Sweetheart Abbey

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Sweetheart Abbey

Sweetheart Abbey
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings
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This site is closed for now. We’re working hard to gradually reopen the places you love while 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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Rachael S
Dumfries, UK306 contributions
Peaceful
Sep 2020
Today when I was spending the day with my cousin and uncle we spent a few minutes in the graveyard at Sweetheart Abbey, a really nice peaceful place with interesting gravestones including the Jardine family tree
Written September 12, 2020
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itchyfeet2014
Glasgow, UK2,024 contributions
Splendid view from the road and village
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.
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charl061191
Pickering, UK92 contributions
Impressive
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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MrsRue
Durham, UK47 contributions
Lovely little abbey
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited the Abbey on a trip to southerness.
The Abbey is very pretty and great for a look out it has a walk way leading down to a little river and is set in a lovely little village.
Written August 21, 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! 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.
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David R
Glasgow, UK395 contributions
Ruins, but under some repair to stabile them.
Aug 2020
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
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melvyngilbert
Glasgow, UK317 contributions
Worth having a look if you are passing
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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CUMBRIAVIEW
Conwy, UK2,807 contributions
Very Good Visit
Dec 2019
The Red Sandstone were highlighted by the bright day and sunshine striking the walls.
There is essential repairs going on with scaffolding but it is all fenced off so no access to that area.However there is still plenty to see of this old Abbey It set in a quiet village with plenty of parking available.Well worth an hour of your time
Written December 8, 2019
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Susan H
Nottingham, United Kingdom80 contributions
Captivating and special
Nov 2019 • Couples
A delightful, captivating monument that we discovered by chance in a picturesque setting ... such a special story behind why it's called Sweetheart Abbey too. Easily accessible site, with a super coffee and cake stop adjacent to the car park.
Written November 6, 2019
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Welsh NZers
Auckland Central, New Zealand1,024 contributions
What a Sweetheart
Jun 2019
This Cistercian Abbey is very close to the New Abbey Corn Mill in Dumfries and at the time we visited was undergoing extensive renovation, so we didn't have quite the access we'd hoped for. However, it was still worth visiting the ruins as they are quite beautiful. The rose window, the main tower and the remaining structure are most interesting. Even the graveyard which includes a Commonwealth Grave. The founder, Dervorguilla Balliol of Galway was the founder and her body is interred in the Abbey, along with the heart of her beloved husband. There is a small cafe next door with a parking area. This isn't a major attraction but we think it is well worth a visit and highly recommend it to fellow travellers.
Written November 1, 2019
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Janette H
Galashiels, Scotland, United Kingdom21 contributions
Wow
Sep 2019 • Friends
What a beautiful and atmospheric abbey. Even with the repairs going on you could feel the past. Very beaytiful.
Written September 27, 2019
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