Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey


In light of updated Scottish Government advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Historic Environment Scotland have taken the decision to close public access to our staffed properties and offices until further notice. All planned public events will also be postponed until further notice – full details of these can be found on our events page in the coming days:

Read the Declaration of Arbroath in the abbey in which Scotland’s nobility proclaimed their independence from England around 1320. Or listen to your voice in the sacristy, which has one of the longest echoes in the country. The abbey was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion, who was buried here. You can learn more about the famous declaration in the visitor centre.

Star Rating
5 Star – VisitScotland

Opening Times
Open all year:
1 April to 30 September, open 7 days 09.30 – 17.30
1 October to 31 March, open 7 days 10.00 – 16.00

Entry Fee
Adult- £9.00
Child aged 5 to 15- £5.40
Child under 5- Free
Concession- £7.20

Member/Explorer Pass holder: Free

Historic Scotland

Accessibility additional info
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. 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. There is an adapted toilet on site.


ParkingAccessible toiletsGuide dogs welcomeDisabled access

Arbroath Abbey


Abbey Street
DD11 1EG


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