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The Dark Side of Aberdeen: A Self-guided Audio Walk provided by VoiceMap Aberdeen

The Dark Side of Aberdeen: A Self-guided Audio Walk

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  • You'll start at
    Mercat Cross
    Mercat Cross, Castle St, Aberdeen AB11 5HP, UK
    Start at the Mercat Cross at the Eastern end of Union Street, a short walk from the Visit Scotland centre. Before arrival, install the VoiceMap app and use the code provided on your ticket. This is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart any time and complete at your own pace.
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    Marischal College
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
    The tour takes you on a wandering walk beginning at the Mercat Cross, near the Tourist Office, and ending with a dramatic view of the city's crown jewel - Marischall College. Start the tour in the app, put your phone in your pocket, and let your guide direct you through the streets. The total walking distance is approximately 1.5km and takes about an hour without stopping, but you can pause anytime! Most people will opt to stop for a coffee or ice-cream snack or for photography opportunities along the way. The narration is crisply mastered by a professional audio engineering staff, and the tour creates an engaging experience that is suitable for all ages that can wear ear buds. Key landmarks include: • Mercat Cross (Market Cross) • Aberdeen Harbour • Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Provost Ross House • Marischal Square and Marischal College • Provost Skene's House The exact route can be seen upon downloading or viewing the tour. Audio from the tour can also be previewed at this site.
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    Pass by
    Aberdeen Maritime Museum
    Provost Ross House
    The Green
    Provost Skene's House
    Marischal Square
  • You'll end at
    Marischal Square
    Marischal Square, Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1BA, UK
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mercat Cross, Castle St, Aberdeen AB11 5HP, UK
30–40 minutes
Return Details
Marischal Square, Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1BA, UK
  • Lifetime access to 'Dark Aberdeen: Piracy, Slavery and Insurrection' tour
  • VoiceMap Application
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Smartphone
  • Transportation
  • Food/drinks
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Entry/Admission - Marischal College
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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nickjtravels wrote a review 22 Nov
Church Crookham, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
A very informative tour of Aberdeen that we did on our brief stop in Aberdeen earlier this year. When we return we will be doing one of the other tours on VoiceMap. Altogether a great experience that is perfect in a COVID-19 world as you go around by yourselves and will still
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Date of experience: September 2020
Kevin Hollingworth wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions
Informative, interesting tour that wasn’t too long and gave good opportunities for a break if needed. Tracking and positioning system worked well to direct and start narrative at the right time.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Ash G wrote a review Jan 2020
Elwood, Australia5 contributions5 helpful votes
This was great. So easy to do with your phone and when the tour started, your could put your phone away and hands in your pocket as it was SO cold at Christmas time. Not time consuming at all so you can squeeze it in to a day without any issues. A great little activity if you
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Birthe A wrote a review Jan 2020
Stockholm, Sweden157 contributions16 helpful votes
This tour didn’t really add anything that you couldn’t have googled when you were standing in a place in Aberdeen. Very little history told during the tour and although the app stopped us at a mosaic mural about women’s history in Aberdeen the tour told nothing about It - don’t
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from iainmanley, Owner at The Dark Side of Aberdeen: A Self-guided Audio Walk
Responded 14 Jan 2020
Hi Birthe - Thanks for your feedback. It's hard to know exactly how to respond to this because some people prefer tours that are short and sweet, and the reviews here are evidence of this. Other people, like you, prefer long tour with more detail and personal anecdotes included by the publisher. VoiceMap also has hour-long tours in Aberdeen. It's a pity you didn't choose one of those instead!
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Sandman wrote a review Oct 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom5 contributions
A really good way to pass time if you are looking for a novel experience. The instructions are very clear and even the warning given to you if you head off in the wrong direction was most appreciated. As a fast walker my only downfall was not pacing the points of interest
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Date of experience: October 2019
About the operator

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By: VoiceMap Aberdeen
I only knew about one of the stops and I’ve lived here all my life! Learned so much but wasn’t boring, safe route,
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Good narration, great stories
Good narration, great stories, distance covered was manageable and directions were clear. Only wish more of the sig
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Glad we did this easy way of finding information at your own pace. Great you can stop and start anytime.
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Intersting audio tour
Easy to use and follow at your own pace, walking better than car or bus to experience a city and you don’t have to
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Key Details
  • Duration: 30–40 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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