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Dunfermline Abbey is a Church of Scotland Parish Church in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. The minister (since 2012) is the Reverend MaryAnn R. Rennie. The church occupies the site of the ancient chancel and transepts of a large medieval Benedictine abbey, which was sacked in 1560 during the Scottish Reformation and permitted to fall into disrepair. Part of the old abbey church continued in use at that time and some parts of the abbey infrastructure still remain. Dunfermline Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important cultural sites. Some of Scotland’s greatest medieval monarchs were laid to rest at Dunfermline Abbey most notably King Robert The Bruce. Founded as a priory, Dunfermline was made an abbey by David I and later became a royal mausoleum.
The Abbey church is free entry.
The Abbey nave has an entry fee managed by Historic Environment Scotland.
See and Do
- Stand in awe of the hugely impressive nave, its Romanesque architecture strikingly similar to that of Durham Cathedral
- Marvel at the monks’ refectory, a towering structure that spoke volumes about Robert I’s confidence in his kingdom
- Admire the breathtaking views across the glen from the palace windows
- Take part in a fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the abbey. Available on site.