Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

  • St Margaret’s Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7PE

  • 01383 739 026
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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
  • Search for the fossilised crustaceans in the marble plinth of St Margaret’s shrine
  • See the James Ballatine Window in the Nave showing portraits of Queen Margaret, Malcolm Canmore, William Wallace & Robert the Bruce, alongside a Tiffany Window designed for Andrew Carnegie.
  • Explore the only surviving Royal Guesthouse of the four built at religious houses
  • Visit Robert the Bruce’s burial place and see a reconstruction of his original tomb.
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the abbey

Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept: 
Daily except Sun, 10am to 4.30pm; Sun, 1pm to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Sun and Mon, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.15pm).

Please refer to dunfermlineabbey.co.uk for information about services in the Abbey Church which may affect access to the tomb of Robert the Bruce and the Tiffany Window.

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