• Francine Beaton

Johnstone Gardens, Aberdeen

According to the Aberdeen Council’s website, Johnston Garden is a photographer’s dream, and they are not lying. They mention that the park comes alive in the spring and summer with several flowers blooming, but boy, have they forgot to mention the splendour in autumn! Maybe it was just me, coming from Africa and not used the autumn colours, but I absolutely love the garden and will go back – one day when we can travel again.

How did I know about this garden? Of course, I met a man in a pub. I think that is where you get the best info as I’ve mentioned in another post on my author blog, where I spoke about autumn.

The park used to belong to the Johnston House estate but was gifted to the city in 1936. This beautifully landscaped garden boasts streams, ponds, waterfalls, rockeries and a picturesque bridge that has featured in many wedding photos over the years! There is also a children’s play area and toilet facilities.

Within the Gardens sits a memorial which commemorates the 16 men sadly lost in the Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea on the 1 April 2009. The flight was returning from BP’s Miller platform and crashed 11 nautical miles northeast of Peterhead.


Car parking is available off Viewfield Road.


Johnston Gardens, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen

Opening times

Park: 8am until 1 hour before dusk

Toilets: Summer - 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday Winter - 8am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday

Getting there

Johnston Gardens Location Map

Bus information:

First Bus Stagecoach (Routes 5, X17, 200/210)


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