Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

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Signal Tower Museum Ladyloan
DD11 1PU

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Saturday 10-00-16.00 (1st April - 31st October) Thursday to Saturday 10.00-16.00 (1st November - 31st March) Closed 25/26 December and 1-2 January


Free of Charge

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Meeting room available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Late night openings
  • Picnic area
  • Public car park
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Study facilities

Facilities information:

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


  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Guided tours
  • Loan service
  • Primary school education service available
  • Secondary school education service available

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