.Hazlehead Park is one of Aberdeen’s best-loved parks and was awarded the Best Park in Britain in 2004. It is the largest park in Aberdeen at 180 hectares, and is one of the oldest and most historical properties in the city with Royal connections dating from Robert The Bruce and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Rhododendron and azalea borders, heather beds, wooded grounds and flower-filled gardens are a joy to walk around and view within a relaxing atmosphere. People of all ages have so much to do including visiting Scotland’s oldest maze, which was opened in 1935, and there are miles of walks in the park and in neighbouring Countesswells Woods.
Among its horticultural delights is the tranquil Queen Mother Rose Garden, with thousands of blooming roses showing off their colour and fantastic fragrances in the summer months. Next to it is the North Sea Memorial Rose Garden, created as a peaceful memorial to the 167 men who lost their lives in the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster. A nearby sculpture garden area contains significant statues and works of art by local sculptors.
Hazlehead Park has a long tradition of family-friendly facilities for children from its earliest play area which included a wooden fort to the present day offering a range of challenging play opportunities and equipment. Pets’ Corner, another favourite with children, is home to aquariums, rabbits, guinea pigs, budgies, ducks and goats.
There is an abundance of natural wildlife to be found including birds of prey, deer and red squirrels. The park is now a Red Squirrel Conservation area and local schoolchildren take part in education programmes.
The highlight of the events programme is the Aberdeen Highland Games which take place in a nearby designated area. The festive season is celebrated through the Friends of Hazlehead Park’s Winter Wonderland where Santa makes an appearance along with reindeer, along with outdoor carol-singing beside the Christmas tree. The recently-refurbished restaurant with continental-style patio and ice cream kiosk caters for large numbers of park visitors.
Community engagement is also extremely important particularly through local schools and working with Friends of Hazlehead to make significant improvements to the park including paths, facilities, and Pets’ Corner. The park is within walking distance or a short bike ride for residents in the west of Aberdeen or an easy bus ride from the city centre for visitors. There is also ample parking.
Whether it’s for rest or play, Hazlehead Park has something for all the family and Aberdeen City Council looks forward to welcoming you there.