Union Street, Aberdeen

Union Street, Aberdeen (must see)

Union Street is a major thoroughfare that cuts through the midst of the city. Starting at Alfred Place and ending at Castle Street, Union Street is about one mile long. This includes 130 foot Union Bridge, which crosses over Denburn Road. Completed in 1805, the Union Bridge holds a world record as the world's largest single span granite bridge.

The street was originally developed in 1794 from a design by engineer Charles Abercrombie. The idea was to create a larger street for visitors to the city who were congesting the narrow streets. Likewise, the town council asked Abercrombie to provide access from five different entry points.

Union Street is ideal for walking because it is completely closed to traffic between Bridge Street and Market Street. Visitors can use their time on Union Street to shop, stop to eat or take photos of the many sites along the way. Among these sites are the historic St. James' Episcopal Church, Gilcomston Church and the Aberdeen Music Hall.

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Union Street on Map

Sight Name: Union Street
Sight Location: Aberdeen, Scotland (See walking tours in Aberdeen)
Sight Type: Shopping
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Walking Tours in Aberdeen, Scotland

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Create Your Own Walk in Aberdeen

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Aberdeen Old Town Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles