Arbroath Signal Tower Museum


Signal Tower Museum, Ladyloan, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1PU

    Located next to Arbroath's picturesque and historic harbour, within the original shore station for the Bell Rock Lighthouse, Signal Tower Museum tells the story of the lighthouse itself and of the local fishing and maritime industries.

    200 years after Robert Stevenson oversaw construction, the Bell Rock Lighthouse still stands as Britain's oldest surviving rock lighthouse, still warning shipping of the jagged Bell Rock.  Onshore, the museum exhibitions tell all the tales of the lighthouse, and of the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families, using models, audio-visual and computer displays and historic objects. 

    Arbroath's fishing industry and maritime trade are also explored, interwoven with stories of Arbroath Smokies and of Ralph the Rover.


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday Closed

    Phone museum staff on 0044 1241 435329 for details of Christmas and New Year opening times


    • Some or all of the displays/exhibits/parts of the attraction
    • The main entrance has level access


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Children Welcome


    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    Travelling to SIGNAL TOWER MUSEUM BY CAR    Arbroath is on the A92 between Dundee and Montrose.  This route runs straight through Arbroath, as a dual carriageway, passing Arbroath Harbour and Signal Tower Museum.  Follow signs for Arbroath Harbour and Signal Tower Museum.  Signal Tower is the white building with a tower, between the dual carriageway and the sea.  There is free parking at the museum and by the harbour.  The museum postcode is DD11 1PU.

    Travelling to SIGNAL TOWER MUSEUM BY RAILWAY    Arbroath is on the main East Coast rail-line, with regular connections from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.

    After leaving the train at Arbroath Railway Station, turn left outside the main station exit and walk down West Port.  Turn right at the bottom of the hill, on Millgate Loan, then take the 1st left turn, for a short walk to the dual carriageway.  Signal Tower is the white building with a tower, between the dual carriageway and the sea.  From the railway station, this is a 10 minute walk, approximately.

    Travelling to SIGNAL TOWER MUSEUM BY BUS    Arbroath is on several bus routes from both Dundee and Aberdeen, as well as local services from Forfar, Montrose and Brechin.

    After leaving the bus at Arbroath Bus Station, exit the station by the path to the dual carriageway, turn right and follow the dual carriageway past the harbour and the Harbour Visitor Centre.  Signal Tower is the white building with a tower, between the dual carriageway and the sea.  From the bus station, this is a 10 minute walk, approximately.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point


    • There is an audible alarm system
    • There is a visual alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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