As the world of the oil industry changes, new opportunities arise. We have put together some suggestions that will inspire you to think of Aberdeen as a place to visit for educational and leisure purposes. Whether you are looking for some new educational resources or a new destination for your travel market take a look below at our top 10 reasons to visit.

Not only that – we are offering groups of 10 people or more low cost opportunities to come and visit this hidden gem during 2016. From as little as £16.00 B&B per person per night now is a great time to book a visit.

"A tale of two cities, whose modern role as Scotland’s engine room fuelled by North Sea Oil sits comfortably with its medieval past.”

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Aberdeen

  1. Cathedrals – St Machar’s, the only medieval granite cathedral in the world dating since 580 AD, Episcopal Church of St Andrew and St Mary’s RC Cathedral.
  2. Ancestral – who do you think you are? History and fantastic resources.
  3. Walks and Beach Walks – Aberdeen has its own sandy beach and follow the Old Aberdeen treasure Trail a great way to learn about the history of the area.
  4. Codona’s Funfair – A great way to expend energy after a day of learning.
  5. Parklands - Aberdeen has over 450 acres of ancient parklands including Duthie Park which hosts the Winter gardens and the largest collection of Cacti in the UK and Seaton Park next to St Machar’s Cathedral. (Studying for a John Muir Award? – spending time here could help you work towards it.)
  6. Maritime Museum – For those teaching STEM subjects, this is a must. There is a 1:33 scale model of the Murchison oil Platform which will get those young minds thinking about engineering and understanding of the constant struggle to extract oil from the North Sea.
  7. Urban Dolphins and Harbour Cruises. – Did you realise you can see some of the largest bottlenose Dolphins in Aberdeen?
  8. Visit Footdee (or Fittie to the locals) - this former fishing community was designed by John Smith, the architect responsible for Balmoral Castle and to visit today really is like stepping back in time.
  9. Gordon Highlanders Museum - It started with a kiss. It ended exactly 200 years later, following a glorious history in which the famous and feared Gordon Highlanders saw action all over the world. 19 of its soldiers had been awarded the Victoria Cross by the time the regiment was disbanded. And that kiss? When the regiment was founded by the 4th Duke of Gordon in 1794 his glamorous wife Jean offered a kiss to every man who joined up and, it is said, that within a month the regiment had more than 1000 new recruits.
  10. Satrosphere - Scotland’s first science centre, originally opening in 1989. Using interactive, hands-on exhibits and live science shows, visitors are encouraged to engage with science, discover more about the world and find out how things work.


  • Junior (15 years or less) - £16.00 per person per night B&B

  • Senior (16 years plus) - £18.00 per person per night B&B

  • Single Room - £29.00 per room per night B&B

  • Twin Room - £46.00 per room per night B&B

  • Double Room - £46.00 per room per night B&B

  • Quad Room - £80.00 per room per night B&B

  • 5 Person Room - £95.00 per room per night B&B

Subject to availability for stays until 31st January 2017. Full T&Cs apply.

To book your accommodation at Aberdeen Youth Hostel contact the Sales & Reservations Team on 0345 293 7373 or email

For full details to help you plan your visit

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