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“Nice spot right in the city centre”

Union Terrace Gardens
Ranked #48 of 151 things to do in Aberdeen
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Owner description: These beautiful sunken gardens afford great views of the city's sights.
London
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140 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Nice spot right in the city centre”
Reviewed 20 June 2013

I walk past or through the gardens regularly and at this time of year they are a very pleasant place to pass some time. It's quite a small area of gardens but it is right in the city centre and provides a welcome open space with benches and lawns to sit on. There are some nice flower gardens and plenty of trees if you need shade.

The gardens seem to be quite well looked after. I have seen them mowing the lawns twice this week and there are regularly gardeners tending the flower beds. If you get caught in a shower, there is a parade of arches where you can shelter from the rain. The gardens are a nice place to sit and read or have lunch, but they're not exactly tranquil as you can usually hear the traffic from the surrounding roads or the trains going past.

Visited June 2013
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“Tired in need of revamp”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Had lunch on a sunny day late April the first warmish sunny day this year! I was on a training course and stopped off here after buying a sandwich lunch. I'd not been in the gardens for years and was saddened to see it is a pale shadow of its former self. Sad and neglected.

It is in need of a serious revamp. Perhaps the recent plans weren't the best but is desperately needing something. It is shocking the council should turn its back on the upgrade people voted for.

Visited April 2013
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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“leave it as is.”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

Union terrace gradens are lovely. but could do with a bit of a sprouse up and they would look even better.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Needs a makeover.”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

The gardens are tired. The opportunity is there to provide an absolute haven in the centre of Aberdeen but time and vandals are not helping. I certainly hope someone has the foresight to take the matter in hand sooner rather than later. I know there where plans for a complete regeneration but the gardens would have then been on a level with the streets around it and that would have been a total shame.

Visited February 2013
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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Restful place”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

Always gomthere for a rest from shopping and have a picnic away from the hustle and bustle of Union St. So glad the move to destroy it was defeated

Visited July 2012
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