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“So very old”

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
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Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline Abbey and Stirling Castle Day Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #2 of 51 things to do in Dunfermline
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Owner description: 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.
Big Rapids, Michigan
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“So very old”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I was here with a group that sang in the newer part. They were then afforded a chance to view and sing in the older part and that was amazing. Any place that dates back to the 11th Century has to make you think. Worth the visit.

Visited June 2014
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Newport, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Robert the Bruce's burial site. Staff in both the abbey and palace were very helpful and knowledgeable.

Visited June 2014
Thank Jane S
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Great ruin, well worth a walk around plus very impressive Abbey. For history buffs this is a real treat.

Visited June 2014
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“Scotland's history lies here”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

impressive visit to both the Abbey and the Church. Perfect explanations by the Historic Scotland staff. Robert the Bruce's body is buried here and the guide at the abbey gave us a fantastic history lesson about Scotland's history.
he certainly did not forgot to give a very lively overview of Robert The Bruce's life...;the kids particulalry likes this part of his explanation!

Visited April 2014
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“Final Resting Place of King Robert The Bruce”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Abbey and old palace ruins are the highlight of a very picturesque town built on the side of a hill about 30 minutes outside of Edinburgh. This is where Robert The Bruce was laid to rest under the pulpit in the Abbey, which is still in use today. It is not an an elaborate church but is somehow fitting to the Scottish King. Time your visit for the morning and grab a sandwich from the local bakery for a picnic in the small park next to the Abbey. Very quiet with great photo opportunities.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Ron L
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