Dunfermline Palace & Abbey

Historic Buildings & Homes

St Margaret Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7PE

    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.

    The refectory floor, kitchen area and lower floor of the palace together with the upper floor and stone display in the gatehouse are not suitable for visitors using wheelchairs and three steps lead to the shop. All paths in the grounds are accessible. They have a gravel surface and there are flagstones within the abbey.

    Access to the nave is unrestricted. Palace entry is from Pittencrief Park with limited access for visitors using wheelchairs. There are stone carvings in the nave and abbey grounds, along with flowers and plants.

     

    Gradings
    4 Historic Attraction
    Awards
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm
    Winter: closed Thursday and Friday.
    As the Abbey Church is not in the care of Historic Scotland the summer opening times may vary.
    Call for details.

    Ticket Information
    Ticket Type
    Ticket Tariff
    Adult £4.50 per ticket
    Child £2.70 per ticket
    Concessions £3.60 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Catering

    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Shop
    • Self Service

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member

    Payment Methods

    • Electron
    • Debit Card
    • Switch Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Solo Card
    • Cash
    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card

    Children

    • Children Welcome

    Location

    • Town Location

    Transport

    • On Public Transport Route

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