One of the favorite exhibits at the center is the famous giant soap bubble, where each child can be enclosed in a magic bubble.
There are many more tourist attractions in and about Aberdeen which are well worth visiting and those above were chosen randomly. If you are planning to visit Aberdeen, Scotland then you will find numerous quality hotels in Aberdeen, or many other forms of accommodation, available to book online.
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