Visiting Rufford Old Hall: what you need to know

Explore Rufford's collections

The grounds, house and tea-room are open Friday-Tuesday. You don't need to pre-book your visit. To make the most of your day, please read this article carefully so that you know what to expect.

Planning your visit

You don't need to pre-book your visit to Rufford Old Hall.
Entry is free for National Trust members, but please bring your membership card with you. Under 5s also go free. Admission charges apply to non-members.

Parking and arrival

Parking is free for visitors, however spaces are limited and we may ask you to park on the main road adjacent to the property on very busy days.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a member of staff. Please have your membership card to hand and enter through the Coach House to have your card scanned or to purchase your tickets.

Staying safe

You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the toilets in the courtyard, and we recommend bringing hand sanisiter with you.

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded areas such as the house and tea-room. If you'd rather not wear a face covering, please continue to keep a respectful distance from others.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit.

What's open?

The whole property is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until 19 December, when we will close for the winter.

Car park: 10.30am – 5pm.

Garden and woodland: 10.30am – 4.30pm

House (ground floor only): 11am – 4.30pm

Victorian tea-room: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Limited indoor and outdoor seating available. Serving hot snacks, sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks.

Toilets: 10.30am – 5pm. Located in the courtyard. Accessible toilets and baby changing available.

Visitor Information / Second-hand bookshop: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Located in the Coach House.

The previous shop at Rufford Old Hall has closed, however you can browse and purchase a range of National Trust products online at: Or you can visit shops at other properties in the region at Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank or Sizergh.


Blue badge parking available.

Flat paths and benches available in the garden.

Toilets: one accessible toilet open in the courtyard.

Access for everyone
If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, we offer a carers ticket, free of charge.

Family exploring the garden with a trail

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.

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.