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More of our sites are now available to pre-book in advance of their opening later this month. We are working hard to open other sites in the coming weeks




On-street parking (no accessible bays) is available about:

  • 100m from the gatehouse entrance
  • 150m from the north entrance in the abbey nave

Visitors can be dropped off at the site entrance.

Approach to site

The Abbey nave is accessed from the door on the South West, level access is from the North entrance and access can be made with help from the stewards in the visitor centre.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre is about 25m from the site entrance along a narrow, 125cm-wide gantry surfaced with wooden slats. There are then two steep stone steps down into the ticket office with no handrail.

Please call 01383 739 026 if you’re unable to enter the visitor centre. A steward will come out to greet you.


It’s possible to access a level tarmac path that overlooks the palace by requesting the key from the visitor centre.

Access to the palace from the visitor centre is down a very narrow spiral staircase of 23 steps (no handrail).

The lower level of the palace:

  • is reached down further stone steps with no handrail
  • has raised thresholds and projecting archaeological remains

The refectory is reached up three wooden steps with a single handrail and then down a stone spiral staircase with no handrail.

Access to an exhibition on the history of the abbey and palace is up 18 wooden steps with a single handrail.

A carved stone exhibition is reached down four stone steps with a single handrail on the left.


Nearest adapted toilet (where a changing places toilet is also available) is about 140m away at:

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries
1-7 Abbot St
KY12 7NW


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Dunfermline Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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