Another lovely city in the United Kingdom is the city of Aberdeen. It is known as the Silver City or the Granite City, because of its granite-like architecture. The city is a sight to behold for tourists. Aberdeen is situated in the Grampian region, which provides a spectacular backdrop with its green forests along the sea cliffs and its heather covered moors. Aberdeen is a perfect example of a model Scottish town. It is also a city that combines the old and the new. On one side, there is the much-admired Old Aberdeen whilst a very different commercial harbor can be seen in another part of the city. Back in the old days, Aberdeen was an agricultural center. Recently, it has become a major oil production center. In addition, Aberdeen produces around 50 percent of the country's Scotch Whiskey. When it comes to tourism, the city is full of marvels. Among the top attractions of Aberdeen are St. Andrew's Cathedral, the 15th century King's College, Europe's premium indoor garden, Duthie Park, and Aberdeen's Maritime Museum, just to name a few.
The Archaelink Prehistory Park located at Oyne is an award-winning site that has a lot to offer to visitors with an interest in history. The Archaelink Prehistory Park features re-enactments, displays, and audio-visual presentations. Moreover, it has even rebuilt the camps from previous eras, such as the Iron Age, Mesolithic Period, and during the Roman Empire. The lovely Park also has shops and restaurants for you to visit. The Balmoral in Ballater is a magnificent castle that Prince Albert bought for Queen Victoria. It first served as the home of royalty in 1853 and it still serves the same purpose today. However, you may be able to view its ballroom, it being the only area open to the public. Balmoral has a lot more rooms of course, but seeing the ballroom will make your tour worthwhile. This room has a lot of displays that you will enjoy such as the China, Art, Porcelain, and Tartan collection. Outside, the scenic gardens and the Carriage Hall will also mesmerize you. The Carriage Hall has a lot of royal carriages and even a China exhibit as well. While you're here, you can try one of the pony rides. There's also a cafe and gift shop to buy souvenirs from. Another magnificent castle is the Braemar Castle. It is an award-winning facility, which boasts a castle and village dating from the year 1625. Some of the features of the Braemar Castle are the underground prison, vaulted ceilings, and the spiral staircase in the central round tower. There are so many castles to be found in Aberdeen. Castle Fraser is in the Inverurie area. It is a huge tower dating from the 15th century. The Castle Fraser boasts beautiful furnishing, art, and other artifacts. Also, when you visit Castle Fraser, don't forget to check out the huge Great Hall with a fireplace in it. Other castles that Aberdeen has to offer are the Craigeivar Castle, Crathes, Dunnottar Castle, and Tolquhon Castle. There's also Haddo House and the Leith Hall and Garden that measures over 300 acres.
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