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Opening times

Due to concerns with some areas of the stonework following a routine survey, the areas around the high remains of Sweetheart Abbey are closed until further notice. Only the low remains, cloister area and adjacent grassed areas to the south of the site are open to visitors (free of charge).

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Thurs and Fri, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm





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. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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