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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 interesting diversion for an hour or so, Sweetheart Abbey is one for those of us who like a good ruin, although it will not detain you for more than an hour or so, and is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting diversion for an hour or so, Sweetheart Abbey is one for those of us who like a good ruin, although it will not detain you for more than an hour or so, and is priced accordingly.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being that this is now an annual visit to the Abbey to take a little tour with the lovely guide (Mark) who was busy tending to the grounds when we arrived. He was happy as always to take our kids around and give a bit of 'alternative' history to keep them engaged. We decided to do the quiz for the... More 

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Thetford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool visit. A cool story behind the founder of the Abbey and what still stands. The staff was very friendly. The kids loved running around. We got some great family photos.

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Higham, Lancs
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The abbey is lovely and the story behind it very romantic. Even though it is quite small it is very atmospheric especially with the graveyard next to it. The guy in the ticket box was very knowledgeable and I think it was good value for money. We spent a good hour there and had tea and cakes beforehand in the... More 

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Wednesfield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

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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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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