Things to do near Aberdeen

Thistle Aberdeen Altens is situated on the south side of Aberdeen and just 2 miles from the busy city centre. The Granite City, as it has been known is a place of contrasts to be explored and enjoyed. From its long, sandy coastline to its gleaming oil business head offices, and from its award-winning parks and gardens to its thriving local music scene, the city and region offers peaceful walks, historic trails, irresistible shopping and a memorable nightlife.
Saturday 20th June - Movie Mania
Friday 28th August - Rubix Cubes 80's Tribute
Saturday 26th September - Could it be Take That
Saturday 31st October - Monster Ball with Feeva
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Arts & Culture

  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum - 2.7 Miles

    Situated within the historic Shiprow area of the city centre, the museum is home to many artefacts that help to recount the historical relationship the region has shared with the sea, including shipbuilding, fishing and the North Sea oil industry.

  • His Majesty’s Theatre - 2.9 Miles

    The beautiful building of His Majesty’s Theatre boasts the title of the largest theatre in North – East Scotland. A wide range of shows are put on including many famous musicals such as Dirty Dancing and Grease.

  • The Music Hall - 2.7 Miles

    Located right in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, this venue is one that truly has something for everyone, from classical concerts to comedy shows.

  • Aberdeen Art Gallery - 2.9 Miles

    One of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, the gallery is home to paintings, sculpture and graphics from the 15th century to the modern day. There are often special exhibitions, talks and lunchtime concerts, all free of charge.

  • Provost Skene House - 2.8 Miles

    Named after its most famous resident, this unique building is now home to a series of period rooms decorated to show how people lived in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Attractions include the Painted Gallery and the Costume Gallery.


  • Soul Bar and Casino - 2.5 Miles

    Soul is a venue that offers great food and drink at anytime of the day. With a DJ playing in the evenings and its extensive cocktail menu, Soul is one of Aberdeen’s most popular night time spots. Soul Casino offers all the classic casino games

Local Attractions

  • Codonas - 3.0 Miles

    Beachside fun for the whole family. Attractions include the outdoor amusement park, Pirate Island and The Congo indoor mini golf, ten pin bowling, Rambo’s Kid's Adventure Land and plenty of food and drink options.

  • Aberdeen Beach - 3.3 Miles

    Famous for its golden sand and long curved length, Aberdeen Beach has a great deal to offer indoors and out including golf, surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding, swimming and ice skating.

  • Satrosphere Science - 3.1 Miles

    Scotland’s first science and discovery centre is home to over 50 interactive hands-on exhibits as well as live science shows. These exhibits help to teach people about science and the world around them in a fun and interesting way.

  • Aberdeen Harbour and Cruises - 2.6 Miles

    Aberdeen is home to one of the busiest ports in the UK with 40,000 shipping movements taking place annually. During the summer months you can get a close-up look at the numerous oil industry support vessels that are berthed in the harbour.

Outside of the city

  • Story Book Glen - 10.4 Miles

    Set in 28 acres of magnificent surroundings on Royal Deeside, Story Book Glen is a fairy tale land for the whole family. See more than 100 of your favourite nursery rhyme characters dotted around beautiful flowers, trees and plants.

  • Crathes Castle - 24.5 Miles

    A 16th century castle set in a 595 acre estate, situated just outside of Banchory, Aberdeenshire. The estate includes grand gardens and six woodland trails. Activities at the castle include craft lessons and a treetop adventure.

  • Dunnottar Castle - 13.9 Miles

    Situated in Stonehaven, a short drive from Aberdeen city centre, Dunnottar Castle is a ruined cliff top fortress set in dramatic surroundings. Visit these ruins to learn about the captivating historical tales of William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

  • Castle Fraser - 26.4 Miles

    Ancestral home of the Fraser family, this baronial castle dates back to the 15th century. Inside the castle you will get a sense of what life was like from medieval times. Within the grounds there is the Woodland Secrets play area and several walking trails.


  • Duthie Park - 1.8 Miles

    Situated just outside the city centre, this 44 acre park includes a picturesque bandstand, ponds, fountains and statues. It is also home to the Winter Gardens which house many exotic plants.

  • Hazlehead Park - 2.8 Miles

    Situated on the outskirts of Aberdeen, the park has two golf courses, a pitch and putt, football fields, a large children’s play area, a maze and a petting zoo. It is also home to a number of sculptures by a range of artists.


  • Union Square Shopping Centre - 2.4 Miles

    Aberdeen's newest shopping centre opened in 2009. It has two floors of shops and restaurants, including the House of Fraser department store and a 10-screen cinema. The centre encloses Aberdeen's bus station and train station, and has 1700 car parking spaces.


  • Aberdeen Sports Village - 3.6 Miles

    A brand new complex situated in the heart of the city centre. The venue offers a large range of first class sporting facilities, including squash, athletics, basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis and a fully kitted gym.

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