Things to do on a rainy day in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a brilliant city to visit whatever the weather – it’s a warm, welcoming place, the perfect size for a walking and packed full of fabulous shops, interesting places to visit and brilliant events to attend.

Aberdeen Science Centre has numerous indoor activities based around themes such as volcanoes, space, dinosaurs, electricity and robots which give children a chance to explore and learn through play.

However, if we were to get scientific, there are on average 197 days per year with more than 0.1 mm of rainfall in Aberdeen. So what do you do on a dreich Day in the Granite City? We’ve compiled a few inside activities worth knowing about on a rainy day in Aberdeen!

Linx Ice Arena, Aberdeen

Try ice-skating at the Linx Ice Arena

Linx ice arena is a premier ice rink which is open all year round and located on the Beach Promenade. It opens daily for public skating and offers hire of skates and Penguin skate aids. There are also lessons for figure skating and ice hockey.

Linx Ice Arena, Aberdeen


The Linx ice arena is also home to the SNL play-off Champion team ‘Aberdeen Lynx’. The ice hockey season runs from September to April, so make sure you catch a game! It’s a fantastic , fast paced evening for any age – tickets are available for purchase at the door. Visit https://www.sportaberdeen.co.uk/venues/linx-ice-arena for more information.

Aberdeen Union Square Cineworld Cinema

Catch a film in one of Aberdeen’s four cinemas

Aberdeen has four different cinemas that will cater for all movie lovers. With viewings all day and evening, there is bound to be a showing suitable to fit in with your schedule.
At Union Square, a short walk from the NorthLink Terminal, there is a Cineworld Cinema which has ten screens. There is another Cineworld Cinema located at Aberdeen Queens Links next to the beach, which features nine screens.

Another cinema based in the centre of Aberdeen is the Vue Cinema which has seven screens. This cinema is found on Ship Row (just off Union Street) – once again only a few minutes’ walk from the NorthLink Terminal.

Lastly, the Belmont Filmhouse (located on Belmont Street) is Aberdeen’s only independent cinema and was opened in 1910. This cinema has three screens and specialises in art-house, world and independent films.

Satrosphere, Aberdeen Science Centre

Learn a lesson at the Aberdeen Science Centre

Visiting the Aberdeen Science Centre (also known as the Satrosphere Science Centre) is an educational and engaging activity for families with children. Open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 16:30, Aberdeen Science Centre has numerous indoor activities based around themes such as volcanoes, space, dinosaurs, electricity and robots which give children a chance to explore and learn through play. The Aberdeen Science Centre is also located near the beach esplanade on Constitution Street. Visit https://aberdeensciencecentre.org/ to find out more about the Aberdeen Science Centre and the latest exhibitions there!

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Voyage into Aberdeen Maritime Museum

One of the closest attractions to the NorthLink Terminal is the Maritime Museum, which celebrates the rich seafaring history of Aberdeen. It’s located on Ship Row and is a great interactive experience for all ages. On our visit we enjoyed the fishing boat deckhouse, the massive oil rig model, piloting the underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle, the clipper models, the oil rig living quarters, the deep sea Diving Suit which looks like a robot and seeing the menu from the old ferries which previously served Shetland! There’s also the Leading Lights Café and a shop here – we reckon you’ll love your visit to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. This museum is open every day and is free for all visitors. To find out more visit https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/AAGM/plan-your-visit/aberdeen-maritime-museum.

Transition Extreme, Aberdeen

Be a daredevil at Transition Extreme

Finally another great indoor activity for thrill-seekers is Transition Extreme. Transition Extreme offers a range of different sporting activities. There’s an indoor climbing wall with classes throughout the week for all ages and abilities. Transition Extreme Skatepark is an unbeatable flowing space full of ramps and obstacles ideal for skateboarding, BMXing and inline skating. If the weather dries up, then tackling the outdoor rope course in the sky at Transition Extreme is highly (see what we did there?!) recommended!

Visit https://transition-extreme.com/ to find out more.

Shona LawranceBy Shona Lawrance
A young quine with an energetic sense of adventure but dire sense of direction! Born and bred in the North East of Scotland with a long loving appreciation of the Scottish islands.

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