Arbroath Abbey

Abbey Street, Arbroath, DD11 1EG

 

Access

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. 

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in interior spaces.

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.

Parking

There is a small, tarmac surfaced parking area on a slight incline. Please be aware that parking is very limited. There are six parking spaces, one of which is a marked accessible bay.

Approach to the site

Approach to site is about 20m on a paved path.

Visitor Centre

The visitor centre has step-free access to the ground floor shop, ticket office and exhibition. The flooring is a combination of historic stone slabs and lightly textured vinyl, and is level throughout the ground floor. There are areas of low lighting. Audio-visual displays tell the story of the Declaration of Arbroath. Two of the films have subtitles; the others are silent.

The first floor of the exhibition is reached up a flight of stone stairs. Upstairs there are large viewing windows and further parts of the exhibition.

The building pre-dates current fire regulations and the upper level is not compliant for wheelchair users or those with serious walking difficulties. We are currently reviewing this. If you wish to discuss before your visit please call the site.

The abbey and grounds 

There is no visitor access to the abbey while high-level conservation works take place. The grounds are open with restricted access.

The New Scriptorium 

There is level access to the Scriptorium. 

The New Scriptorium can only be accessed during public events and workshops. For the programme of events please visit the Hospitalfield website

Toilets

There is an accessible toilet available. 

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Arbroath Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Historic Scotland

Opening times

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.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm

We recommend booking online in advance to guarantee entry.

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