Rufford Old Hall, National Trust
Average visit time – 2 hours
Things to do at Rufford Old Hall review
Rufford Old Hall is a National Trust property in Rufford, Lancashire. The hall was built around 1530 for Sir Robert Hesketh but only the great hall survives from the original structure. The Jacobean style brick built wing was added in 1661 and then a third wing in the 1820s.
The house is surrounded by Victorian and Edwardian gardens. The house itself also has connections to Shakespeare where you can discover why plus stories of romance, wealth and 500 years of the families history. There are rooms to explore which include the stunning great hall.
You can also extend your visit by taking a walk through tranquil woodland or along the Leeds/Liverpool canal. At the centre of the property, there is a cobbled 18th-century courtyard with stables, piggery and more. There is some wonderful yew topiary which kids will love spotting. They also have garden games laid out on the lawn for you to play. Plus there is a daily programme of things to do with family-friendly activities in the school holidays and at weekends. They even have balance bikes for little ones to practice on. The gardens and grounds are well known for their seasonal carpet of bluebells.
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FAQ and Further Information Rufford Old Hall
Address: 200 Liverpool Rd, Rufford, Ormskirk L40 1SG, Lancashire, England. Phone: 01704 821254
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic House with an impressive great hall, walks in woodland and along the canal, daily family-friendly activities and garden games. There are toilets and a tearoom.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the National Trust. Non-members – Mid-range. An adult standard ticket costs £9.90, children £4.95, under 5s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a car park.
When are they open?
Opening dates and times for Rufford Old Hall vary throughout the year. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome in the Courtyard, North Paddock and North Woods. However, due to the nature of the gardens and the wildlife we have here, we can only allow assistance dogs into the formal gardens. Please note that dogs are to be kept on a lead at all times whilst on site.