Opening times for 28 November 2023
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Assistance dogs only
Only assistance dogs are allowed in the House and Garden.
Morning guided tours are available on open days, depending on staff and volunteer availability.
Second-hand bookshop located in the Coach House.
Victorian tea-room with indoor and outdoor seating serving a range of hot food, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and drinks.
A number of designated mobility parking spaces are located close to the entrance.
Toilets available in the Cobbled Courtyard, including an accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the North Woods, North Paddock and Cobbled Courtyard. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the House and Garden.
Designated mobility parking spaces are located close to the entrance. Wheelchair access is restricted in the house. Self-propelled wheelchairs can access the ground floor and the Great Hall. Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters can only access the Great Hall. Please note there are a number of stairs to the first floor. An adapted toilet can be found in the cobbled courtyard.
Adapted toilet can be located in the cobbled courtyard.
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Level access to shop
Level access to the second-hand bookshop.
Several designated parking spaces are located close to entrance.
Most areas of the garden are level access via hard standing paths with some slight slopes and cobbled courtyard.
Wheelchair access is restricted in the house. Self-propelled wheelchairs can access the ground floor and the Great Hall. Electric wheelchairs can only access the Great Hall.
on A59. From M6 junction 27, follow signs for Parbold then Rufford
Parking: on site included in admission. Scan membership card or pay in coach house.
on towpath of Leeds to Liverpool Canal
Rufford ½ mile; Burscough Bridge 2½ miles
services from Southport to Chorley and Preston to Ormskirk
Explore the woodland, North Paddock and cobbled courtyard with your dog at Rufford Old Hall at this one pawprint rated place.
Discover everything you need to know about booking a group visit to this Tudor residence steeped in history and home to splendid gardens.
Take a look at the map of Rufford Old Hall to help plan your visit.
A beautiful Tudor and Jacobean house, home to five centuries of Lancashire and Hesketh family history.
Cosy and traditional Victorian tea-room serving delicious treats, light lunches and cream teas, with outdoor seating in the courtyard.
Hidden away in the Coach House, browse the varied selection of second-hand books on sale.
Colourful borders, manicured lawns, an orchard and even squirrel-shaped topiary.
A relaxed woodland with a winding path and space for nature play, all running alongside the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
Meet Father Christmas in his festive grotto here at Rufford Old Hall. Admire Lancashire’s finest Tudor building as it's transformed by the sights, sounds and scents of a traditional Victorian Christmas.
There’s so much for families to do – you can borrow a balance bike, explore the surrounding gardens and woodland, discover the dedicated area for nature play and set your imagination free inside the house.
The gardens at Rufford Old Hall have lots of variety, from giant squirrel topiary and beehives, to picnic spots in the orchard and peaceful walks by the canal.
Discover weapons and suits of armour, the Philip Ashcroft collection of 1930s Lancashire life, a 500-year-old screen, botanical watercolours from the 1800s and much more at Rufford Old Hall.
Treat yourself to tasty treats inside or outside the cosy tea-room at Rufford or escape into the Coach House to discover our second-hand bookshop.
Be wowed by the Tudor Great Hall with its fantastic furniture, arms, armour, tapestries and the carved oak screen, a rare survivor from the 1500s. History springs to life in the Hesketh's dining room, its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests.
And did Shakespeare spend a short time here in his youth? There’s reasonable evidence to suggest that he could once have known Rufford’s Great Hall for a few months whilst still in his teens. Ask us about the evidence and decide for yourself!
Then relax as you stroll through Rufford's Victorian and Edwardian gardens - and remember you're only a few feet (or metres) above sea level - making Rufford one of the lowest lying National Trust gardens in England.
A project is underway to conserve Rufford’s 17th century Extensive Landscape with Exotic Flowers painting by Gommaert van der Gracht.
From careful cleaning to large-scale conservation projects, our work at Rufford Old Hall is helping to preserve this unusual Tudor residence for years to come.
Everyone who volunteers to help us care for this special place becomes an integral part of the house’s history – discover how you could play your part.