Arbroath Abbey

Make your vows amidst an enchanting ruin that’s at the very heart of Scotland’s story.

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COVID-19 update

We are continuing to review our events offer in line with Scottish Government guidance throughout the COVID 19 pandemic and will update the details as and when we have further information.

Should you wish to hold a wedding with us in the next 9 months please contact the team who would be happy to discuss your requirements and our offering depending on your date.

The information on this page is pre COVID-19 and continues to be valid for future bookings in 2021.

Arbroath Abbey is suitable for:

  • ceremonies
  • photography

Make your vows in a place that’s at the very heart of Scotland’s story. Arbroath Abbey is a potent symbol of our nation – the Declaration of Arbroath was sent from here and the Stone of Destiny found by the high altar. Rising out of the ruins is the imposing, twin-towered west front, while the ‘Round O’ window – once lit up to guide sailors home – is a local landmark.

The Nave (open air)

Capacity: 200 people (standing)

Marry outdoors amidst the splendid ruins of what was once an outstandingly beautiful building. The bride can make a memorable entrance through the great west doors and then process down the length of the magnificent ruined nave. The ceremony itself is held near to the burial place of William the Lion, the abbey’s founder.

The Cloister (open air)

Capacity: 200 people (standing)

Precious little of Arbroath Abbey remains standing, but the south wall of the abbey borders this atmospheric spot for outdoor weddings. On a fine day, it is a beautifully bright suntrap.

The Sacristy

Capacity: 30 people (seated)

Invite your closest family and friends to share your ceremony in this intimate indoors setting. Alternatively, you can step inside the sacristy to sign the register in private if you’re having your wedding outdoors.

Abbot’s House

Capacity: 30 people (seated)

You can get married in either of two rooms within this imposing building – one of the most complete abbot’s residences in Britain. The first room has traces of original painted decoration, the second is a bright, open gallery space hung with paintings.

Gatehouse Range

Capacity: 60 people (seated)

A series of windows lets natural light flood the spacious upper floor of the gatehouse. It makes a bright and beautiful backdrop for wedding ceremonies – and it’s all the more special for being one of only a few buildings to survive at Arbroath Abbey.


You can hire Arbroath Abbey just for your wedding photographs, even if your ceremony will be held elsewhere.

Find out more about wedding photography or contact Arbroath Abbey direct on 01241 878 756 for details.

Types of ceremony

Religious and Humanist wedding ceremonies. Civil ceremonies by agreement with Registrar.


Postcode: DD11 1EG

In Arbroath town centre, just off the A92.

More information

Download the Arbroath Abbey Wedding brochure [PDF, 1.7MB]

Find out more about Arbroath Abbey


Weddings Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8973

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