Rufford Abbey is a fascinating combination of carefully maintained ruins and restored buildings and vaults and is a very popular attraction with shops, galleries and cafes. Perhaps the main reason it is so popular is the extensive grounds which provide a stunning backdrop to the abbey ruins.
There is also a water mill situated where the river meets a large lake, also providing entertainment for children of all ages with its ford, so be careful where you choose to sit while enjoying your afternoon tea!
For more information please see Rufford Abbey Country Park
See also Rufford Abbey blog posts