Rufford Old Hall



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Rufford is one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings, and is where a young William Shakespeare is believed to have performed for its owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh. Visitors can wander around the house and view the fine collections of furniture, arms, armour and tapestries. Outside there are the gardens, topiary and sculptures. Enjoy a walk in the woodlands alongside the canal, and then have some freshly-prepared local food in the tearoom.

Rufford Old Hall
RUFFORD, Ormskirk, L40 1SG


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Braille and large print guide, wheelchairs
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 11-2 Apr, Sat-Wed 11-4; 3-23 Apr, daily 11-5; 24 Apr-28 May, Sat-Wed 11-5; 29 May-4 Jun, daily 11-5; 5 Jun-2 Jul, Sat-Wed 11-5; 3-30 Jul, Sat-Wed 10.30-5; 31 Jul-3 Sep, daily 10.30-5; 4 Sep-1 Oct, Sat-Wed 11-5; 2 Oct-22 Oct, Sat-Wed 11

About the area

Discover Lancashire

Lancashire was at the centre of the British cotton industry in the 19th century, which lead to the urbanization of great tracts of the area. The cotton boom came and went, but the industrial profile remains. Lancashire’s resorts, Blackpool, Southport and Morecambe Bay, were originally developed to meet the leisure needs of the cotton mill town workers. Blackpool is the biggest and brashest, celebrated for it tower, miles of promenade, and the coloured light ‘illuminations’. Amusements are taken very seriously here, day and night, and visitors can be entertained in a thousand different ways.

The former county town, Lancaster, boasts one of the younger English universities, dating from 1964. Other towns built up to accommodate the mill-workers with back-to-back terraced houses, are Burnley, Blackburn, Rochdale and Accrington. To get out of town, you can head for the Pennines, the ‘backbone of England’, a series of hills stretching from the Peak District National Park to the Scottish borders. To the north of the country is the Forest of Bowland, which despite its name is fairly open country, high up, with great views.

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