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BEER & BLOODCURDLING TALES 3: CASTLEGATE'S CROOKS & CHARACTERS - MONDAY 26 JUNE 2017

Our third visit to UnderDog, featuring stories of the market place's odd bods and villains.  Your storytellers are Dr Fiona-Jane Brown (Hidden Aberdeen Tours' Director) and Haworth Hodgkinson (Grampian Association of Storytellers).  For further details click here.

Venue: UnderDog, 1 Union Street/ Castlegate (Map)
Doors Open: 7pm
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hr with 15min interval

Tickets: Click HERE to book online or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre, Union Street
N.B. not suitable for under 18s due to the venue being licenced premises.  Ticket price does not include drinks. Please ensure you arrive in good time for the start of the event.


THE UNION STREET TOUR: ABERDEEN'S MODERN HEART - WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE 2017

Special half-price run of our popular Union Street walk in conjunction with Aberdeen City Heritage Trust to celebrate their exhibition on the city's Georgian thoroughfare at Seventeen Belmont Street from 28 June - 1 July 2017.  Find out how our iconic main street came about and what was destroyed to make way for it.  For more tour details click here.

Meet: Town House, Union Street (Map)
End: Holburn Junction near St James' Episcopal Church
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: ONLY £5 Adults/ £3 Concessions! Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street 


THE UNION STREET TOUR: ABERDEEN'S MODERN HEART - FRIDAY 30 JUNE 2017

Special half-price run of our popular Union Street walk in conjunction with Aberdeen City Heritage Trust to celebrate their exhibition on the city's Georgian thoroughfare at Seventeen Belmont Street from 28 June - 1 July 2017.  Find out how our iconic main street came about and what was destroyed to make way for it.  For more tour details click here.

Meet: Town House, Union Street (Map)
End: Holburn Junction near St James' Episcopal Church
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: ONLY £5 Adults/ £3 Concessions! Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street 


CASTLEGATE: MEDIEVAL ABERDEEN - SATURDAY 1 JULY 2017

Special half-price run of the original Castlegate walk to celebrate our 6th birthday and Aberdeen City Heritage Trust's exhibition at Seventeen Belmont Street.  Castlegate was the city's medieval marketplace, but it holds many secrets of its past, some good, some bad!  For more details of this tour, click here.

Meet: Mercat Cross, near La Lombarda Italian Restaurant, Castlegate
End: Gordon Highlanders' Statue
Starts: 2pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: ONLY £5 Adults / £3 Concessions! Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street


FORGOTTEN FITTIE: FROM THE KIRKTOUN TO THE FISHER SQUARES - WEDNESDAY 5 JULY 2017

Learn about the forgotten bits of the ancient Parish of St Clements in which lies the iconic Footdee/ Fittie village. For more details, click here.

Meet: St Clement's Church, Church Street/ St Clement's Street, Footdee AB11 5FU (Map)
Starts: 7.30pm
Ends: Pocra Quay
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click here to book online or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre in Union Street
Suitable for all ages


BLOOD & GRANITE: THE MURDER HISTORY TOUR - FRIDAY 7 JULY 2017

It's back! The original and the best of our "ghost tours" revamped for 2017 with new spooks! A trail through Aberdeen's "Murder Central" where many desperate killings occured since 1901. Not for the faint-hearted! For more details click here

Meet: Trinity Cemetery, Park Road Gates, nr Pittodrie South Stand Entrance (Map)
Starts: 7.30pm
Ends: Constitution Street (Park St end)
Duration: Approx 110min

Tickets: Click HERE to book online or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street (on sale May 31st)
N.B. not suitable for under 12s due to adult content


DUTHIE PARK - SECRETS & STORIES MINI TOUR: SATURDAY 8 JULY 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. N.B. first DAYTIME run of this walk for the summer!

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 11am
Ends: Hygeia's Statue
Duration: approx 60min

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 HISTORICAL SECRETS (MINI TOUR) - SATURDAY 8 JULY 2017

A zip through Old Aberdeen and Kings College history.  First day-time run of this tour for the summer. For more details click here.

Meet: Outside Elphinstone Hall, Kings Lawn, Old Aberdeen (Map)
End: Kings Quad
Starts: 2pm
Duration: Approx. 1 hour

Tickets: click HERE took or  or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


SIREN CITY: ABERDEEN'S BLITZ 21 APRIL 1943 - MONDAY 10 JULY 2017

Aberdeen was nicknamed "Siren City" during WW2 after a terrible raid in the Spring of 1943 in which 130 bombs were dropped by the Luftwaffe in one hour. This tour follows the route of the bombers and looks at the devastation caused.  For more details click here. 

Meet: Council Depot entrance, 38 Powis Terrace (Opposite Kittybrewster Bar) (Map)
Starts: 7.30pm
Ends: John Street
Duration: Approx 2.25hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book online or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street 
N.B. Not suitable for under 10s - or those with mobility issues, strenuous walk


LOST SHOPS OF ABERDEEN: A VIRTUAL TRIP INTO RETAIL NOSTALGIA - WEDNESDAY 12 JULY

A brand new informal talk on Aberdeen's iconic shops of the past, including Isaac Benzies, Falconers, Watt & Grant, One-Up Records, Woolies, The Equitable, and of course, the Coopie! Pictures and stories of our faves from the last century.  Set in our favourite tea house with cake and a cuppa, this cosy session welcomes you for a few hours' basking in nostalgia when Aberdeen's shops were almost all family businesses! 

