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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 while exploring the abbey
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Opening times

The Abbey nave:

14-18 and 21-25 Oct:
10am to 3.15pm

Closed for lunch 12.15pm to 1pm.

Advance booking required.

The palace remains closed at this time.

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