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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

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Address: St. Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, Scotland
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The great abbey of Dunfermline was founded in the 11th century by Queen...

The great abbey of Dunfermline was founded in the 11th century by Queen Margaret and the foundations of the original building lie under the stunning 12th century Romanesque style nave.The Abbey Church is the last resting place of many Scottish kings and queens.The adjoining church, at the front of Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, is not owned or operated by Historic Scotland. It is a functioning church where services are conducted.Dunfermline Abbey has a history stretching back to the 11th century – the time of King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret. In the 12th century, their son, David I, raised the little priory to the lofty status of abbey. He endowed it richly, and brought stonemasons from Durham Cathedral to help build it. The great nave still stands largely complete, the most visually stunning example of Romanesque architecture in Scotland.The abbey church is also famous as the mausoleum of some of Scotland’s great kings and queens. They include Queen Margaret (later canonised as St Margaret), David I and King Robert Bruce. As such, it occupies an especially important place in the national consciousness. Late on in its history, the abbey cloister became a royal palace. The ill-fated Charles I was born here, in 1600.

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Amazing Historic Landscape

Seriously worth a visit when in Dunfermline. Just at the other end of Pittencrief park so can be combined with a visit to the park. You can wander around the ground and view some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place in a beautiful location. By visiting the Dunfermline Abby you will truly develop your knowledge and have a real flavour of Dunfermline local history. Despite this, I can imagine this will bore children so would rate it average for that reason.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously worth a visit when in Dunfermline. Just at the other end of Pittencrief park so can be combined with a visit to the park. You can wander around the ground and view some really old graves and tombs. The inside of the Abbey is well worth a look, some nice stained glass windows and nice and cool on a... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Dunfermline for over 36 years and been here on several occasions but only recently visited the abbey and palace to show some foreign visitors around! They were very interested and impressed with the history of the place but we must remember for future visitors that it can be a very cold venue and you need to... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is just amazing, you can go inside and have a look around or wander around the grounds, they have railings around the ruins so you cant enter but there is still plenty to see, they have a tomb inside too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a interesting place to visit full of charm and history. A hidden gem a little cold but wrap up warm in the winter.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Really nice place to go to especially for historians. Used to go here all the time at school and well, the Abbey is well looked after.

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Fife, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For the ones that know their Scottish history and the ones that don't rent a copy of Braveheart, you just can't beat a visit to Dunfermline Abbey. Located near the Glen and not far from local bus station it is within easy reach. You will of course notice the letters King Robert the Bruce around the sides of the Abbey.... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I took a couple of Australian friends to visit the Abbey in January specifically to visit Robert The Bruce's burial place. When we got there we were told the church side was closed in winter to save on heating bills which I find ridiculous as at that time of the year everyone is dressed for cold weather and it wouldn't... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Dunfermline Abbey is lovely. A truly historic place where you feel the beauty of the place. There are numerous events in th abbey but a key thing to see is the grave of Robert The Bruce at the nave. Well worth a visit.

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great welcome from the lady in the shop/ entrance kiosk.Knows her subject. The spiral stair case is challenging and not for those with walking difficulties. Access to King Robert the Bruce's resting place was not on our itinerary because of a restriction at the time of our visit. This was a disappointment, but perhaps we should have done our own... More 

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