Overview & description

“Fabulous house, gardens and afternoon tea was superb. One of the best. Thank you!”

Explore this fascinating, award-winning Jacobean house, which was built in the early 1620s for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland, USA.

Discover the history of the four fascinating families, all connected by blood or marriage, who have owned the Hall through the centuries. Royal relatives included King John, James I, Charles I and Charles II.

Owners made alterations and additions to the house and gardens, including a large Gothic-style Drawing Room. The house is now furnished as a comfortable home, filled with furniture, portraits, paintings, objects and personalia of the owners and their families.

Visitors are welcomed into a home which might just have been vacated by its Victorian owners!

Enjoy the 100 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland and the fabulous views across the lake to the Yorkshire Dales.

In the 20th century, the once beautiful gardens were in decline. These ‘lost’ gardens are being gradually restored, bringing them back to their former beauty in this lovely, tranquil setting.

Topiary hedges surround the White and Rose Gardens. Close to the house, Perennial and Hot Borders, Knot Gardens and a Sensory Garden flourish. In the warmer months, dragon and butterflies dance in the Bog Garden. The Walled Garden is again productive and seasonal fruit and vegetables are used in the Tea Room and are on sale.

From the first snowdrops and aconites in February, through to the glorious autumn colours, this developing garden is a joy!

A small Garden Museum tells the history of the gardens and a collection of horticultural equipment is on display.

Both house and gardens offer fun for children to play, explore and discover. Play Ship; Bog garden; Archaeology Trench; Pond Dipping; Giant Garden games; Trails and Fun in the Families Activity Room

New Exhibition for 2016 - My Darling Sally: Sarah Talbot Carpenter of Kiplin Hall

Special events are held throughout the year including workshops, theatre by the lake, children’s events and the house decorated for Christmas.

Licensed Tea Room

Homemade cakes, scones and freshly-prepared lunches are served in the original entrance hall.

Seasonal fruit and vegetables from the Walled Garden and local produce are included on the menu. On sunny days visitors may enjoy their refreshments in the gardens.

2016 Opening Dates and Times


Saturday to Wednesday from 6 February – 26 October, 10am-5pm (4pm Feb to 23 March).

Also Good Friday.


Good Friday 25 March and then Saturday – Wednesday, 26 March until 26 Oct, 11am – 5pm


Friday – Sunday 2 – 4 December and 9 – 11 December, 10am – 4pm.

Large pre-booked groups welcome Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 Dec.

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Type Price
Admission Charges Incl. Gift Aid/Without Gift Aid
Hall, Gardens and Grounds Concession £8.50/£7.80
Gardens and Grounds Concession £5.50/£5.00
Hall, Gardens and Grounds Adult £9.50/£8.65
Gardens and Grounds Adult £6.50/£5.90
Hall, Gardens and Grounds Child £5.00/£4.50
Hall, Gardens and Grounds Family £26.00/£23.60
Gardens and Grounds Child £3.50/£3.20
Gardens and Grounds Family £19.50/£17.70

Facilities available at Kiplin Hall

  • On-Site Parking
  • Pets Accepted
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Card Payment
  • Annual Pass


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