Dunfermline Palace And Abbey

Dunfermline Palace and Abbey

The great abbey of Dunfermline was founded in the 11th century by Queen Margaret and the foundations of the original building lie under the stunning 12th century Romanesque style nave.

The Abbey Church is the last resting place of many Scottish kings and queens. The adjoining church, at the front of Dunfermline Abbey and Palace, is not owned or operated by Historic Scotland. It is a functioning church where services are conducted.

Region – Kingdom of Fife
Postcode: KY12 7PD


Visitors with disabilities can park in the abbey grounds, however notice of the visit should be given as gates require opening to allow access. The refectory floor, kitchen area and lower floor of the palace together with the upper floor and stone display in the gatehouse are not suitable for visitors using wheelchairs and three steps lead to the shop. All paths in the grounds are accessible. They have a gravel surface and there are flagstones within the abbey. Access to the nave is unrestricted. Palace entry is from Pittencrief Park with limited access for visitors using wheelchairs.


Opening arrangements & costs
Month Days Times
1 April – 30 September Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
1 October – 31 March Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Closed for lunch 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

The parish church and Abbot House are not managed by Historic Scotland but are open to the public. For more information, telephone 01383 739 026.

Closed 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January.

Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check our closure page for any unexpected site closures. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.


Admission Prices

All year Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission prices are subject to change. You will be charged the correct admission when buying your tickets on our official webstore