Photography Policy

We welcome visitors to enjoy Abbotsford and encourage personal use photography.

We ask that visitors are respectful of Abbotsford and its collections and abide by the following policies for photography and filming.

Photography Policy

  • Flash photography is not permitted in the house or the visitor centre exhibition.
  • When taking pictures, please be considerate of other visitors and respect their privacy. Please also respect the gardens and the care of sensitive objects: do not touch, move, sit on or lean against any items or exhibits in the house.
  • Tripods and selfie sticks may be used in the house and visitor centre by prior arrangement, though you might be asked to remove them during busy periods.
  • Filming and live streaming in the house and visitor centre should be authorised beforehand - please get in touch with us if you are interested in filming at Abbotsford.
  • It is the photographer’s responsibility to ensure no copyright is infringed. Photography policy for temporary exhibitions will depend on the copyright of the objects involved and the consent of the lender - please adhere to signage or ask staff for details.
  • Please do not take photographs of regulated group activity e.g. school classes. We reserve the right to ask visitors not to take photographs both in the interests of security and to protect the privacy of our visitors.

By using Abbotsford and its collections you confirm that you will accept and abide by this Photography Policy.

Drone Guidelines

The Abbotsford Trust is aware that interest to use drones to film and photograph historic locations is increasing and we work with partners and professional, fully licensed drone operators to create such footage for specific projects.

While drones offer fantastic opportunities, the need to care for and conserve the historic house and gardens, as well as maintaining the safety of our visitors is of utmost importance. We do not grant permission for private flying of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or drones without prior approval for the following reasons:

  • In line with CAA regulations, drones are not permitted to be flown within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft and should not be flown within 50 metres of any person except during take-off or landing. Due to staff members living on site and our open access policy for the estate, unauthorised drone flying is both illegal and puts people at risk.
  • The estate at Abbotsford is home to a variety of wildlife and we often work with local farmers to have agricultural animals on site, which could be alarmed or stressed by the presence of drones.

If you are interested in flying a drone at Abbotsford, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Current and valid CAA permission
  • Evidence of valid insurance cover
  • Risk assessment and where possible a proposed flight plan

Whenever possible, and to ensure the safety and security of the site, any drone flying should take place when the site is closed to the public, with prior approval and under supervision by staff. Please be aware that your request may be classed under commercial venue hire and carry a location fee.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in flying a drone at Abbotsford.

Share your photos with us

We love seeing visitors' photos of Abbotsford: You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - do share your pictures with us or use our hashtags #AbbotsfordHouse or #AbbotsfordScott

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