TOP 20 ATTRACTIONS IN FIFE
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As the administrative headquarters of the first and richest Benedictine Abbey in Scotland, Abbot House is truly unique. It has borne witness to the intrigues of Church and State, survived fire and tempest, war and pillage and even outlasted much of the Abbey itself. Beneath its lovely garden lie the long-forgotten graves of pilgrims and craftsmen, and below these lie abandoned mediaeval forges whose furnaces last glowed before Bannockburn. Within its walls Abbots and Kings have consulted on affairs of State, while great poets like Henryson and Dunbar have declaimed their latest works. In its time it has been an Abbot's House, a Laird's Mansion, an Iron Foundry, and an Art School.
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Details: 01383 733 266
A 14th Century Castle built by the Douglas family. The gallery on the first floor gives an idea of how it was furnished at the time. The castle has a delightful walled garden and dovecote.
Price: Adult £1.80 Child 75p
Hours: Open all year
Details: 01383 860519
The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum
This birthplace cottage and museum tells the rags-to-riches story of Dunfermline's most eminent son, Andrew Carnegie. In the cottage where the millionaire benefactor was born in 1835 is told the family's story prior to their emigration to the United States. A working Jacquard handloom, similar to that used by Andrew's father, is sited on the ground floor and clacks into action on the first Friday of every summer month. In the Memorial Hall there is a chart that shows the different levels Andrew took to achieve his wealth, from bobbin boy, telegraph operator and railroad developer to Steel King of America. He sold his company for $400 million in 1901 and became the richest man in the world. By the time of his death in 1919 he had given away over $350 million for libraries, church organs, schools and colleges.
Hours: Apr - May 11:00 - 17:00; June - Aug 10:00 - 17:00; Sep - Oct 11:00 - 17:00
Apr - Oct 14:00 - 17:00 (Sunday); Nov - Mar 14:00 - 16:00
Details: 01383 724 302
British Golf Museum
Encounter many famous professionals, amateurs of status, King and Queens and curious characters. Touch screen videos allow you to look deeper into the lives of champions and to test your skills and knowledge of the game of golf. Extraordinary exhibits and diverse displays will surprise you - from evolving equipment and symbols of success to fun features of the game. The museum has an amazing array of treasures from over 500 years of golf history waiting to be discovered. A mix of ancient and modern, facts and feats, there's something to delight everyone.
Price: Adult £3.75 Child £1.50 Family £9.50
Hours: Easter - mid Oct 9:30 - 17:30; Mid Oct - Easter 11:00 - 15:00
Details: 01334 478 880
West Green House
Experience the domestic life of the 16th and 17th Centuries at the Royal Burgh fringed by the River Forth. Here the old buildings and cobbled streets create a time warp for visitors as they explore the old town. Enjoy the refurbished Palace that dates from 1597 with its medieval garden. See the Town House exhibition and video presentation outlining the burgh's 400 years of history and sample the atmosphere of bygone times in the picturesque Study beside the ancient Mercats Cross.
Hours: 1st Apr - 30th Sep 11:00 - 17:00
Details: 01383 880 359
Deep Sea World
Voyage along the seabed and take a "diver's eye" view of the world beneath the waves. Deep Sea World's underwater safari is the longest in the world - a 112-metre tunnel transporting you through 1 million gallons of water. There is also Scotland's largest collection of piranhas, one of the world most deadly fish, and the UK's largest amphibian collection. This fascinating new exhibit takes you from the rain soaked forest of South America to the dry Australian deserts on an exciting interactive journey to meet a fascinating array of creatures, including the world's most poisonous frog.
Price: Adults £6.25 Child £3.95
Hours: Apr -Oct 10:00 - 18:00; Nov - Mar 11:00 - 17:00
Details: 0930 100 300
Dunfermline Abbey & Palace
The birthplace of Charles I, who was the last monarch born in Scotland, was founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th Century. This is also the burial ground where Robert the Bruce was laid to rest. Most of the abbey is now in ruins and has been swallowed up by the parish church, still standing is a Norman nave and a guest house.
Price: Adults £1.80 Child 75p
Hours: Apr - Sep Mon - Sat 9:30 - 18:30; Sunday 14:00 - 18:30; Oct - Mar Mon - Sat 9:30 - 18:30 Sunday 14:00 - 16:30
Details: 01383 739 026
Falkland Palace, Garden & Old Burgh
The Royal Palace of Falkland, set in the heart of a unique medieval village, was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots. Built between 1501 and 1541, the palace is an extremely fine example of Renaissance architecture. It includes the exceptionally beautiful Chapel Royal, and is surrounded by internationally renowned gardens, built in the 1950s. The Royal Tennis Court, reputedly the world's oldest, is still used today.
Hours: 1st Apr - 31st Oct Mon - Sat 11:00 - 17:30, Sun 13:30 - 17:30
Details: 01337 857 397
Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden
This fascinating mansion house, built in 1906, reflects the period 1870 - 1920 when Scotland was the industrial workshop of the world. The house was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer as a showcase for a collection of Flemish tapestries, Chinese porcelain & bronzes, French & English furniture, paintings by Raeburn, Ramsey and eminent Dutch artists, all acquired by a Dundee 'jute baron'. Although built as a treasure house, the intimate scale gives Hill of Tarvit all the warmth of a family home. The beautiful gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll, while the more energetic can tackle the walk up to Hill of Tarvit viewpoint.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct 13:30 - 17:30
Details: 01334 653 127
Firth of Forth
Known as the 'Iona of the East'. The abbey was founded in 1192 by Alexander I. The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from the two world wars.
