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A fine Tudor building, the home for stories of romance, wealth and 500 years of Hesketh family history.

Be wowed by the Tudor Great Hall with its fantastic furniture, arms, armour, tapestries and the carved oak screen, a rare survivor from the 1500s. History springs 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.

And did Shakespeare spend a short time here in his youth? There’s reasonable evidence to suggest that he could once have known Rufford’s Great Hall for a few months whilst still in his teens. Ask us about the evidence and decide for yourself!

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

Summer of Fun

We've a daily programme of activities: from digging for Tudor artefacts to bug hunting and bird watching.

Join us for some fun this summer.

Family enjoying the gardens at Rufford Old Hall

Family enjoying the gardens at Rufford Old Hall


Spend a relaxing summer afternoon in the garden as the beautifully scented roses are in flower, take in the views across the canal and pop in the tea room for a delicious afternoon tea.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

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

  • Create some wild art (No.18)
  • Hunt for bugs (No.31)
  • Go bird watching (No. 44)

Is the sun shining today?