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Celebrate the season at Arbroath Abbey's winter festival

12 November 2010

Arbroath’s most famous heritage site is gearing up for its special celebration of the season - a Winter Festival at the Abbey on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November.

Admission charges at the 12th-century attraction will be waived for this family event  which will feature a wide range of entertaining activities for all ages.  

And with these including music recitals, story-telling sessions, poetry readings, characters in period costume, medieval spinning and other crafts, as well as a chance to buy Christmas gifts from the Abbey’s exclusive retail range, the Winter Festival will have something for everyone to enjoy.

It’s a great opportunity too to explore the Abbey for free – and special guided tours will be provided during the Winter Festival, by ‘Brother Andrew’, who’ll be helping visitors to learn about this outstanding monument’s importance in Scottish history.  There will also be a display in the Abbey grounds on the Declaration of Arbroath - the famous 1320 document in which Scotland’s nobility swore independence from England.

Arbroath Abbey’s Winter Festival takes place on the 20th and 21st from 11am to 3pm.


  • Arbroath Abbey is in Arbroath town centre on the A92. Telephone 01241 878756.  Admission is £4.70 for adults, £2.80 for children and £3.80 for concessions.

  • The Abbey was founded in 1178 for monks of the Tironensian order by King William the Lion.

  • The Abbey is famous for its connection with the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath in which Scottish nobles swore their independence from England. The visitor centre features an exhibition on the Declaration.

  • Arbroath Abbey is one of 345 outstanding historic properties and sites throughout the country in the care of Historic Scotland. These include some of Scotland’s leading tourism attractions and most important heritage sites.  Some of the most popular, in addition to Edinburgh Castle, include Stirling, St Andrews and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni
0131 668 8734 / 07801 820757