Aberdeen is a fairly compact city and exploring the various attractions on foot is a good option. The Satrosphere is Scotland’s first science centre. It provides fun for all age groups, discovering science in a hands-on manner.
Perhaps the most notable historic building in the city is the King’s College Chapel (containing a collection dating from the 15th century), which is located in the magnificent King’s College. Aberdeen is also blessed by three magnificent cathedrals, the outstanding feature of St Machar’s Cathedral is the heraldic ceiling (c.1520), while St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in King Street and St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral are also impressive.
The Aberdeen Fun Beach runs along the entire length of the promenade and is backed by a who
le range of attractions; bars, cafés, restaurants, and even a golf complex. Other attractions here are the Beach Leisure Centre, Linx Ice Arena, a multiplex cinema, a nightclub, as well as the largest permanent fun fair in Scotland. Also, the home of the Aberdeen Football Club is just behind the Beach, at the Pittodrie Stadium.
There are several museums and galleries that are worth visiting in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Art Gallery houses a collection of 18th to 20th century art, including a sculpture court, which shows the various hues of granite available in the area. The Maritime Museum illustrates the history of the North Sea, as well as the off-shore oil and gas, shipbuilding and fishing industries. The Marischal Museum houses a display of Scottish archaeology, outlining not only social history in Scotland, but also in Greece and Egypt. The Gordon Highlanders Museum focuses on two centuries of gallantry in Scotland.
To experience life in the 16th century, visit the Provost Skene’s House, which is furnished and decorated in the style of a 16th century town house. The Costume Gallery shows the elegance of the day and the Painted Gallery houses some of Scotland’s most important religious paintings.