Planning your visit to Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall picnic

Located in the heart of rural Lancashire, Rufford Old Hall has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're looking for beautiful gardens to relax in, somewhere for the kids to run free or you want to come face-to-face with the fascinating history of our Tudor house - here's everything you need to know before you visit us.

What can I see when I visit?


At Rufford Old Hall, you can see a Tudor house filled with fascinating historical collections and magnificent rooms. Head outside and you can enjoy formal gardens, woodlands and a canalside path. There's lots to see in the gardens at this time of year.

Can I explore the house?


Of course! Step inside to uncover 500 years of Lancashire history and stories about the Hesketh family who built the hall. Our friendly room guides are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and to tell a story or two.


What can families do?

We’ve got everything you need for an unforgettable family day out. Grab one of our free balance bikes, build a den together in the woods or go wildlife spotting along the canal. Try our orienteering challenge using a free map available from Visitor Reception or head inside the house for a history lesson like no other.

Can I get something to eat?

Yes - our Victorian Tea Room serves hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and snacks. Take a seat inside or outside to enjoy everything from traditional Lancashire rarebit to some good old fashioned scones. On sunny days, treat yourself to an ice cream.

Can I bring the dog?

Dogs are welcome in the north woods and paddock as long as they are kept on a short lead. They are also welcome in the courtyard, where a fresh dog water bowl is available and you can order drinks and food from the Tea Room. Unfortunately, we do not allow them in any areas of the formal gardens to ensure the enjoyment of all of our visitors. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas. Please ask our Visitor Reception team on arrival for more information or call us on 01704 821254. You can also read our access statement for full details.

How do I get there?

Rufford is located on the outskirks of Ormskirk in West Lancashire. If you are driving, you will find us on the A59. From M6 junction 27, follow signs for Parbold then Rufford. Use postcode L40 1SG for your satnav, and we have free on-site parking available. If travelling by public transport, you can catch bus services from Southport to Chorley and Preston to Ormskirk, or Rufford train station is located just ½ mile away (10-15 minute walk) with hourly services between Preston and Ormskirk (no services run on Sundays).

What can I do nearby?

Rufford is a great place to start your journey along the Leeds & Liverpool canal path or to enjoy countryside walks. Head a little further out and you can visit the seaside resort of Southport or the historic market town of Ormskirk.