Dunfermline Abbey & Palace

Fife | Dunfermline | Abbey & palace | ★★★

[Dunfermline Abbey (left), joined to the Abbey Church (right)]

Taken together, Dunfermline Abbey, Palace and Church have a significant place in Scottish history. But how does it all fit together? The abbey came first in 1128, elevated by David I from a smaller priory founded by Queen Margaret in 1070. But only the nave properly survives (making up the left half of the building in the picture above), as after the Reformation, the choir collapsed and the outbuildings converted into a royal palace. Dunfermline soon fell out of royal favour however, and the palace soon fell into disrepair. In 1820 the ruined choir became the foundations for a new Abbey Church; this is still in active use today, while the (old) nave and palace are a tourist attraction cared for by Historic Environment Scotland. The building's biggest claim to fame, however, is that it is the resting place for several Scottish kings and queens, including Robert the Bruce - whose grave can be viewed inside the Abbey Church.

[Dunfermline Abbey Church seen from the museum in the Carnegie Library & Galleries (4/3/19)]

Location & info

📌 Dunfermline Abbey and Palace ★★★
St Margaret's Street, Dunfermline town centre, G.R.: NT 089872 ///stuff.fallen.earth
Open daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

📌 Dunfermline Abbey Church ★★
St Margaret's Street, Dunfermline town centre, G.R.: NT 090873 ///ruins.rinse.recall
Open daily, March to late October (2019) | Free

[Robert the Bruce's grave, inside the church]

[Abbey from The Glen, Pittencrieff Park (4/3/19)]

[Dunfermline Abbey]

[Dunfermline Abbey]



[Palace from The Glen in Pittencrieff Park (4/3/19)]

[Dunfermline Abbey Church (4/3/19)]

[Dunfermline Abbey Church]


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