Dunfermline Abbey Nave

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

01383 739 026
 

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
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz
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Opening times

Dunfermline Palace and Refectory are currently closed, but the abbey nave and shop are open.

1 Apr to 30 Sept: 
Daily, Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm and Sun, 1pm to 5pm
Last entry 4.30pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Sun and Mon, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

Closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1pm. 

We recommended booking online in advance to guarantee entry.

The Abbey Church will not be open to visitors on 14 and 15 December due to private services.

Please note, Robert the Bruce’s tomb is located within the abbey church. This is not in the care of HES. For opening times of the Abbey Church please visit dunfermlineabbey.co.uk

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