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 outdoor cinema to thrilling jousting competitions, easter egg hunts to christmas markets.  We also offer lots of options for educational visits.

Park Favourites

  • NEW Adventure Play Area is now open and Free to use
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Winter Parking Charges - £4.00 per car on weekends, school and bank holidays / £2.00 per car weekdays
  • Pay and display in operation on school days, cash only.  Please make note of your registration details before 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   

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