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Duthie Park is a fabulous park located close to the city centre, which is popular with locals and visitors alike. The 44 acre site was donat ed to the city by Miss Elizabeth Duthie in 1880 and opened as a park in 1883. It is recognised as one of the best purposely designed parks in Scotland.
The park has a wonderfully spacious feel and includes open green spaces, mature deciduous and evergreen trees, superb flower beds and a cascading ornimental pond system with wetland area.
The open grassed area has a band stand that is still in use, cricket is played in the summer and special events like Opera in the Park and fun days make full use of the space.
There are a number of statues and commemorations dotted around the park which provide local historical interest.
The David Welch Winter Gardens is a fantastic glass house complex that provides a year round indoor garden experience. It is a great place to wander and is home to many exotic plants including one of the largest collections of cacti in Britain.
Duthie Park gained Aberdeen's first Green Flag Park Awards in 2013. The award is granted by Keep Scotland Beautiful and recognises quality green spaces.
The play areas in Duthie Park are superb and are a great attraction for the park. The play area to the south of the park just off Riverside Drive was voted best play space in Scotland in 2013.
Due to refurbishment The Park Café currently offers a limited service. More information about the café can be accessed here or by calling 01224 31383
Duthie Park Restoration
Duthie Park recently underwent a major restoration thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme. The funding allowed the restoration of most of the park's original Victorian features along with the introduction of Park Rangers, community gardens and the reintroduction of paddle boats to the upper pond.
- Download a copy of the Duthie Park Restoration leaflet.
Duthie Park Rangers
The newly formed Duthie Park Ranger service is based in the old bowling pavilion within the park. They provide a variety of activities for schools and community groups throughout the year. In addition, during the school holidays, the service runs a series of workshops for primary school pupils. For more information contact the Rangers on 01224 580165 or e-mail email@example.com
Orienteering at Duthie park
If you like treasure hunts, nature, the outdoors or running, then you'll love orienteering at Duthie Park. A fun activity for everyone from families, to youth groups, to individuals, orienteering is an excellent all-year-round activity and is especially great for children who love exploring. It may also help regular visitors to the park notice features that they didn't know about, or simply take visitors on a different route for their usual walk or jog.
Events at Duthie Park
Details of events in Duthie Park are given at Events in Duthie Park.
Weddings at Duthie Park
Duthie Park can provide a unique setting for a wedding service or wedding photos, either inside the Temperate House of the Winter Gardens or outside in the park on the Bandstand. Find out more about wedding ceremonies and photographic sessions in our parks here
- Duthie Park
Duthie Park Location Map
- 8.00am until 1 hour before dusk.
- Toilet – there is a chargeable Automated Public Convenience in the park which is available at all times.
Bicycle information: Bike lock up stands are places located outside David Welch Winter Gardens and beside the Riverside Drive car park.
Duthie Park alternative parking: Duthie Park is very popular and parking within the park is limited. Here are suggested alternatives if the car park is full
Download a copy of the Duthie Park Alternative Parkingdocument.
Friends of Duthie Park
The Friends of Duthie Park is an active community group established to promote and enhance the park. The Friends group were essential in the application and securing of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and continue to work closely with Aberdeen City Council to ensure the continuing high quality of the park. You can find out more about the Friends of Duthie Park and how you can get involved here
- Alan Findlay
David Welch Winter Gardens
Phone: 01224 585310
- City Event Team
Enquiries for Events in Duthie Park
Business Hub 10, Level 2 South
Phone: 03000 200 292
- Environmental Services
38 Powis Terrace
Phone: 03000 200 292