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Rufford Old Hall

Type: Historic House

200 Liverpool Road
L40 1SG

Tel: 01704 821 254

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NT-Rufford-05-14-PHP-141 - The house and garden at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire - ©National Trust Images/Paul Harris

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.


  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014

Opening Times

House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (8 Mar 2018 - 30 Jul 2018)
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (2 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018)
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
House/Garden/Shop/Tearoom (1 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018)

* 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


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (Gift Aid donation included)£8.00 per ticket
Adult (Standard)£7.50 per ticket
Child (Gift Aid donation included)£4.30 per ticket
Child (Standard)£3.70 per ticket
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children, Gift Aid donation included)£20.05 per ticket
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children, Standard)£18.70 per ticket
National Trust Members OnlyFree

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

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