Overview

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.


Opening
Opening

2020

Gardens only: 9 February to 1 March & 1 to 29 October; Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm.

Hall and gardens: 5 April to 27 September: Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12pm (11am for gardens) to 4.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///dripping.custodian.actorsWhat does this mean?

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
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Handsome Cabs 01522 545352

Admission
Admission

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

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

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • 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).

Find out more.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Forthcoming Tours

4 Jun 2020
2PM - 6PM | £28.00

Tour Overview

Elizabethan house with unaltered exterior, mainly Georgian interiors, and collection covering 400 years of continual family ownership. Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour by owner James Birch (house closed to public on day of tour) and garden tour with head gardener, including famous iris collection.

Tour duration

4 hours.

Tour prices

£28.00 per person.

Refreshments

Tea and cakes, prosecco and canapes at 6pm.

Weddings

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.

Facilities

  • 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


Accommodation

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.

Find out more.

Facilities

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

Opening
Opening

2020

Gardens only: 9 February to 1 March & 1 to 29 October; Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm.

Hall and gardens: 5 April to 27 September: Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12pm (11am for gardens) to 4.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///dripping.custodian.actorsWhat does this mean?

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
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Handsome Cabs 01522 545352

Admission
Admission

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

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

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • 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).

Find out more.

Other opening


Walks

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.

 



Doddington Hall & Gardens's history and features

Doddington Hall was built between 1593 and 1600 by Robert Smythson for Thomas Tailor, who was a lawyer, the Recorder to the Bishop of Lincoln. It is a grade I listed building. The facade is wide, but the house is only a single room deep at the centre. In the 12th century the manor of Doddington was owned by the Pigot family who sold it to Sir Thomas Burgh in 1450, and eventually to John Savile of Howley Hall in Leeds. In 1593, he sold the manor house to Thomas Tailor who commissioned the present house. It was inherited by his son, and then his granddaughter Elizabeth Anton who married Sir Edward Hussey of Honington in Lincolnshire. Their son Sir Thomas Hussey inherited in 1658. Sir Thomas's three daughters were his co-heiresses when he died in 1706.

In 1762, Sir John Hussey Delaval covered every inch of the Holly Room – even the back of the doors – with tapestries showing country scenes. The tapestries were made in Flanders in the early 17th century.

In 1762, Sir John Hussey Delaval covered every inch of the Holly Room – even the back of the doors – with tapestries showing country scenes. The tapestries were made in Flanders in the early 17th century.


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