Rufford Old Hall

Important notice -

Rufford Old Hall is now open Friday-Tuesday (closed Wednesdays and Thursdays).

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

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Things to see and do

Family peering into the Great Hall through the Compass Bay window, a child sitting on their parent's shoulders

Fun for families 

There are plenty of things to do with the kids at Rufford Old Hall this spring. Explore the garden and woodland, become a nature detective or set off on a two-wheeled adventure on a balance bike.

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What's on

An audience enjoying outdoor theatre

Outdoor theatre this summer at Rufford Old Hall 

Make your summer one to remember. Pack a picnic and sit back for two unique twists on classic tales by William Shakespeare and Charlotte Brontë, all against the stunning backdrop of Rufford Old Hall's garden.

Upcoming events

Jane Eyre - Outdoor theatre

Fri 01 Jul 2022
Enjoy astounding acrobats, jaw-dropping jugglers, and our very special guest – the death-defying escape artist Jane Eyre – in this original adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic tale.

Tai chi in the garden

Tue 05 Jul 2022
Escape to Rufford's peaceful garden for a free session of tai chi.

Guided bat walk

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Go on a twilight tour of Rufford's grounds with our friendly bat expert to discover and spot the different bat species that call this place home.
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Eating and shopping

A large bookcase filled with books.

Browse our second-hand bookshop

Step into the Coach House to discover our new second-hand bookshop, where you're bound to find your next read. From children's books and cooking to romance and travel, there's something for everyone. Every penny supports our work to care for Rufford Old Hall, its collections and the grounds.

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Three visitors pointing up to the ceiling in the Great Hall, warm light streaming in from a window behind them.

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.

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Art and collections

The Drawing Room at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Highlights of the house and collections 

Before you step inside the house, here's some of the special objects and collections we care for from Rufford Old Hall's five centuries of history you should look out for.

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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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Join or give

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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