Rufford Abbey Country Park

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Welcome to Rufford Abbey Country Park

Customer Update: From Thursday 5th November  Rufford Abbey Country Park will remain open to visitors to use the outdoor space for walking or exercise. Our car park will remain open but with reduced spaces to manage numbers. Parking charges remain in place at £4 per car or season tickets are available online by clicking here.

We will are currently operating according to our Covid-19 reduced hours and services. The park opening hours are 10am - 4pm daily.  

We will also be operating a number of takeaway options across the park, which will be weather dependent. All of these units will remain card payment only with no cash payments taken at site.

Rufford’s Adventure Play Area will also remain open with a reduced capacity, along with toilet facilities located in the main courtyard and at Rufford Mill. 

We kindly remind all customers to adhere to the national government lockdown measures and remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’.

It is also important that everyone follows the government’s safer travel guidance to prevent any further spread of the virus.

Thank you for cooperation.


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.

Family fun and activities are at the heart of the park. We have a full programme of seasonal workshops and special events; ranging from living history, archery competitions, themed trails to Christmas markets.  We also offer lots of options for educational visits.

Park Favourites:

  • Adventure Play Area (Free to use)
  • NEW Activity Pack available from our gift shop
  • Adventure Golf  - Open all year round from our Adventure Play Area Catering Shed
  • Archery - Currently Closed.  (private party bookings for spring / summer can be arranged by Contacting Us )
  • Boating Lake  - Currently Closed 
  • Interactive walks
  • Coach House Cafe (open daily from 10am - 4pm) 
  • Mill Tea Shop (10am-4pm weekends only)
  • Adventure Play Area Catering Shed (open daily, subject to weather)
  • Ice Cream Parlour (weekends only)
  • Pizza Shed (weekends and school holidays) 
  • Shopping at out Courtyard Gifts and Orangery plant shops
Key information: 
  • Open every day except Christmas Day (Christmas Eve opening Hours 10am - 2pm) 
  • Free admission to park and abbey ruins (Access to the abbey ruins is closed until further notice)
  • Parking Charges - £4.00 per car (Payment by Card Only)
  • Pre Paid  for Car Parking available  Book Here!
  • £40 season ticket on sale here!  
  • Car parks open 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • Dogs welcome on a lead
  • Lots of dining options available from our many pop up units
  • Gift Shop 
  • Mobility scooter hire & free wheelchair loan (available from the Gift Shop) 
  • No cycling 
  • No BBQ's

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

Book our Coach House Apartment for a short break at Rufford Abbey

(All on the first floor)

Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and Freeview TV.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and Freeview TV.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Situated in the grounds of Rufford Abbey, this first floor apartment is set within extensive grounds. You can enjoy walks around the historic gardens, as well as benefit from on-site facilities such as a restaurant and shop, as well as Rufford Abbey itself.

To book please visit Welcome Cottages 

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

Contact us today on: 01623 821338

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds:   Dawn to dusk
  • Visitor Information:   10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Gift Shop:   10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   10.00am - 5pm (4.30pm winter)
  • Lord Savile's Kitchen:   Wed to Sun 12 Noon - 3.00pm

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