Dunfermline Abbey Nave has reopened to visitors for selected days in 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 12th Century Abbey, dedicated in 1147.
It stretches eastwards to the entrance to the modern parish church (Dunfermline Abbey Church) which is the final resting place of Robert the Bruce.
HES has worked with Dunfermline Abbey Church to jointly enable visitors to access both the Abbey Nave and the Abbey Church for freev during October.
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.
Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: “It has taken a significant amount of planning to reach this point, and I’m very proud of the efforts of all of our staff who have been instrumental in making these sites ready to safely welcome visitors once again.
“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.”
Reverend MaryAnn Rennie, minister at The Abbey Church of Dunfermline, said: “We are excited about reopening the church for visitors in conjunction with Historic Environment Scotland.
“Working towards this with Historic Environment Scotland will ensure visitors are able to move safely through the Nave to the church.
“I know our staff are looking forward to welcoming those who come.”
Timed visitor slots have been introduced to manage capacity, with the Abbey Nave open 10am to 3.15pm each day until Saturday October 11, then Wednesday to Saturday October 14 to 18 and 21 to 25.
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