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 - children's Play Village with tunnels, playhouses and sandpit. 
  • 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. We are responsible for the management of the shops, cafes and the park's overall visitor offer while the site is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council, who also remain the green estate guardians.

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

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

Contact us today on: Visitor Reception 01623 821338 / 821348 Restaurant Bookings 01623 821350 Weddings 01623 827315 Office 01623 821352

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds -   Dawn to dusk
  • Visitor Information -   Daily 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Shops -   Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm (4.30pm winter)
  • Coach House Cafe -   10.00am - 5pm (4.30pm winter)
  • Lord Savile's Kitchen   Daily 11am -3pm weekdays. (To 4pm weekends)


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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.

Address

Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF