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Duthie Park, Aberdeen

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4.5/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
Duthie Park, situated in Aberdeen, Scotland, by the banks of the River Dee, comprises 44acre of land given to the council in 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston, in memory of her uncle and of her brother. She purchased the land for £30,000 from the estate of Arthurseat.The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses which contain the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain (beaten only by the Eden Project in Cornwall, England). Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses had to be demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969. Today they are a tranquil place surrounded by such plants as tree ferns, Spanish moss, anthuria, and banana trees.Within the gardens are railings salvaged from the south side of the major bridge in the middle of the city's Union Street. These feature unusual metal cats, derived from the city coat of arms, and were saved when the side of the bridge was developed for retail units in the mid-20th century.In 2013 paddle boats were reintroduced to the park. Kayaks are regularly offered in the boating pond.Outside the winter garden is the Japanese garden, opened in 1987 to commemorate the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The park has undergone a £5 million pound refurbishment with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Aberdeen City Council. The original 1883 plans were consulted in order to restore some of the long-lost features. Work was completed in 2013 and the official reopening was on 30 June 2013.
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  • Been with my husband on the way to winter gardens. Great park for families with kids as it has a lot of swings and slides :) also a lot of flowers and beautiful views around. Will definitely come back...  read more »
  • Having visited a wide range of parks and gardens in the UK and in Europe I maintain Duthie Park and the Winter Gardens are up there with the very best. The park is spacious with beautiful flowers and ...  read more »
  • I advise to visit. Here there is harmony with the Scottish gloomy nature. A lot of water, and clear free entrance
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  • Duthie Park is a local institution! If you visit when it's not raining (doesn't even have to be warm!) you'll find many families, dog owners, joggers here. The park had a lovely vibe, and whether you want to play on the well appointed kids playgrounds or just look at the flowers, you'll enjoy yourself. The boating pond is great too!
  • Nice place where I was able to take nice pictures. Plus there is a greenhouse with beautiful flower.
  • Local favourite. Huge space, winter gardens and cafe
  • I really like it in Duthie Park, I run there regularly and find it very well maintained and a lovely environment. It hands down beats running along the fume filled roads, its a wonder why the park does not get much more use.
  • Excellent, well kept park. Great for dog walking!
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