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This property is free for HHA Friends
A confident, symmetrical and unfussy work by the great Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, for Thomas Taylor, Registrar to the powerful Bishop of Lincoln. Interiors refurbished in 18th century. Good furniture includes Cromwellian bobbin chairs and the bed from Seaton Delavel slept in by the Duke of Cumberland en route for Culloden (when he weighed 146kg - 23 stone). Interesting English, continental and oriental porcelain, as well as family portraits.
Features: Formal and informal gardens. Wild Garden has succession of spring bulbs and flowering shrubs. Nature trail.
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.
5m W of Lincoln on B1190.
Visitor Opening Times
2016: Gardens only: 14 Feb-20 Mar: Suns only 11am–4.30pm. (Last admission 4pm). House & Gardens: 27 Mar - 28 Sep (gardens excluded 30 Jul – 11 Sep), Wed, Sun & BH Mon 12pm–4.30pm (Last admission 4pm, gardens open 11am).
NB the Sculpture Exhibition (30 Jul-11 Sep daily 11am-4.30pm, last admission 4pm) is not included in Friends free access and hence garden access is not free on those dates.
2017: Gardens only: 12 Feb-9 April: Suns only 11am-4.30pm. (Last admission 4pm). House & Gardens: 16 April - 27 Sep: Wed, Sun & BH Mon 12pm-4.30pm (Last admission 4pm, Gardens open 11am).
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Parking: There is dedicated parking for blue badge holders outside the entrances to the Gatehouse and the Farm Shop.
Entrance: The entrance to the Hall and Gardens is through our Gatehouse Shop. We will happily open the gates for you if the doorway is too narrow. Double doors provide access to the Farm Shop, Café & Restaurant and our Coach House.
Admission: 2 for 1 entry for carers. Carers of disabled visitors (who themselves are only able to visit the House &/or Gardens with the help of a carer) are admitted free of charge.
Lavatories: We have disabled facilities in the Hall, the Gardens, the Coach House and the Farm Shop.
Hall: To ensure all visitors experience the Hall we have a panoramic virtual tour of the upper-floors available on the ground floor. With both sound and text this provides a successful alternative view for those who cannot easily access the upper floors. Electric scooters/wheelchairs cannot be used in the Hall however we do provide ramps to enable manual wheelchair access.
Groups: If you are organising a group visit and there are members of your party for whom the stairs will be a problem, please inform us in advance and we will ensure we have extra guides to conduct our “virtual tour” of the upper floors of the Hall.
Gardens: Most of the 5 acre gardens can be explored by wheelchair along a mixture of grass and gravel paths. We provide a series of ramps and graded slopes to provide access to the various levels in the gardens. It may be difficult on the gravel, grass and ramps for some users depending on the weather conditions. A free map indicating the routes that avoid steps and narrow bridges is available from the Gatehouse or available to download click here. Please be aware that the distances to get around the garden in a wheelchair are longer due to the location of the ramps.
Visually impaired visitors: We have created sensory tours of both the Hall and the Gardens with accompanying tactile drawings and plans. As our tours are designed to be experienced with a sighted companion we can provide a volunteer to accompany our visually impaired visitors, bookable in advance by calling our estate office.
Assistance Dogs: Assistance dogs are welcome in the Hall, Gardens, Farm Shop, Café and Restaurant.
The Doddington Team are always available to help you plan your visit. Please call us on 01522 694308 to ensure you have the access support you need.
Groups and special visits
Doddington Hall has been in the same family for four centuries and is still very much a family home. This Robert Smythson Hall stands today as it was completed in 1600 with its walled gardens, gatehouse and family church. The elegant Georgian interior contains a fascinating collection of paintings, textiles, porcelain and furniture. Surrounded by five acres of romantic gardens to explore. Special visits by prior appointment on non-open days (min 20).
Tailor Made Facilities
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