Historic attractions in Fife

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  • Looking across the gardens to Aberdour Castle on a sunny day
    Aberdour Castle
  • Looking across the wrought iron gate to Culross Palace
    Culross Palace
  • Looking across Pittencrieff Park towards Dunfermline Abbey
    Dunfermline Abbey
  • Looking across the shore to Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island
    Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island
  • North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower which is now a museum with the Forth Rail Bridge behind
    North Queensferry Harbour Light Tower

The Kingdom of Fife is a region which is steeped in history and rich in culture.

The birthplace of key pioneers like Andrew Carnegie and Adam Smith, the Kingdom of Fife boasts a proud heritage and rich culture that stems from an eminent and regal past. From Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland, to the birthplace of golf in St Andrews, discover tales of days gone by in stunning castles, churches, cathedrals and historic buildings and homes.

Uncover the remarkable history and heritage of this unique corner of Scotland. Discover an ancient kingdom that has given birth to several kings and find everything from the oldest standing castle in Scotland to the official residence of Scotland's leading bishop and archbishop throughout the Middle Ages.

You can be transported through 1,000 years of history and experience a story of war, wealth, stealth, devastation and celebration on a guided tour around Abbot House in Dunfermline.

The last king to be born in Scotland was King Charles I, who was born to King James VI and Anna of Denmark at Dunfermline Palace and Abbey in 1600.

Head into the centre of Fife to find Falkland Palace, tucked into the foothills of the Lomonds by James IV and James V between 1501 and 1541. See the oldest Royal Tennis Court in Britain, built for James V in 1539, where a club of over 70 members still play.

Anstruther has the impressive Scottish Fisheries Museum at its quayside, which details the thriving fishing and boat building industry and methods.

Pay a visit to the now ruined St Andrew's Cathedral, once the largest in Scotland. The centre of the country’s religious life for many years, visitors to the 12th century cathedral can climb to the top of the spiral staircase in St Rule’s Tower for magnificent views of the town and its surroundings.

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  1. St Athernase Church

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    The Howe of Fife

    Church of Scotland Twelfth-century Norman church in a historic conservation setting.

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    Leven

    A small local history museum and gallery, which aims to explore the social and cultural heritage of the Levenmouth area.

  3. Inchcolm Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    Aberdour

    Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland.

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    Anstruther

    The Scottish Fisheries Museum is a multi award-winning national museum which tells the story of Scottish fishing from the earliest times to the present.

  5. St Andrews Cathedral

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction

    St Andrews

    The remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which was Scotland’s largest cathedral and most magnificent church, show how impressive it used to be.

  6. Burntisland Museum

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    Museums

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    Burntisland

    Burntisland Museum has information on the town’s history and an Edwardian fairground display.

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    4 Museum

    Dunfermline

    The birthplace and memorial to Andrew Carnegie, the weaver's son who made a fortune from the furnaces of the American steel industry and who gave his fortune away to benefit humanity.

  8. Balmerino Abbey

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    North Fife

    Enjoy a fascinating visit to Balmerino Abbey, ruins of a Cistercian Monastery which was founded in 1229.

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    Crail

    The local history museum provides an insight into the past life of the ancient Royal Burgh of Crail and its church, golf club, airfield and seafaring tradition.

  10. Scotland's Secret Bunker

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    Exhibitions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    St Andrews

    Hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scotland's Secret Underground Nuclear Command Bunker.

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