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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

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Address: St. Margaret Street, Dunfermline KY12 7PE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1383 739026
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The great abbey of Dunfermline was founded in the 11th century by Queen...

The great abbey of Dunfermline was founded in the 11th century by Queen Margaret and the foundations of the original building lie under the stunning 12th century Romanesque style nave.The Abbey Church is the last resting place of many Scottish kings and queens.The adjoining church, at the front of Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, is not owned or operated by Historic Scotland. It is a functioning church where services are conducted.Dunfermline Abbey has a history stretching back to the 11th century – the time of King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret. In the 12th century, their son, David I, raised the little priory to the lofty status of abbey. He endowed it richly, and brought stonemasons from Durham Cathedral to help build it. The great nave still stands largely complete, the most visually stunning example of Romanesque architecture in Scotland.The abbey church is also famous as the mausoleum of some of Scotland’s great kings and queens. They include Queen Margaret (later canonised as St Margaret), David I and King Robert Bruce. As such, it occupies an especially important place in the national consciousness. Late on in its history, the abbey cloister became a royal palace. The ill-fated Charles I was born here, in 1600.

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A wonderful day trip to Dunfermline Abbey.We managed to also go on a day where we could see the grave of Robert the Bruce in the church as well. A wonderful piece of history and a... read more

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Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful day trip to Dunfermline Abbey.We managed to also go on a day where we could see the grave of Robert the Bruce in the church as well. A wonderful piece of history and a wonderful memory gained with our kids. So much to see and do in the area, and so much history to absorb. Highly recommend it

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very nice,we only got to walk around building but it was worth seeing,got some lovely photos,shame could not get inside,the stain glass looked great from outside,must be stunning from inside. was very cold day but was well worth a little cold.would like to go back when it is open.

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Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I got married here many many years ago. Steeped in history & well worth a visit. The stained glass windows are in a class of their own. Visit & marvel.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living just four miles away, I have been to the abbey and palace many times and it never ceases to impress. The abbey contains the tomb of King Robert the Bruce, minus his heart which is at Melrose Abbey. The palace ruins next door are very atmospheric to my mind and from their site, you can imagine the commanding view... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by on our tour of Abbeys and we were glad we did. Lots of history here and amazed at the ability back then to build such large structure without modern equipment. I'm glad this has been preserved over the centuries.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The medieval abbey is something to really marvel at. I still cannot imagine that this was built a thousand years ago. There is indeed lots of history in this town of Dunfermline and the guided tour of the church is surely not to be missed. Andrew Carnegie came from this town. He left to make it rich in America and... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We are historic Scotland members so got into the main part of the abbey for free it costs £4.50 for non members. It's well worth the visit, amazing architecture and sights. The abbey itself is beautiful and free for all although a donation can be given which we did. Definitely worth a visit. Watch out for the grey squirrels! They... More 

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Monticello, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Scotland seems to be full of interesting palaces and abbeys and this one does not disappoint. We got there right as it was closing, but the curator was so helpful and even took us on a quick tour "behind the curtain" to see the old part of the Abbey - it was quite amazing what the builders could do back... More 

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I visited the Abbey a couple of times when a teenager in the late 1960s (cough, cough) and was eager to check to see whether or not my interest would still be held in my golden years (another cough). I was not to be disappointed. The Abbey is free, whilst the Palace has a fee; thankfully, as lifetime members of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

lovely scenery. Very nice place and area to visit for a walk and to take in the sights. Would definitely return.

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