Welcome to Fife uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn More


Your guide to a weekend city break in Dunfermline

Enjoy a weekend city getaway discovering the charms of Dunfermline

10 October 23

Things to do

Are you in search of a perfect weekend city escape filled with history, culture, and a dash of Scottish charm? Look no further than Dunfermline, the ancient capital of Scotland, where a captivating weekend awaits. Here's how to make the most of your 48 hours in this historic city.

Day 1: Exploring Dunfermline's Heritage

Morning: Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Start your weekend with a visit to Dunfermline Abbey, where Scottish royalty has been buried for centuries including King Robert the Bruce. Dunfermline Abbey’s highly-impressive nave is a stunning example of Romanesque architecture and its medieval interior remains worthy of royalty. Explore the stunning architecture and delve into the rich history of this historic site. 

Afternoon: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Immerse yourself in the life and legacy of one of Scotland's most famous industrialists, Andrew Carnegie, at his birthplace museum. Steel tycoon, writer, lecturer, entrepreneur, philanthropist - Andrew Carnegie was one of the great Scots of the 19th century. His life has left a huge international legacy, but as his birthplace cottage testifies he came from humble beginnings. Learn about his philanthropy and how his contributions continue to impact the world.  The museum has children’s activities, so perfect for the whole family.

Evening: Dinner and a Show

For dinner, enjoy a delicious meal at one of Dunfermline's many fine dining restaurants such as Jack O'Bryans who serve an eclectic menu of dishes sourcing local produce. or the elegant Garvock House Hotel. Afterwards, catch a performance at the Alhambra Theatre or Carnegie Hall, where you can enjoy everything from live music to shows.

Day 2: Cultural Exploration, Culinary Delights and Peacocks

Morning: Pittencrieff Park

The perfect way to spend your morning is a visit to the scenic Pittencrieff Park, gifted by Andrew Carnegie. Stroll through lush gardens, admire historical features such as the vibrant Pittencrieff House, and delight at the peacocks that roam freely in this urban oasis. The park is beautiful throughout the changing seasons from cherry blossom in the spring to the vibrant reds of autumn.

Afternoon: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Explore the contemporary and award-winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, where you can delve into the city's history. Offering a stunning view across to Dunfermline Abbey, the Galleries bring the past, present and future of Dunfermline to life by showcasing historic collections and superb built heritage. A must visit is the Heroes of the Viking World exhibition, where you can discover the world of Viking myth to uncover the superpowers of Viking gods such as Thor and Odin.

Evening: Dining Delights

End your weekend with a memorable dining experience. Opt for an international culinary journey at Dhoom, serving indian streetfood in their cool restaurant with Tuk-Tuks and swings! Or dine at the Canmore House Bar and Restaurant, where you can also enjoy live music at the weekend. Another great option, especially if you've had a big lunch, is to opt for drinks and nibbles at quirky creative arts hub Fire Station Creative, which also has a live music programme.

Some more weekend foodie options:

Dunfermline is blessed with a host of charming cafes for lunch, brunch or coffee. Savour freshly baked goods and artisanal coffee at Prost, in Abbot House, Dunfermline's oldest building in the Heritage Quarter. Cafe Wynd is another good option, as is The Granary at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries with stunning views across to the Abbey. Or for a vegan menu, head to Vegan 269.

For more foodie inspo, check out our Eat and Drink. And here for other things to See and Do

Places to stay

Whether you're looking for a hotel or apartment, there are plenty of accommodation options in the ciy. 

So what are you waiting for?

Pack your bags and embark on a memorable weekend adventure in Dunfermline, where the past and present converge to create a truly special weekend.

Sign up for latest offers and news