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Doddington Hall & Gardens Tours

Doddington Hall & Gardens
Built in the late 16th century by Robert Smythson, Doddington Hall & Gardens is a Grade-I-listed Elizabethan mansion, complete with five acres (two hectares) of walled gardens. It also remains a beloved family home. Explore the hall and grounds at your leisure before stopping by the farm shop or grabbing lunch at the on-site café.
 
The Basics
Wander Doddington Hall & Gardens at your own pace, starting in the main building, which is filled with centuries of fascinating furniture, porcelain, paintings, and more. Then, stroll through the expansive gardens, following one of the several Estate Walk routes. Doddington Hall & Gardens hosts numerous seasonal events and classes—check the schedule before planning your visit. To save time at the entrance, buy your ticket online in advance. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • Doddington Hall & Gardens is a must for history and architecture buffs.
  • Children age 4 and under enter for free, while those over age 4 pay half the adult rate. Family tickets are also available.
  • Browse for souvenirs at shops such as Country Clothing and the Home Store.
  • The upper floors of Doddington Hall aren’t accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and grass and gravel limit access to the gardens.
 
How to Get There

Just 5 miles (8 kilometers) outside of Lincoln, Doddington Hall & Gardens is easiest to reach by car. Take the A46 Newark road or the A57 road, and follow the signs on the approach to Lincoln. On-site parking is free. Alternatively, travel by train to Newark Northgate station or Lincoln station, then hop in a taxi to Doddington Hall & Gardens.
 
When to Get There
Doddington Hall & Gardens is typically open on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, from 12pm to 4:30pm, between early April and late September. The various on-site shops and eateries are open daily. Seasonal events and activities often take place on holidays such as Christmas and Easter—check the website.  
 
The Gardens at Doddington Hall

The sprawling, carefully restored gardens at Doddington Hall stay faithful to the original Elizabethan layout. Framing the front of the hall are the East Gardens, complete with topiary unicorns. The West Garden is more plant-focused and colorful, filled with daffodils and irises. Meanwhile, the Wild Gardens promise a more rugged feel, while the Kitchen Garden is a riot of fruit, herbs, and vegetables.
Address: Main St, Doddington, Lincoln, East Midlands LN6 4RU, England
Admission: Varies
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