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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

St. Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1383 739026
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Dunfermline Palace and Abbey are the remains of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century. Beginning as a priory founded by Malcolm’s wife, Queen Margaret, it was re-established as an abbey by her son in 1128 and is the final resting place of King Robert Bruce, notably minus his heart, along with seven other Scottish kings. Substantial parts of the abbey buildings remain, including the vast refectory. The foundations of Queen Margaret’s church are under the present superb nave, built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style. The abbey complex encompasses the ruins of a palace built by King James VI in the 16th century, which became home to his queen, Anna of Denmark. After the couple’s departure for London, royal interest in Dunfermline waned but the ruins of the abbey’s neighbouring palace still make for an interesting discovery. This was the birthplace of Charles I, the last monarch born in Scotland.
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St. Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1383 739026
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

We visited the abbey first thing on a Saturday morning after landing in Edinburgh. There were only a few people looking around so the setting was serene and peaceful. The abbey ruin is easily accessible but has a lot of stairways. The church has wheelchair...More

1  Thank Andrea W
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We were unfortunate when we visited in that there was restoration work going on at the Abbey so there was lots of scaffolding and we couldn't access some areas but there was still lots to see and lots of relics on display as well. The...More

1  Thank Kath1722
Reviewed 15 June 2016

9 of us had a meal here on Saturday and it was delicious and oh that Tiramasu yum yum Staff were very helpful and friendly Highly recommend this restaurant

Thank Sheila P
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Lovely old buildings with very high ceilings and fantastic windows. A guide takes you round the Abbey explaining who the people depicted in the windows are, who designed them and other relevant details wherever applicable. A little gift shop had a selection of gifts including...More

Thank Sockknitter5
Reviewed 9 June 2016

This would be an excellent place to visit (Robert The Bruce is buried here), but the entire town is under construction, with roads torn up and pay parking probably a half mile at least from the Abbey/Palace. The oldest ruins are also undergoing restoration with...More

1  Thank L K B
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

This is the place to visit if your a descendant of scottish blood.So many things as to see and he k up on.The abbey is really ancient but amazing with it.Im not a great history lover but what I seen I was so impressed with.To...More

Thank davidg8975
Reviewed 2 June 2016

This is a very historical attraction. I am so lucky to live in the area and whenever I have visitors it is one place that they are taken to. A relative of mine was married here years ago and it was magical knowing that it...More

1  Thank beryl c
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Love Dunfermline and the history off it. Peaceful place the abbey and love the views of the Forth road bridge

Thank Turner62
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Wow factor is fantastic the surrounding gardens and ruins from the old abby well worth the visit and the FANTASTIC guided tour inside the Abbey was immeasurable So much history in the old capital of Scotland a MUST

1  Thank vianalky1950
Reviewed 22 May 2016

For my sisters and I to come to Dunferline was a real treat! We've been wanting to see where Robert the Bruce was buried. This is a beautiful Abbey with lots of powerful history! I believe dating back from 1120's or even a bit before...More

1  Thank Magda F
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John H
19 January 2015|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Afternoon John Thank you for your enquiry. With regard to access to the Bruce,it would be the Abbey Church which is not part of Historic Scotland. I would recommend telephoning them on: 44 (0)1383 724586 Kind Regards