Sweetheart Abbey

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

New Abbey, By Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8BU

    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 - and despite Scotland's turbulent history, it stands remarkably complete, in a beautiful setting nestled between the grey bulk of Criffel Hill and the shimmering waters of the Solway Firth.

    Very occasionally the property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check the Historic Scotland closures page for any unexpected site closures www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hsclosure. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.

    3 Historic Attraction
    Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Summer 1 April - 30 Sept, Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)
    Winter 1 October - 31 March (closed Thursday & Friday), 10am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

    Ticket Information
    Adult £4.50 per ticket
    Child £2.70 per ticket
    Concession £3.60 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


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    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point

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