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Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, Dunfermline

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  • I visited the Abbey a couple of times when a teenager in the late 1960s (cough, cough) and was eager to check to see whether or not my interest would still be held in my golden years (another cough). ...  read more »
  • lovely scenery. Very nice place and area to visit for a walk and to take in the sights. Would definitely return. 
  • The abbey and palace are very interesting and there is more to see than expected. There are lots of masons' marks in the ruined stairwell as well as other construction instructions etched in one of th...  read more »
  • Lots of history, a beautiful Abbey and the staff were incredibly helpful. I was graced by a seagull out side and they were kind enough to let me clean my shirt in a private room. It's the stories that make a place.
  • Really interesting to see the old abbey still standing. Theres a really interesting tour as well that you can take round tho old grounds.
  • Very interesting site, if you can catch the early morning light, the stones of the ruins look amazing.
  • Originally built in 1128 by David I, a significant number of Scotland's past royalty are buried here (second only to Iona Abbey), including Robert The Bruce. In the early part of the 19th century, the original chancel and transept was remodeled. During this, it was discovered that Robert the Bruce was buried here. As a result, the tower was designed to commemorate him with the words "KING ROBERT THE BRUCE" carved at the top (which you can see in several of the photos). It's incredibly tacky (and in no way a reflection of the original building). The church is still in use and free to visit, if you're so inclined; the main attraction is a (new) marker for Robert the Bruce's grave. Personally, I'd skip it. That said, the attached Romanesque nave dates back to the original 12th century structure, including some interesting geometric patterns carved into the front columns (also visible in several of the photos). If you're in town, it's worth stopping by to see this part of the building alone, although I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Dunfermline just for this. (Note: There is a fee for this part of the church).
  • Spectacular and historical building that houses the great King Robert The Bruce's tomb. I loved exploring it... Bear in mind, though, that the Abbey has two separate parts: the modern one, where ceremonies and offices are usually held and that apart from that famous tomb has no other highlights... and the old part, the one at the back, which is impressive from an historical and artistic point of view. The thick round pillars, the dim light, all that stone work and the glass windows... an amazing experience! Make sure you check out the other remains of the old abbey and of the old Dunfermline Palace.
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