Sweetheart Abbey

New Abbey, Dumfries, DG2 8BU

01387 850 397
 

Overview

You can visit the cloister, but due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the rest of the site.

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
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz about the abbey.
Historic Scotland

Opening times

You can visit the cloister, but due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the rest of the site.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 5pm

Facilities

Awards & Accreditations

Green Tourism logo - silver award Scottish Tourist Board three star historic attraction badge

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