Venue: Tea Zone, 1 Justice Street, Castlegate (Map)
Doors Open: 7pm
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: £10 per head
.  Click HERE to book online or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street (suitable for all ages)


TALES OF OLD TORRY - FRIDAY 14 JULY 2017

Come and learn the stories and history of the former Kincardineshire settlement, which finally became part of Aberdeen City in 1891.  For full tour description, click HERE

Meet: at the junction of Baxter Street and Sinclair Road, on the corner of the old Torry Bar (Map)
End Point: Victoria Bridge; 
Starts: 7.30pm; 
Duration: approx 2.25hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book  or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street
N.B. Not suitable for those with mobility problems as this is a strenuous walk.


ABERDEEN'S INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE NEW TOUR!! - TUESDAY 18 JULY 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 coming soon!

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. (tickets go on sale 1 June)
N.B. also not suitable for those with mobility problems, long walk!


OLD ABERDEEN’S ARCHITECTURAL SECRETS - THURSDAY 20 JULY 2017

Learn about the 'Aultoun' and its buildings.  For anyone who ever wondered 'if walls could talk...'! For full details, click here.

Meet: Kings College, High Street, Old Aberdeen (Map)
End Point: Seaton Park
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

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


OLD TORRY: THE LOST VILLAGES (MINI TOUR) - SATURDAY 22 JULY 2017

A new mini-tour set in Torry covering almost eight centuries of history in one hour! Starting at old St Fittick's, overlooking the Bay of Nigg, we take a whistle-stop tour of Torry's past. For further details, click HERE. N.B. first day-time run of this tour!

Meet: Old St Fittick's Kirk, St Fittick's Park, St Fittick's Road/Greyhope Road (Map)
End: Mansefield Road
Starts: 11am
Duration: Approx 1 hr

Tickets: Click HEREto book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre in Union Street 


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR) - SATURDAY 22 JULY 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.

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 2pm
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!


GHOSTS & GHOULS OF THE AULTOUN - WEDNESDAY 26 JULY 2017

Revival of our Old Aberdeen "ghost tour" with new spooks and old stories brought to life.  What tales do the spirits of the Aultoun have to tell? Join us at your peril and find out! For further details click here

Meet: Kings College, High Street, Old Aberdeen (Map)
End: Old Chaplainary, The Chanonry.
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre in Union Street
N.B. Not suitable for under 12s due to the adult content


OLD TORRY: THE LOST VILLAGES (MINI TOUR) - THURSDAY 27 JULY 2017

A new mini-tour set in Torry covering almost eight centuries of history in one hour! Starting at old St Fittick's, overlooking the Bay of Nigg, we take a whistle-stop tour of Torry's past. For further details, click HERE.

Meet: Old St Fittick's Kirk, St Fittick's Park, St Fittick's Road/Greyhope Road (Map)
End: Mansefield Road
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 1 hr

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre in Union Street 


DUTHIE PARK: SECRETS & STORIES (MINI TOUR) - SATURDAY 29 JULY 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.

Meet: Polmuir Road Gates (Map)
Starts: 11am
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 HISTORICAL SECRETS (MINI TOUR) - SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017

A zip through Old Aberdeen and Kings College history.  First day-time run of this tour for the summer. For more details click here.

Meet: Outside Elphinstone Hall, Kings Lawn, Old Aberdeen (Map)
End: Kings Quad
Starts: 2pm
Duration: Approx. 1 hour

Tickets: click HERE took or  or in person at Visit Scotland’s Information Centre, Union Street


LOST CINEMAS OF ABERDEEN - WEDNESDAY 2 AUGUST 2017

Second run of 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


HIDDEN ABERDON: TALES OF THE RIVER - THURSDAY 3 AUGUST 2017

Second run of 2017 - learn about what came before Kings College! Originally written for an art exhibition on the Donmouth. Join us on this nature-based walk - for more details, click here.

Meet: Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Meston Walk, Old Aberdeen (Map)
End Point: Brig o' Balgownie
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: Approx 2hrs

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


THE UNION STREET TOUR: ABERDEEN'S MODERN HEART - TUESDAY 8 AUGUST 2017

Find out how our iconic main street came about and what was destroyed to make way for it.  For more tour details click here.

Meet: Town House, Union Street (Map)
End: Holburn Junction near St James' Episcopal Church
Starts: 7.30pm
Duration: approx 2hrs

Tickets: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland's iCentre on Union Street 


ABERDEEN'S INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE - THURSDAY 10 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 coming soon!

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!




 

 

Welcome !

This is Hidden Aberdeen Tours' fabulous new website as designed for us by Mike Bentley.  Still tweaking, so if you see anything that doesn't work, let us know! 

Current Projects

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


BIRTHDAY DISCOUNT! 

Hidden Aberdeen Tours celebrates its 6th birthday on July 1st - but we're giving our customers a present! To benefit from a 20% discount on your tickets over the next month (i.e. the discount is valid for a month, but you can book on ANY tours between now and the last listed) -

simply enter the discount code HAPPYBDAY on the Ticketsource page when you book.  

ONLINE DISCOUNT ONLY - does not apply to tickets booked at Visit Scotland.  So get booking! :-)


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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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