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About Arbroath Abbey

Arbroath Abbey, in the Scottish town of Arbroath, was founded in 1178 by King William the Lion for a group of Tironensian Benedictine monks from Kelso Abbey. It was consecrated in 1197 with a dedication to the deceased Saint Thomas Becket, whom the king had met at the English court. It was William's only personal foundation — he was buried before the high altar of the church in 1214. The Abbey is cared for by Historic Environment Scotland and is open to the public throughout the year. The distin

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Signal Tower Museum

Signal Tower Museum

0.88km from Arbroath Abbey

The Signal Tower Museum, located near the town’s picturesque harbour, enables visitors to discover the fascinating story of the Bell Rock Lighthouse designed by the famous engineer, Robert Stevenson, as well as an insight into Arbroath’s fishing and maritime past. It serves as an excellent museum celebrating the maritime heritage of Arbroath and its fishing, as well as at lighthouses and, in particular, at the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones and Museum

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones and Museum

1.71km from Arbroath Abbey

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones Museum, located in the Angus village of St Vigeans, houses an outstanding collection of Pictish carved stones. IT has 38 carved stones which once stood up in the old church and are amongst the last of Pictish art, making them internationally important. The displays include hands-on interactives, audio and tactile elements and a touch screen database through which the detail of the stones can be explored.

Hospitalfield House

Hospitalfield House

1.93km from Arbroath Abbey

Hospitalfield House is a stunning early Arts & Crafts Scottish Baronial country house, left in trust in 1890 to support artists. Hospitalfield is a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy. Hospitalfield House, in its beautiful location overlooking the North Sea, is the house of artist and collector Patrick Allan-Fraser and his wife Elizabeth Fraser.

Arbroath Cliffs

Arbroath Cliffs

2.21km from Arbroath Abbey

The Arbroath cliffs are made up of river-lain sandstones and conglomerates (petrified gravel) of two different ages – 410 million years old and 370 million years old. It also offers a beautiful walk through the bay and enjoy the sound and smell of the sea and walk off the chips.

Hospitalfield House

Hospitalfield House

2.28km from Arbroath Abbey

Hospitalfield House is a stunning early Arts & Crafts Scottish Baronial country house, left in trust in 1890 to support artists. Its collection are a rare example of the patronage of one person, Patrick Allan-Fraser. A Picture Gallery he designed himself houses artworks by a generation of British artists from his own peer group.

Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve

Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve

2.53km from Arbroath Abbey

Seaton Cliffs extends over 12ha of unimproved grassland behind red sandstone cliffs. Spectacular cliffs of rich red sandstones and conglomerates make Seaton Cliffs a colourful spot at any time of the year. Over the 350 million years since they were deposited, these rocks have been subjected to the immense forces of the sea. Plants, such as thrift, sea campion and six species of vetch, thrive in these conditions, and over 300 species of invertebrates are attracted to the wildflowers.

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Angus Council

Angus Council

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Angus is one of the 32 local government council areas of Scotland, a registration county and a lieutenancy area. The council area borders Aberdeenshire, Dundee City and Perth and Kinross. Main industries include agriculture and fishing. Global pharmaceuticals company GSK has a significant presence in Montrose in the north of the county.

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