Duthie Park

Situated on Riverside Drive, Aberdeen, Duthie Park extends to 17.8 ha (44 acres) and was named after and gifted to the city by Miss Elizabeth Crombie of Ruthrieston in 1881. The park was formally opened in 1883 and includes sizeable gardens, a rose hill, boating pond, bandstand, and play area as well as the David Welch Winter Gardens. The first Winter Gardens opened in 1899, but following storm damage were rebuilt in 1970 and extended in succeeding years. They now represent Europe's largest indoor gardens and one of the most visited is Scotland. The Winter Gardens include a significant collection of South American Bromeliads, one of the largest collections of cacti and succulents in Britain, together with a developing collection of plants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A Japanese garden was opened in 1987. The ornate B-listed cast-iron bandstand was installed in 1893 and was constructed by the Milton Ironworks of Glasgow. The James McGrigor Monument is a prominent C-listed pink granite obelisk overlooking the River Dee on the southern edge of the park. HM Queen Elizabeth II visited the park as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.

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