Summer city tours series set to start

08 July 2010

Aberdeen City Council's Museums & Galleries are proud to offer a new free series of tours in the city centre over the summer.

There will be two tours one will look at the dark history of crime and punishment over the centuries in Aberdeen and the second will reveal the fascinating connections between Aberdeen and the Jacobite rebellions.

Both tours will be led by Aberdeen City Council's museums and galleries staff and will explore some of the city's major museums, the Museums & Galleries Collections and important historic sites in the city centre.

Join Aberdeen City Council's Chris Croly and Graeme Milne for the crime and punishment tour. The walk will visit many city centre sites including: locations associated with witchcraft and witch burning; the site of the last public hanging in Aberdeen; and the whipping stone at the corner of Broad Street and Castle Street where people were publicly flogged.

The tour also includes a visit to the Tolbooth Museum will look at the original 17th and 18th century cells of the prison and instruments of punishment including Aberdeen's own medieval guillotine blade.

Join Chris Croly and Fiona Mair, for Aberdeen's Jacobite Connections tour. The tour will visit a number of sites including Provost Skene's House, where 'Butcher' Cumberland the king's brother stayed before defeating Bonnie Prince Charlie's army at Culloden in 1746. The tour will then take in important city sites associated with the 1715 and 1745 rebellions and finish in the Tolbooth Museum where hundreds of Jacobites were crammed into cells to await trial and execution after their defeat at Culloden.

Places on all tours are free but limited and booking is absolutely essential by calling (01224) 621167. The tours are:

  • 16 July - Crime and Punishment Tour
  • 23 July - Aberdeen's Jacobite Connections
  • 30 July - Crime and Punishment Tour
  • 6 August - Crime and Punishment Tour
  • 13 August - Aberdeen's Jacobite Connections
  • 20 August - Aberdeen's Jacobite Connections
  • 27 August - Crime and Punishment Tour

Tours start at 2pm each Friday and last approximately 2 hours.

Chris Croly said: "Aberdeen has a fascinating history and we are really looking forward to being able to take people to these important sites, and talk about the Museums & Galleries rich collections and significant historical venues."