A former capital of Scotland, Dunfermline has been an important economic and social centre for centuries. Carnegie Hall and Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, together with many other local attractions, bears the name of the town's most famous son, the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Dunfermline's town centre packs in a wealth of heritage, as well as a superb shopping area, and one of Fife's largest and most beautiful parks.
With magnificent stained glass windows and impressive stonework, Dunfermline Abbey towers over the town centre. Founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century, the Abbey is also the burial place of Robert the Bruce. At the edge of the Abbey grounds, the Abbot House is a heritage centre in a historic building of its own, where you can explore Dunfermline's key role in Scottish history.
At the south end of the Abbey grounds lies the grand ruin of Dunfermline Palace, operated by Historic Scotland.
Andrew Carnegie was born in a small cottage on St Margaret Street. Today, the cottage - together with the adjoining Memorial Hall - houses the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, focusing on the life of Dunfermline's greatest son.
Dunfermline has a large and vibrant shopping area, spanning much of the town centre, all of which is within easy walking distance of Carnegie Hall and Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. The pedestrianised High Street offers a blend of high-quality independent retailers and household names. The Kingsgate Shopping Centre has a large number of High Street retailers, as well as food courts.
Pittencrieff Park, known locally as "the Glen", is a vast area of landscaped parkland which stretches from the town centre out towards the Fife countryside. It was purchased and donated to the town in 1902 by Andrew Carnegie, and its open spaces, woodland and water features remain a very popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
Where to stay
Dunfermline features a range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.
- Excellent service and great value make the centrally-located Holiday Inn Express an affordable option when visiting Dunfermline.
- The Garvock House Hotel is a country hotel located within the town. Set in two acres of grounds, the hotel is known for its indulgent, locally-sourced food, and luxurious rooms.
- A popular hotel situated just outside the town centre, the Pitbauchlie House Hotel is a modern destination set in 3 acres of landscaped grounds.
- Located at Crossford, just outside Dunfermline, elegant rooms, award-winning dining and a leisure spa are on offer at the Best Western Keavil House Hotel.
- The Davaar House Hotel is a small family-run hotel offering excellent Scottish hospitality and the very best of local produce.
For further accommodation options in Dunfermline, visit the Visit Scotland website.
Where to eat
- An elegant setting and a menu packed with delicious meals combine to make Ciao Italia the ideal destination for fine Italian dining.
- Grill 48 is a modern dining experience, offering family grill-style dining made with local produce a stone's throw from Carnegie Hall.
- Khushi's, next to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, offers authentic Indian cuisine, prepared with a fresh food ethos and served in an inviting, vibrant atmosphere.
- Reubens Cafe Deli is located close to Carnegie Hall on the New Row and its delicious menu includes some scrumptious cakes
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