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GHAISTS & GHOULS O THE AULD TOON - HALLOWEEN TOUR: MONDAY 25 OCTOBER

This Halloween, come on a journey into the the past in Aberdon, the old University town which pre-dated "New" Aberdeen by nearly 50 years. Witness the tragic tale of the Hermit of Powis and the horrific end o the drunken victim of the anatomy students, the dark humour of the visiting psychic and the prank gone wrong which cost a university official his life, all dramatised by our team the Taezali Players. With many other creepy tales of the Aul' Toon's days of yore, this will be a night to remember!

All tickets are £15. Tours last just under 120 min each

MEET AT: 
KINGS COLLEGE,
HIGH STREET,
OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3SW - Click HERE for a map

START TIMES - PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TOUR, WE LEAVE PROMPTLY!

TOUR 1: 7pm - 8 tickets left

TOUR 2: 9.45PM - 6 tickets left

BOOK HERE

END POINT:
CHAPLAIN'S COURT,
20 THE CHANONRY,
OLD ABERDEEN AB24 1RQ - Click HERE for a map

The stories are suitable for older children (12+), and we would ask you not to bring dogs to this one, leave your fur babies at home!

The last run finishes at 11.45pm, so we would ask you to ensure you have people to walk home with or to return to your cars. We end at the foot of the Chanonry near St Machar Cathedral. There is ample parking around the campus at night including the Butchart Centre on University Road and the Uni Library car park on Bedford Road.

Terrain is mainly pavements except for the Snow Kirk and St Machar Kirkyard which features large old uneven slabs, grassy surfaces and gravestones. Please judge for yourself whether you can manage.

As this is an outdoor event, there is no official requirement for social distancing, but please be mindful of your fellow customers and keep a respectful distance from each other.

 

 


For the rest of the year...

If you wish to book privately, click here for further info.  Costs are generally £15 p.p.

We require at LEAST two days' notice for private bookings. N.B. No tours available on weekdays

Current availability for private bookings:

October:
[break for Halloween rehearsals] 

November: 
Daytime: Saturdays & Sundays only
Evenings: Saturdays only

 No more until June 2022


 

 

Catch our new podcast running on Anchor.fm; Click HERE to access the episodes so far. 

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News

June 2021

Hidden Aberdeen Tours has been rebranded as "Hidden Aberdeen City & Shire" to reflect our new business model - we are primarily a historical research consultancy now, but will still offer walking tours by appointment. A few public tours will be offered, but anyone who wishes to join those MUST book in advance, we cannot have walk-ups due to the restrictions still being in place.  It's far more simple to choose a tour, contact us and we can arrange a mutually acceptable date and time to take your group on one of our many themed routes. 

Events like storytelling and outdoor theatre are still on the back burner just now until all the restrictions are off.  But if venues are willing to take us, then we'll do it! Keep your fingers crossed! Keep an eye on our events page AND on Facebook if you are on there - our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/HiddenAbdnTours.  

New Podcast!

The coronavAnchor FM Logoirus pandemic has shocked everybody, not least of all us! Unable to tour for the foreseeable future, we decided to get local history out to you via a different medium, AUDIO! Our director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown has started a podcast on Anchor.fm which can also be accessed on Spotify, iTunes, GooglePodcasts, RealRadio and a number of other platforms.  The episodes are usually posted at the weekend, The first series of 10 is available.  The History Quine covers some of the material from Dr Brown's former column in the Evening Express and her books, so expect to range about Aberdeenshire as well as hear about stories from the city.  You can listen to them directly from Anchor.fm or use any of the platforms to store them.  

If you have any suggestions for topics, or want to share your stories of city and shire, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we can record interviews via Zoom or Skype.  The link for The History Quine is HERE.

Research Projects

IMG chpudzIn 2018, our director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown had been commissioned to research Rubislaw Den House for its owners, Opitimus Ltd.

This lead to many fascinating discoveries including that the original Georgian mansion was most likely built by William Dauney, master mason, and maternal uncle of Aberdeen's most famous architect, Archibald Simpson.  William built it for his own brother, Alexander, who was Under-Sheriff of Abereenshire and a local advocate. 

The current house, designed for granite merchant, William Keith, was home to Alexander Anderson, Provost of Aberdeen, but best known for being the founder of CALA (City of Aberdeen Land Association) now CALA Homes.  Anderson shaped most of Victorian Rubislaw and Torry due to his shrewd development of those areas.   Rubislaw Den House was also the last residence of Lady AberLady Aberdeen and familydeen before her death.  She spent her last years writing her memoirs; renaming the property Gordon House, which it remained thereafter as a university hostel, then returned to its original name when it was converted to a nursing home.

Dr Brown hopes that other organisations in significant listed buildings will come forward and invest in similiar research.  Any such enquiries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

 

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Our listing with VISIT ABERDEENSHIRE is now live.  Our friends at this local tourism promotion agency have been snowed under with updates to their business pages, so if you've recently visited it and found obsolete information, it's now been fixed! Click HERE to view and let us know if you spot any errors in future! 

 

Current Projects

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

Discover Maps Aberdeenshire

Currently working with EGCP (East Grampian Coastal Partnership) on the Discover Maps project to create 3 maps of the Aberdeenshire coasst including the Mearns, Formartine and Buchan.  So far the Mearns map text has been completed. Dr Brown will be curating the text and images for the next two maps up to October.  Learn more at EGCP's web site - https://www.egcp.scot/discover-maps

 

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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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