Step back in time at Rufford Old Hall - one of Lancashire's finest 16th-century Tudor buildings, where a young Will Shakespeare once performed. His stage, the Great Hall, is as spectacular today as when the Bard was performing for the owner, Sir Thomas Hesketh, and his raucous guests.
Wander around the house and marvel over the fine collections of furniture, arms, armour and tapestries. A magnificent, giant, carved, moveable wooden screen is thought to be the only surviving example of its kind in the UK. Suits of armour stand guard in the Great Hall, while the Carolean Wing houses collections of weapons, tapestries and oak furniture. Then step outside and soak up the gardens, topiary and sculpture and enjoy a walk in the woodlands, alongside the canal.
Garden/shop/restaurant 1 Mar–9 Mar 08 12–4 Sa Su House 15 Mar–2 Nov 08 1–5 Mo Tu We Sa Su Garden 15 Mar–2 Nov 08 11–5:30 Mo Tu We Sa Su Shop/restaurant 15 Mar–2 Nov 08 11–5 Mo Tu We Sa Su Garden/shop/restaurant 7 Nov–21 Dec 08 12–4 Fr Sa Su Open Good Fri. Christmas gifts available Weds & Thurs in Dec 12–4. Last admission 30mins before closing
Admission prices :
Standard Admission House & garden: £5.70, child £2.90, family £14.30.
Garden only: £4, child £2