Kiplin Hall is the delightful Jacobean country seat of George Calvert, founder of Maryland and 1st Lord Baltimore.
The award-winning Hall is now shown as a comfortable Victorian home, with centuries of the belongings of its previous owners.
The collections contain furniture from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and numerous family portraits and paintings by artists such as Joachim Beuckelaer, Luca Carlevarijs, Angelica Kauffman, Lady Waterford and G.F. Watts. There are also many Arts and Crafts pieces.
Visitors are fascinated by the surviving WW2 Kitchen and Bathroom, when the RAF requisitioned the house and estate.
Restoration of the gardens began in 2007, with new areas added each year – Rose, White, Sensory and Bog Gardens, herbaceous and hot borders.
Produce from our fabulous Walled Garden is used in the oak panelled Tea Room. There are woodland and lakeside walks, parkland, children’s play ship, natural play area, garden games and dipping-pond.
Gardens, Grounds and Tea Room: Saturdays - Wednesdays, 2 February - 30 October (including Good Friday), 10am-5pm (4pm February and March).
Hall: Saturdays - Wednesdays, 30 March - 30 October (including Good Friday), 11am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm).
Midway between Richmond and Northallerton, 5 miles east of the A1(M), on the B6271 Scorton – Northallerton road.
Train to Northallerton, then check timetable for no. 55 bus between Richmond and Northallerton or catch a taxi from outside.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit free on normal open days.
Hall and Gardens (incl. Gift Aid/without Gift Aid)
- Access statement available
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Guide dogs welcome
our the house with one of our expert guides. Learn about the founding of Maryland, the history of the four families, related by blood or marriage, who owned Kiplin Hall, and some Royal connections.
The house is furnished as a Victorian home with an eclectic mix of furniture, paintings and personal possessions that belonged to the families who lived here. The rooms are not roped off and many people comment on the homely feel of the house.
Please call Rosie on 01748 818178 for help with your group booking.
As visitors enter the Library, they see a metamorphic library chair made by Morgan and Sanders of London, which has an engraved silver plaque. When the back of the chair is pulled forward, hinges allow it to rest on the floor and it becomes library steps for reaching books on upper shelves. The old plaque reads ‘Lord Nelson’s chair on board the Victory’ and really captures people’s attention.
The chair is said to have been taken from H.M.S. Victory by Nelson’s chaplain and friend, Rev. Dr. Scott, in whose arms Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar. Dr Scott later became vicar of Catterick, two miles from Kiplin on the other side of the River Swale, and was a frequent visitor and dinner guest of the Earl and Countess of Tyrconnel. He was a great bibliophile and a welcomed user of their library.
Some years ago, the world expert on metamorphic library chairs visited Kiplin and said that the first time this type of chair featured in Morgan and Sanders’ catalogue was 1811 – 6 years after the Battle of Trafalgar!
Was our chair a prototype? Did it really belong to Lord Nelson and come from Victory? We can’t be certain!
Visitors will recive a garden leaflet with details of the walks at Kiplin Hall, these are:
- Lakeside Walk, c.1 mile, to west of Hall
- Gardens Walk, c.0.25 mile, around Hall
- Parkland Walk, c.1.25 mile, to east of Hall
- Woodland Walk, c.0.75 mile, to east of Hall
As they come into Kiplin Hall, children enter an environment that may be strange and new to them, leaving behind the familiarity of modern life to experience different periods of history. Taking pupils from the classroom to a historic site stimulates pupils’ minds and opens new perspectives on the subjects they are studying at school.
Each programme lasts 2 hours. Children are introduced to the Hall and its history in the Library, and are briefed on the timetable for their visit. Classes split into two or three groups, depending on the programme they are following. The groups circulate around the house and/or grounds, working with an Education Volunteer for two or three activity sessions.
The extensive gardens and grounds can be part of a school visit to the Hall, or may be used for stand-alone, out-of-school educational activities.
Our Education Volunteers are retired teachers or have worked in an educational role.