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“DON"T PAY TO GO IN? You can see 95% by foot”

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
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Owner description: Dunfermline Palace and Abbey are the remains of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century. Beginning as a priory founded by Malcolm’s wife, Queen Margaret, it was re-established as an abbey by her son in 1128 and is the final resting place of King Robert Bruce, notably minus his heart, along with seven other Scottish kings. Substantial parts of the abbey buildings remain, including the vast refectory. The foundations of Queen Margaret’s church are under the present superb nave, built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style. The abbey complex encompasses the ruins of a palace built by King James VI in the 16th century, which became home to his queen, Anna of Denmark. After the couple’s departure for London, royal interest in Dunfermline waned but the ruins of the abbey’s neighbouring palace still make for an interesting discovery. This was the birthplace of Charles I, the last monarch born in Scotland.
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“DON"T PAY TO GO IN? You can see 95% by foot”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Abbey palace was fine as ruins. We would have been ticked if we'd paid (had a pass) as vritually everything is visible without paying.

Walk into the the abbey (free) go out in the cemetery and look at the ruins. you see virtually everything.

Visited August 2013
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“Good if you Historic Scotland member”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Lots of exploring to do but lots of fairly dangerous spots for young kids. Plenty to keep us busy for an hour or 2 and worth seeing!

Visited April 2013
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“History and beautiful buildings.”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace are full of history. The palace buildings are mainly ruins but has obviously been a lovely complex of buildings. The Abbey has wonderful pillars and is an impressive building. It also contains the skull of Robert the Bruce. Well worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“Kingdom view”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

So much history of scottish kings and queens all under one roof as the palace is a ruin but nonetheless very interesting history yes like others have said king robert bruce is interned wallace's mothers grave, to name a few abbott house at top of graveyard for bite to eat.Andrew Carnegie short distance out the bottom gate by the car parks also pittiencrief park close by all well worth visit.

Visited July 2013
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“Make this a central part of your trip to Dunfermline and see the other sights nearby.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

If looking for a trip to historic Dunfermline:
1/ Use the free parking at or near the Carnegie birthplace museum and see that particular free attraction. Or save it for the end or rain!
2/ Walk 50 yds uphill towards town but turn left at the baker's (which do good take away food!) and carry on past the cenotaph, through the old medieval arch, admiring the abbey ruins.
3/ After 100 yds you can turn right into the abbey church and its grounds. The church itself is free and you can access the medieval nave and the later, functioning church itself. The graveyard is an interesting walk around.
4/ Back at the archway, from the graveyard you can pay to enter and walk round the ruins of the abbey, looking at the display boards. If you don't want to pay, you can still see quite a bit of the ruins from outside, but the full visit is worth it.
5/ On the opposite, north side of the graveyard is the Abbott House tearoom where you can have a refreshment or even lunch, homemade by volunteers. The stovies are usually good! Loos are there too.
6/ You can wander up into town for the shops, which frankly are the same as any town, and marvel at how the council have failed to attract small businesses to town, apart from pubs and takeaways...or..
7/ Across the way from the church steps is Pittencreiff Park or "The Glen", a huge landscaped estate gifted to the town by Carnegie. It has lots of walks, two swing parks (one very good) toilets and tearooms. You can spend the afternoon in the Glen on a good day. Visit the free house & museum and the formal gardens and green houses.

If you walk down through the glen alongside the stream, you can go full circle and come out at the Carnegie birthplace museum car park!!

Visited July 2013
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