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Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote

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Published February 10th 2013
Play hide & seek in the ruins
Minster Lovell Hall ruins
The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall


Pass through the quaint village of Minster Lovell, past chocolate box thatched cottages and you'll come to the English Heritage property, Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote.
Minster Lovell, Thatched cottage
Picturesque thatched cottage in rural Minster Lovell


Although now just ruins, you can still appreciate the magnificence of what was the home of one of the richest men in England, Lord William Lovell. It was designed as a symbol of vast wealth and was built in the aristocratic style of the 15th century. It's a lovely place to come and potter around and both young and old can enjoy a game of hide and seek.

Minster Lovell Hall
Minster Lovell Hall


The medieval dovecot, once home to 700 pairs of birds, is in excellent condition and there is a small path you can follow from the ruins.

Minster Lovell Dovecote
Minster Lovell Dovecote


It's a very pleasant area to walk around especially on a crisp autumn day, perfect for all ages and dogwalkers. The ruins are situated close to the river Windrush and if you're lucky a friendly duck might even come and say hello.

Minster Lovell hall is accessed from the grounds of St Kenelm's Church where you can see the tomb of William 7th Lord Lovell.
St Kenelm's Church
St Kenelm's Church

Minster Lovell, Lord Lovell tomb
The tomb of Lord Lovell


There's parking at the top of the road before you get to the church and entry is free. Bring a picnic to eat among the ruins and this is a great and inexpensive day out with the family.
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Why? Explore the historic ruins
When: Any reasonable time (quote from the signpost)
Where: Minster Lovell, OX29 0RR
Cost: Free
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