Aberdeen sits against the largest hole in Europe.
The city is known as the granite destination for its Rubislaw Quarry. Even though Aberdeen has moved a world away from this business today, its cityscape sparkles with granite glitter.
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This granite glitter is the only reminder of Aberdeen's past. The city swapped quarrying the stone for big money brought to the area by oil business. This lifted Aberdeen to prominence as the most expensive city in Scotland with prices in restaurants and cafes rivaling those of London and Edinburgh.
If dining makes Aberdeen a destination for full wallets, sightseeing is free in the city. Attractions include;
- Aberdeen Art Gallery, located in a Victorian building with paintings, sculptures and Impressionist pieces inside
- The Maritime Museum, a five-star attraction by the Scottish Tourist Board and offers an insight into the mechanics and technology of ships
- The Marischal Museum traces 8000 years of local history
- The Gordon Highlanders Museum traces the dramatic story of the British Army
- Satrosphere Science Centre, the Scotland’s first science and discovery centre
Before the oil money came to the city, Aberdeen had served as the trading post for wool, fish and fur exchanges. When locals supported Robert the Bruce in the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the king spent extra money on Marischal College, the Central Library, the art galleries and the hospitals in the city. In the 18th century Aberdeen thrived on whaling and textile manufacture until it became a home to the British oil companies.
Since then it has re-discovered itself as the third largest city in Scotland and acquired the ranking of the Oil Capital of Europe. This brought popularity across the world with more than business interest, but also tourists. The visitors have a multitude of reasons to stay in Aberdeen like fascinating history, granite architecture, green parks and original Scotch Whiskey. Belmont Street packs your stay with restaurants, clubs and bars, while Booked.net makes your stay in Aberdeen comfortable.