Boating Lake

Closed for the winter but will return next spring


View Rufford Abbey from the water as you set sail on our picturesque Boating Lake. Open every weekend, and every day over the school holidays from 11am to 3:30pm (weather permitting), visitors to the park can hire a rowing boat and set out across the open lake.

Enjoy the stunning scenery at the historic Rufford Abbey Country Park with this relaxing, fun activity, suitable for the whole family.

While you’re with us, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the woodland, meadows and gardens around the Abbey for the perfect day out for all ages. Fuel your adventure with snacks and refreshments in a range of award-winning cafés and restaurants. We also offer accessible parking, paths and facilities throughout the park.

For just £10 for a 20-minute boating trip, find our opening times and book your place below. Tickets are also available to purchase on site on the day.

Activity Passes

Make your visit to Rufford Abbey action packed with our activity passes! Available during weekends and School Holidays (subject to weather), for £10 per person try your hand at Archery, Boating on Rufford Lake and Adventure Golf! Or if the whole family is coming, it’s £35 for a group of four. Click here to find out more.


Book Boating on the Lake