Attraction in Richmond
Kiplin Hall, in the beautiful Vale of Mowbray, was the country seat of George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland, USA. In the 1620s he built this handsome Jacobean Hall in the pretty Vale of Mowbray between Richmond and Northallerton. Its design was unique in Jacobean architecture, with central domed towers on each side of a tall symmetrical pavilion in mellow red brick. Wings were added in the 18th and 19th centuries, including the fine late Victorian Library wing.
From the 1620s, the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots, all related by blood and marriage, left their stamp on the house, altering the buildijngs to suite their needs. Each family brought furnishings, paintings and personal possessions. Much of these collectons remain, and the 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 begnnings.
A permanent exhibition charts the founding of Maryland by George Calvert and the lives of the families who owned and developed Kiplin through the centuries.
Kiplin Hall stands in one hundred acres of woodland, gardens, parkland and lake. The gardens are undergoing restoration and the Walled Garden is once again producing flowers, fruit and vegetables. There are delightful woodland and lakeside walks.
The Hall stands in gently undulating parkland about 5 miles east of the A1. There is a full programme of events from theatre to talks. Guided tours for pre-booked groups give an insight into the fascinating history of the house and its owners. Parking and toilets on site.
Months Open: Hall: Sunday 1 April 2012 – Wednesday 31 October 2012, 2 – 5pm, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Also Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
Tea Room, Gardens and Grounds:Sunday 5 February 2012 – Wednesday 31 October 2012, 10am – 5pm (4pm February and March).
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Please pre-book
Car Parking: Yes
Admission Price: Hall & Grounds
Adults: £7.50; Children: £3.50; Concessions: £6.50; Family (2a+3c): £20
Grounds only, including gardens, woodland & lakeside walks
Adults: £4.50; Children (5-15): £1.50; Concession: £3.50; Family (2a + 3c): £10
Catering: Morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. Home baked scones and cakes.
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