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STAFF HOLIDAYS 23-27 AUGUST - NO TOURS AVAILABLE 


ABERDEEN'S BLITZ: REMEMBERING 21 APRIL 1943 - MONDAY 28 AUGUST 2017

Revisiting the sites of devastation from Aberdeen's worst air raid of WW2.  A poignant look back at one of the city's darkest hours. More details here

Meet: Aberdeen Environmental Services Depot, Kittybrewster, 38 Powis Terrace. (Map)
Ends: John Street
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs 15min

Tickets: Click HERE to book online or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR) - TUESDAY 29 AUGUST 2017

A new mini-tour set in Ferryhill's pleasure park, which was given to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1881. Further details here. Have a dessert at the Inn at the Park after your tour - tell Ronnie and Steph we sent you!

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 2pm N.B. AFTERNOON TOUR
Ends: Hygeia's Statue
Duration: approx 65min

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street
Special price for smaller tour - £5 each.

Suitable for wheelchairs/ mobility scooters and dogs!


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR) - WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST 2017

A new mini-tour set in Ferryhill's pleasure park, which was given to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1881. Further details here. Have a dessert at the Inn at the Park after your tour - tell Ronnie and Steph we sent you!

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 2pm N.B. AFTERNOON TOUR
Ends: Hygeia's Statue
Duration: approx 65min

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street
Special price for smaller tour - £5 each.

Suitable for wheelchairs/ mobility scooters and dogs!


LOST CINEMAS OF ABERDEEN - WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST 2017

Div ye mind gaun tae the picters? Paying with jam jars? Saturday morning specials? Then this tour is bound to appeal! For more details click here

Meet: Nellfield Health Club (Old Odeon), Justice Mill Lane (Map)
End Point: Belmont Filmhouse
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book  or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR) - THURSDAY 31 AUGUST 2017

A new mini-tour set in Ferryhill's pleasure park, which was given to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1881. Further details here. Have a dessert at the Inn at the Park after your tour - tell Ronnie and Steph we sent you!

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 2pm N.B. AFTERNOON TOUR
Ends: Hygeia's Statue
Duration: approx 65min

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street
Special price for smaller tour - £5 each.

Suitable for wheelchairs/ mobility scooters and dogs!


ABERDEEN'S INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE - THURSDAY 31 AUGUST 2017

A brand-new walk for 2017 focusing on some of Aberdeen's industrial past including the mills of Gilcomston, C&M Morton's Jam Factory, Broadfords, the Combworks and the Porthill Textile Works.  A must for industrial heritage fans!  Full description HERE.

Meet: Outside Bon-Accord Free Church, Rosemount Viaduct/ Gilcomston Park (Map)
End Point: Loch Street by Bon-Accord Centre Car Park
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Union Street. 
N.B. also not suitable for those with mobility problems, long walk


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR) - FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

A new mini-tour set in Ferryhill's pleasure park, which was given to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1881. Further details here. Have a dessert at the Inn at the Park after your tour - tell Ronnie and Steph we sent you!

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 2pm N.B. AFTERNOON TOUR
Ends: Hygeia's Statue
Duration: approx 65min

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street
Special price for smaller tour - £5 each.

Suitable for wheelchairs/ mobility scooters and dogs!


OLD ABERDEEN'S ARCHITECTURAL SECRETS - FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

LAST PUBLIC EVENING HISTORY TOUR OF THE SEASON! Your last chance in 2017 to see the full Old Aberdeen history walk - for more details, click here.

Meet: Kings College, entry path, High Street, Old Aberdeen (MAP
End Point: Brig o' Balgownie
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HEREto book  or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


END OF PUBLIC EVENING HISTORY TOURS 


MINI TOUR FESTIVAL - SEPT 5-8 2017

Offshore Europe is back at the exhibition centre this year, so we welcome visitors from afar with a whole four days of our mini tours! At £5 each, these tickets are an absolute gift - and your reward is a pleasant zip through four areas of the city's history - dates below, booking open now!

