This site is now open to view or visit.*
*(External viewing only)
In line with Welsh Government advice and guidance, we have started to reopen a selection of our unstaffed heritage sites in a safe and controlled way — for the benefit of local communities.
We are pleased to announce that this monument is now open and is free to view or visit with no pre-booking required. Please adhere to our new visitation guidelines, act responsibly and be respectful towards the site and its local area at all times.
Site opening times, parking and other available facilities at our reopened sites may have changed. Please check this site’s webpage carefully for specific updates.
For further information on what to expect and how to stay safe during your visit, please read our FAQs page.
A bird box on a truly epic scale
At first glance, it’s hard to believe that this massive structure was built to house pigeons and doves. Built around 1600 by influential Welsh politician Sir Richard Bulkeley, the dovecote’s huge domed roof provided room for up to 1,000 nests and was an important source of meat and eggs. Inside the vaulted dome is a stone pillar some 12ft/37m high, which would have supported a revolving ladder used to reach the nests lining the walls.
Penmon is particularly well blessed with historic sites – make sure you also visit Penmon Priory, Cross and St Seiriol’s Well
Postcode LL58 8RW