Rufford Abbey Country Park

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Welcome to 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.

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 daily 
  • Archery - open weekends and Nottinghamshire school holidays .  (private party bookings for spring / summer can be arranged by Contacting Us )
  • Boating Lake  - open weekends and Nottinghamshire school holidays (April - end of September)
  • Interactive walks
  • Ice Cream Parlour 
  • Candy Cave 
  • Pizza Shed (weekends and school holidays) 
  • Shopping at out Courtyard Gifts, Outdoor Clothing and Orangery plant shops
Key information: 
  • Open every day except Christmas Day (Christmas Eve opening Hours 9am - 2pm) 
  • Free admission to park and abbey ruins (Access to the abbey ruins is closed until further notice)
  • Summer Parking Charges - £4.00 per car  / Early Bird Parking £2.00 per car (8am - 9.59am) 
  • Pay and display in operation on school days, cash only.  Please make note of your registration details before payment.  
  • Spend over £25 in one transaction in one of our outlets and get a free return parking ticket (please make sure you present your parking voucher on payment)
  • £40 season ticket on sale in Visitor Reception 
  • Car parks open 8.30 am - 5.30 pm
  • Dogs welcome on a lead
  • Lots of dining options from ice cream kiosks to our beautiful Victorian kitchen restaurant
  • Gift Shop and Outdoor Clothing Shop
  • Mobility scooter hire & free wheelchair loan
  • 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