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Things To Do

About Aberdeen

Things To Do

Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan city which is full of surprises, its mix of international sophistication and old-world intimacy means that it is like nowhere else. Located in the north-east of Scotland, often thought of as ‘true Scotland’ due to its history and landscape, the city provides easy access to sandy coastlines, majestic countryside and The Cairngorm mountains.

With a student population of over 25,000, Aberdeen is one of the safest cities in the UK and the most affordable city in the UK thanks to our lower living costs (QS Best Student Cities 2022). There is a huge range of things to do outside of the university campus, from pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres, top-music venues, our local premier league soccer team, not to mention a huge range of other outdoor sport opportunities. 

The city is also the perfect place from which to expand your horizons across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Edinburgh is easily accessible by road or rail, London is only one hour and a quarter flight time from Aberdeen international airport while access to European hubs such as Amsterdam and Paris takes less than two hours.

The Aberdeen experience is yours for the taking, why wait?

Beaches and fishing villages

For those who are fond of sand dunes and salty air, spectacular sandy beaches and stunning coastlines can be found along the Aberdeenshire coast, making it a mecca for surfers, kayakers, kite boarders and wildlife watchers alike. 

Our coastline is amazing – with rugged cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles both north and south of Aberdeen. Nature lovers will be delighted with the range of bird and mammal life inhabiting the landscape. Charming fishing villages and world class golf courses are joined by magnificent castles overlooking the North Sea.

Castles and Culture

A place that is rich in culture, with a range of museums, art galleries, cinemas and concert venues, Aberdeen is ideal for culture and history enthusiasts.

With more than 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape, Aberdeenshire is unsurprisingly known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’. There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK, and you can discover 19 of the most famous and dramatic castles in Aberdeenshire on Scotland’s Castle Trail. 

Aberdeenshire’s most famous castle is probably Balmoral, home to the British Royal Family during the summer months. Many more of these stately homes are said to have provided inspiration to some of our best known literary heroes including, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker and Walt Disney.

Outdoor Life

Aberdeen’s prime location offers exceptional, world class outdoor experiences. Summer and winter, there is something here to satisfy all outdoor enthusiasts.

With the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park right on our doorstep, there are plentiful opportunities for mountain biking, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding and white water rafting within easy reach of the city. Aberdeen has its very own snow-sports centre where you can ski and snowboard all year round and The Deeside Way also offers the chance to run, walk or cycle from the centre of Aberdeen to Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park. 

Within an hour of the City there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the stunning countryside. Where it’s hiking, riding, kayaking, surfing, fishing, kiteboarding … the list goes on. If that isn’t enough, activities such as gorge walking, zip wires and off-road driving and more are also in abundance if you need an adventure top up. 

Parks and Gardens 

Aberdeen boasts a large number of parks for all the family, with play areas and activities, including boating on the ponds and cricket on the lawns.

If you need a break from RGU’s riverside, leafy campus then there are many other urban parks to discover. Indeed Aberdeen has frequently either won or been highly commended by the national ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition.

Our parks and gardens are perfect sanctuaries for students to relax in to escape from the pressure of busy student life. Duthie Park is nearest to our campus with wide open grassland, play areas for children and winter gardens providing an indoor abundance of warm climate plant life. Johnstone Gardens, Westburn Park and Victoria Park are all located only a short distance from the city centre and Hazelhead Park has its own pet’s corner for children. 

Seaton Park in the north of the City won the ‘Parks and Green Space’ title at the Britain in Bloom competition in 2017, with judges describing it as a ‘horticultural treat’. 

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