OLD ABERDEEN'S HISTORICAL SECRETS - TUESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

Read more about this tour here
Meeting Point: Elphinstone Hall, Kings Lawn, Old Aberdeen (MAP)

10.30am - 11.30am    BOOK HERE
12 noon - 1pm             BOOK HERE
2.30pm - 3.30pm        BOOK HERE

CASTLEGATE'S MEDIEVAL PAST - WEDNESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

Read more about this tour here:
Meeting Point: Mercat Cross, Castlegate (MAP)

10.30am - 11.30am     BOOK HERE
12 noon - 1pm              BOOK HERE
2.30pm - 3.30pm          BOOK HERE

DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES - THURSDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

Read more about this tour here:
Meeting Point: Polmuir Road Entrance, Duthie Park, Ferryhill (MAP)

10.30am - 11.30am     BOOK HERE
1pm - 2pm  
                  BOOK HERE

OLD TORRY: LOST VILLAGES - FRIDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

Read more about this tour here:
Meeting Point: Old St Fittick's Kirk, St Fittick's Road, Torry (MAP)

10.30am - 11.30am     BOOK HERE
1pm - 2pm                    BOOK HERE


ghostbusters logoSPOOKY SEASON BEGINS!!!

Yes folks, the nights are drawing in and the spirits are abroad! Our ever-popular ghost tours are back for September and October. More dates will be confirmed very soon. Join us for a frightfest!

BURKERS & BODYSNATCHERS: MURKY MEDICAL MISDOINGS IN ABERDEEN - 
WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

Learn about the disturbing lengths that medical students and surgeons went to in the 18th century to acquire cadavers for study.  Read more about this tour here.

Meet: Bruce's Statue, outside Marischal College, Broad Street (MAP
End Point: Littlejohn Street, near Six Degrees North 
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


GHOSTS & GHOULS OF THE AULTOUN - FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Old Aberdeen's spooks and spectres welcome you to Aberdon After Dark! Read all about it here.

Meet: Outside Kings College, High Street entrance path (MAP)
End Point: Chanonry
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's Information Centre, Union Street.


BLOOD & GRANITE: THE MURDER HISTORY TOUR - WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

The original ghost tour with gruesome tales of murder and death in Aberdeen's murder central - and meet Johnny Milne, the last civic hangman.  More details here.

Meet: Trinity Cemetery, Park Road Gates by Pittodrie South Stand entry (MAP)
End Point: Park Street near Saltoun Bar
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


BURKERS & BODYSNATCHERS: MURKY MEDICAL MISDOINGS IN ABERDEEN - 
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Learn about the disturbing lengths that medical students and surgeons went to in the 18th century to acquire cadavers for study. Read more about this tour here.

Meet: Bruce's Statue, outside Marischal College, Broad Street (MAP
End Point: Littlejohn Street, near Six Degrees North 
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book  or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street



 

News

Our three fabulous street-theatre ghost tours will return in September! But we've got to increase our costs to ensure we can afford to put them on.  Adult tickets will now be £12 and concessions £10, which still makes a VERY reasonable price for a night of unique entertainment - also still cheaper than the major walking tours in Edinburgh!  Dates will appear on the calendar soon.  We'll have to apply this charge to private bookings also, as that's where we have issues with economic viability. So, a minimum of 20 people is required to book a private run of a ghost tour, or choose your own date and allow it to be opened up to the public in order to cover costs.  You really need a large audience on a ghost tour - well, you need somebody to hide behind! All enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Current Projects

As well as tours and storytelling sessions, Hidden Aberdeen is also works with various local businesses, charities and third sector organisations:

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Reminiscence Sessions

Working with Alzheimer Scotland in Aberdeen

Director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown is currently working with Dementia Advisor, Sarah Geoghegan and the volunteers at Alzheimer Scotland's Dementia Resource Centre in King Street, Aberdeen to deliver reminiscence sessions to their clients.

Reminiscence and storytelling has been shown by experts to be beneficial to people suffering from dementia conditions. In early discussions with the charity, there was a real interest in using the content from the history walks to present sessions to regulars at the centre.

The sessions themselves take the form of an initial presentation using images, music and oral recordings on various local history themes including shops, cinemas, war-time and festivals, followed by time for discussion and sharing of memories. The centre in King Street, which was originally the Chivas Brothers' grocery store, can accommodate groups of 40 in comfortable seating; there are tea/coffee making facilities and clients can enjoy some "fine pieces" with their drinks.

