Duthie Park and David Welch Winter Gardens
Duthie Park opened in 1883 after it was gifted to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie Duthie in 1880 for the ‘wellbeing and recreation of Aberdeen inhabitants.’
Duthie Park is loved by locals and visitors due to its wonderfully restored Victorian features such as the Band Stand, fountains and boating ponds. The park also has an astro turf area for ball games and two other play areas; one for younger children and another for the more adventurous child which was voted best play space in Scotland in 2013 by The Nancy Ovens Trust. The Park Café is also very popular with visitors.
In the 1900s the David Welch Winter Gardens was added to the park. Unfortunately, it was severely damaged in 1969 due to extreme gales, so it was demolished and replaced with the building we know and love today.
The ‘Winter Gardens’ now houses one of the most visited public indoor plant collections in Scotland and provides an oasis away from the typical North East weather! The Winter Gardens provides a unique venue for weddings and hosts an annual carol concert every December.
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.
A great place for dog walks, picnics, children riding bikes and visits in all weathers.
Weddings at David Welch Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens can provide a unique setting for a wedding service or wedding photos. The Temperate House is a beautiful location for a ceremony with enough room for 70 guests. Find out more about wedding ceremonies and photographic sessions in our parks by visiting Wedding Ceremonies and Photographic Sessions in City Parks.
David Welch Winter Gardens
We are pleased to advise that the David Welch Winter Gardens are now open daily:
- 10.30am – 5.00pm March to October
- 10.30am – 4.00pm November to February
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 580 165 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Choose your course:
Trail guide for Duthie Park
We have produced a trail guide including a map which you can use to explore the park's history, art and attractions.
Duthie Park Location Map
Open 24 hours
Toilet: there is a chargeable Automated Public Convenience in the park which is available at all times.
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.
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. See the Friends of Duthie Park website for more information and find out how you can get involved.
David Welch Winter Gardens
City Events Team
Enquiries for Events in Duthie Park
First Floor Town House
03000 200 292
Altens East Recycling & Resource Facility
Altens Industrial Estate
03000 200 292