Abbot House is now a public heritage centre but it has had many purposes over hundreds of years from a mansion to an art school.
In its time it has been an abbot's home, a laird's mansion, an iron foundry and an art school. It has been steeped in history from forging armour for Robert the Bruce's freedom fighters, casting iron for power looms, or training pilots to fight the Luftwaffe.
This building has borne witness to the intrigues of church and state, survived fire and tempest, war and pillage and even outlasted much of the great Benedictine abbey itself. Within the walls, abbots and kings have consulted on affairs of state, while great poets like Henryson and Dunbar have declaimed their latest works. Hardly any aspect of Dunfermline's and Scotland's colourful history has failed to leave its mark.
This building has many tales to tell you on a guided tour. Like a medieval pilgrim you can visit the long-lost head shrine of Saint Margaret, the wife of King Malcolm III (Malcolm Canmore), skillfully recreated and now displayed within a rich interior conveying an impression of the lost colour and vitality of Dunfermline Abbey.
Abbot House has a number of murals, historic and brand new, courtesy of the artists and craftspeople who have worked to bring its history to life.