Arbroath Abbey

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Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey
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This site is currently closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake site inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience. 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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Barbara S
Glasgow, UK7 contributions
Scottish History
Jun 2021
Well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day. We perused the cemetery and found our ancestors from over 200 years ago ! Wandered around the Abbey soaking up the history and the sun.
Written 6 June 2021
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Joolsangus
Arbroath, UK2 contributions
A Walk through history
Jun 2021 • Friends
Don’t visit the Abbey in isolation- Arbroath’s rich history makes a day spent walking here very worthwhile. Walk round the perimeter to get an idea of the scale of the original building- when it does open the interactive reconstruction video in the visitor centre is breathtaking- this building was very important for centuries with previous abbots including Cardinal Beaton- whose murder triggered the Reformation in Scotland. Get a walk map and visit St Vigeans - even older than the Abbey - and it’s nature trails, before returning to the town and its Victorian heritage- Hospitalfields, the Mortuary Chapel and the Water Tower.
Written 3 June 2021
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Stuart C
Rayleigh, UK2 981 contributions
Fantastic historic abbey but only the outside is currently open
Oct 2020
Parked in a nearby street and walked the short distance to the abbey. Unfortunately because of Covid only the outside is currently open which is a real shame. There still a lot to see though and it’s great to explore the impressive remains. Hopefully it won’t be long before the whole place is open again.
Written 18 October 2020
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ritikamital
Leeds, UK266 contributions
Afternoon spent
Sep 2020 • Couples
While the visitor center was shut , the ruins and grounds were open and free to access for everyone.
It was pretty scanty for a Saturday afternoon and allowed us some great photo shoot spots .
Definitely the highlight of this town , the Abbey is highly recommended .
It's serene and peaceful
Written 22 September 2020
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fileydate
Yorkshire50 contributions
Visit to Arbroath Abbey
Aug 2020
Visited on beautiful sunny day in August. Beautiful ruins on large scale with red stone unusual in ecclesiastical buildings. Nice place to spend time in contemplation. And to think about Declaration of Arbroath which is a crucial document in Scottish history and apparently influenced the American Declaration of Independence. Recommended. And get some local Smokies (fish) in the town to enjoy later.
Written 5 September 2020
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Fern T
Uttoxeter, UK36 contributions
Impressive grounds
Aug 2020
The Abbey is closed currently due to COVID but we stopped off to view the grounds which are very impressive. The biggest let down is the town which is extremely run down. If you are passing through then the Abbey is worth a visit but I wouldn't travel far to see it.
Written 19 August 2020
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Kelcardon
Melbourne, Australia204 contributions
Awesome!
Sep 2019
This is a beautiful Abbey and well worth visiting. The remaining architecture is awesome, the displays are very intersting and the sense of history is palpable.
Written 22 March 2020
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Djgonetosea
Glasgow, UK10 contributions
Interesting
Mar 2020
We visited when visitor centre was being refurbished but we were given plenty of information ahead of our tour. Plenty of information boards. Spent quite a while looking round. A bit cold, but it was March!
Written 9 March 2020
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derekwK226YG
Arbroath, UK32 contributions
Abbey Visit
Feb 2020
A fantastic and impressive building and what a history. The visitor centre provides all the information you need to find out about one of the most important buildings in Scottish history. The place where the Declaration Of Arbroath was stamped.
Written 6 March 2020
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Mags826
Saint Paul, MN43 contributions
Absolutely beautiful and full of history
Oct 2019 • Couples
We are in Arbroath at least 2 or 3 times every year and I finally got to visit. It’s gorgeous. It has a good museum before explaining the history and significance of the abbey. Once outside it is very well maintained and just breathtaking. I recommend going in the morning or late afternoon as it makes the light more dramatic. We were there alone for the most part and really got to enjoy it.
Written 22 January 2020
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