Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey

A 13th-century Cistercian monastery now in ruins, Sweetheart Abbey nevertheless testifies to the romantic story behind its founding. In 1275 the abbey was built in honor of the late John Balliol by his widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway. Upon Dervorguilla's death, her husband's embalmed heart was buried alongside her in a silver casket, and the abbey was renamed for this act of love. Walk the grounds and view the remains of the abbey, keeping an eye out for the stone effigy of Lady Dervorgilla in the south transept--a 16th-century replica of the original. The precinct wall of massive marble boulders ranks among the most complete in Scotland. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Sweetheart Abbey by using our New Abbey day trip site .
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  • We were heading to see the Abbey, but were advised that it is currently closed for repair and renovation was not possible. We will return soon, once it has reopened.  more »
  • We stayed in New Abbey recently and managed to get a bright, clear day to amble around these ruins. Sweetheart Abbey is tranquil, pretty and has a lovely story so is well worth a visit.  more »
  • This is one of the most beautiful set of abbey ruins. It was raining the day we visited but still got some really nice photos. We were there early in the morning and were the only people there. Highly...  more »
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  • Very nice Abbey and well tended grounds but very expensive considering you are walking around ruins. Caerlaverock Castle was much better value for money. The tea shop is excellent though and well worth a visit. Delicious home made cakes and friendly staff.
  • Beautiful and eerie, lovely views around as well as the Abbey too. There are plaques that give you in depth information about the Abbey its history etc I loved that while reading the info it gives you a mental picture of the room etc. Great place to stop and enjoy the scenery while having a drink and maybe a bite to eat.
  • Okay - a nice historical building with lots of character and worth stopping to have a look. They charge a £5 admission fee (per person) for what would be a 5-10 minute walk at most to look around the fairly desolate ruins and garden. The fee is pretty high considering that you'll only spend a few minutes there and in my opinion definitely not worth paying. If there had to be a charge for admission I would put this at £2 at the most. To be honest the Abbey is worth a look - even if you just park in the neighbouring car park and look around the outside of it. The village itself is nice and picturesque but again it is small and really not ideal for wheelchairs or pushchairs as paving areas are randomly spread out forcing pedestrians to use the small roads which have a fair amount of heavy traffic flow. There is a corn mill that you can also visit but yet again you have to pay a £5 per person admission fee which really doesn't seem to be worth it - we just didn't bother. All in all this is one of those places where if your passing through it is worth a stop but certainly do not go out of your way to visit. Be sure to take a look at our video review on Youtube.
  • Wonderful site well laid out to view and good parking. Run by Historic Scotland there is a small charge to go inside but walking around the outside is free. The local village is also very pretty and photogenic. Worth a visit.
  • A beautiful abbey protected by Historic Scotland. Building is beautiful and it's history is worth learning about. The custodian was very helpful and knowledgeable with a cheerful smile. Visit if you can....worth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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