Price: Adult £3.30 Child £1.00
Hours: Summer only
Details: 0131 331 4857
Kellie Castle & Garden
This very fine example of domestic architecture in Lowland Scotland dates from the 14th Century and was sympathetically restored by the Lorimer family in the late 19th Century. The castle contains magnificent plaster ceilings, a mural by Phoebe Anna Traquair, painted paneling and fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. Of particular interest are the Victorian nursery and the old kitchen. The late Victorian garden features a fine collection of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous plants which are cultivated organically.
Hours: Good Friday - Easter Monday & 1st May - 3rd Oct 13:00 - 17:00
Details: 01333 720 271
Knockhill Racing Circuit
The famous Scottish motor sport track sees a major sporting event just about every weekend, so whether you like Rally Cars, Motor Bikes or Racing Cars there is sure to be an event here to set your pulses racing. Get caught up in the atmosphere of the crowds and smell the fuel and feel the speed. For a list of events call the number below.
Details: 01383 723 337
Loch Fitty is a natural Scottish Loch about 170 acres in size and full of hard fighting brown and rainbow trout, and salmon in season. There is both bank and boat fishing and all the boats have reliable, easy starting Seagull engines. It is fly-fishing only and each year the rods catch many, many thousands of prime trout. All the usual flies and lures do well at Loch Fitty and good advice on the best patterns as always available. Most trout are over 1lb in weight with many going as high as 4lb. The best so far is 14lb and 2ozs.
Details: 01383 620 666
Pratis Farm Park
A visit here makes for a superb day out for all the family with a wide range of farm animals to see, touch, feed and learn about. There is also a 9-hole pitch and putt course, go-karting, wild west adventure fort, crazy golf, bouncy castle, golf driving range and much more.
Hours: Mar - Dec 10:00 - 17:00
Details: 01333 352 025
The fabulous picturesque scenery of the Fife countryside is the backdrop to Rankeilour Park - home to the Scottish Deer Centre and Courtyard Shopping. The exciting wildlife park together with its excellent selection of quality shopping will ensure that you enjoy a complete day out with a difference.
Hours: Good Friday - 31st Oct 10:00 - 18:00; Rest of the year 10:00 - 17:00
Details: 01337 810 391
Scottish Fisheries Museum
The Scottish Fisheries Museum is situated in the Old Kingdom of Fife overlooking the ancient fishing harbour. It is at the heart of the East Neuk fishing villages of St. Monans, Pittenweem - the present home of the East Neuk fishing fleet - and Crail, the centre of local crab and lobster fishing. The museum was born of local initiative and officially opened in 1969. It expanded rapidly and now covers virtually every aspect of the Scottish fishing industry, including whaling, industrial salmon fishing and the ancillary fishing trades. The museum currently has 15 full-size boats in its collection.
Hours: Apr - Oct 10:00 - 17:30 (Weekdays), Sundays 11:00 - 17:00; Nov - Mar 10:00 - 16:30 (Weekdays), Sundays 14:00 - 16:30
Details: 01333 310 628
Sea Life Aquariums will bring you and your family closer than you ever imagined to the breathtaking world beneath the waves. Each Aquarium is unique, with special feature exhibitions and superb displays for all to enjoy. At the touch pools you can have really close encounters with many kinds of marine life, such as crabs and starfish. Look, hear, touch and explore: at Sea Life Aquariums there are great activities for the whole family to share.
Hours: Open daily from 10:00
Details: 01334 474 786
Visit Scotland's secret underground nuclear command centre, near St Andrews, and discover the twilight world of the Government Cold War. This amazing labyrinth, built 100 feet below ground, and encased in 15 feet of reinforced concrete, is where central government and military commanders would have run the country had the UK been attacked and nuclear war broken out. The innocent looking farmhouse building conceals the entrance to Scotland's best-kept secret for over 40 years. The bunker contains two cinemas, café, operations rooms, RAF and Royal Observer Corps Centre plus much more.
Price: Adult £5.95 Child £3.25
Hours: 1st Apr - End Oct 10:00 - 17:00
Details: 01333 310 301
St Andrews Castle
The castle of the Archbishop of St Andrews. See the fascinating mine and counter-mine, rare examples of medieval siege techniques, and the bottle dungeon where death was the only escape. A fascinating exhibition in the visitor centre brings the history of the castle to life.
Price: Adult £2.30 Child £1.00
Hours: Open all year
Details: 01334 477 196
St Andrews Cathedral
The remains still give a vivid impression of the scale of what was once the largest cathedral in Scotland. Climb St Tule's Tower for a magnificent view of the town and visit the cathedral's collection of Celtic and medieval carved stones.
Price: Adult £1.80 Child 75p
Hours: Open all year
Details: 01334 472 563
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