Boscobel is a fabulous English Heritage property, only 3.5 miles from Brewood. The house is a timber-framed hunting lodge, home to the Giffard family, dating from the 16th century. King Charles II took refuge here in 1651 after the final battle of the English Civil War, the battle of Worcester, when he was defeated and fled to France. The house is cosy, but also dark and mysterious, with two priest holes to dicover. Children will love the interactive displays, which are fun but not intrusive. Outside there is a farmyard with historic stables, barns, and a dairy, and two lovely Tamworth pigs, Charlotte and Lucy, the ducks and the chickens. There is also a lovely garden to explore with a delightful play area for children. In a meadow beyond the garden, you can see a descendant of the very oak tree in which Charles II hid for a day, while Cromwell’s soldiers searched for him. There are quotes from contemporary accounts of Charles’s visit throughout the house, which really bring the story to life. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and make the visit fascinating and entertaining in equal measure.
It takes about 20 minutes to walk from here to White Ladies Priory.
Bishop’s Wood, Shropshire, ST19 9AR
Telephone 01902 850295