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“Impressive site with a key role in Scottish history”
Review of Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey
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US$44,19*
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Ranked #4 of 30 things to do in Arbroath
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the entrance to the site there is a very helpful and informative illustrated history of the abbey with a model upstairs of how the abbey would have looked when in use back in the early middle ages. The main abbey is now partially in ruins although it is possible to go into some of the part still standing and to ascend to a walkway in the remains of a tower. The site is fairly extensive with a couple of outbuildings in one of which there is another useful historical display. Unfortunately, neither of these two buildings are properly signposted so unless you go exploring on your own or purchase the guidebook, you are in danger of missing them. The abbey is famous not only as the origin of the Declaration of Arbroath, a key document in Scotland's struggle for independence, but also as the place where the Stone of Destiny (Stone of Scone) was found after it had been removed from Westminster Abbey back in 1950. Both events are well covered at the abbey.

Thank jon0269
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"scottish history"
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"declaration of independence"
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"historic scotland"
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"well worth a visit"
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"abbots house"
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"gift shop"
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"lots of history"
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"information boards"
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"small exhibition"
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"guide book"
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"entrance fee"
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"interactive displays"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with some friends who are local to Arbroath and even they were amazed by the sites and the history. This is such an amazing and grand place that was built in the 1100s and survived a lot of history and adversity. The set up is easy to understand and informative. This is where the Declaration Of Arbroath was done which is referred to as the birth of Scotland. The amazing history of this area is definitely not well advertised which is a shame but at the same time we had the whole place to ourselves. Entrance fee is only 3.50£

Thank See J
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The visitor centre has some great exhibits and offers an informative introduction to the abbey. Plenty to explore and useful information boards scattered throughout the grounds.

Thank Lovek75
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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Found this place to be very interesting. Lots of history linked to the Abbey. There are more than just ruins here. Ended up spending much more time here than we thought we would.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

This is run by Historic Scotland and the lady in charge was very informative and helpful. We were allowed to take our little dog into the open grass areas but not in the buildings which we were happy with. We took turns going into the buildings which were very interesting.

Thank LindaB065
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