Johnston Gardens

Johnston Gardens is a photographer’s dream! The park used to belong to the Johnston House estate but was gifted to the city in 1936. This beautiful landscaped garden boasts streams, ponds, waterfalls, rockeries and a picturesque bridge that has featured in many wedding photos over the years! There is also a children’s play area and toilet facilities.

The park comes alive in the spring and summer as the rhododendrons, spring bulbs, heathers and alpines blossom; the ponds are full of irises and aquatic plants with visiting mallard ducks and breeding moor hens.

Within the Gardens sits a memorial which commemorates the 16 men sadly lost in the Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea on the 1 April 2009. The flight was returning from BP’s Miller platform and crashed 11 nautical miles north east of Peterhead.

A core path joins Johnston Gardens to the rest of the network in the city.

A great place for photography and walks.

Car parking is available off Viewfield Road.


Johnston Gardens, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen

Opening times

Park: 8am until 1 hour before dusk

Toilets: Summer - 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday Winter - 8am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday

Getting there

Johnston Gardens Location Map

Bus information:

First Bus
Stagecoach (Routes 5, X17, 200/210)


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