VSA Heritage Tour

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Welcome to VSA’s heritage tour, where you can explore the city of Aberdeen while discovering some of our key milestones.

Pick up your free (donation welcome) tour map at any of the 12 Aberdeen City Libraries or the VSA Book Shop Castle Gate.

Scan the QR code to access details and Audio description for each tour stop. 

Click/touch the map touchpoints to visit 20 locations across Aberdeen City Centre and discover more about VSA's history of over 150 years.

The charity was founded on 10th of March 1870 by Alexander Nicol – Aberdeen Lord Provost after he called a public meeting to form the association with regards to the condition of the poor. The charity’s connection with the Royal Household dates to 1870 when Queen Victoria granted patronage; and every reigning monarch since has been patron of VSA.

We hope you enjoy learning our history as much as we do, and don’t forget to take pictures and tag us across our social media pages or send them to marketing@vsa.org.uk.

Explore the history of VSA and the city of Aberdeen by taking a walking tour through some of the charity’s milestone moments.



  • Opening Times
    The Mercat Bookshop
    Monday-Friday: 10am - 3pm
    (Please note that opening hours may vary during periods such as Bank Holidays and Christmas)

    Central Library, Aberdeen
    Monday: 9am - 8pm
    Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
    Wednesday 9am - 8pm
    Thursday: 9am - 5pm
    Friday: 9am - 5pm
    Saturday: 9am - 5pm
    Sunday: Closed
    (Please note that opening hours may vary at other city and archive locations)
  • Facilities
    • Child Friendly
    • Public Transport
    • Tours
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop

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