Overview

Some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest at Dunfermline Abbey. Founded as a priory, Dunfermline was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum.

Following the Protestant Reformation of 1560, Queen Anna of Denmark created an imposing palace with the monastic guesthouse at its heart. Charles I was delivered here in 1600 – the last monarch to be born in Scotland.

What to see and do

  • Stand in awe of the hugely impressive nave, its Romanesque architecture strikingly similar to that of Durham Cathedral
  • Marvel at the monks’ refectory, a towering structure that spoke volumes about Robert I’s confidence in his kingdom
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz
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Opening times

Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the abbey. 

The abbey nave and shop are open.

29 to 31 Dec: 
Daily, 10am to 4pm

5 Jan to 31 Mar:
Daily except Sun and Mon, 10am to 4pm

Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.

Please note, Robert the Bruce’s tomb is located within the abbey church. This is not in the care of HES and has closed for winter, reopening March 2022.

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