Kiplin Hall and Gardens has a rich history with an international connection as it was built from 1619 for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland, USA. Many visitors from the USA each year enjoy the connection and make their pilgrimage as do many visitors to Herriot Country who have read James Herriot’s books and seen the films and TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
It is a unique Jacobean house that is filled with the furniture, portraits, paintings, and the personal belongings of the four families who have owned the Hall the past 400 years.
Expert guides will share the history as you tour the rooms of the house which take you through the treasures and artefacts that have been collected, preserved and cared for over the centuries. You‘ll learn about the families that lived here starting with the Calverts until 1722, then the Crowes until 1868, the Carpenters until 1904 and ending with the Talbots until 1971 the last family member, Bridget Talbot, gave the Hall and estate to a charity to preserve Kiplin for the Nation.
Kiplin Hall gardens provide you with a delightful experience of colour, flora and fauna, lily pond, lake and woodland. Many attractive walks that will surprise you as you discover the many different aspects of the immaculate attention that the Kiplin Hall grounds people keep in tip top condition. The walled garden supplies ingredients for the Kiplin Hall Tearoom.
Dogs are welcome at Kiplin and should be kept on leads in the gardens, only assistance dogs are allowed into the Hall.
The tearoom is a popular focus for visitors especially after a grand tour of the house and walks around the gardens. You’ll be surrounded by the dark oak Jacobean-style panelling and ornate Victorian plaster ceiling of this unique room and you will dine in style in the company of Charles II and previous family members of Kiplin Hall. On sunny days Kiplin’s Tea Tent is open for picnic food to be enjoyed in the grounds. Your taste buds will flutter with joy when you try of the Flavours of Herriot Country with ingredients from Kiplin Hall’s gardens and other local suppliers and especially the homemade ice-cream created using soft fruit grown a stone’s throw away, and its own blend of coffee created by Rounton Coffee. Many dietary requirements are catered for.
Kiplin Hall’s extensive gardens are a natural play area for visitors of all ages including a newly-installed zip-wire, outdoor games, trails and a dedicated Educational Family Activity Room in the Hall.
Kiplin Hall is one of Herriot Country’s premier partners, Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castle and Gardens.