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Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum


The Signal Tower Museum, located near the town’s picturesque harbour, enables visitors to discover the fascinating story of the Bell Rock Lighthouse designed by the famous engineer, Robert Stevenson (1772-1850), as well as an insight into Arbroath’s fishing and maritime past.

The Signal Tower Museum showcases how the lighthouse was constructed over 200 years ago, creating a marvel of engineering that still stands today as the oldest sea-washed lighthouse in the world. As well as this, the museum shows what life was like for the lighthouse keepers on board the Bell Rock, as well as the experiences of their families back at the Signal Tower shore station.

The Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottages situated in the courtyard of the museum grounds offer attractive exhibition areas, providing an insight into Arbroath’s Fishing and Maritime Heritage with audio-visual elements including quizzes and games for children.

An exhibition of black and white photographs taken by the late Jonathan Ogilvie in the 1980’s of some of the Arbroath fishing fleet recording people and fishing in and around Arbroath provides a fascinating view of the fishing industry.

Tower Tours that allow public access of the tower room are available on Saturdays at 12 noon and 1pm available. Advance booking only by email or telephone. Virtual tours in Gaelic, Polish, Romanian and English are available for those who don’t want to climb the 70 steps.

Top five things you can do at Signal Tower Museum:

  1. Run around the stone representation of the 42 feet diameter light house foundation in the courtyard
  2. Discover how Bassey the horse helped to build the Bell Rock Lighthouse
  3. Learn about pirate Ralph the Rover and his dastardly deeds
  4. Find out what life was like for the lighthouse keepers in an upright tube, surrounded by the sea
  5. See the damage where the lighthouse lens was machine gunned by a fighter pilot during WW2

The teams in ANGUSalive’s museums, libraries and archives have a great local knowledge and a real enthusiasm for promoting Angus. As VisitScotland Information Partners and proud Angus ambassadors, ANGUSalive advisors can help visitors to our area make the most of their time in Angus by providing information about things to see and do, including some of the hidden gems that only locals know about.  The teams also provide local amenities information, helping people to find everything from church services to emergency vet services.

ANGUSalive museums, libraries and archives also have a fun programme of events for adults and children and non-members are almost always welcome.

Opening Times

1 November 2023 to 31 March 2024:
Friday to Monday – 10.30am to 4pm

1 April to 31 October 2024:
Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) – 10.30am to 4pm

1 November 2024 to 31 March 2025:
Friday to Monday – 10.30am to 4pm

Tower Towers that allow public access of the tower room are available by advance booking – please see the ANGUSalive website for information.

Entry Fee


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Dog Friendly

This venue is dog-friendly.

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