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Address: On A710, New Abbey DG2 8BU, Scotland
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A monument to human and divine love, Sweetheart Abbey was named for its...

A monument to human and divine love, Sweetheart Abbey was named for its founder, Lady Dervorgilla, who was buried here with the embalmed heart of her beloved husband. War inflicted much damage to the buildings, but the abbey church, with a stone effigy of the founder, survives almost intact.

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An accidental visit!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Jayne H
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Wednesfield, United Kingdom

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Wednesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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! I do think its a bit expensive to get inside, £4.95 or there about when you can see most of it... More 

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Thank Jayne H
Morecambe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on a very wet and windy day. Even from the car park this is quite something You can just imagine how big a part of the local community it was and how grand it was - and still is... I'm sure it would have been a magnificent sight in all its former glory....

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Thank Bay-Pixie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a gorgeous ruin and has a car park with toilets next to it. It is in a small village which has won an award. I wouldn't recommend paying to get in as all of it can be seen from outside the fence but of course paying would support the maintenance - but if on a budget then view... More 

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Thank Hannah B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

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 hundreds of years ago? It is tied together with the amazing story of the grief-striken Lady Devorgilla and the embalmed heart of her beloved husband John Balliol... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

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 Caerlaverock Castle.

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1 Thank fuzibug82
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

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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1 Thank Jo H
Knottingley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Nice ruin, which thankfully can be seen from the roadside. I certainly wouldn't want to pay the £5.40 entrance fee - making it £10.80 for a couple.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We've visited Sweetheart Abbey several times in the past and were slightly disappointed that on this occasion it was surrounded by scaffolding and appeared to not be open due to this. Still, we had a wander around outside the walls and had a walk around the grave yard which was fascinating as there are some really old graves. The gift... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

wasnt sure what to expect bu the Abbey just rises out from behind the houses off the main road. large free car park and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

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.

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