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Rufford Abbey Country Park

RegionEast Midlands
ClubNottinghamshire Orienteering Club
Nearest townMansfield
PostcodeNG22 9DF
Carpark locationTwo miles south of Ollerton and 17 miles north of Nottingham on the A614 Nottingham to Doncaster road.

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Rufford Abbey Country Park, owned by Nottinghamshire County Council, is one of Nottinghamshire’s favourite attractions.  Open every day except Christmas Day, the park has something for everyone - from falconry to Morris dancing, craft courses to children’s trails there’s always something to enjoy.

  • Free admission to park and Abbey ruins
  • £3 car parking charge (£35 season ticket on sale in Visitor Reception)
  • Car parks open 8.30 am - 5.30 pm (car parking charge applies 9.00 am to 4.30 pm)
  • Dogs welcome on a lead

There are many ways to reach Rufford Abbey.   Follow the directions below to reach the Park via public transport.

  • Bus: services 33 (Nottingham to Worksop) and the Sherwood Arrow (Nottingham to New Ollerton) stop near the end of the main drive. Plan a journey.
  • Train: the nearest stations are Mansfield (11 miles), Newark (16 miles) and Nottingham (17 miles)

Other Things to do in the Area

Park, lake and abbey ruins
Take a stroll around the 150 acres of tranquil woodland, meadow and gardens. Pause at the lake to feed the cheeky ducks or take a peep into the romantic ruins of Rufford’s 12th-century abbey.
Play Village
If children need to let off steam head for the Play Village, with tunnels, playhouses and sandpit for lots of family fun. Have a go at a new craft in the stable courtyard or follow one of the trails for a Rufford adventure.
Food and Drink
Feeling peckish? Chose from a delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes and pastries at the Coach House Café or for a fine dining experience book in at Lord Savile’s Kitchen.
Need a last minute gift? Take a mooch around Rufford’s charming range of shops selling local produce, outdoor clothing, craft ceramics, gifts and souvenirs - sure to delight shoppers of all ages.

Maps Available From

Park Book/Craft shop. Tel: 01623 822944 or email

Further Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience