Live /

Over 28 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry. Find out more and book now




The large public car park next to the abbey is level loose gravel. There are no accessible bays marked.

Approach to site

The site entrance is about 90m from the car park along a level tarmac road.

Visitor centre

There is a step up into the visitor centre.


Sweetheart Abbey is on relatively level ground. The main routes around the monument are surfaced in gravel or short cut grass. Surfaces are firmer in dry weather.

There is a good view of the remains of the abbey from the cloister path, which is surfaced in gravel.

The numerous archaeological remains within the grass around the site and in the nave can be difficult to see.

There are steps down into some rooms, but these can also be viewed from the cloister path.

There is one step up from the porch into the nave.


There is an adapted toilet in the public car park next to the abbey.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Sweetheart Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Access Guide

For information on accessibility at more than 80 of our sites download our Access Guide

Historic Scotland

Opening times

This site is currently closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Download our visitor app

Discover more on the go – the Historic Scotland app lets you find out about Scotland’s most iconic places wherever you are.

Plan your visit

More than 20 of our sites are now open. Please book your tickets in advance.

Become a member

Join Historic Scotland to visit our properties free of charge for a full year and support our work at the same time.

Hire a site for filming

Use one of our fantastic locations on your next shoot for an awe-inspiring backdrop to your work.

Learning visits

Our 300+ historic places serve as creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities – and for learners of all ages.

Search our events

See the past brought to life by the imaginative year-round programme of events at our properties.