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Doddington is a much-loved family home, built between 1593 and 1600 by Robert Smythson for Thomas Tailor, who was a lawyer, the Recorder to the Bishop of Lincoln.

Visitors are able to explore not only the Hall and Gardens but also the Bike Shop, Café, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Home Store, Farrow & Ball and Country Clothing Store.

Doddington Hall is also the setting for many weddings and events, concerts and exhibitions and has five holiday cottages available for short stays.

There is always something new to see and do on the estate whether that is inside the Hall, in the five acres of gardens, one of our events, or on one of the estate walks.


10 February to 31 March and October, Sundays only, 11.30am - 4.30pm

Hall & Gardens
7 April to 29 September: Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
Noon to 4.30pm (Gardens 11am).

Find Us
Find us

Doddington Hall is situated on the outskirts of Lincoln, just five miles from the centre of the city.

Doddington Hall is five miles West of Lincoln on the B1190. It is signposted from the A46 Newark to Lincoln Road. It is also signposted from the A57 between the A1 and Lincoln.

The Georgie Twigg Track enables cyclists and pedestrians to make a safe, attractive and traffic free journey from Doddington to the centre of Lincoln via the Sustrans Cycle Path 64.

  • Offers bike storage

Car park on site

  • Free


Handsome Cabs 01522 545352


Historic Houses members visit for free during normal open days, not valid during Sculpture Exhibition, Christmas opening or special events.

During the Sculpture Exhibition Historic Houses members receive 20% discount on entry. Gardens - Adult: £5.60 | House and Gardens - Adult: £8.80

House and Gardens 
Adult: £11 | Child (4-16yrs): £5.50 | Family : £29

Adult: £7 | Child (4-16yrs): £3.50 | Family: £18

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group visits are a speciality at Doddington; we pride ourselves on our personal service and the exclusive tours that we offer. Providing private guided tours for groups on days when the Hall and Gardens are closed to the general public.

Hall – The tour takes approximatley 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Garden – The tour takes approximatley 45 minutes (self guided option available).

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A word from the owner

Although Doddington is a well known tourist attraction, it is now much more visited for its farm shop, cafes and bike shop. Whatever the reason for your visit we hope you enjoy our special home.
James and Claire Birch

Fun Facts

Doddington is architecturally important for two reasons.

First, it is a very good example of Robert Smythson’s (1534 – 1613) work. He is generally accepted as England’s first real architect. He worked originally as a stone mason on Longleat with his three most important houses as architect being Hardwick Hall, Burton Agnes and Wollaton. A number of his houses were lost in the civil war.

Second Doddington is completely unchanged on the outside. The interior is mainly a sympathetic refit in 1763, but the house has never been sold so there are contents from every generation


There are a number of walks around the estate varying in both length and terrain. These walks have been made possible due to a BIFFA aid grant.


Upcoming events

5 Jul - 30 Aug 2019

Yoga on the Lawn

Enjoy outdoor yoga under the gaze of Doddington Hall in the stunning setting of the East Garden. Local instructor Yoga May will guide you through refocusing your mind and rejuvenating your body with a Friday flow suitable for all levels.

Vinyasa Yoga involves a flowing sequence of asanas (poses) in coordination with the breath and allows you to develop core strength and flexibility, find relaxation, or attain more specific goals, depending on the intention of the practice.

Our summer series of Yoga on the Lawn will run every Friday at 7.30am during July and August (05 July – 30 August). Classes are on an individual basis so you can attend one class, dip in and out throughout the summer or join us every week.

£7 per adult, cash only on arrival.

£6 for Doddington Cycling Club members & Doddington season tickets

Please email hall@doddingtonhall.com to book your place.


Doddington Hall is renowned for being one of the most perfect wedding venues in Lincolnshire; romantic, beautiful and extremely flexible.

We know that your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and we take great pride in our personal attention and calm professional approach to this very special occasion.

Doddington Hall is one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in the country. Still privately owned and lived in, it has never been sold since it was built in 1595 and it is a truly splendid venue with a uniquely exclusive and romantic atmosphere.

We have four special licensed sites: The Coach House, The Long Gallery, the Garden Pavillion & the East Porch. Each is unique; each will ensure your civil ceremony is truly memorable.


  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • In-house catering

If you choose Doddington as your wedding venue in Lincolnshire, you can be assured of the personal attention of our wedding team for your bespoke wedding package.

The Wedding Team


Perfect for getaways, flexible stays or special occasions, our holiday cottages provide the perfect location for your stay on the Doddington Hall Estate.

The Doddington Estate offers a total of 22 double or twin bedrooms in four separate unique locations all available for short stays. All cottages are individually decorated with ample parking and attractive views of the gardens.

Also within the walls of the Old Rectory and situated on the Doddington Estate are the Independent Stables holiday lets. All four cottages are self-catering with spacious and fully equipped open kitchens, dining and living room areas.

Warm and welcoming throughout all seasons our cottages provide you with a welcome pack of tea, coffee, bread, milk and eggs for your stay, so you can simply just sit back and relax!

Just on the doorstep you can also buy fabulous locally sourced and home grown produce from our award-winning Farm Shop. Alternatively, why not eat at our Cafe or Restaurant, open daily for breakfast and lunch, and Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner. 

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

The Coach House is a stylishly refurbished Elizabethan building, with its own private garden, standing just metres from Doddington Hall.

It is a light, flexible and stylish space suitable for all types of events from business breakfasts to award dinners. Our own kitchens provide quality catering and hospitality.

Just a short distance from the A1 via the A46 or A57 we are easy to find and have plenty of parking.

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch

School Visits