This one-time staging post is home to the former hunting lodge Boscobel House, now run by English Heritage, which made headlines in the 17th century when Charles ll sought refuge after being defeated at the Battle of Worcester. At night he hid from the Roundheads in a secret room. In daylight hours he used an old oak tree.
Sadly, the Royal Oak has long since vanished but in its place is another welcoming oak. Not far from the town is the must-see RAF Museum at Cosford which has on display missiles, war planes such as the Spitfire and Mosquito and classic passenger aircraft such as the Comet and the ubiquitous VC10.