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Doddington Hall & Gardens

A privately owned, fine late Elizabethan Mansion with stunning gardens, located just outside Lincoln, highlighting 400 years of unbroken family occupation and a delightful cafe, restaurant, farm shop, and more.

The Hall

Begun in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan Architects, Doddington Hall was completed in 1600 and has never been sold or cleared out since. Doddington is still a lived-in and much loved family home, alive with history and interest.

Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain and a wealth of amusing stories all to be found in and around Doddington Hall.

A visit to Doddington offers a unique insight into family life through the ages and the challenges of looking after such an estate in the 21st century.

The Gardens

For many, the gardens at Doddington are just as spectacular as the Hall itself. Remaining faithful to the original Elizabethan layout, mellow walls provide the framework for the formal East Front and West Gardens. Beyond the West Gardens begin the lovingly restored Wild Gardens.

Over the generations, most recently by Antony and Victoria Jarvis and Claire and James Birch, the gardens at Doddington have been restored, cared for, nurtured and developed to their fullest potential.


Group visits are a speciality at Doddington Hall and groups are assured of personal service and will enjoy exclusive guided tours, even when the Hall is closed to the general public. Refreshments for group visits are served in the Coach House where they will be served home-made food including the ever-popular cream teas. There is free coach parking available on-site.


Dogs are welcome on Doddington's free estate walks, in the Country Clothing and Home stores, and inside the Coffee Shop in the Giant Lincoln store.

Water bowls are available at designated dog parks around the grounds too.

MicroBreaks from Access Lincoln

Doddington Hall is a great destination to experience a Lincoln MicroBreak.

Cycling to Doddington Hall: Cycling to Doddington Hall is a fun and easy way to reach the hall. Just six miles and a 31-minute cycle ride from the city centre via a safe and easy traffic-free cycle route. Cycle parking is available on site.

You can download the cycle network map here: Doddington Hall Map Download (PDF)

Additional Information

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  • Coach Parking

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Opening Times & Prices

Early February - April

  • Gardens open Sundays: 11am - 4:30pm

Early April - end of September 

  • Hall and Gardens open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
  • Hall: 12pm - 4:30pm
  • Gardens: 11am - 4:30pm


  • Gardens open Sundays: 11am - 4:30pm

Admission Prices

  • Adult: Gardens only £7; Hall and Gardens £11;
  • Children (ages 4-16): Gardens only: £3.50; Hall and Gardens: £5.50;
  • Under 4s: free
  • Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): Gardens only: £18; Hall and Gardens: £29.

Please be aware that only registered assistance dogs are allowed into the Hall's gardens. However, there are a variety of walks across the park and estate.  Please note that the Kitchen Gardens are open to the public for free on all non-open days throughout the year. When the gardens are open, garden admission applies.


Group rate £12pp (minimum 20 in a group). Advanced booking required. See the Doddington Hall website for more information.


Summer of Ceramics

July 27; 2019 to September 8; 2019
12:00pm to 4:30pm
Summer of Ceramics

Discover Doddington Hall’s extraordinary ceramics collection, hear fascinating stories, and see the best of what today’s artists have to offer with with new displays, talks, tours and different activities each week.

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Christmas at Doddington Hall

November 28; 2019 to December 24; 2019
9:00am to 9:00pm
Christmas at Doddington Hall 2019

Enjoy Doddington Hall's festive open days and browse Christmas gifts, trees, and food from the farm shop.

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Doddington Hall Café

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The award winning farm shop and café at Doddington Hall serves great quality coffee, cakes and snacks. Breakfasts and lunches also served.

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Doddington Hall Restaurant

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