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Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey is famous for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath.

Arbroath Abbey

For almost 400 years Arbroath Abbey was one of the grandest monasteries in Scotland. Founded in 1178 by King William I, ‘the Lion’,  in memory of the martyr Thomas Becket, the abbey is famous in history for its association with the Declaration of Arbroath, in which Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England.

The visitor centre tells the story of the abbey and a new display relates how the Stone of Destiny came to the abbey in 1951. New interpretation panels also explore potential links between the Declaration of Arbroath and the American Declaration of Independence.


  • A site long associated with Scotland’s sense of independent nationhood.
  • The west front – an impressive example of a twin-towered church façade.
  • The abbot’s house – one of the most complete abbots’ residences in Britain.
  • The ‘Round O’ – a famous local landmark.
  • A marble effigy thought to be that of King William I ‘the Lion’.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Perthshire, Kinross and Angus
Postcode: DD11 1EG

Opening arrangements

25 March - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

1 October - 24 March , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Arbroath Abbey

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30 April 2016

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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David Roberts Exhibition

Duff House

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Kaleidoscope II

Duff House

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Meet the Excise Man

Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery

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Music Through the Ages

Edinburgh Castle

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John Comyn, Patriot

Urquhart Castle

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