Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

Free Entry

Open any reasonable daylight hours, The Dovecote is exterior viewing only


Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, OX29 0RR

Before You Go

The picturesque ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, a 15th century Oxfordshire manor house, lie in a beautiful rural setting beside the River Windrush. They include a fine hall, tower and nearby dovecote.

Minster Lovell Hall was built in the 1430s by William, Baron of Lovell and Holand - one of the richest men in England. It was later home to Francis, Viscount Lovell, a close ally of Richard III. After several changes of hands the hall was abandoned and eventually demolished in the 18th century, leaving the extensive remains that stand today.

Read more about Minster Lovell Hall's history.

Before You Go

Access: The site sits at the end of a narrow, dead end lane where parking is not permitted and no turning is possible. The Dovecote is approximately 100m from the main site and is exterior viewing only.

Parking: If there is space, use the small car park which serves St Kenelm's Church, which is roughly a five minute walk from the site.   
The streets of the village are very narrow so please do not block access for emergency vehicles or entrances to private properties.

Please do not climb on the walls.

Facilities: There are no toilet facilities at this property.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Guidebook: A guidebook is available to buy from St Kenelm's Church, adjacent to the site, or via our online shop.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Take time to look at the lovely alabaster tomb of Baron Lovell in St Kenelm's church along with the wonderful vaulting under the tower.

Travel further back in history by visiting nearby North Leigh Roman Villa, just 4 miles from this site. The nearly complete mosaic floor, patterned in reds and browns, is a must see! You can also head on to the fascinating Rollright Stones, which span nearly two thousand years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development.

If you are travelling towards Oxford, why not take in the 17th century North Hinksey Conduit House, Oxford's first water mains.

Guidebook: Minster Lovell Hall

Price: £2.00