Bishop’s Castle is a small market town in the Shropshire Hills. It lies a mile and a half east of the Welsh border, 20 miles northwest of Ludlow and 20 miles southwest of Shrewsbury. Despite its modest size and remote location, Bishop’s Castle is packed with independent businesses and has become a haven for artists, musicians and writers. It’s also popular among walkers, with some of Shropshire’s most glorious scenery on the town’s doorstep and the Shropshire Way, Kerry’s Ridgeway and Offa’s Dyke nearby. From Bishop’s Castle holiday cottages, the medieval town centre is a stroll away, along steep, winding lanes lined with colourfully painted homes. Here, you will discover a delightful variety of shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and two micro-breweries including the Three Tuns, the UK’s oldest brewery. There are two excellent museums where the history of railways and rural life in the town are explored, and a weekly market with a range of stalls selling everything from collectibles to fresh produce from local farms.
At the top of the hill overlooking the town, the ruins of a castle are a lovely spot for a picnic with breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside. You will be spoiled for choice if you fancy a pint of local ale before retiring to your holiday cottage in Bishop’s Castle. The Three Tuns and Six Bells are both good options, and the Castle Hotel has log fires, beams and a beautiful garden. Bishop’s Castle hosts a number of excellent events, including a renowned arts festival in February, a walking festival in May and Michaelmas Fair in September, with displays of classic cars and steam engines, live music and dancing.
Self-catering holidays in Bishop’s Castle are ideal for exploring Shropshire and across the border into Wales. On the town’s doorstep, the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a spectacular expanse of woods, farmland and river valleys, while a scenic hour’s drive westward, Snowdonia National Park is home to misty mountains and shimmering lakes.