Virtual tours of Doddington Hall proven popular

You can now explore the Elizabethan hall and gardens of one of Lincolnshire’s most popular visitor destinations from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Through a series of videos and social media posts, you can now explore the gardens virtually and enjoy one of the attraction’s most popular times of year while it’s closed to visitors.

Doddington Hall & Gardens is a magnificent Elizabethan manor house surrounded by beautiful gardens and set within an expensive country estate near Lincoln. Doddington Hall was designed in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects and it is a much loved and lived in family home. The hall is presently only occupied by its owners, the Birch family: President of Historic Houses, James Birch and wife Claire Birch along with their family.

The virtual tour videos, which are recorded and narrated by the estate’s owner, Claire Birch, offer a unique view of the hall and gardens during lockdown. The videos also provide an insight into the history and heritage of the estate and allow viewers to glimpse areas which are not normally accessible to the public.

In Spring, the spectacular trees and seasonal flowers are in full bloom while birds, bees, ducks and deer thrive across the magnificent country estate.

Owner of Doddington Hall, Claire Birch said: “We love spring at Doddington Hall & Gardens but it’s such a pity that the thousands of people who like to come and visit us are having to miss out on some of the sights and sounds which can only be enjoyed at this time of year.

“What started as some videos I took while wandering the gardens has become something of an online series and people have sent the most wonderful messages to say how much they’re enjoying them.

“Nature puts on a magnificent showcase here and so it’s lovely to share that with people who would normally come and visit us – as well as with people from around the world who’ve never visited before.”

“The gardens are extraordinarily peaceful and tranquil and I hope that the videos help to give people a chance to unwind and escape from some of the stresses of life under lockdown.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to welcome visitors again soon, but until then, I hope this is the next-best thing.”

So far, more than 30 videos have been published on Doddington Hall’s YouTube channel as well as on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Videos include virtual tours of the West Garden, Kitchen Garden, Water Garden and Nature Trail, as well as videos of some of the wildlife which is roaming freely. Videos have also been shared of the hall’s interior including The Great Hall, the splendid views from the rooftop and the Birch family’s private quarters.