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Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey

(4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Sweetheart Abbey on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our New Abbey tourist route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Very cool visit. A cool story behind the founder of the Abbey and what still stands. The staff was very friendly. The kids loved running around. We got some great family photos.  more »
  • The abbey is lovely and the story behind it very romantic. Even though it is quite small it is very atmospheric especially with the graveyard next to it. The guy in the ticket box was very knowledgeab...  more »
  • We were travelling from Dumfries to the Solway Coast when we came across this beautiful Abbey. As it was a Monday in March we didnt have to pay to get in as there wasnt anywhere actually open to pay! ...  more »
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  • Nice place to visit. The entrance fee is £4.50, which is a bit too steep for what is a short nimble around the ruins of the Abbey. Yes there are some placards which tells you what's what but the whole thing was covered in about 30mins. In my opinion £2 would be more appropriate.
  • Love Sweetheart Abbey. Love the story behind its name, the colour of its walls, especially when you catch it at sunset and its setting in such a picturesque place. Beautiful and impressive ruins.
  • Nice slice of history. The graveyard is nice.
  • Was a beautiful place but too expensive to get in to see a ruin in my opinion. Still tried to get some good photos though :)
  • A fabulous place to visit spectacular building that oozes history. A photographers dream