Liverpool was hit by one hell of a snowfall on Thursday, and we all enjoyed a bit of an impromptu snow day (although I spent mine in the office, so it doesn’t actually count). I’m convinced it was winter’s final tantrum (don’t we wish it was just that…), because the next day, spring had pretty much sprung and we were up to 12ºC. Taking advantage of the warm weather, we decided to venture north to Rufford Old Hall.
Having recently acquired a National Trust membership, we didn’t have to pay any additional entry fees and so a short visit to look through the house and take a wander around the gardens was absolutely feasible. A typical NT property, the house is beautifully preserved, with lots of information in every room and plenty of child-friendly activities. I also find the the National Trust has the nicest volunteers ever. They’re so friendly and helpful and accommodating, especially when you have a toddler with you!
While I personally loved the inside of the hall, the real highlight of our visit to Rufford Old Hall was the gardens. Situated right alongside an arm of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, the walk around the property takes you along the most beautiful meadow of bluebells before you loop back into the hall’s gardens. Continuing the walk around the property, you end up in a little woodland before heading back along the canal and returning to the hall.
It’s not a huge property, but if you’re a National Trust member near Liverpool or Lancashire, it’s a wonderful break from the usual parks and a lovely way to spend an afternoon on a weekend. We’ll be going back more than once over the next for sure!
Are there any National Trust properties in the North West that you would highly recommend? Let me know in the comments!