Top 7 Things to Do in Dunfermline

Granted city status in 2022, there are lots of cool things to do in Dunfermline to shout about. From discovering its royal connections and delicious food and drink scene to embracing its live music culture, make yourself feel at home in this historic city.

  1. Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum Dunfermline

    The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Andrew Carnegie is a well-known celebrity here in Dunfermline. Born and bred in the city, the philanthropist made a name for himself when he emigrated to the US and led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. When he retired, he was one of the richest men in America and used large amounts of his money to fund charities. Visit the humble cottage where it all began and discover Carnegie’s surprising links between other famous individuals including Marie Curie, Theodore Roosevelt and even the Diplodocus carnegii dinosaur.

    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Hearing Loop
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • WiFi
  2. Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Dunfermline

    Dunfermline Abbey

    Founded as a priory by Queen Margaret in the 11th century, Dunfermline was made an abbey by David I and later became a final resting place for many of Scotland’s monarchs, including King Robert the Bruce. During your visit here, marvel at the Romanesque architecture and search for the fossilised crustaceans in the marble plinth of St Margaret’s shrine. Make sure to check out the impressive nave where you’ll see portraits of Queen Margaret, Malcolm Canmore, William Wallace & Robert the Bruce.

  3. Jack 'O' Bryan's Dunfermline City

    Jack O'Bryan's Bar & Kitchen

    If you’re looking to refuel your energy levels, be sure to check out Jack ‘O’ Bryan’s. Tucked away beside Pittencrieff Park, this kitchen and bar restaurant offers traditional Scottish dishes with flavours inspired from across the world. Highlights on the menu include Singapore mussels, rack of lamb and langoustines, with veggie options such as barbecued aubergine gratin and cauliflower and pesto. Room for dessert? Sweeten the deal with sticky toffee pudding or burnt basque cheesecake.

  4. Pittencrieff Park Dunfermline

    Pittencrieff Park

    © Welcome to Fife / Luigi Di Pasquale

    Known to the locals as “The Glen”, Pittencrieff Park was gifted to the people of Dunfermline by Andrew Carnegie in 1902. Since then, it has become a popular hotspot for tourists and locals alike, offering woodland walks and a children’s play area. The Glen Pavilion also sits within the park. The impressive Art Deco style building has held many events, conferences and weddings throughout the years and has welcomed guests including Her Majesty The Queen and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. If you’re looking to delve into Dunfermline’s historic past, head to the eastern side of the park where you’ll find Dunfermline Abbey and Palace.

    Key facilities
    • Parking
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible Parking Or Drop-off Point
    • Level Access
    • Accessible toilets
  5. Abbot House Dunfermline

    The unicorn beside the Abbot House in Dunfermline

    Looking pretty in pink is Abbot House. This beautiful ‘A’ grade-listed building is situated within Dunfermline’s Heritage Quarter, just a short distance from Dunfermline Abbey and the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. The house has had its fair share of tumultuous times, from surviving The Great Fire of Dunfermline in 1624, to national and international wars and religious unrest. Thankfully, all is now calm when you visit today! Shop for beautiful artisan gifts or get your caffeine fix at their very own coffee shop. On a nice day, take a leisurely stroll through the Walled Garden, where you’ll be treated to stunning views across the graveyard to Dunfermline Abbey.

  6. Clan Mackenzie Routes – Walking Tours Dunfermline

    Dunfermline Abbey seen from Carnegie Library and Galleries

    © Welcome to Fife / Luigi Di Pasquale

    There is nothing better than exploring a new city with a local expert. Clan Mackenzie Routes specialise in walking tours for all those who love history. Choose from two of the tours on offer. Visit fantastic historic attractions including Abbot House and Dunfermline Abbey on the 90-minute Royal Heritage and History Tour, or take a whistle stop tour of the life and legacy of Dunfermline’s very own Andrew Carnegie.

  7. Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline

    The central stalls at Alhambra Theatre

    © Alhambra Theatre

    Before we draw the curtain on our top things to do in Dunfermline, we’re here to shine a spotlight on Alhambra Theatre. Pick the best seat in the house and enjoy a variety of shows from music concerts, comedy, dance, musical theatre and pantomime shows. With ample leg room in the stalls and comfortable seating, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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