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Address: Abbey Street, Arbroath DD11 1EG, Scotland
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+44 1241 878756
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

Arbroath Abbey is a testament to the dynamic piety of Scotland’s medieval...

Arbroath Abbey is a testament to the dynamic piety of Scotland’s medieval monarchs. It was founded in 1178 by King William I ‘the Lion’ as a memorial to his childhood friend Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in 1170.

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If you are interested in Scottish history then this is a place you must try to visit. It covers the history of the abbey at a time before Scotland became a nation right through to... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are interested in Scottish history then this is a place you must try to visit. It covers the history of the abbey at a time before Scotland became a nation right through to the declaration of Arbroath and the reclaiming of the stone of destiny. It is a very interactive experience and the Abbot's house is the only... More 

Thank katieann2604
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not heard of Arbroath Abbey and chanced upon it. Am i glad to have done that. Looks uninteresting from the outside but full of interesting nooks and crannies inside. So full of history and information. Highly recommended.

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Leven , Fife
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day out for all the family, lots of history and dressing up. Very educational. fantastic walk around the grounds and cemetry

Thank John W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arbroath Abbey is a ruin with an added modern visitors centre. The Visitors centre is packed with information and a few interactive bits that give you a feel for how the Abbey would have looked back in the day... The Girl on reception was very friendly and gave us some good information which helped us on our visit. The Abbey... More 

Thank Adam_Caroline
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115 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I lived in Arbroath as a child, and always lived bed visiting the abbey. It is always such a sight to behold. The information and tour are fantastic, especially bathed in sunshine.

Thank MJM61
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This is a fun historical place to be with teenagers learning about local history. My little brother loves coming here.

Thank Chazz0554
Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

We landed at the Abbey several times as we were looking for our B and B and then again at dinner. The next morning we decided to take the time to poke around and enjoy this historic site. The cemetery sets the stage and the ruins were amazing with a king buried in the middle of of it all. The... More 

Thank iowatraveler74
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

An Amazing place filled with Scottish history. Beautiful to see. You can go inside some parts of it. You will learn about the Declaration of Arbroath where Scotland started. It is also the document the American Declaration of Independence was based on.

Thank NOHillary2016
Dundee, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We visited Arbroath Abbey on a cold February day. Myself and two grandchildren seeking something interesting..and that is what we got. From the informative and inviting welcome at the front desk we spent a pleasant afternoon exploring. And when we failed to find the room with the echo we yet again got help and encouragement. We often overlook visitor attractions... More 

Thank _joycegordon
Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

The gentleman who greeted us at the visitors' centre was very helpful and clearly proud of the site. The Centre itself is very good at covering the history of the Abbey, it's rise, major events and downfall, plus some unexpected modern day twists we hadn't made the connection on. Wandering around the ruins themselves is very pleasant, and we enjoyed... More 

Thank NancyLTG

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