About Rufford Abbey

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There's so much to love at Rufford Abbey Country Park!

Just a few miles east of famous Sherwood Forest, and one of Nottinghamshire's favourite attractions, there's so much to explore and enjoy:

  • Gorgeous Greenery - 150 acres of tranquil woodland, meadow and gardens.
  • Romantic Ruins - explore the haunted remains of a 12th century abbey.
  • Outdoor Art - Discover quirky modern sculptures in the Formal Gardens.
  • Hidden History - track down a watermill, a hidden Georgian Icehouse and a pet cemetery.
  • Rufford Lake - graceful swans, cheeky ducks and leafy waterside walks.
  • Family Fun - Adventure Play Area, with castle, tunnels and a double zip wire.
  • Wonderful wildlife - from grebes and goldfinches to acrobatic squirrels.

With three cozy eateries, shops to browse and events to enjoy, it's the ideal day out.  Come visit us soon!

Rufford Abbey Country Park is managed by Parkwood Outdoors in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council. 

Use our virtual tour to take a look around the "undercroft" of the ruined medieval abbey. (Temporarily Closed)  

Click on one of the links below to find out more about our site or get in touch!

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)

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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