Rufford Abbey Country Park

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Rufford Abbey Country Park

Set in beautiful parkland, Rufford Abbey offers over 870 years of history, from its origins as a 12th century cistercian monastery to its period as a Jacobean era family home. There is plenty to explore; with walks through the native woodlands, a lake and gardens plus a range of attractions, activities and places to relax and eat.

Cashless site 

Please note, we only accept card payments in our car parks and catering outlets. We do accept cash and card payments in our Gift Shop .

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We continue to operate as a cashless site but we do take cash payments in the Gift Shop and the Rose Garden Tea Room. 

Access statement

You can read our access statement here.


  • Open every day (except for Christmas day)
  • Car park open at 9am to 5pm (Courtyard opens at 9:30am)
  • Car parking is £5 per day (card payment only)
  • Annual season ticket available here! £40 for 12 months from date of purchase.  

Park Favourites:

  • Adventure Play Area - Open daily 9am to 5pm (Free to use) 
  • Adventure Play Area Catering Shed - Open daily 10:30am to 4pm (subject to weather)
  • Adventure Golf - Open daily 10:30am to 4pm - last admission 3pm. Open all year round from our Adventure Play Area Catering Shed. 
  • Archery - Open from 2nd April every weekend and during the school holidays (private party bookings can be arranged by Contacting Us)
  • Boating Lake  - Open from 2nd April every weekend and during the school holidays (subject to weather)
  • Interactive walks - Always open
  • Boat House - Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am (subject to weather)
  • Coach House Cafe - Open daily from 9.30am - 5pm (subject to weather) 
  • Ice Cream Parlour - Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon (subject to weather)
  • Mill Tea Shop - Open daily from 10am - 4pm (subject to weather)
  • Pizza Van (Located in the Abbey courtyard) Open Saturday & Sunday 11:30am to 3pm (subject to weather)
  • Abbey Tales - Open daily from 10am to 4pm (last admission) 
  • Gift Shop - Open daily from 10am to 5pm (subject to weather)
  • Orangery Plant Centre - Open daily from 10am to 5pm
  • Toilets - Toilets across the park are currently open from 9:30am to 5pm daily. 

Key information: 

  • Dogs welcome on a lead
  • Mobility scooter hire & free wheelchair loan (available from the Admin Office)
  • No cycling 
  • No BBQ's
  • Drones - At Rufford we do not allow the use of public drones for the safety and protection of our visitors. If you are a business looking to use a drone, you will need to put in writing a request prior to any use of drones to the Contracts Manager at Rufford Country Park at
  • Our changing places hoist is temporarily out of use, we apologise for any inconvenience caused  
  • We are committed to ensuring that our waste at Rufford is managed carefully.  All of our rubbish is taken to terminals where any recyclable waste is then sorted

*Increased car parking charges may be enforced when special events are taking place   

STAY-CATIONS!!! Book our Coach House Apartment for a short break at Rufford Abbey - BOOK HERE! 

Contact us today on: 01623 677688

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds:   Dawn to dusk
  • Admin Office:   10am - 4pm
  • Gift Shop:   10am - 4pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)
  • Courtyard:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)

Managed By

About Us

Rufford Abbey Country Park is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council. Set in the heart of Robin Hood Country the park offers native woodland, a lake and gardens as well as a range of attractions, activities and catering options managed by Parkwood Outdoors.


Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF