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Plan your visit to Rufford Abbey Country Park


Rufford Abbey Country Park
NG22 9DF

GPS co-ordinates: 
N53° 10.5577', W001° 2.1568'

How to get here

If you are travelling by car you may find the AA Route Planner helpful in planning your route: www.theaa.com/route-planner 

For public transport to the park contact Traveline on tel: 0870 608 2 608, or visit: www.traveline.org.uk

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Car parking

Car parking charges at Rufford Abbey Country Park:

  • are FREE from 2 January 2015 to 2 April 2015
  • apply from Friday 3 April 2015 

See a calendar of when parking charges apply for 2015/16 [PDF].

The normal charge is £3 and applies to all cars (including blue badge holders). The charge for motorcycles is £1. Parking is free for coaches and minibuses with over 12 seats.

A special event car parking charge of £5 applies for major events, please see the Country Parks Car Parking Charging Days [PDF] document for details of when special events are taking place.

The main car park is at Rufford Abbey (off the A614). There is a second car park at Rufford Mill (Wellow Lane - signed for Rufford Mill and Rufford Golf Course.) Both car parks are locked at 5.30pm.

Blue Badges

Sorry, no concessions on car parking charges, but there are disabled parking spaces at both Abbey and Mill car parks.

Season ticket

2015/16 car park season tickets are on sale, priced £30. They can be used at both Rufford Abbey Country Park and Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre throughout the year. The season ticket also gives free parking on days when a special event car parking charge applies. Season tickets can be purchased from Rufford Abbey Country Park Craft Shop, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre shop or over the phone on tel: 01623 821310 (Monday - Friday during office hours).

Special offer!

Spend £15 in a single transaction in one of our onsite shops, café or restaurant and present your ticket to claim a refund of your parking charge. Offer does not apply when the special event parking charge is in force.

We're open every day except Christmas Day and entry to Rufford Abbey and its park and gardens is free (car park charges sometimes apply - see the 'how to find us' tab above).

Between January and Easter, some park outlets have reduced opening or close for short periods for annual maintenance. But don't worry - there'll always somewhere to get a tasty lunchtime snack or a warming hot drink, and to buy souvenirs or gifts.  

The Play Village is now open.


Our gift shop, craft shop and Outdoor Living Shop are open from 10.30am - 5pm daily throughout summer and 10.30am - 4.30pm daily throughout the winter.

Coach House Café

The café is open from 10am - 5pm daily throughout summer and 10.30am - 4.30pm daily throughout the winter.

Savile Restaurant

The Savile Restaurant is open from 11am - 4pm daily with hot food served from 12pm - 2pm (3pm on Sundays).

Tourist Information Centre and Mobility Scooter Hire

The Tourist Information Centre is open and mobility scooter hire is available from 10.30am - 4.30pm daily.

Craft Centre Gallery

Rufford Craft Centre has now closed. 

Earth & Fire Ceramic Fair will be taking place at Rufford Abbey Country Park from 24 - 26 June 2016. 

See our news release for further information. 

Car parks

Rufford Abbey and Rufford Mill Car parks are locked at 5.30pm daily. Car parking charges can be found on the 'how to find us' tab above.

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 Stables 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. 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 £1 per hour. Please ring before your visit to check availability and make a booking on tel: 01623 821338, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Accessible buildings

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. 

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