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Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings

Rufford Old Hall - home to the Heskeths for 500 years - and its Great Hall was once the stage for a young William Shakespeare before he was famous.

Fantastic furniture, arms, armour and tapestries sweep through the hall, and history springs in to life in the Hesketh's dining room, its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests.

Stroll through Rufford's glorious Victorian and Edwardian gardens - and remember you're only a few feet (or meters) above sea level - making Rufford one of the lowest lying National Trust gardens in England.

Summer events

We have lots of interesting events on over the summer. Download our summer programme.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

There are lots of things to tick off your list at Rufford Old Hall including:

  • Build a den (No.4)
  • Hold a scary beast (No.30)
  • Make a trail with sticks (No.12)

Come rain or shine