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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Review

The Dunfermline Abbey and Palace complex was founded in the 11th century by Queen Margaret, the English wife of the Scots king Malcolm III. Some Norman work can be seen in the present church, where Robert the Bruce (12744–1329) lies buried. The palace grew from the abbey guesthouse and was the birthplace of Charles I (1600–49). Dunfermline was the seat of the royal court of Scotland until the end of the 11th century, and its central role in Scottish affairs is explored by means of display panels dotted around the drafty but hallowed buildings.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Monastery St., Dunfermline, KY12 7PE | Map It
  • Phone: 01383/739026
  • Cost: £4.50
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Oct.–Mar., daily 9:30–4:30; Nov.–Mar., Mon.–Wed. and weekends 9:30–4:30; last admission ½ hr before closing
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  • Location: Dunfermline
Updated: 10-11-2013

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