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3rd House Guest House
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Aberdeen, AB10 6NR
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Duthie Park & The David Welch Winter Gardens

The history of Duthie Park starts on 5th July 1880 when Miss Duthie, a local benefactor stated her intention of presenting Aberdeen with a public park to perpetuate the memory of her uncles and brothers.

Thousands of people including Miss Duthie and the full-town Council attended the ceremony of cutting the first turf on 27th August 1881.  

The ceremony concluded with a buffet for nearly 300 invited guests in a huge marquee erected in the park.

The original Winter Gardens or Palm House was erected in 1899 and was designed by the then city architect, Mr Rust.  

The building was some 108 feet long by 56 feet wide with a circular central dome3 measuring 24 feet in diameter and rising to a height of 46 feet.  

The building was constructed using St Petersburgh redwood; costing 1,550.

The Winter Gardens contain a very wide range of plant material and some important plant collections and is a unique facility within Northern Scotland.

Winter Garden Pond
Winter Garden Cacti

The temperate House has a developing collection of plants from the temperate regions of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Mediterranean and would probably not be hardy enough to survive the winter of Aberdeen. 

These include Eucalyptus, Acacia, Callistemon, Phormium, Olive, Strelitzia and Protea. 

The Arid House contains one of the largest collections of cacti and succulents in Britain with plants from dry lands throughout the world, including South America, Arabia and Madagascar.

For further details log onto the Aberdeen City Council website.


Duff House Country Gallery

Duff House

Located in Banff, 46 miles north of Aberdeen, Duff House was designed by William Adam and built between 1735-40 as a seat of the Earls Fife.

A treasure  house with an extraordinary history, it contains masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.  

The outstanding collections consist of furniture, including chairs by Chippendale, tapestries and paintings by artists such as Sir Henry Raeburn and El Greco.

Duff House Mausoleum

With extensive grounds and woodland walks by the river Deveron you will find a day is not enough.  Other things to do and see in the area are the whiskey and castle trails, scenic coastal routes and towns, or visit the Macduff Marine Aquarium and the Museum of Scottish Light Houses at Fraserburgh.

Visitors can also browse in the shop with its wide range of quality gifts and books.  Families are welcome as there are facilities for parents and small children and an adventure playground.

For further details log onto the Duff House website.

His Majesty's Theatre

His Majesty's Theatre

His Majesty's Theatre first opened its doors on 3rd December 1906 with the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood. 

Costing 35,000 to build, it was designed by the pre-eminent theatre architect Frank Matcham. Local tradesmen built it entirely of Kemnay granite, making it the only theatre of its type in the world. 

Together with the Public Library and St Mark's Church, these three central landmarks of Aberdeen became known as 'Education, Salvation and Damnation'.

HMT Emblem New life has been breathed into this grand Edwardian building recently to help ensure HMT continues to attract a wide range of top quality theatre productions.

The five-storey redevelopment brings the theatre to life day and night. Front of house facilities have been completely modernised by revamping bars and toilets and by the addition of a restaurant, coffee shop and corporate hospitality area. Technical and audio-visual equipment has been improved, with a new Green room for performers, upgraded dressing rooms and a purpose-built rehearsal and education area.

For further details of what's on log onto the HMT Aberdeen website.

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)


The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) opened in 1985, primarily to provide a permanent venue for the biennial Offshore Europe Exhibition and Conferences. 

Since opening, both the variety and volume of events taking place at the Centre has grown significantly and includes international congresses, trade and public exhibitions, rock and pop concerts, live sporting events, award dinners, corporate dinner dances and small meetings.

For further details of what's on log onto the AECC website.

Castles of the North East of Scotland

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate
Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate
Craigievar Castle
Drum Castle, Garden & Estate
Mar Lodge Estate
Fyvie Castle; Haddo House; Pitmedden Gardens
Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Find out more by visiting the National Trust for Scotland website


Last modified: February 06, 2015