A stunning oasis in the heart of Aberdeen, Duthie Park offers a moment of pure peace, a lesson in botany, a nugget of Victorian nostalgia, or a child’s hour of adventure in its playground. There is truly something for everyone.
The Victorian bandstand stands supreme, surrounded by a large grass play area, mature trees and a duck pond behind.
Duthie Park opened in 1883, a piece of land gifted to the city by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston for the ‘wellbeing and recreation of Aberdeen inhabitants.’ In 1899 the famous Winter Gardens were built, although the present building dates from 1970 after storm damage to the original. A forest of flowers awaits in the Winter Gardens, a colour for every eye, a perfume for each occasion. In addition, the Arid House has one of the largest collection of cacti in the UK.
The Hygeia Monument was erected in Miss Duthie’s honour after her death. It depicts the Greek goddess of health, Hygeia, with four lions guarding the base.
In addition to its rich history and plush parkland, Duthie Park offers three children’s play areas, boating lakes, a 1920s rock garden and a delightful café.
You can find out more at the Friends of Duthie Park website: www.friendsofduthiepark.co.uk