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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.
All reviews scottish history declaration of independence well worth a visit historic scotland abbots house gift shop lots of history information boards entrance fee small exhibition guide book great visit two hours couple of hours informative museum staff member scones
I visited Arbroath Abbey with a group last week. If you are interested in Scottish history then this visit is a "must". The Abbey is in a ruinous state but take time to visit the Exhibition first, read the background and ask the staff. Then...More
We spent a good couple of hours walking around the museum then the graveyard and then the abbey and buildings. Very interesting and not expensive at all. We found the burial place of King William the 1st while we were there and enjoyed exploring the...More
It doesn't quite match, to me, the beautiful Border Abbeys given their location and condition but it's a fine structure to see and explore (especially the Abbot's House) and the Visitor Centre provides good information. Perhaps a finer presentation of the Declaration of Arbroath would...More
A must see if you have any interest in Scottish history. Very important. Though in ruins the site is still spectacular. Steeped in history. Don't miss the Sacristy. The acoustics are amazing. Get the singer in you group to sing softly and enjoy. Two hours...More
Having travelled for 2.5 hours on a cold, wet day, we were in desperate need of a coffee. We were disappointed - the new visitor centre at Arbroath Abbey could only offer tea or coffee from a machine which was not working! Nothing daunted, we...More
Since this was a pivotal place in the history of Scotland, we wanted to go here. It is right in the middle of town, but still scenic on the grounds. The visitor center has a good deal of information and there are a lot of...More
This Abbey is a 'must see' for its historical significance. King William I of Scotland is buried here (there is a gravestone) but its history is intertwined with the origins of Scotland itself. There is an interesting and informative exhibition. It is a large site....More