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Bishop's Stortford
Travel Guide

Bishop\'s Stortford showing heritage architecture and a castle

Relax in a picturesque town just outside of London, set in gorgeous countryside and home to historical attractions.  

Lift a knight’s sword, explore a replica Norman castle and learn about a controversial figure from British history when you visit Bishop’s Stortford. This attractive town is nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside, a short drive from London.

To get a sense of Bishop’s Stortford’s rich history, visit the Bishop’s Stortford Museum. See clothes from the Victorian era and the medieval village stocks that were used to punish petty criminals. One of the highlights of the museum is the collection dedicated to Cecil Rhodes. In the late 19th century, the Bishop's Stortford-born businessmen, politician and colonist acquired territory now known as Zimbabwe for the British Empire. Examine artifacts, documents and photos that tell the story of his life.

The museum is part of the Rhodes Arts Complex that also includes a theater, cinema and the Thorleybourne Gallery. Exhibitions featuring local and nationally renowned artists regularly pass through here, so be sure to check out what is on when you visit.

A short drive outside of the town is Mountfitchet Castle. Explore this replica Norman castle and its village on the site where the originals stood more than 900 years ago. Find out if you have the strength to hold a knight’s sword and view life-size models of the giant siege weapons used during the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Located just minutes from the castle is the House on the Hill Toy Museum. Browse a staggering collection of more than 70,000 toys including wooden dolls from the Roman Empire and Victorian teddy bears. Exhibits include some of the first electronic games to ever hit the shelves.

When you are back in the town center, be sure to tour the farmers market on Thursdays. Purchase local produce such as meats, cheese and homemade jams.

Bishop’s Stortford is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from London and less than an hour’s drive from Cambridge. While you are here, take advantage of the town’s rural setting to explore the English countryside.

Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
3 out of 5
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The price is RM273 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Hatfield Forest Country Park and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Flitch Way Country Park. Bishop's Stortford ...
3.9/5Good! (997 reviews)
"Very nice clean and convenient staff friendly quiet near airport"

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Days Inn by Wyndham London Stansted Airport
Days Inn by Wyndham London Stansted Airport
2.5 out of 5
The price is RM170 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Located in the heart of Bishop's Stortford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and Flitch Way Country Park. Red White and ...
3.6/5Good! (947 reviews)
"Excellent stopover while away on business rooms and hotel clean reception helpful and cant do enough good parking and next to services"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2020

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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
The price is RM323 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Flitch Way Country Park and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Hatfield Forest Country Park. Bishop's ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,225 reviews)
"Considering the current situation regarding Covid, the hotel was excellent, very clean and minimalist, staff very helpful and friendly. Whole set up was superb"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
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Ravens House Sapphire Apartments
Ravens House Sapphire Apartments
4 out of 5
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Rhodes Arts Complex, Red White and Blue Country Park and Bishop's Stortford Golf ...
3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
"We had booked the property based on the photos and description on the Expedia page. A few days before, I received an email telling me that because of vandalism we would not be able to stay in the apartment we had booked but would be allocated another apartment in the same block. The email also invited ..."

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

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Apton Court
Apton Court
3.5 out of 5
Located in the heart of Bishop's Stortford, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rhodes Arts Complex and Red White and Blue Country Park. Southern ...
Apton Court
2 Bed apartment Bishops Stortford
2 Bed apartment Bishops Stortford
4.5 out of 5
Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rhodes Arts Complex and Red White and Blue Country Park. Bishop's Stortford ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
A great little property.
"Lovely, well equipped and sparklingly clean, little 2-bed house a couple of minutes walk to Stortford town centre. My second stay there, and certainly not my last I hope."

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019

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