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.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Postcode LL58 8RW