Rufford Old Hall

The north lawn at Rufford Old Hall covered in autumn leaves, surrounded by bare branches and the Tudor and Jacobean house in the background

Important notice -

You no longer need to book to visit Rufford Old Hall. The garden, house and tea room are open Friday-Tuesday. As we continue to reopen the house, the first floor may be closed at short notice for staffing or conservation reasons.

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

Rufford Old Hall

Things to see and do

Child playing in the Great Hall at Rufford

Fun for families at Rufford Old Hall 

There are plenty of things to do with the kids at Rufford Old Hall this autumn. Explore the garden and woodland, become a nature detective or set your imaginations free inside the house.

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What's on

Scarecrow festival at Rufford

Scarecrow Festival this October half term

Between 15 and 31 October, explore the garden and woodland at Rufford to find a host of straw-filled characters. This year's festival has the theme 'heroes and inspiring people' and our local community, staff and volunteers are celebrating the people important to us. Can your family find every scarecrow? Please note we're closed on 20, 21, 27 and 28 October, so the trail won't be happening on these days.

Upcoming events

Art exhibition - Ilse Bogerd & Emma Ritson

Sat 23 Oct 2021
10:30-16:00
Appreciate the artistic talents of two members of the Rufford Old Hall team in this special exhibition of photographs by Ilse Bogerd and paintings by Emma Ritson, presented in the Coach House and Great Hall.

Scarecrow Festival

Sat 23 Oct 2021
10:30-16:30
This October half term, explore the grounds at Rufford to find a host of straw-filled characters with the theme 'heroes and inspiring people'.

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Rufford Old Hall

Fri 03 Dec 2021
10:30-16:00
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Rufford Old Hall with Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand.
Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire The South Lawn in snow

Christmas at Rufford Old Hall 

Start a new tradition at Rufford Old Hall this Christmas by joining us for a festive day out filled with traditional decorations, warming treats in the tea room and winter strolls through a garden steeped in history.

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Eating

Server carrying a tray of drinks in the courtyard at Rufford Old Hall

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. Limited indoor and outdoor seating is available. We're following government guidance and have introduced new safety measures including screens at our till and collections points and waymarked routes. Face coverings are recommended and we're accepting card or cash payments. 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

Suit of armour collection at Rufford Old Hall

Highlights of the house and collections 

Both floors of the house are now open to explore as part of your visit. Step inside to discover the must-see objects and collections from Rufford Old Hall's five centuries of history and explore the lives of the people who lived here.

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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.

Family walking in Rowallane Garden, County Down

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 more than 500 places. What's more, your membership will go towards looking after nature, beauty and history for generations to come.

Rufford Old Hall

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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Groups

Visitors in the Great Hall at Rufford Old Hall

Group visits to Rufford Old Hall 

Whether you're visiting for the day or just for a few hours, Rufford Old Hall is the perfect place for a group trip. Get in touch with us to book your group visit today.

Rufford Old Hall

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