If you're planning a city break somewhere historical and interesting but not far from home, why not consider booking hotel accommodation in Aberdeen?
An industrial settlement, Aberdeen is known as a centre for energy and oil, the latter of which was discovered in the North Sea during the 1970s. Historically, meanwhile, it was the spot for some bloody battles during the Wars of Scottish Independence, the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and the Battle of Aberdeen.
Often referred to as the Silver City, the area is home to many buildings made from local granite that were put up from the mid-18th century onwards. The structures contain mica deposits that cause them to sparkle.
Its heritage lies in shipbuilding and fishing, and if you decide to take a holiday here you can explore the city's rich past firsthand.
Before you do, however, you'll need to find some accommodation for your trip. If you'd like to stay somewhere that caters for all your needs where you don't have to lift a finger, consider taking a room at the Britannia Aberdeen hotel.
You can expect a modern en suite room and facilities such as a bar, restaurant and laundry service when you book a stay here.
Once settled, set out for the Banff Museum. Here you can delve into local history and view displays of archaeology, astronomy and armour. Call in at the Maritime Museum meanwhile and you'll be able to find out more about the city's offshore oil industry, shipbuilding and fishing.
Be sure to make some time to take in the sight of the city's most beautiful buildings and landmarks. In the centre you'll find the intricate Mercat Cross - the spot where traders once gathered to sell their wares. There's also beautiful King's College in Old Aberdeen, now part of the university's buildings.
The city also boasts a number of admirable churches, notably the Cathedral Church of St Machar, the current building of which dates back to the 1500s. There has been a church at the location since around 580 AD and the place of worship became a cathedral in the 1130s.
Another spot you might like to visit is His Majesty's Theatre. The ornate building, which boasts a number of grand domes, was opened in 1906 and regularly holds shows. Why not make an evening of it?
There are plenty of other places to take in and discover more about the city's history; book your stay today!