Please see individual tours for start and finish venues.
Please note the following:
Aberdeen City provides some wonderful self-guided walking tours of the city, by area and by theme. If you are unable to join us one of the guided tours, or you have some extra time in the city, then visit the Aberdeen City Council website
Depart: 14:30 Union Terrace (Hotel)
Return: 16:30 Tour ends at Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Maritime Museum and Art Gallery comprise Aberdeen City Council’s main public collections offering. The recent Art Gallery roof extension and redevelopment by Gareth Hoskins Architects was recognised as Scotland’s best building by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland in 2021. In their own ways both buildings have sought to integrate new development to bring historic fabric back into use and contain fine collections.
Tour lead: Zinnie Denby-Mann works at Historic England as an Historic Places Adviser in the north of England where she focusses on projects relating to conservation areas and area based grants. She has previously worked in the conservation team at Aberdeen City Council and currently sits on the IHBC’s Education, Training and Standards Committee.
Accessibility: Both the Maritime Museum and the Art Gallery are accessible to disabled. Some uneven traditional surfaces and inclines.
Depart: 15:00 Union Terrace (Hotel)
Return: 16:00 Tours ends at Provost Skene’s House
Provost Skene’s House is Aberdeen’s oldest surviving Town House dating from 1545. Saved from demolition in slum clearance in the C20th the building now houses Aberdeen’s ‘Hall of Heroes’.
Tour lead: Ross Wilson is the Senior Planner (Conservation) of Aberdeen City Council.
Accessibility: Ground floor access for wheelchair users only. People with restricted mobility may find upper floors difficult to access.
Depart: 14:45 Union Terrace (Hotel)
Return: 16:45 Tour ends at Union Terrace (hotel)
A remarkable amount of Aberdeen’s C19th planned city centre survives. Discover how the city developed, its architectural protagonists and take in its heritage from St Nicholas Kirk to post WWII high flats finishing at Union Terrace Gardens.
Tour lead: Douglas Campbell manager of Aberdeen City Heritage Trust, a limited company and charity, and supporter of the 2022 School
Accessibility: This mile and a half long walk will visit St Nicholas Kirk which has ground floor accessibility only. Some uneven surfaces.
Image © Aberdeen City Heritage Trust
Depart: 14:00 Union Terrace (Hotel) where pre-booked taxis will take us to Old Aberdeen
Return: 17:00 Tours ends at Chanonry (option to take bus back into city centre, or to walk. - Cost not included)
This walking tour will take in Old Aberdeen which was, until as recently as 1890, a town independent from Aberdeen. It will take in some of the earliest surviving buildings in the Old Town and of the University (which dates back to the foundation of King’s College in 1495), as well as one of the most recent additions to the university campus.
At King’s College Chapel Dr Louise Page will guide us through the history of the building, from its foundation in the late 15th century through to the striking crown spire, which was restored in the 17th century following storm damage. Our tour will include the interior of the chapel, which has the finest medieval woodwork in Scotland, comprising a pulpit, choir stalls, and rood screen.
Image © Aberdeen City Heritage Trust
Our tour continues in the earliest part of the old Town, around the Chanonry. At St Machar’s Cathedral, the oldest building in active use in Aberdeen, we will see the recent ceiling restoration project, guided by Prof. David Hewitt. At a former chaplain’s court building architect Dave Chouman will lead us around the conservation and conversion of the 16th century building.
Tour lead: Sepideh Hajisoltani has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, town planning and conservation. She is currently working on the completion of her PhD research project on the Future of UK City Centres. She is a Chartered Member of Royal Town Planning Institute and a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.
The tour involves walking of uneven surfaces between different sites.
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