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“history on the doorstep”

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
Ranked #4 of 57 things to do in Dunfermline
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Robert the Bruce is buried inside this well attended and fully functioning cathedral. An impressive building next to the rather large ruins which are well maintained and open to the public in the middle of the town.
A great day out - if you like your history.

Thank Brendan F
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Historical beauty and burial place of King Robert the Bruce. A very interesting place to visit. lots of wee places nearby to eat or drop in for a wee sherry!

Thank MarieMacrae
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

It's a must to visit for people who care for Scotland and its history. A very beautiful church very quite setting. If you don't know that this is the place, you'd probably never come here and miss out on this wonderful part of Scotland.

Thank Sam R
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is one of those places you need to know the history of before you go and actually seek out as it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles for tourists and isn't directly on the tourist route. If you're interested in early Scottish history and have taken the time to learn a bit about it, definitely go ... when we went, it was quiet and picturesque. Because we came at lunchtime and didn't have time to wait around while the ruins close for an hour, we didn't pay to go in but walked around and went into the "new" church (with a backdoor entrance to the old one that is pretty cool). It should be said that my teenage kids found the whole thing pretty boring so families with kids be warned! I second what other reviewers have said: reach out to the staff. The folks in the "new" church couldn't have been nicer and the woman who was shutting the ruins down for lunch obviously cared a lot about the place and would no doubt have been a font of great information if we had had time to stick around.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

Dunfermline is a beautiful church in its own right, but of course, the big draw is the history and historical graves that it contains. We primarily came for the tomb of Robert the Bruce, which is in kind of an odd area in the church, but still great to see. What really made the visit special for us was getting to talk to Willie, one of the abbey custodians. You could tell that he really loved the abbey and its history and was thrilled to share everything he knew with us. Since it was a bit slow at the time we visited, he gave us his full attention walking us through different parts of the abbey and giving us a full history on just about everything. We learned so much from him, and our visit really wouldn't have been the same without his insight. That would be my one tip for anyone visiting: definitely reach out to the staff. They love what they do and you'll really come away with a richer understanding of the place from your interactions with them.

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