Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles • Religious Sites
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Dunfermline Abbey Nave is now open (the palace remains closed) and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is essential. Admire one of Scotland's most impressive medieval interiors and most important royal sites, founded as a priory in about 1080. Robert the Bruce was buried in the medieval choir, now beneath the Abbey church of 1821. St Margaret and David I are among a number of monarchs and other royalty laid to rest here. Charles I was born in the palace that grew up alongside the abbey.
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
We stopped here on our way from The Kelpies to Dundee. After parking(2GBP/2+hours) in front of the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum and receiving an excellent free tour, we walked a ½ mile circuit to this 11th C ruins. Inside, while seeing some of its structural details, we discovered free tickets were available to enter the repaired abbey nave and the adjoining 19th C parish church. There, a docent opened the door to display its interesting columns, beautiful stained glass and the historical royal tomb markers before directing us into the new church where Robert the Bruce is buried.
Having seen the movie, Braveheart, and visited the Sterling battle site, this was a highpoint, accompanied with organ music.
Written May 13, 2022
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,603 contributions
The Abbey Nave has reopened but the Palace is still shut . Entry is free but you must prebook on the Historic Scotland Web site . Being a native to Dunfermline you tend to neglect what is on your doorstep . I had a nice stroll round the Abbey and palace . You can see a fair bit of the Palace from the railings surrounding it . It has been an impressive structure in its time . The Abbey itself is set in a well maintained graveyard with many ancient Gravestones . There is also a stone marking the Monks graveyard as well
Written November 12, 2020
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK387 contributions
The nave is lined with stone pillars each with a different design and some dating from the Norman period.

There is a Georgian church attached which is still in use. Robert the Bruce is buried here and there are also some fine marble effigies. An organist was giving an impromptu concert, playing Handel, Elgar and Bach which certainly added to the pleasure of my visit.
Written November 7, 2021
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LongXuyen
Lismore, Australia146 contributions
Couples
This is a very special place. The palace is, today, a ruin but has so many ghosts from the past. Charles 1 who lost his head was born here and the history goes back before 1100. Make sure that you pay the £6 to go through the ruin and listen carefully to the folks who man the place. It is undoubtedly money well spent. The abbey is quite old too but similar to many other churches of a similar age. Don't forget to check the headstones in the church grounds.

One thing to be aware of is that it is closed on Thursday and Friday. Strange days to be closed but that's Scotland - different.
Written March 11, 2020
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Jason D
Muncie, IN29 contributions
We visited Dunfermline in early March so part of the cathedral was closed and it was very cold and rainy. However, despite this, Dunfermline was very enjoyable and interesting. Several movies had filmed there and the history was fascinating. The cathedral had several examples of stained glass that were quite beautiful. There are ALOT of steps in the ruins so be aware of that. But definitely worth a stop if you are visiting Scotland.
Written March 19, 2020
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tcc334
Aberdeen, UK156 contributions
Couples
Visited here today. Stained glass exhibition was really interesting and the Abbey was a truly lovely place to wander round. The custodians are clearly very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Pre-booking required. X
Written August 5, 2021
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TheQueensman
Paisley, UK132 contributions
Visited the Abbey Church mainly to see Robert The Bruce's tomb but was impressed with the stained glass windows. Wonderful.
There was a chap stood at the pulpit and tomb area who answered any questions and spoke about The Bruce and his family and what happened to them. A very knowledgable man, thank you for telling me things I did not know about his life. Very interesting.
Written June 4, 2022
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Jacqui M
674 contributions
We visited on a blustery autumn day, and were relieved to spend most of our time indoors. The palace was still closed, but there is plenty to admire inside the abbey and church. We wandered around the abbey nave, admiring the Romanesque columns, 'frescoes' on the ceiling and stained glass windows. The adjoining church used to be part of the abbey and was rebuilt in the 1800s; hence the stark contrast in architectural styles. We got a comprehensive summary of the history of the 2 buildings from very helpful guides. Recent imaging work had shown the possible burial site of Robert the Bruce within the church. Don't forget to stop at the shrine to Queen Margaret, Scotland's only royal saint, just behind the church. Then wander round the graveyard and look over to the ruins of the palace and the lovely park beyond. Well worth a visit, pity about the weather!
Written October 28, 2020
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Maria H
10 contributions
Family
We were very impressed by this place went not expecting too much as we know the palace was a ruin however the historic Scotland staff member really brought it to life. His knowledge and direction were superb. My daughter was given a quiz which kept her engaged while we were exploring. The nave of the abbey was beautiful, disappointing the the actual abbey was closed for winter so we were unable to visit the resting place of king Robert the Bruce we will definitely try and take a trip back at some point. There is a small museum just next to the abbey which is also worth a visit free entry and has a lovely tea room. Thumbs up from us!
Written January 19, 2020
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Anna J
Edinburgh, UK6 contributions
Visited while the palace was still closed but the Abbey nave was open, and saw the stained glass exhibition, which was great, lovely setting and very informative. Feel like I haven't given Dunfermline enough credit before! The staff here were really great too, very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend!
Written August 4, 2021
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