We regulary get asked questions about the park including how to visit, where things are and about the car parking. We have put togther some of the key questions and answers below! 

Do we need to book to visit? 

From the 1st June 2021, pre booking will only available at the Rufford Mill end of the park. Spaces at the main Abbey car park will be available on a first come first serve basis and you can arrive when you wish during our opening hours. Pre booking at Rufford Mill is available in 2 slots, 10am and 1pm, and you can stay all day if you wish. You can book your parking here

Where are the toilets in the park?

There are two toilet areas within the park. The toilets at the Abbey end are located within the main courtyard area, just past the gift shop and ice cream parlour. The toilets at the Rufford Mill end of the park are located in the entrance to the Talbot Suite, opposite the famous water splash! 

Do you have to pay for the car parking? 

Yes, car parking is £5 for the whole day and greatly assists us in the day to day running costs of the park. 

Do you have to pay to visit the Abbey? 

No, once you have paid for the car parking, the Abbey Ruins are free to visit. (Please note the Abbey ruins are currently closed due to essential maintenance work) 

What time does the park open/close?

The Car Park opens at 9am and closes at 4pm. The Courtyard, and toilet facilities, open at 9:30am and close at 5pm (subject to the weather).  

We are open every day except Christmas Day (Christmas Eve opening hours are 10am - 2pm) 

Are dogs allowed? 

Dogs are always welcome here at Rufford. To ensure a pleasant enviroment for all visitors, we request that dog owners act responsibly and to ensure they abide by the following guidelines: 

  • Dogs MUST be kept on a lead and under control at all times. 
  • Dogs MUST remain outside of the Childrens Adventure Playground. 
  • We ask that owners ensure they scoop up and dispose of all "mess" appropriately. 
  • Any owner whose dog is not under control, or causes concern to other visitors in the park, will be requested to leave. 

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