Dunfermline Abbey nave reopens to visitors: October 2020

08 October 2020
Dunfermline Abbey
Dunfermline Abbey Nave has reopened to visitors for select days during October after closing its doors in March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Nave or ‘Old Church’ is managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and is part of the remains of the twelfth century Abbey, dedicated in 1147. The Nave of the Old Church stretches eastwards to the entrance to the modern parish church (Dunfermline Abbey Church) which is the final resting place of Robert the Bruce.

Enjoy free entry

HES have worked in close partnership with Dunfermline Abbey Church to jointly enable visitors to access both the Abbey Nave and the Abbey Church and have introduced free entry during October.

To get the Abbey ready to welcome visitors, some changes have been brought in to ensure visitors can safely enjoy and explore the site. A one-way system will be in place, and as access to the Abbey Church is via stairs, only the Abbey Nave is accessible for those with specific access requirements. Dunfermline Palace currently remains closed.

  QUICK LINK: Edith of Dunfermline - the life of 'Matilda of Scotland'

Visitors will be required to pre-book tickets to manage capacity on site (one ticket provides access to both the Nave and the Church) and will be asked to wear face coverings when entering any internal spaces in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Opening dates

Timed visitor slots have been introduced to manage capacity, with the Abbey Nave open 10am to 3.15pm on the following days in October:

  • Wednesday 7 - Saturday 10 October
  • Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18 October
  • Wednesday 21 - Sunday 25 October

Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: 'We know how keen people are to access historic sites and are pleased to have worked with Dunfermline Abbey Church to open up the magnificent Abbey nave so it can be enjoyed by visitors throughout October.

'I’d also like to thank visitors for their patience throughout this period of uncertainty and offer reassurance that the safety and quality of their visitor experience has been at the forefront of our preparations.'

For more information on this historic site, visit the HES website.

Read Nov/Dec History Scotland magazine for an in-depth look at recent radar scanning at the supposed grave site of Robert the Bruce, at Dunfermline Abbey. Click here.

(report courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland)