Boom for rural sights, including famous Civil War site Boscobel House

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Boscobel House in Shropshire enjoys the best attendance year in its history

Last year, Boscobel House, on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border, where Charles II hid from Oliver Cromwell 370 years ago, saw an 82% increase in attendance.

It follows a relaunch of the attraction the previous year.

It comes as English Heritage, which runs the site, has seen a boom in visitor numbers to many of its smaller local sites, including Barnard Castle in County Durham and Yarmouth Castle on the Isle of Wight .

Kate Mavor, Managing Director of English Heritage, said: “At English Heritage we care for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites across the country, many of which attract visitors from all over.

“In the past, these lesser-known and more intimate local sites that we care for have often been overlooked in favor of our more iconic ones, despite an equally rich and important history.

“It’s been a long and difficult pandemic, but a silver lining seems to be that with people staying closer to home, they’ve discovered historic places nearby.

“We have also seen over the past year, once our sites reopened after lockdown, an increase in the number of people joining English Heritage as members.

“And it is these members who represent more than half of this exceptional number of visitors to local sites.

“People fell in love with their local heritage and as members of English Heritage they were able to enjoy our sites for free.”

Boscobel House in Shropshire enjoys the best attendance year in its history
Boscobel House in Shropshire enjoys the best attendance year in its history
Boscobel House in Shropshire had its best year ever for visitors

Over 372,000 people joined English Heritage as members in 2021, a clear signal to the charity that people wanted to rediscover heritage closer to home.

Boscobel House is a timber-framed hunting lodge where King Charles II fled for his life and took refuge in 1651 after defeat in the Civil War.

King Charles II hid for a day in a nearby oak tree while Cromwell’s soldiers searched for him below.

Later it became a Victorian farm and has a number of resident farm animals including historic stables, barns and a dairy.

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites – from world famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles.

Annual membership is £51 per year for unlimited access to over 400 sites nationwide.

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