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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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Steeped in history

It's much easier to understand what an important political centre Dunfermline was when you can actually see the scale of the Abbey and Palace up close. An excellent day out for... read more

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's much easier to understand what an important political centre Dunfermline was when you can actually see the scale of the Abbey and Palace up close. An excellent day out for history buffs, there are also wonderful walks and extensive parklands to runaround in too. I found it all fascinating and very atmospheric. Check opening hours before your visit as... More 

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St Helier, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The history of this place is amazing, there's ruins all around it and pittencrief park right there, which also has a lot of hidden treasures. There's plenty of information boards in and around the Abbey which explain what was once there and everything has been so well kept. I highly recommend seeing this place if ever you visit Dunfermline -... More 

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Prenton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place is well worth a visit we enjoyed it and its not exspencieve just a shme the curch was not open

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

Local or visitor this is somewhere you should visit. A great mix of old and new as the abbey is still an active church. Lots to see and walk around. Great history in the abbey and knowledgeable custodians who will tell you all about it. Plenty of parking, places to eat and shops nearby, as well as other visitor attractions.... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

The effect of many years of neglect has left its mark on Dunfermline Abbey. However, what is left of it is now displayed in the best way possible. It is a place that defines the town so is a must see for anyone passing through. During my visit I was given a fantastic introduction to what I was about to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Stunning Dunfermline! You may expect the classic, old-fashioned wee village, but wait to see two real jewels: the medieval Cathedral with the ruins of the Royal Palace and the wonderful Pittencrieff Park. I and my friend had one the best day out there, and it's very easy, not to mention cheap, to reach Dunfermline by bus from Edinburgh. The Cathedral... More 

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Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

A wonderful day trip to Dunfermline Abbey.We managed to also go on a day where we could see the grave of Robert the Bruce in the church as well. A wonderful piece of history and a wonderful memory gained with our kids. So much to see and do in the area, and so much history to absorb. Highly recommend it

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

very nice,we only got to walk around building but it was worth seeing,got some lovely photos,shame could not get inside,the stain glass looked great from outside,must be stunning from inside. was very cold day but was well worth a little cold.would like to go back when it is open.

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Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I got married here many many years ago. Steeped in history & well worth a visit. The stained glass windows are in a class of their own. Visit & marvel.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Living just four miles away, I have been to the abbey and palace many times and it never ceases to impress. The abbey contains the tomb of King Robert the Bruce, minus his heart which is at Melrose Abbey. The palace ruins next door are very atmospheric to my mind and from their site, you can imagine the commanding view... More 

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