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Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen

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4.5/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
Hazlehead Park is a large public park in the Hazlehead area of Aberdeen, Scotland. 180 hectares in size, it was opened to the public in 1920, having formerly been the estate of Hazlehead House, home of William Rose, shipbuilder.A large, heavily wooded park on the outskirts of the city, it is popular with walkers on the many tracks through forests; sports enthusiasts (particularly mountain bikers); naturalists; and picnickers. Horse riders from the nearby Hayfield horse centre ride on the tracks that snake through it.There are football pitches, two golf courses, a pitch and putt course and a horse-riding school. The park has a significant collection of sculpture by a range of artists, including the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster. It also has heritage items which have been rescued from various places within the city, and it features Scotland's oldest maze, first planted in 1935. There is a cafe which will be reopening in summer 2012.In September 2007, Hazlehead Park was host to the Northsound Radio concert, Free 2007. It took place on Sunday 2 September 2007, and claims to be the biggest free outdoor event in Scotland.GolfThe park is most famous for its two 18 hole and its pitch and putt golf courses. The courses are public owned and there are no handicap or other restrictions for those who play on them.The "Number 1 course" was designed by Alistair MacKenzie, better known for designing the Augusta National.
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  • Went with my grandchildren, walked all round got to the play area and they wouldn't leave. All the kids just played together amicably, which was nice to see. There is loads of room for playing games o...  read more »
  • A lovely option for a day out immersed in a "green lung". There are attractions for kids and a parlour. Good for walking, running or relaxing. 
  • Lovely park to walk in and the rose garden with the Piper Alpha memorial is looking superb. The cafĂ© has improved enormously with a great selection of food and drinks on offer. My only criticism being...  read more »
  • Great place for a walk, with well kept gardens and many interstitial artworks. There is also the piper alpha memorial to remember those who died in the oil rig explosion. There is a petting zoo, and a cafe.
  • Kids love the open space. Pets corner is always a hit. Park can be a bit muddy and wet so wellies are a must
  • A great Park to take the children or have a Walk. With ornamental gardens, casual gardens, a maze, a pets corner (petting zoo) and play parks there is much to do. Of particular note it is worth visiting the Piper Alpha memorial garden.
  • One of the nicer parks in Aberdeen.
  • Nice park with great play area for young children. Some lovely woodland paths for walking & running, although some can be muddy due to horse traffic! Atrocious main roads which one cannot drive on to reach parking areas for various woodland walks. This seems odd as the council are encouraging people to get out and keep fit. They are also going to be investing large sums of money in the park. Great small cafe & restaurant too.
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