Aberdeen’s city centre is packed full of museums, galleries and spectacular architecture featuring its famous granite, with stunning buildings made of the sparkling rock.
Aberdeen originated as two separate burghs: Old Aberdeen, the cathedral and university settlement on the Don, and New Aberdeen, the neighbouring trading and fishing village on the Dee. Old Aberdeen, reputedly founded in 580 by St. Machar, a disciple of the Celtic missionary St. Columba, became the seat of the bishopric of Aberdeen and was virtually destroyed by the English in 1336.
Aberdeen is an important hub for transport by road, rail, sea, and air. The original harbour, the Dee estuary, has been continually improved. It was Scotland’s premier fishing port from the introduction of steam trawling until the rise of the North Sea oil industry. Today Aberdeen Harbour is the main commercial port of northeast Scotland. Though the city was once the site of one of Britain’s largest granite-exporting industries, today Aberdeen’s primary industries include oil and gas, tourism, and renewable energy. The North Sea oil boom of the late 20th century benefited Aberdeen more than any other city of Scotland.
There’s no shortage of fine dining options with a wide range of different cuisines on offer for those who want a varied diet. A young population keeps the bar scene bustling enough to rival Scotland’s larger cities. For those wishing to engage in some retail therapy there are a wide variety of shops available in the city centre as well as the larger Trinity Centre and Union Square Shopping Centres. For those wishing to learn more about Aberdeen’s history and heritage there are a number of museums available to satisfy their learning requirements. These include the Aberdeen Maritime museum, The Tolbooth Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery.
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