Protecting a King
You will enter the house through the very door used by the King in 1651 and discover how the Whitgreave family protected him from danger and Cromwell’s solders.
On the tour, the story is vividly bought to life and you will see the bed upon which he slept and the priest hole in which he hid.
If you're visiting free flow, find information in each room or chat to our room guides about the king's escape, the building and its history.
The volunteers in the house bring the 17th century to life and explain about why pastry cases were called ‘coffins’, the origins of the phrase ‘Chairman of the Board’, and why we all need a hearty ‘square’ meal.
A dangerous time
Upstairs, you can discover a Catholic Chapel hidden in the eaves – where the family could worship in safety.
Regular tours are available every day, but you are very welcome to enjoy the house at your own pace from 11:00am, from when the house opens. There is no need to book unless you have a group of 15 people or more.