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Updated September 2022


The Dovecote Museum is now closed until May 2023. We welcomed an exceptional number of visitors in 2022. If you would like to book a group visit for 2023 please contact us via the Feedback link in the left hand menu. 

Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society does not accept liability for any accident, loss or damage to members or visitors during its advertised activities

"Down a quiet cul-de-sac a short walk from the centre of Wollaton village lies Wollaton's hidden gem, the 16th century Dovecote where you will step into a remarkable building and back into Wollaton history. This is one of the main attractions in Wollaton but remains little known".



Open on the following dates: 2.00pm – 4.30pm.   Admission Free.

*Provided a tour guide is available, there will be a

Guided walk around the Village and Church at 3.15pm.

Displays include an update on work at the Walled Garden at Wollaton Park,  and the Tudor Room, and a recreated Parlour and Scullery circa early 1900s.

Also avalable:

  • Details of recent research projects are available for perusal, including.
  • Details of those who lived in the Wollaton area who served in the first world war.
  • Coprehensive data relating to burials at the St Leonard's Church cemetry and the newer cemetry on Bramcote Lane.
  • Many years of the Russell School, with photographs.
  • Results of research in the delopment of Parkside.
  • Transcriptions of Census records. 

Sunday 8th May

  • Grand Opening by Pete Forster at 2.15 with free drinks to celebrate.
  • (Pete has been leading the Volunteers in the Walled Garden.) 
  • Meeting old friends:






Sunday 12th June*:

  • Platinum Jubilee Celebration. Dress in red, white, and blue! (Make a Tudor Coat of Arms.)

Sunday 19th June:

  • as part of the Wollaton Festival. Make a bug hotel.

Sunday 10th July*:

  • Society’s 50th Birthday celebration. Come and join the celebrations.  (Make a Tudor Posy, using foliage and flowers from the garden.)

Sunday 14th August*:

  • Craft Market - handmade items,  cakes, preserves and books to raise money for the Walled Garden restoration project. (Tudor food and herbs.)

Sunday 11th  September*   

  • Heritage Weekends  (Tudor toys and games.)
  • St Leonard's Church also open, where refreshments will be provided.


Please note there are no toilets at the dovecote, but facilities are available nearby.

Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society does not accept liability for any accident, loss or damage to members or visitors during its advertised activities

We are pleased to welcome group visits at other times. Enquiries via the feedback page, please. 



A holly blue butterfly on one of the holly bushes


The Dovecote Museum garden received a prestigious Green Flag award in 2019 recognising the achievement of a national standard for parks and green spaces.

The Britain in Bloom It's Your Neighbourhood scheme awarded the garden Level 4 assessment "Thriving" in 2021.

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped to make this achievements possible and to Wollaton WI Garden Group who have undertaken care of the garden in 2022. 


 Despite a spell of dry weather you can still see the initials F W in the lawn, indicating that Sir Francis Willoughby built the dovecote c1565. In 2022 these initials were replaced by ER in recognition of gthe Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Some interesting fungi have been seen on the lawn

Admission is free - donations welcome

The museum receives no funding and relies entirely on visitor donations.


The Dovecote circa 1950



Individual group visits can also be arranged.



We are building a separate website for the Dovecote Museum

http://www.spanglefish.com/WollatonVillageDovecote Museum

but in the meantime this page on the Society's website contains all you need to know.

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