Things to do at Rufford Abbey Country Park review
Rufford Abbey itself is a free to visit attraction maintained by English Heritage. The only charge is to park. It is set in some wonderful parkland which is somewhere that you could easily spend 2-3 hours or more.
As well as the ruin of Rufford Abbey to explore there is often a family-friendly trail available to help you explore the park. These are available from the shop/information centre. The walk mostly goes around a big lake and through some woodlands. Make sure you take some duck food with you and look out for the section of the river near the mill where you can watch cars drive through the water.
You can hire boats on the lake, have a go at archery, or play 9 holes of adventure golf which has some unusual and challenging holes. The adventure play area has been recently upgraded with climbing nets, slides and tunnels. There’s a sand play area, zip wire and more. There are some lovely grounds to explore, including a maze and you may find some sculptures along the way.
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FAQ and Further Information Rufford Abbey Country Park
Is there food and drink available?
There are a few places on-site selling hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic outside.
What are the main things to do?
Ruined abbey with undercroft, a lake with boating, walks, ducks, maze, adventure playground, archery and adventure golf. There are toilets and a choice of places to eat.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Free. It is free to visit Rufford Abbey and the country park. Additional activities such as some trails, archery and mini-golf are at a cost.
Is there parking?
There is parking, charges apply.
When are they open?
Rufford Abbey country park is open every day except Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are allowed in most outdoor areas on a lead.
Are they accessible?
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