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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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  • This ruin takes you back to a different time - standing in the impressive ruins makes you think who was standing there, what were they doing/thinking/saying/singing and what did it all look like hundr...  more »
  • The Lowlands has an assortment of Abbeys to visit, and we knew that we weren't going to work the whole circuit. This one was really nice because we were able to get there very easily from Dumfries and...  more »
  • Had a lovely afternoon looking around this abbey and learning the history behind it. Doggy friendly place to visit and the staff were really friendly and very helpful. 
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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