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Notice: Our opening times are currently displaying incorrect information which we are working on being corrected as a matter of urgency. Please note we are open Saturday to Wednesday from 1st September to 29th October, closed every Thursday and Friday with the exception of Thursday 30th and Friday 31st October when we will be open 11am - 5pm.
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.