Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

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Beside Arbroath's harbour, on the sea front, stands an elegant complex of regency buildings built in 1813. The building formed the shore station for the families of the lighthouse keepers that served on the Bell Rock Lighthouse. The Bell Rock Lighthouse sits 11 miles out to sea on a sandstone reef that is fully submerged at high tide. Both lighthouse and shore station were built by Robert Stevenson, founder of the famous dynasty of lighthouse engineers. Today the building houses a museum telling the story of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, from its construction in 1811 to automation in 1989. Other displays include the history of Arbroath's fishing heritage, trade and its textile industries.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10-00-17.00 all year, closed 25/26 December and 1-2 January,

Admission charges

Free of Charge

Additional info

Small souvenir shop on the ground floor
Showing BBC production of The Great Industrial Wonders of the World - The Bell Rock Lighthouse
Disabled toilet access
No disabled access to the first floor

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum collects artefacts, photographs and archive material relating to the history of Arbroath and District.

The collections are especially representative of the Burgh’s fishing heritage, along with the building’s link with the historic Bell Rock Lighthouse designed by the famous engineer Robert Stevenson (1772 -1850).

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Stevenson
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Remembrance Poppy Project

  • 4 August 2014 — 11 November 2018 *on now

An area of the museum, the local Roll of Honour, craft materials and instruction on how to make the poppy are all available. Makers are asked to put the name, regiment and age of the man on the reverse of the poppy. They can be kept by the maker or left in the museum, where they will be displayed.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Event

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum
Signal Tower Museum
DD11 1PU




01241 435329

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