Doddington and Whisby lie approximately 5 miles west of the City of Lincoln with fine views of the Cathedral.
There has been a settlement of some kind at Doddington at least since Roman times, and numerous small artefacts have been found from that era at sites in the surrounding fields near The Hall dating back 4000 years to the Neolithic period. The village is also mentioned in the Domesday Book as a community with woods, pasture, arable land and a church. There are some signs that the foundation of the present church contain Norman remains.
Whisby has a long history too. At one time it was more of a settlement with a chapel of rest and bakery. Nearby Whisby Garden Centre with its animal park is well worth visiting, especially for children. Whisby Nature Park is excellent for wildlife and walking and is also close by.
Doddington’s best claim to fame has to be the stunning Elizabethan family home of Doddington Hall owned by Claire and James Birch. It boasts beautiful gardens as well as fascinating history.
The Long Gallery and The Coach House are popular wedding venues. Summer Concerts are also held in The Long Gallery. The Christmas Carol Service is something not to be missed.
The gardens are open from February to the end of April – Sundays and Easter Monday, and the house and gardens on Sundays, Wednesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from May to September. The gardens only are open Sundays in October.