Sweetheart Abbey
Sweetheart Abbey
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This site is closed while we work hard to make sure our historic attractions can be enjoyed whilst making sure the experience is safe for everyone. 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 which she carried everywhere with her. On her death, she was laid to rest with her husband's heart and the monks named the abbey in memory of her. Now under the care of Historic Scotland the romantic abbey is enclosed by an impressive precinct wall - a walk of massive granite boulders, ranking alongside the wall at St Andrews cathedral priory as the most complete in Scotland.
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  • David R
    Glasgow, United Kingdom466 contributions
    Ruins, but under some repair to stabile them.
    We visited on a Sunday afternoon, shortly after lunch as we were passing through the village anyway. A decent free car-park area is available right next to the ruins. These are currently under repair to stabilise them for the future, but even with scaffolding around parts are worth a look and a wander around the attached graveyard. One disappointment is that all the information boards about the building are in the closed-off areas. It wouldn't have taken much to move one around so that casual visitors could have had some basic knowledge.
    Written August 2, 2020
  • David H
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom36 contributions
    Interesting Abbey
    Very beautiful ruined abbey in attractive surroundings. A large carpark alongside. It was pleasant to walk around although much of the building was closed off because of repairs. There is little information about the history of the abbey but walking around is perfectly pleasant and free.
    Written July 9, 2021
  • Keith70
    Worksop, United Kingdom654 contributions
    Well maintained Abbey
    Like many historic places we could not gain entry to the Abbey. You can walk around the outside to gain a good view of the Abbey. Would have been better to know more about the abbey but enjoyable visit. Excellent parking and cafe adjacent.
    Thank you for taking the time to review Sweetheart Abbey. We’re very sorry that the abbey currently remains closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake site inspections. We apologise for the inconvenience this caused. Thank you for your feedback.
    Written January 12, 2022
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    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2021
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melvyngilbert
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK340 contributions
Feb 2020
If you are staying in Dumfries a 15 minute drive makes Sweetheart Abbey just about worth visiting if you like this sort of thing. If you are passing it is worth getting out of your car for sure. It is possible to access the Abbey's graveyard and the exterior of the Abbey itself but it is not possible to go inside. It will take no more than 15 minutes to look around and take a few nice photos and read the information boards.
Written March 2, 2020
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itchyfeet2014
Glasgow, UK2,261 contributions
Sep 2020
On our way back from Rockcliffe heading to Dumfries we passed by this beautiful ruin. It is really striking, and as ruins go, very impressive. Built of red sandstone, it dominates the village and presents a stunning view for both residents and visitors. At the moment it has scaffolding at one side. Well worth a look.
Written September 11, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing Sweetheart Abbey as you passed! Due to Covid-19 the site is currently closed. We are working hard to make sure our historic attractions can be enjoyed whilst making sure the experience is safe for everyone and we would be delighted to welcome you back to the site when it is open once more.
Written October 1, 2020
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heatherem
Wigan, UK90 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
A fine ruin, unfortunately unable to get close as work being done on it, but able to walk round the perimeter.
Nice little cafe near by, free parking, only downside was the public toilets,... Left alot to be desired. But that's nothing to do with the Abbey.
Written July 22, 2021
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Simon D
England, UK91 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Dear TripAdvisor 
It is not actually closed as such just you can only view it from outside the safety barriers and not enter the ruins. 
Regards 
Simon 

Written September 15, 2019
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Beryl H
Carlisle, UK7 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
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.
Written June 17, 2018
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Kroppness
Scotland62 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The caretaker was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and welcoming!
The history and architecture is worth a visit!
Written August 21, 2017
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Graham C
St. Albans, UK38 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Compared to Jedburgh, Melrose et al, this Abbey's nave and chancel is much more complete. It is built of the most attractive red sandstone, with layers that contribute to the attractiveness of the architecture. A wonderful story is behind its construction and unlike many attractions this one is worth the entry fee. Decent signage. Dogs welcome too! The tearoom across the road is good value for lunch and afternoon tea.
Written August 10, 2015
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charl061191
Pickering, UK111 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited here as we were passing. Interesting place to have a little look at. They are currently doing work on it and it has scaffolding around it.
Written August 31, 2020
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ConeyImagesPhotograp
Birmingham, UK594 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
We understood that renovations were being done, but it was a shame not beimg able to look around properly. The information boards were very helpful, and cemetery next door was interesting look around too, one gravestone bought a tear to me eye! The tea rooms opposite were lovely, too. It was nice to look around somewhere for free, and the fact it was a very hot and sunny day really helped! This was a highlight of our holiday.
Written July 6, 2019
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Manfish
Manchester, UK44 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Rather busy, but well worth a visit.

The tea room next door is great. Good coffee and homemade cakes, which can be taken either indoors or in their lovely courtyard with flowers and birds. Plenty of shade if you are lucky enough to have sunshine like we did.

There is also a little gift shop with a great selection of quality crafts and unusual greeting cards.
Written July 2, 2019
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