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Notice: From now till the end of the season, only the ground floor of the house will be open, decorated in a glorious Dickensian Christmas theme.
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.
Father Christmas will be here each weekend between 23 November & 15 December to meet children and give them each a Christmas gift. Join us on 6 December for a Christmas Shopping Day. Explore the house to find Tiny Tim's dining table and Scrooge's office. The ground floor will be decorated as scenes from A Christmas Carol as part of our Dickensian themed Christmas.