Dole Manor Park (Daugava Museum)

  • We speak: English, Russian, Latvian
  • Plenty of parking space for cars and buses.
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Restroom available
  • Picnic/resting place(s) available
  • Rain and sun shelter available
  • Children's playground available
  • Pets are welcome

Dole Manor Park is a great example of late 18th to early 19th century landscaping. The park began to be created in 1776 when the manor belonged to patron of theatre Baron Otto Hermann von Fittinghof (1722–1792), and has continued to evolve for more than 200 years. Old trails still wind through plantations of beautiful trees, which include several rare varieties, along the banks of the River Daugava and through historical sites that tell of the park’s origin and history.

One trail leads along the banks of the River Daugava that starts at the Daugava Museum in the historic Dole Manor. Bright rose bushes in front of the manor delight visitors upon arrival. A beautiful square of ornamental trees and shrubs has been created next to the manor since the museum was established there. Its main features are a weeping willow (Salix babylonica) and several blue spruces (Picea pungens f. glauca). A beautiful view of the river opens up walking from the museum towards the River Daugava.

Several notable trees grow along the sides of the trail. The stately linden tree deserves to be mentioned first – it was planted by the President at the time, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, on 1 May 2004, which was the day that Latvia joined the European Union. Walking further you can see Dole Manor Park’s stately oak (Quercus robur), which is 4m in circumference. Close by stands the no less magnificent Norway maple (Acer platanoides), which is 3.7m in circumference. Further on, the trail passes by the Mellupi ethnographic open-air farmstead and ends at a memorial site consisting of a group of stone sculptures dedicated to the houses destroyed by flooding during the construction of the Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant.

In the depths of the park you can find more natural wonders. Over 40 different rare trees grow here including the sweet birch (Betula lenta), which is scarce in Latvia. Two of these rarities, the tall Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi) and the dense Macedonian or Balkan pine (Pinus peuce Griseb.), are well established close to the park’s only historical site – a memorial obelisk erected in the latter half of the 19th century. The obelisk was set here to honour the last owners of the manor, the von Löwis of Menar family, who were Baltic Germans of Scottish origin. From the obelisk the trail leads to two large circular spaces in which colourful rhododendron bushes bloom brightly in the spring. The two circles are connected by an alley of linden trees, which has been growing here since the manor was inhabited.

Additional info

Museum, educational programs.

  • Style

    • Manor park
    • Arboretum

Visitor information

  • Tickets
    Regular ticket: 2 EUR.
    Seniors and children: 1 EUR.
    Group ticket: 10 EUR.
  • Group visits
    Guided tours for 4 or more people.
  • Season
    Open all year round.
  • Opening hours
    Winter season: every day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
    Closed on Mondays.
    Summer season:
    Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM,
    Friday - Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM,
    Closed on Mondays.
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