Top 5 Things To Do In Aberdeen

You may have heard the exciting news that No.1 is heading north for an amazing night of style on the 20th of September (get your tickets now!) and so, to whet our appetites, we’ve rounded up the top 5 things to do in Aberdeen and the surrounding area…

Top 5 Things to Do in Aberdeen

Go for an Al Freso Dip

While Aberdeen may be a coastal city, a swim in the North Sea is not high on our bucket lists! However, an outdoor swim that won’t end in hypothermia is just along the road. Stonehaven, a pretty 30 minute drive along the coast, boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool and you can even go for a dip under the stars at the midnight swim sessions.

Visit the Real Dracula’s Castle

This is a must-do for literature lovers! Less than an hour north of the city of Aberdeen lies Slains Castle, an atmospheric ruin which was originally constructed in the late 16th century.  It is said that Bram Stoker was entertained at Slains Castle and took the inspiration for his most famous character’s home from it.

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Relax and Unwind…

When it comes to sniffing out a luxurious spa, the No.1 team know how to pick them! The Ardoe House Hotel & Spa is next on our list of things to do in Aberdeen owing to its beautiful location, luxurious rooms and extensive range of spa treatments. Whether you fancy a professional massage or an expert beauty treatment, the team at Ardoe are on hand to help – sign us up!

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See the Northern Lights

While many people travel the globe hoping for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, there are many places in Scotland that offer a perfect viewing point. Although hunting the Aurora Borealis is something of a temperamental past time, with weather, clouds and many other environmental factors impacting on their appearance, there are some good potential viewing points in Aberdeen. Cold and clear nights in late autumn and winter with minimum cloud cover offer the best chances – so keep your eyes peeled!


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Visit the Game of Thrones Wedding Venue

When Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, who play star-crossed lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte, tied the knot for real we were over the moon, particularly as the couple chose the beautiful Wardhill Castle as their perfect venue. Located near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, Wardhill Castle is a stunning 12th century estate and offers you the chance to claim a slice of the A list lifestyle! From glamping in the woodland cottage  to hiring the whole castle, check out how you can recreate your own Game of Thrones experience.

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Join Us In Aberdeen

Join the No.1 team on the 20th September and enjoy a whole evening of fun, fizz and fashion! With a beauty masterclass from Benefit and a fashion masterclass from Debenhams plus amazing goody bags worth £50 and incredible prizes to be won – this is a night not to be missed!

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Sophie Lambert

I am No.1's features editor and I love writing about everything from the latest trends and beauty brands to the local restaurants you absolutely have to try!