A compact centre with a beautiful park, historic buildings and excellent museums within a few minutes' walk, Dunfermline is Fife's largest settlement but deserves far more recognition from those who live elsewhere. The town was the royal capital of Scotland until the early 17th century, and after a major fire in 1624 regained importance through a thriving linen industry. Today it arguably rivals Stirling in its scope for a day out.
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Name: Dunfermline ★★★☆☆
Location (centre): G.R.: NT 092874 ///define.memo.poet
Within walking distance
Name: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum ★★★☆☆
Description: Superb, modern and interactive museum dedicated to the life of the founder of modern philanthropy, born here in 1835.
Location: Moodie Street, 5-min walk south of the centre, G.R.: NT 091871 ///swing.always.into
Open (2018): Daily, March to November
Name: Dunfermline Abbey and Palace ★★★☆☆
Description: Huge, ruined abbey and the resting place of several Scottish kings, with the cloister converted into a royal palace in the 1500's and the choir since converted into the Abbey Church.
Location: St Margaret's Street, town centre, G.R.: NT 089872 ///stuff.fallen.earth
Open (2017): Daily, April to October; Saturday to Wednesday, November to March
Cost (2017): £5 (adults), £3 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
Name: Dunfermline Abbey Church ★★☆☆☆
Description: Church converted from the ruined abbey's choir around 1820, containing the grave for Robert the Bruce.
Location: St Margaret's Street, town centre, G.R.: NT 090873 ///ruins.rinse.recall
Open (2018): Daily, March to late October
Name: St Margaret's Cave ★★★☆☆
Description: Underground cave and pilgrimage site where St Margaret prayed in 1070, accessed by steps and tunnels from a central car park.
Location: Glen Bridge Car Park, town centre, G.R.: NT 089875 ///escape.season.eagle
Open (2018): Daily, April to September
Name: Pittencrieff Park ★★★☆☆
Description: Large, beautiful public park (home to freely-roaming peacocks) through which the Tower Burn runs in an attractive gorge.
Location: 10-min walk west from the centre, G.R.: NT 087873 ///press.tree.swung
Open: Always (Glasshouses: weekdays)
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