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This is a wonderful part of the city to visit (at least the old bits are!). Mind you, as a graduate whose grandparents lived across the street, perhaps I'm prejudiced...

It is part of the University of Aberdeen, and was founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495. I remember being at a 500 year celebration dinner, but the memory is vague. The memory of the ferocious hangover is much stronger.

King's College merged with Marischal College (in the city centre) to create the university as it is today.

It has many "concrete jungle" buildings thrown up at the time the university expanded significantly in the 1960s, but just ignore them (unless you have lectures there, of course).

Focus instead on the Old Town House (at the north end of the High Street), Elphinstone Hall, Wrights' and Coopers' Place, King's College Chapel, and the Elphinstone Monument.

The university publishes a very good leaflet - "Walking with History" - which will keep you right. Its available in the Old Town House and at the city's information centre in Union Street.

Address: Old Aberdeen
Directions: You go out King Street from the east end of Union Street. Its on the left, about a mile out.
Phone: 01224 273650
Website: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/oldtownhouse

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 2, 2008
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