Visit the first ‘Royal Oak’ and Boscobel House & Gardens

Bishops Wood, Shropshire

Take a trip to Boscobel House where Charles II took refuge.

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Charles II found Boscobel was more than useful when he was busy avoiding the Parliamentarian troops in 1651. This modest but beautiful timber-framed hunting lodge sheltered him and helped him evade capture.

Now you can explore the house and gardens, as well as the dairy, farmyard and smithy. Hear tales of the 'Priest Holes' in the house and see the descendant of the original ‘Royal Oak’, the nearby oak tree where Charles took shelter before his escape to France. It’s been badly damaged in recent storms, but still stands as a reminder of those dramatic events over 350 years ago.

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