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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 meters) above sea level - making Rufford one of the lowest lying National Trust gardens in England.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Claim your Cadbury Egghead prize on our Easter Trail

Claim your Cadbury Egghead prize on our Easter Trail


Join the fun on our Cadbury Easter Trail and claim your Cadbury Egghead prize. Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 April, 11 - 4pm.

Normal admission applies.

£1.50 per trail.

Visit in spring

Spring is in full swing at Rufford Old Hall with carpets of crocus and swathes of daffodils appearing in the gardens. Come along and take a stroll in the garden and relax in the tea room.

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?