Rufford Abbey Country Park

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Welcome to Rufford Abbey Country Park

Customer Update:

From Tuesday 5th January, Rufford Abbey Country Park will be partially closed due to the current national lockdown restrictions. As a Covid Safe venue, we have put a range of measures in place to ensure all our visitors are safe when visiting the park.

We are operating within the current Government guidelines which includes Country Parks and car parks being open for local exercise but our facilities will be limited. 

Whilst we will always endeavour to remind visitors to stay local, it is not our responsibility to police where people travel from, it is down to individuals to adhere to Government guidelines. 

The majority of our staff are still furloughed and the staff at the park are working hard to keep everyone safe with social distancing measures in place. Please be patient when accessing the park or queuing for services. The staff are doing their best under difficult circumstances. 

Please remember Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

Thank you for your 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)
  • Gift shop (Currently closed)
  • Adventure Golf  - (Currently closed) 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 Mon-Sun)
  • Adventure Play Area Catering Shed (open daily 10am to 4pm, subject to weather)
  • Ice Cream Parlour (Currently closed) (open from 11am)
  • Pizza Van (Located in the Abbey courtyard) (open daily 11am to 3pm, subject to weather)
  • Pizza Shed (Mill End) (Currently closed) (open from 11am) 
  • Gift Shop located in our Courtyard (Currently closed)
  • Orangery Plant Centre (reopens Monday 4th January 2021)
  • Toilets - toilets across the park are currently open from 10am to 4pm daily. 
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
  • Mobility scooter hire & free wheelchair loan (available from the Gift Shop) 
  • No cycling 
  • No BBQ's
  • NEW Activity Pack now available from our gift shop (Currently closed)

*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: (Currently closed)   10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Gift Shop: (Currently closed)   10:30am - 4:30pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   10am to 4pm

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