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Hospitalfield House

Door open days

14 September 2019 (11am to 5pm)

15 September 2019 (11am to 5pm)


Hospitalfield runs a highly regarding programme of artists’ residencies and actively commissions new work by contemporary artists. Visitors are actively encouraged to access the house and grounds through tours of the interiors, walks in the garden and grounds, and learning and public events celebrating contemporary art and heritage.

Hospitalfield derives its name from the monastic designation of this site in the 13th-century as a hospital for pilgrims travelling to Arbroath Abbey. In the 19th-century the House was established as one of Scotland’s earliest Art Schools following the bequest of Hospitalfield House by Patrick Allen-Fraser. Patrick and his wife Elizabeth developed Hospitalfield House as the architectural marvel that exists today; consolidating the existing monastic settlement into one of the finest examples of the Arts & Crafts style in Scotland.

The building is full of elaborate carving depicting the natural world in wood and masonry, and houses impressive historic collections of fine art, furniture and textiles. The exterior is rendered in carved sandstone, demonstrating astonishing craftsmanship.

An Artist’s House, our guiding priorities are supporting artists and developing audiences for contemporary art through our programme. Hospitalfield is a place to work, study, learn, visit and enjoy.


Key Information

Architect: Patrick Allan-Fraser

Building Date: 1853

The house is open to explore but please book online for a guided tour. House tours at 12 noon & 3pm.

For more information, or to book, visit, call 01241 656124 or email

  • Westway
  • Arbroath
  • DD11 2NH