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Rufford Abbey Country Park and Craft Centre

Plan your visit

View a location map for Rufford Abbey Country Park, along with opening hours, car parking and accessibility information.

Car park season tickets now on sale! £25 - tel: 01623 821324 or call into the craft shop. (Not valid for special event parking such as Earth and Fire and 1940s weekend.)

Address and contacts

Rufford Abbey Country Park
Ollerton
Nottinghamshire
NG22 9DF

For visitor information tel: 0300 500 80 80, Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 8am-12noon

For park information and mobility scooter hire: tel: 01623 821338 10.30am to 4.30pm daily

For Savile Restaurant and Coach House Cafe tel: 01623 821310
e-mail: enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk

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Park events

Download the latest Rufford events guide 2014 [PDF]

Download the Rufford Craft Centre What's On Guide June - December 2014 [PDF]

You can also search our events listing for events at Rufford Abbey Country Park and across Nottinghamshire.

Country Park and Visitor Centre

Rufford Abbey Country Park tree lined avenue

Rufford Abbey sits in 150 acres of historic parkland, woodland and gardens in the North Nottinghamshire area known as the Dukeries.

This varied park includes the ruins of a medieval monastery, a contemporary craft centre, gardens, woodland walks, children's play village, sculpture trail, and a lake. We have lots of special events too.

Bring the family for a relaxing and inexpensive day out.

Things to see and do at Rufford

Rufford Abbey Country Park
  • Woodland and lakeside walks
  • The formal gardens are once again open to the public 
  • Romantic ruins of 12th century abbey and later country house
  • Exhibition on the life of Rufford's medieval monks
  • Children's garden - for youngsters aged three to eight and children's play village

  • The Wheel of Fortune Maze

  • Sculpture trail and family packs to explore both the sculptures and the grounds and architecture and the Gallery see our Family Packs page
  • Savile Restaurant and Coach House Cafe
  • Gentle fitness walks every Monday (except Bank Holidays) at 2pm.

Craft Centre

Rufford Craft Centre comprises a gallery with a changing programme of exhibitions, Creative Learning Centre and seminar room all housed in the former stable block which dates from the 1660s.

The Craft Centre offers the opportunity to participate in workshops in a variety of art and craft forms through a programme of public creative workshops with professional artists.

We also offer an extensive education and outreach programme for schools and groups. You can find find out more by downloading the Education and Groups Booklet [PDF] and can see more information on our education and visits page and download leaders packs on the Leaders Resources page.

A highlight of our programme is the annual Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair, which takes over the Abbey grounds at the end of June each year.

Awards and honours

Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction logo

Rufford Abbey Country Park holds a quality award from the Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme, and is also a Natural England Accredited Country Park. 

Nottinghamshire Archives won the Inspiration Award for Best Special Project 2012 in the Heritage Awards for Gertrude Savile's Twitter Diary. Gertrude Savile lived at Rufford Abbey in the eighteenth century and wrote of her life in a series of diaries which are now held at Nottinghamshire Archives. These diaries are now being tweeted and people from all over the world can follow her experiences and thoughts at website: twitter.com/GertrudeSavile

Commemorate a loved one 

Ways to Commemorate 

  • Hand lettered stone plaques in a choice of materials
  • Park improvements donations
  • A memorial service or reception  

Find out more about how you can Commemorate a Loved One [PDF] at Rufford Abbey Country Park. 

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