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Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Country Park
NG22 9DF

Tel: +44 01623 821338

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Rufford Abbey Country Park

FREE admission, and the normal charge for the car park is £3.

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 two places to eat and drink at the main area of Rufford Abbey, the Coach House cafe is located in the main courtyard and the Savile Restaurant can be found at the back of the abbey near the entrance to the gardens. There is a smaller cafe near Rufford Mill by the lake and the ford.

Rufford Abbey often hosts major special events, including the Earth and Fire Ceramics Festival in June and a 1940s Weekend in September.

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.

The Savile Restaurant – named after Lord Savile and set in the original kitchen of the old country house, serving cooked lunches, salads and afternoon teas.

Open 11am to 4.30pm

Hot meals are served 12 noon to 2pm (3pm at the weekend)

Booking is recommended, contact: 01623 821310

Available for private functions, contact:

01623 821310

Coach House Café – serving drinks, lights snacks and ice creams in the courtyard

Open 10am to 5pm

Mill Teashop – serving drinks and light snacks at the north end of the park near the Mill

Open 10am to 5pm (may close slightly earlier if the weather is bad)


Open 10am to 5pm

Gift shop and craft shop in the Courtyard near the Abbey, contact: 01623 821346

Outdoor Living Shop at Rufford Mill, contact: 01623 827311

Click here to see the access statement

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

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