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Following the Scottish Government's announcement that restrictions are expected to relax, some of our staffed sites will reopen on Friday 30 April. Tickets available now.



The abbey is closed for now, but from Friday 30 April you can view the iconic grounds and exterior.

Explore the origins of the most famous document in Scottish history – the Declaration of Arbroath. Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England in this letter to the Pope, sent from Arbroath Abbey in 1320.

Founded by William the Lion in 1178, in memory of martyr Thomas Becket, the abbey remained one of the nation’s grandest monasteries for almost 400 years. Much later, the Stone of Destiny had a starring role in Arbroath Abbey’s story.

What to see and do

  • Soak up the atmosphere of a site long associated with Scotland’s sense of independent nationhood
  • Step inside one of the most complete abbot’s residences in Britain
  • View famous local landmark the ‘Round O’, a circular window that was once lit up to guide mariners home
  • See the marble effigy thought to depict William I, also known as William the Lion
  • Gaze up at the west front, a stunning example of a twin-towered church façade
  • Complete our quiz while you explore the abbey. The quiz is also available on site
Historic Scotland

Opening times

The abbey is closed for now, but from Fri 30 Apr you can view the iconic grounds and exterior.

30 Apr to 30 Sept:
Fri-Mon, 10am to 4pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm


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