Built around 1632, Boscobel House has been fully restored and refurbished and is essentially a farmhouse that was converted into a hunting lodge. After his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the future King Charles II hid from Cromwell's troops in an oak tree in the grounds, and then in a priest-hole in the attic of the house. The Royal Oak that visitors can see now was grown from an acorn taken from the original tree.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Virtual tour, sensory garden, induction loop (shop), site folders
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Wed-Sun and BHs 10-5; Nov-Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4 (last admission 1 hour before closing). House will be closed for 1hour at 11and 2 for guided tour. Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
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About the area
Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.
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