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 - Open daily 10am to 4pm. (Free to use)
  • Gift shop - Open daily 10am to 4pm
  • Adventure Golf  - Open daily 10am to 4pm - last admission 4pm. Open all year round from our Adventure Play Area Catering Shed.
  • Archery - Open weekends & summer holidays 11am to 3pm (private party bookings for spring / summer can be arranged by Contacting Us)
  • Boating Lake  - Open weekends & summer holidays 11am to 3pm
  • Interactive walks - Always open
  • Coach House Cafe - Open daily from 10am - 4:30pm, subject to weather 
  • Mill Tea Shop - Open daily from 10am - 4:30pm, subject to weather
  • Adventure Play Area Catering Shed - Open daily 10:30am to 4pm, subject to weather
  • Ice Cream Parlour - Open Saturday & Sunday from 12pm - subject to weather
  • Pizza Van (Located in the Abbey courtyard) Open Saturday & Sunday 11:30am to 4pm, subject to weather
  • Pizza Shed (Mill End) - Open Saturday & Sunday 11:30am to 4pm, subject to weather
  • Orangery Plant Centre - Open daily from 10am to 5pm
  • Toilets - Toilets across the park are currently open from 10am to 5:00pm 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 - 4.00pm
  • 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
  • Drones - At Rufford we do not allow the use of public drones for the safety and protection of our visitors. If you are a business looking to use a drone, you will need to put in writing a request prior to any use of drones to the Contracts Manager at Rufford Country Park at ruffordabbey@parkwood-leisure.co.uk.
  • NEW Activity Pack now available from our gift shop. 

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

NEWLY ENGAGED?! Congratualtions! Now comes the fun bit! Visit our weddings page to see details on our packages here!  Or if you are looking for somewhere perfect for that special event - check out our celebrations page here! 

STAY-CATIONS!!! Book our Coach House Apartment for a short break at Rufford Abbey - LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR 2021 BOOKINGS - BOOK HERE! 

 

Contact us today on: 01623 821338

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds:   Dawn to dusk
  • Visitor Information:   10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Gift Shop:   10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   10:00am to 4pm


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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