Nottinghamshire County Council owns Rufford Abbey Country Park.  The Council manages the park and grounds and looks after the 12th century abbey remains in co-operation with English Heritage.

The Council's Park Rangers, Wardens and Landscapes operatives are responsible for the conservation and upkeep of 150 acres of parkland, gardens and native woodland that change with the seasons.  In autumn and winter this includes woodland maintenance  and during spring and summer, path maintenance, grass cutting and presentation of the Abbey grounds.

The County Council also manages four other country parks: Sherwood, Bestwood, Cotgrave and Holme Pierrpont, along with a wide range of smaller local green spaces all over Nottinghamshire providing free access to nature for local communities. For more information about Nottinghamshire County Council’s green spaces visit

Parkwood Outdoors is responsible for the management of Rufford Abbey's car parks, shops, catering outlets, events and children's play facilities.  

Contact us today on: 01623 677688

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds:   Dawn to dusk
  • Admin Office:   10am - 4pm
  • Gift Shop:   10am - 4pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)
  • Courtyard:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)

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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.


Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF