rufford-abbeyRufford Abbey Country Park

The abbey is approached from the car park over the 19th century Jacobean-style bridge. The roofed porch formed the original main entrance to the Earl of Shrewsbury’s 16th century house. The inner double doors lead into the now ruined Brick Hall, which formed a grand initial reception room for the post-suppression house. This area of the building originally formed the lay brothers’ dormitory. Features include a fine late 14th century window, with a surround of carved heads and foliage and the medieval night stair, which leads down from the ground-floor dormitory to the area of the cellar.

Getting there

From Mansfield follow the A6191, A617 and Old Rufford Rd/A614 to Deerdale Lane  14 min (8.9 miles)and continue on Deerdale Ln to your destination (4.9 miles)

From Ollerton take the A616 and Eakring Rd (3.4 miles). Turn right onto May Lodge Drive (2.1 miles)

By Bus - ‘The Sherwood Arrow’ (Stagecoach) service Nottingham – Worksop; also Travelwright 227 (Wed and Fri only)