Rufford Old Hall - National Trust

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One of Lancashire’s finest 16th-century buildings. The spectacular Great Hall has an intricately carved ‘moveable’ wooden screen and dramatic hammer-beam roof. Evidence suggests that Shakespeare performed in this hall for the owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh, whose family owned Rufford for over 400 years. The house contains fine collections of 16th- and 17th-century oak furniture, arms, armour and tapestries. The grounds are laid out in late-Victorian style and feature a herbaceous border, orchard, topiary, sculpture and a woodland walk.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.30, Children: £3.20, Family: £15.00.
Groups Adults: £5.40, Children: £2.80.

Guided tours: For groups, by arrangement.


  • National Trust

Collection details

Architecture, Performing Arts, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Evidence suggests that Shakespeare performed here for the owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh.

Rufford Old Hall - National Trust
nr Ormskirk
L40 1SG





01704 821254

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