Situated in the north east of Scotland and the third of its cities in terms of size and population, Aberdeen has much to offer visitors. Constructed largely from locally sourced grey granite there is certainly a uniform appearance which is striking, especially when the buildings sparkle in the sunlight. There is great shopping, a lively nightlife, and many unique cultural experiences to be had, and all set against some of the most remarkable and dramatic scenery in the world. Aberdeen venues reflect the history and culture of the area and form ideal event spaces for all manner of business, leisure and ceremonial purposes.
An ancient city which received its royal charter from Robert the Bruce, Aberdeen is a commercial, industrial, and cultural heartland, with a national status behind only the capital Edinburgh and largest Scottish city Glasgow.
The city's history is in fishing and textiles and latterly in oil production and engineering, where it is considered a world leader in energy research and development. The large seaport accommodates fishing vessels and a ferry terminal from which there are regular crossings to the popular destinations of Orkney and Shetland, at the most northerly reaches of Scotland.
Although situated so far north, in a location from which the aurora borealis or famous 'northern lights of old Aberdeen' can be viewed, the city is reached easily from the central belt of Scotland via the main A90 road artery and from all the major cities by train.
The city also has one of the busiest heliports in the world open to commercial travellers and is served by an international airport at nearby Dyce. Aberdeen venues certainly benefit from the good transport connections and also from the oil boom which since the 1970s has transformed the city into a place which welcomes great numbers of visitors for work as well as for leisure.
There are many hotels in the city which meet the demand for quality accommodation and most of them will incorporate notable Aberdeen venues for business meetings, functions, and conferences. The grand old luxury hotels of the city are given a new lease of life too in the provision of business and corporate facilities and they offer all the existing style, luxury and sophistication besides. The aged appeal of the older hotels makes them equally popular Aberdeen venues for weddings and other formal occasions.
The newer hotels in the city, and there are many of them, are tailored predominantly for corporate clients and have a wealth of business-oriented features and facilities. These may include secretarial and courier services in addition to a selection of meeting and conference spaces and the guest rooms will generally feature wired and wireless internet connections, work spaces and direct dial telephones.
There will be general hotel dining and lounge spaces too, ideal for informal meetings and business lunches. Additional services such as dry cleaning and shoe shine may be available for hotel guests.
Aberdeen venues within hotels have the benefit of on-site accommodation which may be important for those who have to travel for a wedding celebration or business meeting.
However there are many accommodation options in the city and venues located in a whole range of establishments.
These include some of the numerous bars and clubs which have specific function spaces for hire. The hire rate will generally include access to bar facilities, a dance floor and the services of an in-house DJ. Often a hot or cold buffet can be provided too if required.
Alternative venues are available within leisure centres, sporting arenas and public halls and buildings, and there are two universities in the city, both of which have various event spaces and meeting facilities available for hire.