Rufford Abbey and Country Park Houses

Rufford Abbey and Country Park
A614 Road
NG22 9DF


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Located near Ollerton, on the edge of historic Sherwood Forest, this 150 acre park is one of Nottinghamshire's most popular visitor attractions. At the heart of the park are the picturesque remains of a 12th century Cistercian monastery and later country house. Around them lie gardens, meadow and woodland.

The present day park once formed part of a 12th century Cistercian abbey and its estate. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, the land and buildings began a slow transformation into a country house estate, owned first by the Talbot and later the Savile families.

One of its most famous owners was the Elizabethan aristocrat and property magnate George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, whose wife 'Bess of Hardwick' later built Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. Rufford was later purchased by the Savile family of Yorkshire, and eventually became their principle country seat.

The attractions of Rufford range from a contemporary craft centre with gallery exhibitions and 'potters in residence' to peaceful walks around the lake.

The Gallery at Rufford Craft Centre has acquired an international reputation for its varied programme of craft exhibitions and events. The Ceramic Centre was opened in 1998 and has a collection of British studio pottery, a research facility, a library, a retail area and a studio complete with a residency programme.

There's plenty to do all year round at Rufford. Enjoy a tasty cooked lunch in the Victorian-style Savile Restaurant, relax over a coffee in the Coach House Cafe or browse in the Lakeside Garden Shop. Join in one of our regular park events, take the dog for a walk in the woods, or explore the Abbey ruins, said to be one of Nottinghamshire's most haunted spots!.

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VenueRufford Abbey and Country Park
AddressA614 Road, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF
Opening times10.30am - 5.30pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeHouses

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Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest


Offering a childrens playground and indoor pool, Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest is located in Edwinstowe. Sherwood Forest is 4 km away. Free private parking is available on site.

Postcode: NG22 9DG
Distance from :
0.6 miles

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St Giles Cottage


Set in Ollerton, this holiday home is 29 km from Nottingham. The unit is 36 km from Sheffield. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Postcode: NG22 9AB
Distance from :
1.7 miles

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Hop Pole Hotel


Overlooking the River Maun, the Georgian Hop Pole Hotel offers a restaurant, bar, and a large enclosed garden with a childrens play area. In the village of Ollerton, it is adjacent to Ollerton Watermill..

Postcode: NG22 9AD
Distance from :
1.7 miles

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YHA Sherwood Forest


On the edge of Sherwood Forest, this modern YHA is situated in the scenic village of Edwinstowe. The hostel features a traditional restaurant, free parking and large gardens with a sun terrace..

Postcode: NG21 9RN
Distance from :
2 miles

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Redbrick House


In Royal Sherwood Forest, Redbrick House is 17 miles from Nottingham. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and free parking. Bedrooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and bathrooms.

Postcode: NG20 0EW
Distance from :
4.8 miles

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Ivy Cottage


Set in the small village of Laxton, Ivy Cottage is over 200 years old and offers bed and breakfast accommodation which is separate from the main house. Wi-Fi is free..

Postcode: NG22 0NU
Distance from :
5 miles

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