Boscobel House and The Royal Oak
Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy
Things to do at Boscobel House and The Royal Oak review
Boscobel House and gardens were created in the 17th-century. Located in Bishop’s Wood Staffordshire the property is today maintained by English Heritage.
The Royal Oak is a famous tree that the eldest son of King Charles I was said to hide in when being blocked by Cromwell’s patrols. Today the lost oak pasture has been restored including trees propagated from the original Oak. The tallest oak you can see is the oldest descendant and beside it is a replacement grown from an acorn of the oak.
Boscobel House itself was built around 1632. Originally it was a timber-framed farmhouse which was later converted into a hunting lodge. In the house, you can explore the history of the lodge by candlelight including a priest hole where Charles II hid via their interactive tour.
There is a well-preserved example of a Victorian farmyard with buildings and features from the houses’ past. There are resident animals, to meet and there’s a great play area for kids. There are replica priest holes, a climbing frame, slide and swing. You can also go on an interactive play trail around the house and gardens.
Boscobel’s garden is typical of the style of the 17th century. In the grounds, you will find White Ladies Priory which is a 20-minute walk from the house. You can see spectacular views and fascinating ruins which are said to be another hiding place of Charles II. There is a willow tunnel that is 28 metres long and a great play area for kids.
FAQ and Further Information Boscobel House and The Royal Oak
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tea room serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house you can explore, interactive house and garden tour, play area, willow tunnel, walk to abbey ruin, gardens and historic oak trees. There are toilets and a tea room.
What are the ticket prices?
*free, or mid-rangeu003cbru003e*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *free, for members of English Heritage. Mid-range for non-members. An adult ticket costs £10 without donation, children 5-17 £6, under 5s are free, . Other pricing options including family tickets are available. This price is reduced due to covid.
Is there parking?
There is a free, car park.
When are they open?
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Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds only. Assistance dogs welcome across the site.
Are they accessible?
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