After its dissolution, the abbey gained a reputation of being haunted by the spectre of a giant monk carrying a skull.[7]

The Savile Restaurant – named after Lord Savile and set in the original kitchen of the old country house, serving cooked lunches, salads and afternoon teas.

For a really great time, fine home cooking and a warm, friendly atmosphere then simply contact us. Keep in touch ­ we’ll have plenty of deals for the year ahead.

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.

Most people who visit Rufford Abbey take the gentle walk around the lake which lasts around 20 minutes or head to the gardens and the children’s play area. At the side of the abbey there is a large grass area that is perfect for picnics, playing games and generally just hanging out with the family.

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There are toilets at the Savile Restaurant also, one of which is accessible, but it is small in size. Wheelchair users may prefer to use the accessible loo in the Stables Courtyard.

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This office has a range of local tourism leaflets, park information and maps. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs including teen wheelchairs can be hired and booked here.

The Valor Ecclesiasticus of 1534 gives the gross income of the abbey as £254 6s. 8d. (equivalent to £160,000 in 2015),[6] and the clear annual value as £176 11s. 6d. (equivalent to £110,000 in 2015).[6]

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016, 10am - 4pm

Season tickets can be bought from Rufford Abbey Country Park Visitor Information, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre shop or over the phone on telephone: 01623 821310 (Monday - Friday, 10.30am to 4pm).

Alternatively, these are the up and coming conferences and contact details:

Available for private functions, contact:

A Tourist Information Centre on site is run by Newark & Sherwood District Council. Staff can give information about Rufford Abbey, and other local tourist attractions. They have tourism brochures many other areas too. We have a printed leaflet about the country park. It can be mailed to you on request. If you need information in large print, this can be sent to you by emailing

There are a number of shops within the park. At the Abbey site you’ll find the Book Shop (general souvenirs) and the Craft Shop (local pottery and other craft items.) At the Mill is the Outdoor Living Shop, selling fleeces and country clothing, plus gift items.

Tell us what you think of Rufford in our short survey. We want to check which activities visitors enjoy at Rufford Abbey Country Park and what extra activities could be enjoyed in the future. We’d love to know what you think!

The perfect location in Nottinghamshire for Weddings, Conferences and Parties set in picturesque surroundings.

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Hi there , is the Park wheelchair fully wheelchair accessible ? Thank you.

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Our website page has details of opening hours for the various park facilities, and the dates when car park charges apply. The County Council’s website supports a text to talk facility.

The Savile Restaurant is a popular spot for family and friends to meet for lunch.

Although Rufford Abbey once boasted five ice houses, only two remain today. All were constructed around 1820, when the estate was owned by John Lumley-Savile, 8th Earl of Scarbrough (1788–1856). The five ice houses are located near Rufford lake, created c. 1750; for the simple reason that the movement of ice from its source was easier.

See a calendar of exactly when car park charges apply.

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.

Our picturesque surroundings in the heart of Sherwood Forest, provide a stunning back drop to any special occasion. Our reputation for providing first class food and service makes us one of the most highly regarded wedding venues in Nottinghamshire, whether it be a small family function or an extravagant event.

Rufford Abbey Country Park is a 150 acre public park, open every day except Christmas day. It's owned and managed by Nottinghamshire County Council. Rufford was once part of Sherwood Forest and the north Nottinghamshire "Dukeries."


This park is centered around the 12th-century ruins of Rufford Abbey, with...

The Rufford Estate covered approximately twenty-nine square miles and in addition to the ancient Liberty of Rufford, it included the parishes of Bilsthorpe, Eakring and most of Ollerton, Ompton, Boughton, Wellow, and extended into Blidworth, Edwinstowe, Egmanton, Farnsfield, Kirton, Tuxford, and Walesby.[10]

Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years, our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.

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The TIC is fairly small but accessible for one wheelchair user. The counter is low enough for wheelchair users. Lighting is fairly even.

There is a portable hearing loop available on the TIC counter. Pen and paper also available.

Rated one of the top golf society and corporate event venues in the Midlands. The stunning 18 hole golf course set in beautiful parkland and woodland makes it one of the most memorable Nottinghamshire golf clubs. In addition the golf shop, excellent practice and tuition facilities including a 16 bay floodlit driving range, ensures Rufford Park is a great club for both members and visitors.

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering ‘Whitley Awards’ to dynamic conservation leaders around the world. Whitley Awards are both an international profile prize and a form of project funding (currently worth £35,000 over one year).

The Stables Courtyard and Coach House near the Abbey contain shops and catering outlets, which are all ground floor and accessible.

Mill Teashop – serving drinks and light snacks at the north end of the park near the Mill