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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  • August 19, 2017
    A small grassed area in the middle of the city. Plenty of benches and nice flowers. We went on a nice sunny day and sat on the grass and enjoyed the sun. However nothing realy for kids to do.  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Totally undervalued by the local governing councils, this potential central haven is not accessible to wheelchairs or children's buggies despite being a 'garden' in the centre of the city. Long overdu...  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    In the Park using a deep valley through the city North to South running Valley Railway. Steep slopes are in good condition and installed the walkways and flower beds. Flower decorated with flowers is introduced as representing the city landscape.
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