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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

St. Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1383 739026
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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.
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St. Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, Scotland
+44 1383 739026
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is where most of Robert the Bruce is buried in the Abbey floor. You can walk right up to the crypt area. There are others buried there as well. Robert the Bruce's heart was removed and buried in another location. The Abbey is not...More

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ought to be seen, if you have an interest in history. Grounds would be good for a picnic. Didn't see inside I'm afraid!

Thank Valerie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

didn't know Robert the Bruce was buried here was very interesting to see his memorial plaque and the cast of his skull. Lost of history in this place. The staff were also very helpful and friendly. Didn't get a chance to visit the new museum...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Honestly, there is nothing special to visit here, yet one has to pay to park (and still suffer a huge 60 GBP ticket--nice way to welcome tourists, Dunfermline--for getting back to your car 3 minutes late). Also, one has to pay to go into the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Abbey and Palace is a must visit attraction if you are coming to Dunfermline. It is steeped in history and really interesting to see how the monks built the palace.

Thank Kirsten_IJW
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very historic place.Take time to go round a see everything.Its all there from Ancient history to Kings and Queens,treachery and Saints.

Thank tomhail99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting stop. My fiance wanted to see the tomb of Robert the Bruce which is why we stopped. The abbey is interesting to look at the ruins and the history. There is a still a working part of the abbey and under the pulpit is...More

Thank Stacey W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dunfermline Abbey was a realy pleasant surprise. Lots of history about the place. The lady guide at the Abbey (sorry, I do not remember her name) was very friendly and helpful, we learned a lot. My son (8 years) was taking a quiz and she...More

Thank Ivana M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my toddler along for a visit. She enjoyed poking about and exploring the Abbey and grounds and of course loved the reproduced skull of Robert the Bruce! Obviously given it's age access is not easy with a double buggy but with a bit of...More

Thank Susannah H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Palace is dated 11th century and built by King David I of Scotland. His mother was Queen Margaret wife of King Malcolm of Scotland and was canonized for her work with the poor. The Abbey contains the body of King Robert the Bruce who...More

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John H
19 January 2015|
Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Afternoon John Thank you for your enquiry. With regard to access to the Bruce,it would be the Abbey Church which is not part of Historic Scotland. I would recommend telephoning them on: 44 (0)1383 724586 Kind Regards