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Overview

Discover the tale of devotion behind the abbey’s evocative name. Monks named it Dulce Cor in memory of Lady Dervorguilla, who founded the abbey in tribute to her beloved husband, John Balliol.

What to see and do

  • Admire the remarkably complete abbey church, still doing its best to inspire and overawe 700 years on
  • Look up at the mighty precinct wall of massive granite boulders – it ranks alongside the wall at St Andrews Cathedral
  • See Lady Dervorguilla’s stone effigy, a late 16th-century copy of the original destroyed at the Protestant Reformation
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the abbey. Available on site
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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.

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