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Duthie Park, Aberdeen

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Duthie Park, situated in Aberdeen, Scotland, by the banks of the River Dee, comprises 44acre of land given to the council in 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston, in memory of her uncle and of her brother. She purchased the land for £30,000 from the estate of Arthurseat.
The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses which contain the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain (second to the Eden Project in Cornwall, England). Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses had to be demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969. Today they are a tranquil place, containing such plants as tree ferns, Spanish moss, anthuria, and banana trees.
Within the gardens are railings salvaged from the south side of the major bridge in the middle of the city's Union Street. These feature unusual metal cats, derived from the city coat of arms, and were saved when the side of the bridge was developed for retail units in the mid-20th century.
In 2013 paddle boats were reintroduced to the park. Kayaks are regularly offered in the boating pond.
Outside the winter garden is the Japanese garden, opened in 1987 to commemorate the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The park has undergone a £5 million pound refurbishment with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Aberdeen City Council. The original 1883 plans were consulted in order to restore some of the long-lost features. Work was completed in 2013 and the official reopening was on 30 June 2013.
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  • Duthie Park is a lovely place to visit and if it is a miserable day you have the winter gardens where you can look round then have a nice seat.  more »
  • We spent a good couple of hours here on a chilly and then wet November day. Parking was free at the car park on Riverside Drive AB11 7SL. You can stay there for up to 3 hours. Free toilets are in...  more »
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  • Pleasant peaceful park, with parking in the center of a pleasant city, the two hours we spent here just left a taste of more. Beyond the lovely lawns, trees and flowers, there are several buildings with botanical gardens in different styles. Tropical, carnivorous plants and more. Just a pleasant and enriching experience. We won on a sunny day so we sat on the terrace of the nice cafe outside, delicious with excellent service.
  • It is one of the jewels in the crown of Aberdeen. A beautiful park for recreational activities as well as walks, a nice boating pond, a fine play area for the kids and a lovely restaurant. I myself always like going back to see the cactus plant that I donated over twenty years ago which I grew from seed, and which got too big for my greenhouse. The one with the oval shaped leaves first sprouted in march 1994 and is coming up to 25 years old.
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