Enjoy the seasonal magic of Christmas at Doddington


Begun in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan Architects, Doddington Hall was completed in 1600 and has never been sold or cleared out since.

An example of a fine late Elizabethan mansion, it is still a lived-in and much loved family home, alive with history and interest.

Originally built for Thomas Tailor, the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln, Doddington’s mellow brick exterior with its walled courtyards has barely changed. However, in 1749, the Hall was inherited by John Delaval of Seaton Delaval in Northumberland and he carried out an extensive internal re-decoration, incorporating the light & elegant Georgian style still seen today.

In 1830 Colonel George Jarvis inherited the house from Sarah Gunman, heiress to the property, and the present owners are direct descendants of his.

Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects, porcelain and a wealth of amusing stories all to be found in and around Doddington Hall.

A visit to Doddington offers a unique insight into family life through the ages and the challenges of looking after such an estate in the 21st century.

Group Catering

Pre-booked refreshments on arrival are available in the Coffee Shop. Visitors are served tea/ coffee and shortbread at £3.25 pp. This must be pre-booked when making your group booking.

We are not able to take bookings for our Café or Coffee Shop for lunches. However, our teams will get your groups seated for refreshments as soon as possible. We kindly ask that you relay this information to your group and ask that they spread out their lunch visits as the cafes will also be serving the general public. Alternatively, our Farm Shop has a wonderful selection of picnic items if group members would prefer to picnic by our lake.  


Please note that for a private tour it is vital that we are aware in advance if any of your group require the virtual tour and dedicated tour guide on the ground floor due to accessibility needs. We can then ensure they have the best possible visitor experience. There are 3 floors in the Hall, accessible via a wide staircase with a total of 64 steps. There are chairs to rest on each half-landing. The top two floors are not accessible for wheelchairs as unfortunately, we do not have a lift.

We also have audio tours available.


  • Guided tour of the Hall & wander of the Gardens: £14.50
  • Head Gardener tour of the Garden: £11
  • Guided tour of the Hall & Gardens: £19
  • Self-guided visit to Hall & Garden on a public open day: £13
  • Self-guided visit to the Gardens on a public open day: £8.50


All groups must pre-book. Please call the estate office on 01522 694308 to discuss your request, check availability and make a provisional booking.

Complete and return the group booking form along with a £50 deposit to: Doddington Hall Group Visits, Estate Office, Main Street, Doddington, Lincolnshire, LN6 4RU or alternatively via BACS. Full payment details are available on the booking form.

Upon receipt of your booking form and deposit, arrangements will be made for your group and a letter of confirmation will be sent to you.

For more information, please contact the estate office on 01522 694308 or email The Estate Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Hall decorated for Christmas

Discover a truly mesmerising experience as you journey through ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ with spectacular scenes created by Doddington staff, volunteers, local artists and students from Lincoln College.

From partridges in pear trees to drummers drumming, step into the classic carol as it unfolds over three floors of the Elizabethan Hall, with a Doddington twist of course!


Yes, subject to availability from March-September. We welcome private tours anytime on Mondays and Tuesdays or alternatively, the mornings of Wednesdays and Fridays, before 10.45am.

Yes, we welcome groups throughout public opening. Self-Guided visits are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 10-4pm. Time slots for entry to the Hall will be reserved for you on making your group booking.

Yes, we have a designated car parking area for coaches, which is signage for the driver.

Please allow up to an hour and a half for a private tour of the Hall and/or Gardens.

We would recommend allowing up to an hour for a self-guided visit of the Hall and/or Gardens.

Yes, Doddington Hall is still the much loved family home of Claire and James Birch. Visitors are able to explore all of the central and right-hand side of the Hall, of which some rooms are still used by the family.

Building work started in 1595 and was completed in 1600. The exterior of the Hall is Elizabethan, the inside of the Hall was updated in the Georgian period.

No food or drink is permitted inside the Hall and Gardens. Picnics and refreshments may be enjoyed elsewhere on the estate on designated picnic benches and lake area.

Please call 01522 812510 or 694308 if your group is running late. If any member of the group is arriving separately and running late, a member of staff will wait behind for them.

Yes, you may enter and leave the gardens as many times as you like throughout the day. Wristbands are issued to the group on arrival.

A visit to Doddington is a full day out and we recommend all group visits factor this in when planning their visit. We have a Farm Shop, Doddington at Home Store, County Clothing Store, Giant Bike Shop, Coffee Shop, Café and parkland.

The Hall and Gardens are a 2 minute walk to the entrance of the Farm Shop and courtyard.

Yes, we really enjoy visiting groups outside of the Doddington setting and are able to provide outreach talks. Please call 01522 812510 or email to enquire.