Duthie Park is one of the jewels in the crown of Aberdeen’s green spaces with a varied 44-acre landscape enhanced by a mix of Victorian charm and the ultra-modern.
It has the biggest range of facilities of all the city’s parks including water features, playparks, café, the Japanese Garden, and David Welsh Winter Gardens.
The beating heart of the park is the David Welch Winter Gardens which is a year-round paradise of rare and exotic plants, and provides visitors a glimpse into different worlds. The Winter Gardens are home to Spike the talking cactus and the elusive McPudock the mechanical frog, which have both proved to be popular and timeless attractions for young and old alike.
The 135-year-old park’s network of walkways is well used by everyone from fitness fanatics to dog walkers and casual strollers. Paths snake around historic fountains, statues, ponds and the iconic mound, all lovingly restored to their Victorian splendour as part of a £5million restoration project involving Aberdeen City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Duthie Park is the beating heart of the city for events and activities and has played host to major open air music festivals, live screenings of productions at the Royal Opera House and a concert to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
It is also situated beside the picturesque River Dee which has an abundance of wildlife on the water and the banks alongside, and is within easy walking, cycling and bus journey reach of the city centre. The park further connects with the Old Deeside Railway Line which is another popular walk teaming with wildlife.
Community involvement is vital for the continued success of Duthie Park and the public is often encouraged to help shape the future of the park. Workshops, training sessions and educational events are regularly held, often in conjunction with the dedicated Friends of Duthie Park group, which plays a pivotal role in supporting and promoting the park.
Duthie Park was joint runners-up in the UK’s 2015 Best Park competition which was a fantastic accolade as it was a public-nominated and voted-for award.
Whether it’s for work, rest or play, Duthie Park has something for all the family and Aberdeen City Council looks forward to welcoming you there.