White Ladies Priory

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, WV8 1QZ

Before You Go

Ruins of the late 12th century church of a small nunnery of 'white ladies' or Augustinian canonesses.

The priory enjoyed a moment of high drama in 1651 when it briefly became the hiding place of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. Disguised as a woodsman with his face covered in soot, he soon moved to nearby Boscobel House.

Read more about the history of White Ladies Priory.

Before You Go

Parking: There is very limited parking in the layby at the end of the track which leads to the priory.

Facilities: Boscobel House has a tearoom, a shop and toilets.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. 

Plan a Great Day Out

Follow in the footsteps of King Charles II and visit nearby Boscobel House. There you can see the priest-hole Charles hid in, take a tour around around the manor house, stroll around the restored knot garden and visit the Victorian farmyard. A tearoom in the old stables serves home-made cakes, light lunches and hot and cold drinks.

Within a 20 minute drive you'll find another 12th century abbey at Lilleshall, and the pioneering Iron Bridge, Britain's best-known industrial monument.

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