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A beautiful and historically important site.

I enjoyed my visit to Sweetheart Abbey and can say it is a stunning site and well worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A lovely abbey, but right now there’s so much scaffolding supporting restoration work that the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David A
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This splendid red-sandstone ruin of the late 13th century was founded by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway, in memory of her husband Lord John Balliol. When her husband died in 1268, Lady Dervorgilla, had his heart embalmed and placed in an ivory casket...more
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On A710, New Abbey DG2 8BU, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit to Sweetheart Abbey and can say it is a stunning site and well worth a visit. Those visiting should know some restoration is taking place so parts of the site have scaffolding. There is a £5 charge to enter the site...More

Thank Will1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a walk around the outside of the Abbey as you can see almost all from outside. We did not go in as it cost £5.00 Each to get in which as the Abbey is quite small, we felt it was expensive. We would...More

2  Thank philmal2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely abbey, but right now there’s so much scaffolding supporting restoration work that the visit was somewhat reduced. You can still see the beauty of the place and feel the peaceful atmosphere. Take a walk through the picturesque village too.

Thank David A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visit sadly was blighted by scaffolding, fencing, etc that will be in situ for around two years with no reduction in entry fee. Much of the site can be viewed from the road for free. A very helpful guide and a useful guide book....More

Thank Rossergruffydd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely ruined abbey, immaculate lawns. Shame about all the scaffolding but understandably needed to prevent the abbey going into further decline. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

1  Thank jomatthews123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely old ruin steeped in history and well worth a visit. A bonus is Abbey Cottage Tearoom situated next to it. Great selection on the menu, extremely clean, extensive range of teas, reasonably priced menu and very pleasant young servers.

3  Thank Beryl H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful ruins of the abbey. Work was going on to repair some places while we were there however I’d definitely recommend stopping for a visit.

2  Thank rachel3648
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Sweetheart abbey lives up to it's name. Nestled in the wonderful countryside in a lovely village Sweetheart Abbey is worth a visit. Small note at the time of our visit there was scaffolding up but that is to be expected at times with these precious...More

1  Thank SJB448
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Charming place to visit nice little village , and a quiet place to sit and ponder for a while. ......

1  Thank Colin C
Reviewed 19 May 2018

The town of New Abbey is a quaint village to explore the Sweetheart Abbey (currently under restoration so get there before noon and see what everyone else gets to see when it's 5 pounds until the renovation is complete). If the ticket boot opens while...More

2  Thank ke77erer
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Response from Pauline G | Reviewed this property |
I suppose you could as long as the dog was kept on a lead but I would make sure from the person at the admission booth.