Marischal College
Marischal College
4.5
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Allgold
Aberdeen, UK1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The Marischal College was a stunning venue but the registrar (Marion Philip) was rude, abrupt and barked orders in a most offputting and inappropriate manner, which in my opinion, detracted from the special day. I felt she could have checked the correct pronunciation of the bride and groom's names in advance rather than just giving it her best guess on the day. A bit of patience, common courtesy and the word ‘please’ wouldn’t go amiss when officiating at someone's special day.
Written October 25, 2020
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Matthew303
Edinburgh, UK1,457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Marischal College building was built for the University of Aberdeen at the turn of the 20th century. This ornate, enormous building claims to be the second-largest building buit of granite anywhere in the world. In recent years, the University of Aberdeen has moved all teaching to its buildings in Old Aberdeen leaving Marischal College redundant. Also, the Church of Scotland has closed Greyfriars John Knox Church (within the Marischal College site).

The magnificent facade of the Marischal College building is being preserved and restored, but most of the interior is being entirely rebuilt to become the new headquarters for Aberdeen City Council (replacing a very substandard 1960s office block nearby). As of 2010, it is not possible to visit Marischal College (due to the renovation works).
Written September 16, 2010
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George B
Aberdeen, UK1,538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Marischal College is now the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council and is the second largest granite building in the world.
In a beautiful setting on Broad St the building has been cleaned and the granite sparkles.
You can enter and see the courtyard through the glass and this was when graduations took place as the University was here before.
Fantastic huge stained glass windows at the rear which can be seen.
Robert the Bruce statue on a horse is nearby and also worth a visit.
Well worth a visit in Aberdeen.
The area is pedestrianised but buses still use it.
Written October 11, 2019
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Linda Hothersall
Earby, UK184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Amazing building we were visiting the Christmas fair , really enjoyed Aberdeen so much to see . Architecture is fantastic
Written December 17, 2019
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NowThatWas
London, UK273 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
One of the cooler old buildings around town. In the right lighting would be nice spot for some pictures. It’s worth passing by for a quick visit.
Written September 6, 2019
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stewartdick
aberdeenshire174 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
The city council have decided to build a concret monstrosity opposite which totally takes away from one of Scotland's most stunning buildings. They pulled down a sixties office block and replaced it with another. I travel a great deal and love cities with a juxtaposition of old and new and have taken may photos but this is vandalism
Written September 19, 2016
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LDMW
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
This building was built over 100 years ago and belonged to the Marischal College which was part of the University of Aberdeen. As the 20th century progressed it was no longer fit for purpose. Aberdeen City Council, in an unusually popular decision, decided to move from the hugely unpopular carbuncle St Nicholas House and into the newly refurbished Marischal College. It was cleaned and I think must be judged as one of the most stunningly beautiful silver/grey granite buildings on the planet. I think it is officially one of the biggest. There is also a relatively new but traditional statue of King Robert the Bruce at the front of the building. He bequeathed money to the people of Aberdeen which became the Common Good Fund, which is still worth several million pounds and gives funding for projects for the good of the citizens of Aberdeen.
This is an absolute must if you have even a few minutes in Aberdeen City.
Written May 19, 2014
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
For a collage this is amazing. The architect is absolutely fantastic and the building in general is out of this world. One of my favourite buildings in Aberdeen.
Written September 11, 2021
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chrisv5101
Bristol, UK221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The 2nd largest granite building in Europe after Spain's Escorial Palace according to my guide book.Most impressive ,especially in sunshine.Its a shame it is now a council office combined with a police station,as the interior would be worth a look.
Written August 13, 2021
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malc1005
Kettering, UK5,200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
A truly awesome building, lovely architecture, and pleasing on the eye. Very photogenic. Well worth a visit.
Written May 26, 2021
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