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National Trust Rufford Old Hall

Type:Historic House

Rufford Old Hall, 200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 1SG

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Tel: 01704 821 254

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Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings which was built in the 1530s and is situated just 7 miles from Southport. Discover something different every day, from the changing fortunes of the family who lived here, to Shakespeare’s connections with the house. You’ll discover stories of romance, wealth and 500 years of Hesketh family history.

View amazing furniture, armour and tapestries or discover the dining room with its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests. Enjoy a stroll outdoors in the formal Victorian and Edwardian garden, take a walk through the tranquil woodland or along the Leeds/Liverpool canal. At the centre of the property there’s an enchanting cobbled 18th Century court yard with stables, shippon and piggery. As you leave the court yard you will pass through a garden doorway and leap forward in time to the pleasure grounds of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.

The herbaceous borders with its buzzing bees and flitting butterflies comes alive with colour and texture in the summer months and is constantly being enhanced and restored by garden volunteers and staff. The children will love the yew topiary, shaped as a squirrel, and garden games to play on the lawn. Early records of 1779 boast an orchard full of fruit trees and some of the old northern varieties of apples still grow here, such as Carlisle Codling and Keswick Codling – look out for our autumn tearoom menu, we’ll serve up some delicious autumn apple desserts. In the meantime, join us for afternoon tea or a local, seasonal dish in our Tea Room or buy a gift or present for friends/family.

We’ve a daily programme of things to do and family-friendly activities in the school holidays and at weekends.

Tickets allow admission to the whole property.


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (Gift Aid donation included)£10.50 per ticket
Adult (Standard)£9.50 per ticket
Child (Gift Aid donation included)£5.25 per ticket
Child (Standard)£4.75 per ticket
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children, Gift Aid donation included)£26.25 per ticket
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children, Standard)£23.75 per ticket
National Trust Members OnlyFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (15 Feb 2021 - 5 Apr 2021)
Monday - Wednesday11:00 - 16:00*
Thursday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (6 Apr 2021 - 19 Apr 2021)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00*
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (20 Apr 2021 - 24 May 2021)
Monday - Wednesday11:00 - 17:00*
Thursday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00*
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (25 May 2021 - 1 Nov 2021)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (7 Nov 2021 - 29 Nov 2021)
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (3 Dec 2021 - 20 Dec 2021)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (5 Dec 2021 - 22 Dec 2021)
Monday - WednesdayClosed*
Thursday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*

* Car park closes 30 minutes after closing times above. Tudor Great Hall occasionally closed until 1pm on Saturdays for weddings.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Road Directions

J27 off the M6, onto Parbold A5209, right onto B5246 sign posted Rufford, follow Rufford signs A59, turn right, entrance 0.25 miles on the right.

Public Transport Directions

10 minutes walk from Rufford railway station. Left out of station, at T-junction (A59) turn right, entrance on the right.



  • Outdoor

Children & Infants

  • Baby Bottle and Food Warming Facilities Available

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted



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