Arts and culture in Fife

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Explore the creative and artistic side of Fife in art galleries, museums and at events. There are many ways to enjoy art and culture in Fife - experience music, dance, theatre or admire the architecture of some of the region’s greatest towns.

In Fife, visitors can choose from an array of excellent arts and culture attractions. The Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery reopens in June 2013 and features work by famous Scottish artists including William McTaggart, the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. In nearby Dunfermline, learn about philanthropist Andrew Carnegie at his Birthplace Museum and discover how he became the richest man in the world and the father of modern philanthropy.

Why not admire some of Fife’s magnificent architecture by visiting royal palaces and charming towns and villages or uncover some fascinating literary connections? If that wasn’t enough, there are always a number of music, dance and theatre events taking place throughout the year from live concerts and theatre to unique and quirky arts festivals.

  • Looking onto displays in the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline
    The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline
  • Crowds watch jousting at the Bruce Festival in Dumfermline
    Jousting at the Bruce Festival in Dumfermline
  • Looking onto the front of the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy
    Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy
  • Looking across the Forth Rail Bridge from North Queensferry
    Forth Rail Bridge from North Queensferry
  • Looking across the wrought iron gate to Culross Palace
    Culross Palace
Looking onto the front of the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy

Arts and culture attractions

Embrace the creative side of Fife by visiting the museums, galleries and exhibitions.

Looking onto the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th fairway of the Old Course with the Old Course Hotel in the distance, St Andrews


Take part in events in Fife and discover the region’s creative, historical and active sides at fantastic festivals.

Crowds watch a performance at the East Neuk Festival

Music, dance and theatre events

Enjoy a great performance in Fife at a music, dance or theatre event

The statue of Alexander Selkirk at Lower Largo


With Scotland’s international poetry festival and a range of connections with fictional characters and bestselling authors and poets, the Kingdom of Fife’s literary connections are absolutely fascinating.

View over the Firth of Forth to the rail and road bridges


With royal palaces, the world’s first major steel bridge, an ancient cathedral and abbey and several unique and charming towns and villages, you can discover some remarkable architecture on a journey through the Kingdom of Fife.