Gardens at Boscobel House
Discover the glorious grounds of Boscobel House – featuring a recreated 17th century garden full of period flowers and vegetables, along with plants used throughout history to make medicines and dyes. Plus, head to the newly planted oak field where Charles II hid in the Royal Oak and wander through the willow tunnel.
We've rounded up some of our favourite garden highlights, so you can make the most of every season.
Boscobel’s knot garden is typical of the type which would have been at the house in the 17th century, with rectangular parterre beds, native honeysuckle and old species of lavender, box and Santolina.
Don't miss the reconstructed arbour on the small mound, where Charles is said to have spent a few hours reading in 1651.
Oak Field and Orchard
Rising in the middle of the field is The Royal Oak, a descendant of the tree where Charles II hid, and beside it, a replacement grown from its acorn. The woodland that once surrounded the Royal Oak has been replanted, including oak trees propagated from the Royal Oak’s DNA, visit throughout the year to watch the saplings grow.
Next to the oak field is our orchard, full of different varieties of apple trees. A must-see in September and October when the trees are full of ripening apples.
Our Top Tip
“I’ve loved watching the gardens being brought back to life at Boscobel House as part of the redevelopment project. It’s a pleasure to see heritage vegetables and flowers growing in the knot garden which are likely to have been there during the 17th century. My favourite thing to do is watch the Royal Oak seedlings flourishing.”
Kyra, Stockperson and Gardener, Boscobel House
More to Explore
History and Stories
Learn how a future king escaped from Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War in 1651, giving English history one of its greatest adventure stories.
Things to see and do
Enjoy a day out at Boscobel House and The Royal Oak. Walk to White Ladies Priory, enjoy an interactive tour of the house and explore the 17th century garden.
Family Day Out
Play hide and seek as you explore Boscobel House and The Royal Oak. Explore the play area, meet the animals and take the interactive tour around the house.