Sightseeing in Aberdeen City Centre

Sightseeing

Take a walk along to Broad Street where you can take in the stunning views of Marischal College. Originally built in 1593 to serve as a university building, it is now the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. The recent development of Broad Street has seen a beautiful fountain installed at the front of the building, with over 60 illuminated jets of water constantly performing a different sequence. Whilst you are there, make sure to look across the road at another new development on Broad Street – Marischal Square. This building truly mixes the old with the new, with its huge glass windows reflecting Marischal College and Provost Skene’s house. Marischal Square is home to a number of restaurants and cafes including the world’s first Mackie’s ice cream parlour. Another point of interest at Marischal Square is a five meters tall leopard sculpture designed by the award-winning Kelpies artist Andy Scott. The sculpture, named ‘Poised’, sits upon a ten meters tall pole and looks down upon passers-by, truly an impressive sight.

'Poised' by Andy Scott

Art lover? Why not embark on a tour of Aberdeen’s street art, brought to the city by the internationally renowned Nuart Festival, artists from all over the globe have left their mark on the city. Nuart walking tours around Aberdeen, run every Saturday during the summer and leave from The Green. If you are hoping to catch some street art during the winter months, you can easily plan your own self-guided tour using this Nuart Map. Don’t forget to check out the piece by Bortusk Leer on our Roof Garden!

Once you have taken in the sights of Aberdeen, take a moment to stop and refuel. We would recommend Café Benugo at John Lewis. Open for coffee, fruit, yoghurt pots and croissants in the morning for a kick start to your day or handmade sandwiches and a selection of salads and toasted specials over lunch. If you're in the area in the afternoon, pop in for a slice of cake and coffee or enjoy afternoon tea.