The best-preserved remains of a Cistercian abbey west cloister range in England, dating mainly from around 1170. Incorporated into part of a 17th century and later mansion, set in Rufford Country Park.
Owned by Nottinghamshire County Council and managed by Parkwood Outdoors in co-operation with English Heritage.
Before You Go
Parking: The abbey remains sit within Rufford Abbey Country Park, a 150 acre public park, and this has a car park. A charge applies for this parking most days of the year.
Access: The abbey ruins are only partially accessible for wheelchair users. There is ramped entry into the undercroft at the rear of the building, but the upper level of the abbey is accessed via steps. There are uneven stone floors and low light levels in the undercroft.
Facilities: English Heritage has no facilities at Rufford Abbey but within the surrounding country park there are toilets, a café, a restaurant, a craft shop and gift shops, and woodland, meadow and gardens.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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