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Situated on the Edge of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Rufford Abbey is the remains of a 12th Century monastery surrounded by 150 acres of picturesque gardens and woodland, making it an ideal photographic location.
Inside the abbey, said to be one of the UK's most haunted sites, is extremely dark with little or no lighting except daylight from the windows and flash is not permitted. There is however, nobody patrolling the site, so you might just get away with it. The site is also open 24 hours, so there is no reason why you couldn't either first thing in the morning or as the sun was going down.
Within yards of the Abbey is the Orangery, a building reopened in 1995 after restoration as a venue for exhibitions. In the yard of the Orangery is the Apsidal Gallery which features a changing display of sculptures and ceramics. The surrounding gardens contain over 30 different species of plants, and there are miles of woodland in further away from the abbey should you fancy walking an extra mile or two. Around these areas are various other sculptures, many of which are provided by Newark based artist Gerry Price.
Owned by Nottinghamshire County Council, Rufford Abbey has no entrance fee and is open 24 hours, but there is a £3 parking charge between the hours of 8am – 8pm. Parking is within a few metres of the park entrance. Tea rooms and visitor facilities are available between the hours of 10:30am and 5pm.
Telephone (08453) 304214 for more information.