Duthie Park

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 donated 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 ornamental 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. For more information on The David Welch Winter Gardens, please see the bottom of the page.

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.

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.

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 wintergardens@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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:

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 photo sessions in parks.

Park details

Duthie Park
Polmuir Road
Duthie Park Location Map

Opening times

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.

Bus Information:

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

The David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park is one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens and Scotland’s third most visited gardens.

It boasts a beautiful floral paradise all year round with many rare and exotic plants on show from all around the world.

Come and visit the Temperate House, Corridor of Perfumes, Fern House, Victorian Corridor, Japanese Garden, Tropical House and Arid House, which has one of the largest collections of Cacti and Succulents in Britain.

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

Duthie Park
Polmuir Road

Opening times

  • May to August 9.30am to 7.30pm
  • September to October 9.30am to 5.30pm
  • November to February 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • March to April 9.30am to 5.30pm

Admission is free.

Toilets: There are toilets within the Winter Gardens, which are open when the Gardens are open. In addition, there is a chargeable automated public convenience in the main park.

Disabled Access: For information on disabled access to The David Welch Winter Gardens, please visit DisabledGo.

Contact details

Alan Findlay
Facility Manager
David Welch Winter Gardens
Duthie Park
Polmuir Road 
01224 346421

City Events Team
Enquiries for Events in Duthie Park
First Floor Town House
Broad Street
AB10 1AQ
03000 200 292


Environmental Services
Altens East Recycling & Resource Facility
Hareness Place
Altens Industrial Estate
AB12 3GX
03000 200 292

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