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Rufford Abbey Country Park

Rufford Abbey, Ollerton NG22 9DF, England
+44 1623 821350
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Changes - a sign of the times

There's been a few changes to Rufford since my last visit with the park now being run by Parkwood... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Beautiful place

Wonderful walk around, grounds are beautifully kept. Lots of wildlife, excellent for all... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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A beautiful country park set around the 12th-century ruins of Rufford Abbey. Gardens, lakeside walks & woodland, shops, cafe, restaurant, tea shop, and a small exhibition about the life of the medieval monks who once lived here. Play area for young children. Good access for prams, pushchairs, mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Accessible loos. We open every day except Xmas Day and it's free to enter. Car park charge. Dogs welcome on a lead. A relaxing and magical place to visit.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Rufford Abbey, Ollerton NG22 9DF, England
+44 1623 821350
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There's been a few changes to Rufford since my last visit with the park now being run by Parkwood Outdoors in conjunction with the county council. The lake, which used to be a tranquil haven for bird life now has boats for hire at weekends,...More

Thank DunelmArts
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful walk around, grounds are beautifully kept. Lots of wildlife, excellent for all ages. Could visit all year round free just pay £3 for parking.

Thank layla_4616
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is very little of Rufford Abbey to be seen apart from the exterior walls which still bear evidence of the past.The grounds are well kept, and the restaurant/cafe provides a good choice of meals.

Thank Clive M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was staying nearby and visited with the family for a day out. Was unsure before getting there what was there but upon arrival through a tree lined driveway was pleasantly surprised to see a very nice Abbey with great gardens and a play area for...More

Thank Dafydd R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Literally stayed a stones throw away from the country park.... Beautiful scenery and walks through the woods and around the lake. The weather was very kind to us so an ice cream from the shop and a picnic in the Abbey grounds was perfect. Fantastic...More

Thank fireyblonde82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having a weekend break and came across the park. What a beautiful park, so well looked after with plenty of benches to sit on. The grounds are immaculate, the café was also excellent and not over priced. Next time we hope to spend more time...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here numerous times and always had a great time. There are lovely walks around the lake to the mill, woods & sculpture gardens to explore along with the abbey ruins. The cafe serves delicious food at a very reasonable price. The adventure golf was...More

Thank NicolaV
Linda H, Visitor Reception at Rufford Abbey Country Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. Delighted to hear you enjoyed trying out our new Adventure Golf. Along with archery and boating it's proved really popular this summer. We hope you'll come back and visit us soon. And if you'd to go on our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a few hours here after Centre Parcs. To be in a calm spacious surrounding was lovely. Food reasonable priced and a few little shops in main building. There's archery, play areas and boats on the lake to hire. We ambled around for at...More

Thank Peter477
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The bank holiday weekend meant that this joint was jumpin! Lots of picnics, families, couples soaking up the sunshine, but there is so much room no one got in anyone's way. Lots of facilities, food outlets etc. From here you can either walk to the...More

Thank TravelBug282
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit Rufford Abbey Country Park often and have found it has gone down hill since the rowing boats and pedalos were introduced on the lake, there are far fewer water birds on the lake. We took our Grandson (3) this week, and was told...More

Thank auntjamjar
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Nikki G
March 25, 2017|
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Response from Linda H | Property representative |
Yes, the ducks can be fed. Like us, birds suffer when they eat only "junk food" so may we suggest that instead of bread, peas, sweetcorn, lettuce and other items are healthier options. We also sell duck food. So that's a... More
danny s
February 4, 2017|
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Response from CharlesDarney | Reviewed this property |
mobility scooters are available for hire at £2 per hour (max 2 hour session so everyone gets chance to use them) from Tourist Information. Advance booking advised, telephone (01623) 821338.
Malvin R
October 18, 2016|
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Response from sim0nb51 | Reviewed this property |
Car park is £3. Hang on to your ticket and the fee wil be deducted if you spend £15+ in restaurant or some shops.