A Royal FoundationArbroath Abbey is a testament to the integration of piety and politics by Scotland’s medieval monarchs. It was founded in 1178 by King William I ‘the Lion’, ostensibly as a memorial to his childhood friend Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in 1170. It also helped him to expand his authority in the north-east of Scotland, and to demonstrate his right to rule.
The Abbey Church and Monastic BuildingsThe abbey church lay at the heart of the monastic complex. It consisted of a presbytery, monks’ choir, transepts, chapel aisles and a nine-bay aisled nave. The presbytery, sacristy and south transept survive to a considerable extent, but the most complete part is the strikingly beautiful west front. This is a captivating expression of European twin-towered church façade design.
The Declaration of ArbroathArbroath Abbey is best known for the Declaration of Arbroath, arguably the most famous document in Scottish history.
The Reformation and afterReligious life in the abbey continued until the Scottish Reformation in 1560. In 1580 parts of the abbey were dismantled to build a new burgh church. By 1700, the buildings were in much the same condition as they are now.
Weaving the Unicorn exhibition
The Other Mary Exhibition
Ring of Brodgar Walk
Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge
And Yet it Stands
Bright Coast, Long Shadows by Bryan Angus
Jack Vettriano Exhibition
Wandering Home - an exhibition by Thomas Joshua Cooper
Theatre in the Palace
The Queen's Progress
St Andrews Castle
Duff House Tours
A Sword for my Chief