Arbroath Abbey Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey

Abbey Street, Arbroath, DD11 1EG, United Kingdom | 01241 878 756 | Website

Venue Description

The Visitor Centre (including exhibition) and grounds (with some restrictions) are open. Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the abbey. Read the Declaration of Arbroath in the abbey from which Scotland's nobility proclaimed their independence from England in 1320. Or listen to your voice in the sacristy which has one of the longest echoes in the country. It once rang with the clamour of "lunatics" incarcerated here, The abbey was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion, who was buried here. 29 Mar to 30 Sept: Daily, 10am to 4.30pm Last entry 4pm 1 Oct to 28 Mar: Daily, 10am to 4pm Last entry 3.15pm Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm We recommend booking online in advance to guarantee entry.


Approach to site Approach to site is about 20m on a paved path. Visitor centre The visitor centre has step-free access and a platform lift to the first floor. There are large viewing windows and a virtual reconstruction of the abbey with an induction loop. Monument Most of the Abbey is relatively level with grass and gravel surfaces. The nave and cloister have step-free access. The sacristy has two stone steps down into it. The lower gatehouse range has an audio-visual display with ramped access. The abbot’s house displays are reached via a stone spiral stair on several levels with a handrail from the first floor. The ground floor is accessed down a narrow ramp. Ear Defenders A limited number of adult and children's ear defenders are available at this site. Please ask a member of staff if you want to borrow them.

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There is an adapted toilet on site.


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  • Carer Discount
  • Disabled Access
  • Induction Loop
  • Disabled Parking
  • Access Statement

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