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“Unexpected highlight of our visit”

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
Ranked #4 of 58 things to do in Dunfermline
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Admire one of Scotland's most impressive medieval interiors and most important royal sites, founded as a priory in about 1080. Robert the Bruce was buried in the medieval choir, now beneath the Abbey church of 1821. St Margaret and David I are among a number of monarchs and other royalty laid to rest here. Charles I was born in the palace that grew up alongside the abbey.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We weren't sure what to expect when we went there but it turned out to be a very interesting place to explore the old palace and the Abbey. The lady at the gift shop was very helpful explaining about the history. Definitely a place to take kids to explore a bit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jasnsan
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"king robert the bruce"
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"dunfermline abbey"
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"resting place"
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"buried here"
in 16 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 40 reviews
"burial site"
in 7 reviews
"steeped in history"
in 17 reviews
"scottish kings"
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"stained glass"
in 6 reviews
"lots of history"
in 12 reviews
"ancient capital"
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"ticket office"
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"peaceful place"
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"information boards"
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"gift shop"
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"beautiful building"
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"st margaret"
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

If it wasn't for the issue of the ridiculously cold weather today, we would easily spend more time exploring the place. It is 2 churches built back to back, a palace and palace grounds all in one place. Lots of history and awesome medieval architecture. Definitely worth a second visit for our family.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank JensonLim
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

In the centre of Dunfermline there’s a pocket of peace and tranquillity where you can immerse yourself in history and relax.
There’s a stillness in the abbey and surrounding site. It’s very much worth a visit. The letters of Robert the Bruce is carved in the tower stonework - stunning.
There’s coffee shops nearby and within easy access.
Parking - Tesco car park for 3hrs (free): Carnegie car park and other paying car parks are dotted around the city.
Well worth a visit!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank AJSpruce
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Weather was pretty good when we were here which made the place look really beautiful. Extensive grounds to look around and lots to see. You can buy a ticket and get into the palace, but we did not do that and just had a stroll around which was more than enough.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BarbaraRiekwel
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We spent some time in the ruined Abbey this morning and it is undoubtedly a beautiful place. There is a fair bit to see and we did enjoy our time here. We have Historic Scotland memberships so have visited a lot of sites and normally have no concerns. However, I was concerned a few times as we had our 3 year old with us. There are windows that are the perfect height for a three year old to topple out of with only one bar across it. There are no rails or ropes on the very steep, winding stair cases and a couple of other areas that I felt could have a railing in place. It really is a lovely ruin and well worth a visit, but just please take care if you have a wee wandering toddler as there are definitely a few bits you can't let go of their hands!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank HGrant22
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