Autumn days out at Rufford Old Hall

Make the most of this magical time of year with a walk through golden leaves, a warming treat in the Tea Room and plenty of new discoveries in the house. Here's everything you can do at Rufford this autumn.

Explore Rufford's collections

Explore the house 

From the magnificent Great Hall to the rooms where Rufford Old Hall's previous inhabitants lived out their daily lives, there's plenty to discover in the house. Shake off the cold and step inside to hear stories stretching back through 500 years of Lancashire's history.

Rufford Old Hall Virginia Creeper

Walk through an autumnal garden 

Don't miss the incredible sights that this time of year brings to Rufford's garden, including the red Virginia creeper transforming the courtyard with its fiery colour in just a few days. See pears and apples ripening in the orchard and autumn crocus presenting small delights beneath your feet. Take a walk along the canal path to see an unforgettable view of the house surrounded by autumn colours.

Child playing in the Great Hall at Rufford

Fun for families 

There's plenty of activities to keep families busy. Grab a free balance bike and watch them zoom through piles of leaves, build a cosy home out of sticks in the woods or head inside in the house to play the ultimate game of make-believe. Don't miss our Scarecrow Festival between 19 October - 3 November too, as our grounds are transformed by some familiar straw faces.

Rufford Old Hall Mini picnic afternoon tea

Hide away in the Tea Room 

Once you've finished walking through the garden, the Victorian Tea Room is the perfect place to warm up. Take a seat and enjoy fresh scones with a cup of tea or tuck into some traditional Lancashire hot dishes. There's plenty to choose from that will satisfy all appetites and tastebuds.

Christmas Collection Homeware from the National Trust Online Shop

Treat yourself in the shop 

From glorious greenery to liven up your garden to beautiful homeware to treasure for many years to come, a browse of our shop will never disappoint. Whether it's for yourself or you're preparing for Christmas early with some thoughtful gifts for your loved ones, there's lots of treats and treasures to be discovered in our lovely shop.