Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen

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Union Terrace Gardens is a public park and gardens situated on Union Terrace in Aberdeen, Scotland.The gardensThe sunken gardens opened to the public in 1879, and cover approximately two and a half acres. The space is bounded to the north by Rosemount Viaduct, to the south by Union Street, Aberdeen's main thoroughfare, to the east by the railway and the Den Burn, now flowing underground, and to the west by Union TerraceContrary to popular belief the area is not a natural amphitheatre but a small river valley with a late-Victorian viaduct constructed at the North end in 1889. The amphitheatre was formed from the covered remains of Denburn Terrace after demolition.The park is surrounded by of some of the best architecture of Aberdeen, prominent among which are His Majesty's Theatre, St Mark's Church and the Library on Rosemount Viaduct to the north, and the Triple Kirks to the east.On the park's north side is a formally planted and maintained floral crest of the city's coat of arms.At the Union Street end of the gardens stands a group of mature elm trees, nearly 200 years old. The trees stand on the remnants of the site once known as Corbie Haugh: Corbie in Scots meaning crow, and Haugh meaning a low-lying meadow in a river valley. Corbie Haugh is still an apposite epithet for this area as crows still nest in the elms. The trees were originally planted to stabilise the embankment to prevent the newly widened Union Terrace from slipping into the gardens.
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  • Union Terrace gardens has a lot of potential, and should be a nice place. Unfortunately, it's filled with homeless and wineo's, making it seem like a dangerous place to go at night.  more »
  • Walking here you can imagine the original intentions from those who built the gardens. Sadly neglected except at Christmas time. Now only the homeless and drug users appreciate the quiet hidden corner...  more »
  • It was not very quiet on sunday with all the runners in town, but usually this place is a heaven of tranquillity in an otherwise busy and bustling city, and after a hard slog in the 10k, I just felt I...  more »

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