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Hospitalfield House

Door open days

8 September 2018 (11am to 5pm)

9 September 2018 (11am to 5pm)


Dedicated to contemporary art and ideas, Hospitalfield is a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy. A hospital was built on the site in 1260 to support the new Benedictine Abbey in Arbroath.

In 1664, after the reformation, the Reverend James Fraser bought the estate. In 1843 the artist Patrick Allan met and married Elizabeth Fraser. The couple spent the rest of their lives together at Hospitalfield, developing the elaborate buildings, working with craftspeople to create the interiors with carved wood details and commissioning Patrick Allan Fraser's peer group to make paintings, building a collection. In 1902, following the terms of their bequest, Hospitalfield became an art school, later developing into a post graduate residential college.

During Doors Open Days you can explore the house and walled gardens, take a tour, get involved in the changing events programme and have lunch in the cafe.

Parking on the driveway, please park with care so as not to obstruct the flow of traffic.

Please note due to the historical nature of the house, there is disabled access to the ground floor only.

Image: Picture Gallery at Hospitalfield House.
Photo: Ruth Clark


Key Information

Architect: Patrick Allan-Fraser

Building Date: 1853

For more information, visit, call 01241 656124 or email  

Where to find us

  • Westway
  • Arbroath
  • DD11 2NH