Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF

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Rufford Abbey Country Park


FREE admission, and the normal charge for the car park is £5.00

Rufford Abbey Country Park is the estate and grounds of a former 12 century Cistercian Monastery and country house. One of the main country parks that make up the broader Sherwood Forest area, the attraction is popular with visitors throughout the year.

Most people who visit Rufford Abbey take the gentle walk around the lake which lasts around 20 minutes or head to the gardens and the children’s play area. At the side of the abbey there is a large grass area that is perfect for picnics, playing games and generally just hanging out with the family.

There are many places to grab something to eat and drink around Rufford, in the courtyard area near the Abbey there is the Coach House cafe and the pizza van. Down at the playground area we have the Shed serving a selection of hot drinks and food. At the other end of the park, there is Rufford Mill where you can visit the Teashop and Pizza Shed whilst enjoying watching cars drive through the infamous ford!

Rufford Abbey often hosts major special events including Outdoor Cinema in the summer and Spectacle of Light in October.

Free loan of wheelchairs is available. An electric mobility scooter is available for loan at £2 per hour. Please book in advance on tel: 01623 821338.

Rufford Abbey is open every day except Christmas day and has a choice of places to eat:

Coach House Cafe - drinks, snacks ices and takeaway treats
Open daily 10 am - 5pm (4pm in winter)
Pizza Van - located in the Abbey courtyard, serving freshly made Barrel & Stone pizzas. Open weekends 11am to 3pm.
Playground Shed - located at the children's playground, serving a selection of hot drinks and food. Open weekends 11am to 3pm.
Teashop - located at Rufford Mill, serving a selection of hot drinks, hot food and snacks. Open daily 10am - 5pm (4pm in winter)
Pizza Shed - located at Rufford Mill, serving freshly made Barrel & Stone pizzas. Open weekends from 2nd April, 11am to 3pm.
Gift Shop - Re-opening from 12th April - Open 10.30am to 4pm

Useful Numbers
Visitors Reception - 01623 674633/ 01623 677688
Wedding Enquiries (Rufford Mill) 01623 888525

Click here to see the access statement

Click here to see an access guide and route map for Rufford Abbey

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Guide Prices

Car Parking - £5

Map & Directions



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - except top section of Abbey ruins
  • On-Site café/restaurant - Coach House Cafe and Mill Tea Shop (Rufford Mill)

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Car park charge £5

Venue Facilities

  • Shop

Opening Times

Open New Year
2022 - Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Rufford Abbey is open every day except Christmas day. The Park grounds are open from dawn til dusk.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • Regional and MiscellaneousNottinghamshire Hospitality Stars Awards Winner 2018 Nottinghamshire Hospitality Stars Awards Winner 2018 2018
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Visitor Attraction Accolade Winner 2018 VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Accolade Winner 2018 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousNottinghamshire Hospitality Stars Awards Finalist 2019 Nottinghamshire Hospitality Stars Awards Finalist 2019 2019
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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