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Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey

Categories: Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 160+ 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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  • However, you can pretty much see everything from the street so why pay £4.50 to get in? Great public car park with clean toilets. 
  • The shattered red-sandstone remnants of this 13th-century Cistercian abbey stand in stark contrast to the manicured lawns surrounding them. The red sandstone in the sunshine is amazing to look at and ...  read more »
  • Well worth a visit and amazing to see such an old building withstand the test of time. Cemetery steeped in history alongside the abbey. 
  • A fabulous place to visit spectacular building that oozes history. A photographers dream
  • Beautiful place! Really small, and all outdoors, so a weather check is essential before heading over.
  • Nice, calm place to spend a lovely afternoon
  • Very lovely. Nice little village and a picturesque ruin
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