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Opening times

Sweetheart Abbey is closed for conservation works from 22 Jan and due to re-open on 20 Feb 2018.

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm

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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 Dervorgilla, 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 Dervorgilla’s stone effigy, a late 16th-century copy of the original destroyed at the Protestant Reformation
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