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Rufus Stone

New Forest National Park, Minstead, New Forest, England
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A curious memorial of an infamous incident.

Sited close to the spot where William II was 'accidentally' killed by an errant arrow when out... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2016
Horsham, United Kingdom
Interesting history

Stopped at this little gem along our route and so pleased to have done so. A very interesting piece... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
Annette S
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New Forest National Park, Minstead, New Forest, England
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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...More

1  Thank WMIM
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.

1  Thank Annette S
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.

Thank Derek E
Reviewed 7 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...More

Thank ladymckay
Reviewed 10 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...More

1  Thank Sam3314
Reviewed 11 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,...More

Thank AussiesBallarat
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...More

1  Thank Simon H
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....More

1  Thank Vawn K
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.

2  Thank rapidpete
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.

Thank DrPeterDRobinson
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