Kiplin Hall and Gardens - DL10 6AT

Some Highlights of this 'Hidden Gem'

  • Discover this Jacobean Hall, now furnished as a comfortable Victorian home
  • Enjoy the eclectic mix of the families’ possessions
  • View portraits and paintings from the 15th – 19th century
  • Reflect on our past in the WWII kitchen and bathroom
  • Special exhibition 'Home Sweet Home' the houses of Kiplin's wdespread families
  • Explore the extensive grounds and gardens
  • Discover the History of the Gardens in the Garden Museum
  • Re-fuel in the Tea Room
  • Entertain the children inside and outside the house

Looking around Kiplin Hall, it is easy to imagine that the family have only just slipped out.

Nearly everything displayed in the house belonged to one of the four families who owned the Hall between 1620 and 1971. Carpets, furniture, paintings and personal memorabilia are all as they might have been arranged at the end of the 19th century, when the family of Admiral Walter Carpenter was in residence.

Two of the rooms are a little more modern. The first floor kitchen and bathroom were part of an RAF officer’s flat during the Second World War, and have been left as they were.

Most rooms in the house are open for viewing and there are no ropes or barriers, so, apart from not using the furniture, you can really feel like a guest of the Carpenters.

Room Stewards and information sheets are available in each room to guide you through the Hall and its history, and you can purchase a useful guide book when you buy your entrance ticket.

The gardens, which are undergoing restoration, are fascinating. There are beautiful walks around the lake, through the woodland and parkland and in the garden itself. Don’t miss the Rose Garden, the newly planted White Garden or the Walled Garden, which was brought back into cultivation in 2011.

Dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens and grounds and assistance dogs in the Hall. There is a bowl of drinking water by the front foor.