Discover a metropolitan city with a sandy beach
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Although previously known as the Granite City, there’s nothing grey and dreary about Aberdeen. A train to Aberdeen will take you to an underrated city that seamlessly blends all the delights of a busy cosmopolitan hub as well as plenty of green space and sandy beaches. With so much on offer the real question is when are you going to go?
Aberdeen Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to start your adventure, whether you’re in the city for business or pleasure.
Aberdeen is a shopaholic’s dream; the city’s Union Square attached to the station is home to over 50 amazing stores as well as restaurants and a cinema complex. But that’s not all – there are three more shopping centres in the immediate vicinity meaning that you’ll be able to find all your favourite brands within a stone’s throw of the station.
Union Street is sometimes known as the Granite Mile and will lead you straight to the great West End shopping area. The walk shouldn’t take long, unless of course you pop into one of the many stores along the way, and once you reach the charming tangle of streets you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here designer outlets, great little cafés and even the odd art store all jostle for pole position, making it the perfect spot for fashionistas.
If you’re in town to get a kilt made, you’ll want to head over to Rosemount. Here you’ll also find a great range of independent retailers selling everything from vintage clothing to fresh baked goods and even Aberdeen’s best (and only!) cheese shop. The area is home to a great range of butchers, fishmongers and the like as well, which gives it a distinctly traditional feel.
Aberdeen creates world famous produce, and so it’s not surprising that there’s a thriving gastronomic scene in the city. Many of the local eateries rely on the amazing bounty which can be found right on their doorstep from Aberdeen Angus Beef and fresh seafood to some of Scotland’s finest whiskies.
One of our favourite things to do in Aberdeen is to grab a bite to eat overlooking the North Sea. Choose to settle in with a warming cup of tea and a slice of cake in one of the quaint seaside cafés or take a portion of fish and chips for a bracing lunch on the beach itself. The coastal delights of Aberdeen are sure to capture your heart, and the invigorating sea air will help you build up an appetite.
The people of Scotland have been known to enjoy a drink or two, and if you’re in the market for a dram, Aberdeen has you covered. With a pub just about on every corner you’ll find it easy enough to find a drink and some excellent pub grub without having to look too far. But if it’s something more specialist you’re after, there’s also a number of Whisky Shops and Bars which will allow you to indulge your inner connoisseur.
Culturally you’ll not find many cities quite like Aberdeen. Here it stays light until 11pm in the summer, urban dolphins play in the city harbour, and locals have been known to paddle-board to work. Visitors will love this unique character which you will find everywhere from the museums and art galleries to the vibrant nightlife.
If you’re travelling to Aberdeen on a family day out, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Choose from some of the best museums in Scotland, including the Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen Maritime Museum and the Zoology Museums, as well as a great science and discovery centre with loads of activities,
Cinema junkies might want to shelter from the somewhat unpredictable weather at the Belmont Filmhouse, which shows the newest blockbusters, as well as a great selection of old favourites and exciting indie releases. If live shows are more your style, ACT Aberdeen and the Lemon Tree have a great line up of live music, West End shows and comedy as well as the very best of local talent.
Aberdeen train station has step-free access throughout and is fully accessible to those with a range of needs. Both Accessible ticket machines and office counters are available in the station as are ramps for train access. Visitors are advised that Accessible Taxis are not available at Aberdeen Station.
Aberdeen has a great bus network which connects the city with the wider county. If you’re planning on making several journeys by bus in the city, we would recommend looking into the Grasshopper scheme which allows you to travel on any bus in the area. If you’d rather take a cab, a taxi rank is available at the station.
For further information about Aberdeen Station, check out our station guide.
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