The abbey was founded by William the Lion (1143-1214) in 1178 on his return from captivity, in memory of his childhood friend, Thomas Beckett, who had been murdered in Canterbury Cathedral eight years previously. The building was completed in 1233. A historic event took place here: the Declaration of Arbroath was drawn up and signed in the abbey on 6 April 1320, eloquently asserting Scotland's independence. It was dispatched to Pope John XXII, in exile in Avignon.
Address :st. Abbey, DD11 1EG Arbroath
Phone:+44 1241 878756
Price:5.50 £ (children 3.30 £)
[Apr-Sep: 9.30am-5.30pm; rest of year: 9.30am-4.30pm (last admission 30min before closing) - closed 25-26 Dec]