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Address: New Forest National Park, Minstead, New Forest, England
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Wonderful place to walk the dog and picnic with the kids

Rufus stone is about 10mins from my house and is a real asset to the local area, obvisly there is a historical interest , but I come here to have freedom and be at peace with... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2016
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Sited close to the spot where William II was 'accidentally' killed by an errant arrow when out hunting, as stated on this monument, it is more likely that this unpopular King was deliberately targeted for regicide here given the then very remote location. This modest yet fitting remembrance of the act has inscriptions on its sides giving information as to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped at this little gem along our route and so pleased to have done so. A very interesting piece of history, also trying to visualise William on his horse by the oak 900 yrs ago. A great place to stop.

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Thank Annette S
Gosport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

There is really nothing to see...just a metal marker, that's all. It's also debatable as to whether this was the actual site of the deed. On the plus side it is free to visit and park.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

Rufus stone is about 10mins from my house and is a real asset to the local area, obvisly there is a historical interest , but I come here to have freedom and be at peace with nature. We don't come here as often as we should, but when we do its lovely, I try and come when the holiday makers... More 

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Thank ladymckay
Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Worth visiting for the historic interest. This is the point at which King William II or William Rufus met his death. Set just off the A31, it is best approached heading north. If approaching heading south, the entrance is reached by making a U turn on the A31 (you do get somewhere to stop in the middle to wait for... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

It does not take long to visit this monument, and to read the explanatory information on its sides. It costs nothing, and adds to the mystery surrounding the death of William II (Rufus). It is easy to combine this visit with a New Forest walk, away from the noise of the nearby busy road.

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Thank AussiesBallarat
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Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

So peaceful and tranquil. A little but if history, some exploring, ponies and horses and undergrowth for your dog to rummage in. Have wellies on stand by though under the trees it's not too bad and if you know your mushrooms, there's some great picking to be had.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

Rufus stone is a great place for walks through the New Forest and is a rather quiet place (at least is it in the autumn). Less than 200 yards away is the Sir Walter Tyrell Inn that serves food and drink and VERY dog friendly. Watch for Wild ponies. They are everywhere and will try to nick the food in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

The Rufus Stone itself isn't the original, its been covered over. The surrounding area is very nice for picnics and walks. The Sir Walter Tyrell pub is very nearby too.

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Derbyshire
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

The Rufus Stone is a fairly inconsequential monument, but it does privide a great spot for picnics and walks away from the crowds of tourists in other areas.

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