Rufford Old Hall

Important notice -

The garden, grounds and tea room at Rufford Old Hall are open. The house will reopen on 28 May. You will need to book your visit in advance.

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

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What's on

Please book ahead before visiting 

The garden, grounds and tea room at Rufford Old Hall are open between Friday-Monday only, 11am-4.30pm. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday, and you can book your tickets until 3pm the day before you visit. Please adhere to government guidance and maintain social distancing.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Rufford Old Hall (17 May - 23 May)

Fri 21 May 2021
11:00-15:00
Book your timed entry to visit Rufford Old Hall.
Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Many houses in England and Wales have reopened, with houses in Northern Ireland expected to reopen from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.

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Things to see and do

Couple walking in the garden at Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire

Explore the garden at Rufford Old Hall 

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll through a beautiful garden at this time of year, and Rufford Old Hall has everything from a formal garden and wild woodland to peaceful canal-side paths.

Family exploring the garden with a trail

Adventures in nature trail

Get the family out into nature with our fun activity trail. It's free to enjoy as part of your visit. Pick up a pack from the Coach House and explore the garden and woodlands to discover fun activities along the way. You can also pick up a chocolate reward for £1 each, if your little ones need a little encouragement.

A family visiting the garden at Rufford Old Hall

Fun for families at Rufford Old Hall 

There are plenty of things to do with the kids at Rufford Old Hall this spring. Explore the gardens to spot new blooms, become a nature detective or set your imaginations free in the woodland.

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Eating

Enjoy a takeaway treat in our outdoor seating area

Grab a drink or bite to eat 

The Victorian Tea Room is open serving a delicious menu of hot snacks, sandwiches, cakes and bakes, ice cream and your favourite hot and cold drinks. We're following government guidance and have introduced new safety measures including screens at our till and collections points and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

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Art and collections

Screen inside Rufford's Great Hall

Highlights of the house and collections 

While the house at Rufford Old Hall remains closed, here's your chance to delve into some of the must-see objects and collections from across five centuries of Rufford's and Lancashire's history.

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Join or give

Our gardeners will continue caring for our green spaces

Keep gardens growing 

Now more than ever, we all need gardens, parklands and other outdoor spaces to help us breath. Give today and together, we can help nature recover, bring people closer to it, and ensure our shared history continues to inspire us all. Thank you for your continued support.

Visitors walking in the garden in spring at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Experience more with National Trust membership 

Now more than ever, we all need access to nature, fresh air and open spaces. Become a member today and you can explore our outdoor places and park at most of our car parks free of charge. What's more, your membership will go towards looking after nature, beauty and history for generations to come.

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Wildlife

Volunteer beekeepers tending a hive

Queen Bees at Rufford Old Hall 

Bees are essential to a healthy environment and at Rufford Old Hall we have three hives with new queens, that are from our own stock of bees.

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Weddings

A newly married couple standing on the front lawn at Rufford Old Hall

Weddings at Rufford Old Hall 

After careful consideration, from 2021 we will no longer be offering wedding or civil ceremonies at Rufford Old Hall. Whilst weddings have played a big part in raising charitable income for Rufford Old Hall, we have made this decision in line with our conservation aims to best preserve this special place for future generations. We’d like to thank the many couples who chose to enjoy their special day here in previous years.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Rufford Old Hall on the National Trust Collections website