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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.


Highlights

  • 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

Location

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

Opening arrangements

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

Winter
1 October - 31 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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2 July 2015

Allan Ramsay - Master Draughtsman

Duff House

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Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Waterloo Colours

Edinburgh Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Coast

Duff House

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Archaeology and Birds at Brodgar

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Ring of Brodgar Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Women of Independence

Edinburgh Castle

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Fortress for the King

Fort George

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