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Arbroath Signal Tower Museum


Arbroath Signal Tower Museum, Ladyloan, Arbroath, DD11 1PU
01241 464554
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Opening Times

From 1 November - Friday to Monday 10:30 - 16:00
Last admission to the museum is 30 minutes before closing

1 April – 31 October – Wednesday to Monday 10:30 – 16:00 (closed Tuesdays)
1 November – 31 March – Friday to Monday 10:30 – 16:00


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Accessible toilets & Changing

Dog Friendly

Entrance is free!

Signal Tower Museum is located near Arbroath’s picturesque and busy harbour, in a complex of buildings which were originally used as the shore station and accommodation for the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Built in 1813, Signal Tower served the lighthouse until it was decommissioned in 1955 and became a museum in 1974.

Hear about the story of the magnificent Bell Rock Lighthouse and how the coastal town’s connection with the sea has influenced Arbroath’s social, industrial and ecclesiastical history. Using multi-media displays and historic objects, the museum tells the story of Arbroath’s fishing and maritime industries.

Visitors can climb the dramatic spiral staircase and visit the tower room by booking one of our enlightening tower tours or those who are unable to climb the 70 steps and ladder into the room there is an opportunity for a virtual visit, which is also available in Gaelic, Polish and Romanian

Situated beside Arbroath harbour on the A92. Wheelchair access to lower floors. Computer system provides information in regard to upper floor.

Our museum is dog friendly, we welcome visitors with well-behaved dogs. We expect owners to pick up and dispose appropriately of any dog mess and to inform a member of our team, as soon as possible of an accidents or damage caused by the dog, on the premises.

We also ask that –

  • Your dog is on a short lead and kept into your side at all times
  • Your dog is not left on its own anywhere on the premises
  • Your dog is not soaking wet when entering the premises, but be dried off before entering
  • Your dog keeps all paws on the floor, to prevent any jumping up on displays or sitting on furniture
  • You take your dog out of the museum if it becomes unsettled, barks repeatedly or causes upset to other visitors

Off street parking is available in Angus Council sites (charges apply).

A small car park sits in front of the museum. Should this car park be full, an Angus Council car park is available nearby, at the harbour.

The museum is a 10-15 minute walk from the train station.

There are local bus services. Visit Angus Council website for further information.

From Arbroath Bus Station, the museum is approximately a 10 minute walk. No bus stop outside museum.

Bike rack is located just outside the museum gates.

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