Shops and refreshments
We have a gift shop and a craft shop at Rufford Abbey and an Outdoor Living shop at Rufford Mill.
The Savile Restaurant, set in the original kitchen of the old country house, serves cooked lunches, salads and afternoon teas, while light snacks and drinks are on sale at the Coach House Café.
At the north end of the park we have the Mill Teashop (open seasonally), which is a great place to go for a warming hot drink after a stroll around the lake.
See the 'opening hours' tab above for facility opening times.
Read more about our shops, restaurant and cafe.
Access for all
Paths and surfaces
Rufford Abbey Country Park is a fairly flat site, and most areas of the park are accessible except the upper level of the Abbey ruins.
Steps which enable ambulant visitors to access the Savile Restaurant and formal gardens from the Abbey can be avoided by using the ramp down from the Coach House Courtyard. Simply follow the signs.
There is a cobbled area within the Craft Centre courtyard. Some paths within the park are surfaced with gravel. However, most wheelchair users have little difficulty exploring the park. You will find a number of wheelchair adapted picnic tables within the park.
Take a look at our plan of the park including accessible routes [PDF 247KB]. The map shows routes around the park graded with levels of accessibility for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. You can also pick up a free copy from the Visitor Information Centre.
Need more information about getting around? Download our access statement [PDF 30KB]
Wheelchair and scooter loan
Wheelchairs are available for loan free of charge from Visitor Information and we advise booking in advance on tel: 01623 821338. There are two special lightweight wheelchairs available for children.
We offer electric mobility scooters for loan at 50 pence per hour. Please ring before your visit to check availability and make a booking on tel: 01623 821338, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Please note that scooter hire is available at weekends only during the winter low season.
Rufford Craft Centre includes an upstairs Exhibition Gallery and Ceramic Gallery. Both are fully accessible via a lift. At the Abbey end of the park, the Visitor Information Office is on the ground floor (there is a small ramp to the entrance) and is equipped with an audio loop to help visitors with hearing problems.
At the northern end of the park the Tea Shop and Outdoor Living Shop are both on the ground floor and easily accessible. The Talbot Suite - our upstairs function room - has a lift as well as stairs, and an audio loop.
Accessible toilets are available at Rufford Abbey courtyard and Rufford Mill. A Changing Places toilet is available in Rufford Abbey courtyard. Collect RADAR keys from the Visitor Information Office or nearby shop.
Cycling is not allowed in the park, but we provide bike racks so you can park up and enjoy the paths and woodland walks on foot.
Dogs are welcome in our park, but please keep them on a lead. Bounding dogs can be frightening for small children or the elderly. They may also disturb birds and wildlife.
From 1 February 2013 a Dog Control Order came into force, which is a legally enforceable order granted by the District Council. This means that all dogs must be kept on a lead whilst in the country park. Any owner letting their dog off the lead or allowing their dogs to foul the park risks an £80 on the spot fine and court if they fail to pay.
If you want to talk to someone about dogs in the park, call into Visitor Information or speak to a park ranger.