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Doddington, Lincoln,
Lincolnshire, LN6 4RU

01522 694308

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Gardens open - Sundays from 12 Feb 11am-4:30pm
House & Gardens open - from 16 April- 27 September
Wed Sun & Bank Holiday Mon 12pm - 4:30pm (Gardens open 11am)
Last admission 4.15pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

By appointment. Refreshments for driver.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

16 April - 27 Sept; Wed, Sun & BH Mons; 11am - 4.30pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Feb Mar & Apr May, June, July

To see:

Crocus, snowdrops & scented shrubs
Daffodils, Crown Imperials, wild Spring flowers
Herbaceous borders, Walled Garden, Irises at end of May/June

Admission Prices

Gardens only: Adult £7.00 Child £3.50; Family £18 (2A + 4C); Child under 4 free;
Garden Season £25 (1 adult;) £40 (2 adults; £45 (2A + 4C)
House & Gardens: Adult £10.50; Child £4.75; Family £28 (2A + 4C); Child under 4 free;
House & Garden Season £28 (1 adult;) £45 (2 adults; £50 (2A + 4C);
2 for 1 for disabled visitor + carer

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Registered Assistance dogs only. Award-Winning Farm Shop and Cafe, call 01522 688 581 for details and lunch bookings.

Plant Fair: Sunday 14 May 2016
Iris Week: Sunday 28 May- Sunday 4 June 2016

Garden Features & Events

Spring bulbs, wild & formal gardens, magnificent tree specimens, walled gardens, box-edged parterres and herbaceous borders, flag iris, crown imperials, turf maze, rhododendrons.Fully-productive walled Kitchen Garden.Award-Winning Farm Shop and Cafe should definitely be visited.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages


Doddington Hall Cafe and Restaurant 

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Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

Doddington Hall is surrounded by five acres of romantic walled gardens, with formal topiary, box-edged knot garden, fountains and sumptuous borders. Flag Iris is a speciality.

The wild garden has a superb succession of spring flowering bulbs and Rhododendrons from February to May. There are naturalised Crown Imperial Lilies, Victorian Daffodil varieties and a brave show of native spring wildflowers.

Meander down delightful paths and discover magnificent old trees, a Temple of the Winds, water gardens and a turf maze. There's also a nature trail through the surrounding park woods and farmland. The now fully-restored and productive walled Kitchen Garden is open to the public; wonderful displays of fruit and vegetable cultivars, chosen for their heritage and culinary interest, will be on show.

History Of Garden

Doddington Hall is a very fine late Elizabethan Mansion, completed in 1600. It was built by Robert Smythson for Thomas Taylor who was the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln. Smythson also designed Longleat, Hardwick Hall and Burton Agnes. Doddington's high symmetrical outlines and huge windows symbolise the security and confidence of Queen Elizabeth's prosperous age.

In 1749 the Hall was inherited by John Delaval of Seaton Delaval in Northumberland. He carried out an extensive redesign of the interior in a bold Georgian manner. However he did not change the house externally which remains as it it was in 1600 including the gatehouse, courtyards and formal gardens.

In 1830 George Jarvis inherited the house from his ladyfriend Sarah Gunman who was heiress to the property; the present owners are his direct descendants.

Since 1974 Doddington has been the family home of Mr & Mrs Antony Jarvis. In 2005 Claire Birch, (nee Jarvis) and her husband James Birch took over the running of the Family Estate.

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