Photo: Chiswick Chap

Dunfermline Palace and Abbey was the first Christian church to be built in Dunfermline. Built by King David I in honour of his mother Margret, the palace and abbey hold history that stretches back as far as 800AD.

Located high up on the hill, the palace and abbey command spectacular views overlooking the town of Dunfermline. In the distance, the Firth of Forth can also be seen, where you can see the River Forth estuary trickling out into the North Sea.

The palace, although a ruin today, is teeming with history of Britain’s monarchs. It is the birthplace and the burial grounds of numerous Kings and Queens.

Like many of the palaces in Scotland, it was abandoned during the Cromwellian siege and left to ruin after the union of the crowns in 1603. Unlike the palace ruins, the abbey is still in use today holding services for the local Dunfermline community.

For visitors to the Palace ruins there is plenty to see and explore. Although many of the rooms are now roofless, the architecture can still be admired and a number of the rooms, including the kitchen, are still intact.

Visitors will enjoy the breathtaking views of Dunfermline and can take a stroll through the graveyard gardens where past kings and queens are laid to rest.


Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Dunfermline, KY12 7P
Tel: 01383 739 026
Times: Dunfermline Castle
Summer, April – September, Daily, 9.30 – 17.30
October, daily, 9.30 – 16.30 pm
November – March, Monday – Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 9.30 – 16.30
Dunfermline Abbey
April – October, daily, 10.00 – 16.30
Sundays, 14.00 – 16.30