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Duthie Park, Aberdeen

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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 (second to 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, containing 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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  • What a beautiful park, I wished we'd had more time to spend here. We only wandered around for a couple of hours but you could easily spend all day here. Really loved it. Picturesque, the play area was...  more »
  • The park is fairly flat with lots of surfaced walkways, so good for strollers and wheelchairs. There are ponds, large expanses of grass which are good for family games and picnics, there is also a pla...  more »
  • This is a large park with childrens play area,ponds,bandstand with David Welch Winter Gardens.This is great for walking around and fun for kids.This park was opened on the 27th of September 1883 by Qu...  more »
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  • Love this place always busy but you can enjoy your own space too! Well kept gardens and lawns, responsible dog walkers and a nice cafe make visiting this place a very nice experience!
  • We love going to the park and winter gardens with our son. Lovely little cafe that has just been renovated. There's something for everyone here
  • Good bit of green in the middle of the city. Nice winter garden and play areas for children
  • Fab park, great play areas, nice exercise field, lovely winter gardens - great fun in all weathers! New renovated cafe is now open, although they closed quarter of an hour early on Friday so we didn't get to try it :(
  • Great outdoors space for kids to run and play. Pleasant walking for adults.

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