Kiplin Hall



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Unassumingly tucked away between Richmond and Northallerton, Kiplin Hall has been owned and lived in by descendants of King John, Charles II and the Earls of Shrewsbury. It was built in 1620 by George Calvert, a local gentlemen who was born in an earlier house that stood close by. Calvert rose to become Secretary of State to James I, the 1st Lord Baltimore in 1625, and founder of the colony of Maryland in America in 1632. The families who've lived at Kiplin - the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots - have all been related by blood or marriage, and as each new owner took up residence, changes were made to the house and possessions added which reflected their tastes. A 'Gothic' wing was built in the 1820s, and redesigned in 1887 by renowned architect, W. E. Nesfield. Inside is an eclectic mix of furniture, paintings, portraits, scientific instruments and personal belongings that fill the house, which is now displayed as a comfortable Victorian home. Outside are formal gardens, a walled kitchen garden, woodland and lakeside walks. Photo credits: images 2-4 Ed. Remsberg, University of Maryland.

Kiplin Hall


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Large print information sheets, wheelchair loan
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Gardens & tea room open 4 Feb-1 Nov, Sat-Wed 10-5 (Feb-Mar close 4). Hall open Apr-1 Nov & Good Fri, 11-5

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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