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Group visits to Rufford Old Hall

Close-up of three visitors looking upwards in the Great Hall at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire.
Visitors in the Great Hall | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Whether you're visiting for the day or just for a few hours, Rufford Old Hall is the perfect place for a group trip. Be wowed by the Tudor Great Hall and spend some time exploring the tranquil garden, then stop for a bite to eat.

What facilities are available for groups?

We aim to make your group visit to us the very best experience by working with you to meet your needs as best we can, so please contact us with any specific enquiries you may have.

Manual wheelchairs are available for loan.


The tea-room offers a menu of soups, sandwiches, pasties, cakes and refreshments. What better way to relax on your visit than tucking into a cream tea?

How to book your visit

If you’d like more information or to make a group booking, please call us 01704 821254 or email us at

We offer reduced entry rate for non-members in groups of more than 15.

Close-up of two visitors smiling on a bench in the sunny garden at Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire.
Visitors enjoying sunshine in the garden | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Educational visits to Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at

Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places.

Two visitors are walking past a bright green lawn which has decorative bushes planted on it, towards the house at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire, on a bright sunny day.

Discover more at Rufford Old Hall

Find out when Rufford Old Hall is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Explore the gardens at Rufford Old Hall 

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.

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Things to do in Rufford Old Hall's house 

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Education Group Access Pass 

If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives you free admission for a year.

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If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.