From bodysnatching and beheadings to witchcraft and whippings, we share real life stories of crime and punishment from the last 500 years.
Along the way you’ll see major Aberdeen landmarks, from Marischal College to the Mercat Cross, and learn how they were witness to some of the most shocking moments in the city’s past. In this audio guide we’ll bring to life tales from the darkest chapters in Aberdeen’s history, shedding a light on the baffling and often unjust laws of the last five centuries – and revealing that past is not as far away as we think.
Castlegate Mercat Cross, Salvation Army Citadel Aberdeen, Marischal College, Kirk of St Nicholas
Start outside the Tolbooth Museum on Union Street. It is 8 minutes' walk from Union Square, which is next to both the bus and train stations.
Places to stop along the way:
Attractions: The Tolbooth Museum, Maritime Museum
Food and drink: There are plenty of eateries along Correction Wynd and The Green (which you reach at around the ¾ mark). I would particularly recommend Café 52 and their fried parsnip chips.
Best time of day:
The tour is best started before 4pm so that St Nicholas Graveyard is still open when you get to it. If you want to visit the Tolbooth Museum at the start of the tour, it shuts at 5pm Monday to Saturday and at 3pm on Sundays. The Maritime Museum, which you can visit near the end of the tour, has the same opening hours.
Every effort has been made to make sure that this tour is as safe as possible. Aberdeen is regularly ranked as one of the safest cities in Scotland and the UK. Having said that, be careful with your valuables and if you feel uncomfortable in a situation, get out. Please also use all designated crossing points and take every care while crossing the road or walking on uneven surfaces.
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