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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

The property

Some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest at Dunfermline Abbey. Founded as a priory, Dunfermline was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum.

Following the Protestant Reformation of 1560, Queen Anna of Denmark created an imposing palace with the monastic guesthouse at its heart. Charles I was delivered here in 1600 – the last monarch to be born in Scotland.

Visit King Robert the Bruce's tomb

Stand in awe of the hugely impressive nave

Marvel at the monks’ refectory

Explore the shrine of St Margaret

Opening hours

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

1 April to 30 September
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 October to 31 March
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January

Unexpected closures
Adverse weather or other reasons beyond our control may cause a site to close at short notice.

Dunfermline Abbey Church

March to late October
Monday - Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday 2.30-4.30pm

Late October to March
Closed during the week

Admission prices

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Historic Environment Scotland Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Adult: £5.00
Child aged 5–15: £3.00
Child under 5: FREE
Concession: £4.00
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Concession price: this applies if you can show proof that you’re aged 60+ or unemployed. Admission prices are subject to change.

Dunfermline Abbey Church

Entry is free but donations to the upkeep of the building are always welcome.


Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

On-street parking (no accessible bays) is available about:

100m from the gatehouse entrance
150m from the north entrance in the abbey nave
Visitors can be dropped off at the site entrance.

Approach to site
The Abbey nave is accessed from the door on the South West, level access is from the North entrance and access can be made with help from the stewards in the visitor centre.

Visitor centre
The visitor centre is about 25m from the site entrance along a narrow, 125cm-wide gantry surfaced with wooden slats. There are then two steep stone steps down into the ticket office with no handrail.

Please call 01383 739 026 if you’re unable to enter the visitor centre. A steward will come out to greet you.

It’s possible to access a level tarmac path that overlooks the palace by requesting the key from the visitor centre.

Access to the palace from the visitor centre is down a very narrow spiral staircase of 23 steps (no handrail).

The lower level of the palace:

is reached down further stone steps with no handrail
has raised thresholds and projecting archaeological remains
The refectory is reached up three wooden steps with a single handrail and then down a stone spiral staircase with no handrail.

Access to an exhibition on the history of the abbey and palace is up 18 wooden steps with a single handrail.

A carved stone exhibition is reached down four stone steps with a single handrail on the left.

Nearest adapted toilet is about 350m away at:
Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, 1-7 Abbot St, Dunfermline KY12 7NW

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Dunfermline Abbey but are not permitted in roofed areas.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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14th November 2018

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