The first session, on "Lost Shops" of Aberdeen, was very-well attended with an audience of around 24 people, many of whom worked in some of the locally-owned stores in the city's retail areas such as George and Union Streets. There was great enjoyment of the photographs of weel-kent emporia such as Falconers, Watt & Grant, Isaac Benzies and Norco House, and many shared memories of shop features such as money-chutes and glass-fronted display cabinets. Particularly popular was the film from Scottish Screen entitled "Out For Value" which was made in the 1930s for Isaac Benzies, an iconic store in George Street. Facebook likers were even able to identify the house where the family in the film lived as being situated on Anderson Drive after it was shared on our page.

The sessions are being funded by CALA Homes, local housing developer, which regularly support Alzheimer Scotland in their endeavours. Their fundraising team will be attending the June session on "Lost Cinemas of Aberdeen" to see for themselves how clients are really enjoying these trips down memory lane.

We are delighted to be working with these local organisations and contributing to what is essentially helpful therapy for people struggling with dementia and its related conditions.

 

Our Publications

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, director of Hidden Aberdeen Tours has published three books on local history in the city and shire.  

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BACK IN PRINT AFTER AN 18 MONTH ABSENCE!! 

Publishers, Black & White of Edinburgh have finally been able to bring back this very popular original local history book which was inspired by the walking tours and Dr Fiona-Jane Brown's blog which was hosted by STV Aberdeen way back in 2012! Due back in bookshops by mid-June 2017!

Aberdeen is rich in history, much of it hidden. Now, in Hidden Aberdeen, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown explores the city through new eyes, revealing new stories from the past and bringing the modern city to life. There's the last resting place of Robert Hitchens, who was at the wheel of the Titanic when it struck an iceberg; Royal connections including the Old Pretender, James Francis Edward Stuart's visit to local ship owner, Skipper Scott, when he discovered from his commander, the Earl of Mar, that all was not well with the Jacobite Army; the brutal murder of a monk by so-called reformers and the strange nineteenth-century animal cruelty case against the city's Jewish community. There's also the city's intriguing connection with Millwall FC and the place where medieval criminals were hanged. This fascinating book will open your eyes to the hidden, the forgotten and the abandoned which lie under your feet as you walk round the city today.

Hidden Aberdeen: History on your Doorstep and Under Your Feet is the first local history publication from Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, founder of Hidden Aberdeen Tours.

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Hidden Aberdeenshire the Coast

Following on from the bestselling Hidden Aberdeen, Fiona-Jane Brown now presents a brand new volume, Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast, exploring the rich history and the most fascinating, quirky stories from the windswept lands beside the North Sea.

There's the story of James Keith, brother of the 10th Earl or Marischal, whose statue stands in Peterhead - but few know why; Captain Gray's House, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took up a post as ship's surgeon on a whaler owned by one of the most successful whaling captains of the nineteenth century; the tale of the Frasers, the family who lost their castle and generations later reclaimed it; the mystery of the university that never was; plus many more.

Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast is a fascinating and entertaining collection of forgotten history and anecdotes from Scotland's North-East, pieced together by historian Dr Fiona-Jane Brown.

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Hidden Aberdeenshire the Land

Following on from Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast, this new volume moves inland to tell the stories of the countryside, from the fertile farmland of Buchan to the high peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Visit Macbeth's reputed grave at Lumphanan, where he was supposedly buried by his supporters after being killed by Malcolm Canmore, later Malcolm III of Scotland; meet the Maiden Stone's forgotten companion, the larger-than-life Persephone sculpture, near the foot of Bennachie and learn the significance of the Kintore Arms Public House to a terrible murder back in 1863.

Come and visit the two most fascinating burials in Braemar cemetery, of poor crofter, Peter Grant who fought at Culloden and outlived Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Black Colonel, John Farquharson of lnverey, who made his "bed" in the rocks above his castle, but did not lie peaceful in his grave after death.

Learn about Trooper Smart of Kintore who died in South Africa as a result of a lion attack; the hidden stone circle discovered in Methlick Wood by a local dowser and Wormy Hillock, an early site of Pagan worship near Rhynie.

Join historian and guide Dr Fiona-Jane Brown for these and many more quirky, forgotten and hidden tales, this time from Aberdeenshire's landward districts.

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Hidden Aberdeen Tours (founded 2011) is wholly owned by Dr Fiona-Jane Brown as a sole-trading operation which occasionally works with contractors.


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