Signal Tower Museum
Signal Tower Museum
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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. Visit the museum and 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. Through multi-media displays and historic objects Arbroath's fishing and maritime industries are explored and the Cottage Gallery has a varied programme of changing exhibitions. Visitors can book a tour to climb the dramatic spiral staircase and visit the tower room, 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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stevieb774
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
For such a small space available inside, this museum is absolutely packed with information.
Ever wanted to know what holds the structure of a lighthouse together? Then this is the museum for you! (answer: interlocked stones, like a giant 3-d jigsaw)
Clearly things are not quite normal post-pandemic, but we were nonetheless given a warm welcome by the Receptionist, who is herself also a huge repository of knowledge about the locality and lighthouses in general.
A most fascinating visit which answered all of the questions I had, especially after watching the film 'The Vanishing'.

As an aside, the small camera collection upstairs within the photo exhibition was somewhat poignant as a way of showing the 'gone' physical aspect of a particular photographer's life in the 1980s, i.e. what had actually gone into producing the superb black and whites arrayed on the walls. Thankyou for this detail within this exhibition, which I found valuable and which brought back many memories of using my own Nikon cameras in that same era.
Written August 13, 2021
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Michael J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is a little gem. It's well set out - and current covid arrangements are good and don't interfere with a visit. It covers all aspects of the history, construction, technology and operation of the Bell Rock lighthouse and this building, which was the on-shore support base. It also shows the history of the maritime industry in and around Arbroath. This is all done in a clear and interesting manner. The staff are helpful and welcoming. the Signal Tower building itself is unusual, and hopefully the restoration work on the tower will proceed enough to allow it to be opened to visitors soon. Well worth a visit.
Written October 10, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A small museum dedicated to the history of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and Arbroath. For such a small museum, it’s incredibly informative. The museum covers the fishing communities of Arbroath, the history of the lighthouse and the keepers that operate it. The museum is logically laid out into I think eight/nine rooms, with each room covering one topic, all connected to the lighthouse in some way. The first room also contains a video of the building of the lighthouse.
Written May 27, 2022
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Balanced_reviews
Kirkwall, UK202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
The welcome we got from the (geordie?) lady on arrival 1.15pm 5/10 /23 in itself made you glad to have visited. Knowledgeable, listened, advised, inspired. Such a credit to Arbroath and Angus Council.

Such a well maintained museum weaving the history of Bell Rock lighthouse with the social history of area. Looks like a great team behind all this.

Plus Angus Council deserves real kudos for keeping this free. People shouldn't be priced out of learning about the area's heritage.

And finally it was great to know we could have brought the dogs in eg if too hot to leave them safely in the car.

You folks should do welcome host training for others.

Thank you so much.

Written October 5, 2023
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Many thanks for your very kind and thoughtful review of our museum. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your visit so much - it certainly was our pleasure to welcome you here. We would be delighted to see you again should you ever be in the area again. Kind regards from all the team!
Written November 5, 2023
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,362 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Insightful free museum dedicated to lighthouses and the local community. Fascinating to read about the construction of Bell Rock Lighthouse. There are a number of rooms and outbuildings to explore. There’s even a realistic horse in the courtyard.
Written June 13, 2022
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Hungry-sailor86
San Fernando La Union, Philippines662 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
This museum is rather good considering there is no cost to it. It tells the story of how a work of engineering genius changed a towns fortune. The information is well laid out, concise and easy to understand. It is a good use of an hour on a wet day.
Written July 20, 2022
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Thank you for visiting our museum. We are glad that increasing numbers of people are realising that entry is indeed free! Yes, the Bell Rock Lighthouse is such an amazing feat of engineering right enough and we are glad to have shared it with you!
Written December 10, 2022
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Mike
Glossop, UK1,152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Interesting museum with a lot of displays. Shame you can’t climb the tower. It is also free to enter. Includes various displays about Arbroath history as well as the Bell Rock lighthouse.
Written March 30, 2023
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KemnayKing
Kemnay, UK345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a fantastic little museum and it’s free! Amazing and interesting history around the bell rock lighthouse. We came across it accidentally however, we were really impressed with the information on offer and the friendliness of the staff member who greeted us. You can just make out the lighthouse on a clear day, which is fair enough considering it’s 11 miles out to sea. All covid measures are being strictly adhered to which makes you feel safe. Would return.
Written July 21, 2021
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J N
Aberdeen, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Having a bit of time to fill in I thought I would take a visit here. I was amazed at the exhibition the history and the story of the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Well worth a visit. I would definitely go back
Written August 27, 2022
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We hope you find time to return, as there is so much to see here. Thank you for your visit and review. The Bell Rock has indeed a fascinating history, which we are glad to have been able to share with you. Hope to see you again soon!
Written December 10, 2022
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FynnNorthYorkshire
North Yorkshire84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The two staff were helpful and friendly and gave us an introduction to the museum. There were several rooms to look around with lots of information and exhibits. Even explained how lighthouses were built. The views out to sea were impressive from most of the rooms. Unfortunately the tower itself is closed to the public for safety reasons. Still well worth a visit. It's free entry too, but donations welcome.
Written September 1, 2023
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Many thanks for your kind review of our museum. It was lovely to welcome you here and we look forward to doing so again should you be in the area. We are glad you enjoyed your visit - and of course the stunning views! kind regards from all the team.
Written November 5, 2023
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