Kiplin Hall was the country seat of George Calvert, founder of Maryland, U.S.A., who built this handsome Jacobean Hall in a pretty vale between Richmond and Northallerton.
From the 1620s, the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters, and Talbots, all related by blood or marriage, left their stamp on the house, altering the buildings to suit their needs. Each family brought furnishings, paintings, and personal possessions. Much of these collections remain, and Hall’s interior is a fine example of a Victorian country house at the close of the 19th century, which also retains characteristics of its Jacobean beginnings.
- items acquired during the time of the Grand Tour
- family portraits
- works by notable artists including Angelica Kauffman, Luca Carlevarijs, G.F. Watts and
- Word War II Kitchen
- Arts and Crafts items, including work by William Morris and William de Morgan
The friendly room stewards are happy to share their knowledge with visitors and to answer any questions.
Kiplin Hall stands in one hundred acres of woodland, gardens, parkland, and lake. The gardens were largely laid out by the mid-nineteenth century but fell into disuse after the First World War. These ‘lost’ gardens are being restored, recreating the glorious period of the Carpenter family’s residence. Delightful formal gardens, woodland and lakeside walks, snowdrops, spring flowers. New planting in 2011: knot gardens, young fruit trees in the Walled Garden, and a sensory garden.
Peninsula Wood and Lakeside Walks
The 18th century Pleasure Grounds included a delightful wood where beams of sunlight glance through the trees. Victorian owners of Kiplin added a lily pond in a glade in the woodland. Woodland Trails explore this magical place and lead to views into the parkland and back to the Hall.
A mile-long footpath around the lake is a welcome addition to a visit to the Hall and presents beautiful views across the lake to the house. Wildflowers thrive here and it is home to herons, swans, and other aquatic birds.
Morning coffee, delicious homemade cakes, scones, and light lunches, served by friendly staff beneath the gaze of Charles II and Kiplin family portraits. Open when the gardens and grounds are open.
Highly Commended Tea Room
Family Activity Room
Woodland and Lakeside Walks and Trails
Children’s Indoor Trail
One Woman’s Fight – the story of Kiplin Hall’s last owner, Miss Bridget Talbot, O.B.E. and holder of the Italian Medal for Valour, awarded for her work in the First World War, and lifelong social and political activist.
Education Key Stages 1 and 2 programs:
The Victorians; Portraits; Patterns and Materials; WWII – How Children Lived
Nature Detectives’ Trail
Victorian Loan Boxes for schools
Kiplin Hall Kiplin
Scorton, Near Richmond
Tel: 01748 818178
Map reference: SE 274976
Directions By Road:
Kiplin Hall is located off the B6271 between Scorton and Northallerton, just 5 miles East of the A1. Take the turn off for the A6316 from the A1 for Catterick/Catterick Bridge.
Parking : free
Nearest station : 7 miles from Northallerton station
Groups must book in advance.