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Rufford Abbey Country Park

Parks & Walks


You can easily spend a whole day at Rufford Abbey; entry to the grounds and abbey ruins are FREE. There is a fee for parking (see key information at bottom of this post).

There is so much to see and do including a programme of seasonal workshops, special events and themed trails. The Abbey’s origins are as a 12th century Cistercian monastery, the ruins of which you can still explore.

Please note: The toilets near the Abbey are open from 10am to 4pm. 

The Coach House Cafe is offering a reduced but generous takeaway menu of hot drinks and food. 

In the park there is:

  • A large adventure playground, with sand area, double zip wire, multiple climbing frames, musical instrument area with chime cascade, mock abbey ruins on top of a play hill with rabbit warren style tunnels and nets, slides, bridges, roundabout and much more. (FREE to use)
  • Adventure Golf (open daily)
  • Archery (open weekends and Nottinghamshire school holidays)- 
  • Boating lake (open weekends and Nottinghamshire school holidays, April end of September). 
  • Themed walks and trails
  • The Abbey ruins to explore
  • Ice cream parlour
  • Candy cave
  • Pizza parlour (weekends and school holidays)
  • Shopping

Key information: 

  • Open every day except Christmas Day (Christmas Eve opening Hours 9am - 2pm)
  • Free admission to park and abbey ruins
  • Summer Parking Charges - £4.00 per car (online tickets can be purchased here.)
  • Car parks open 
  • Changing facilities for both babies and adults situated in our Abbey Courtyard toilets.
  • Picnic benches/accessible picnic benches throughout play area.
  • Dogs welcome on a lead
  • Lots of dining options from ice cream kiosks to the Victorian kitchen restaurant
  • No cycling
  • No BBQ's

Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. NG22 9DF. 

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Opening Hours

Monday10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday10:00 - 16:00
Thursday10:00 - 16:00
Friday10:00 - 16:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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