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Bishop's Stortford

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.

Top hotels in Bishop's Stortford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
3 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is RM224 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Hatfield Forest and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and Mountfitchet Castle. ...

3.9/5Good! (1,046 reviews)

"Nice room, close to the airport, it’d be great if the shuttle to the hotel is free"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is RM192 per night

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hatfield Forest and Rhodes Arts ...

3.8/5Good! (995 reviews)
One night stay-over

"The hotel was absolutely great, very comfortable and the staff very friendly and courteous. I was staying there when the lockdown was announced but due to circumstances, I couldn't leave immediate the following day, so I spent the first day taking myself off on a long country walk in the sun, and ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM438 per night

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hatfield Forest, Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and Mountfitchet Castle. House ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,497 reviews)
Close to airport

"Literally outside the airport within walking distance. Check in was easy, The room was nice"…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Popular places to visit in Bishop's Stortford

Cambridge Corn Exchange
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Cambridge Corn Exchange

4.5/5(72 reviews)

Legendary performers, such as Syd Barrett and David Bowie, have performed at this historic venue.

Epping Forest
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Epping Forest

4/5(1 review)

Rent a mountain bike and ride beneath the forest canopy or go bird-watching along the many hiking trails that wind through this ancient forest.

Audley End House
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Audley End House

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Visit operating stables, explore formal gardens and discover some local history at one of the finest examples of Jacobean architecture in Britain.

Top things to do in Bishop's Stortford

The Golden Triangle Package Tour London-Oxford-Cambridge
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The Golden Triangle Package Tour London-Oxford-Cambridge

RM17,202
Per adult
Liverpool, The Beatles and Manchester 2 Days Private Tour
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Liverpool, The Beatles and Manchester 2 Days Private Tour

RM9,499
Per adult
Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Cambridge
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour of Cambridge

RM2,507
Per adult
8-Day London Junior Kings and Queens Private English Course
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8-Day London Junior Kings and Queens Private English Course

RM19,895
Per adult
Science & Wonder One Week English Language Course in London
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Science & Wonder One Week English Language Course in London

RM19,895
Per adult
Skip the Line: Retro Gaming&Computing at The Centre for Computing History ticket
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Skip the Line: Retro Gaming&Computing at The Centre for Computing History ticket

RM63
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Bishop's Stortford

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
43
5 - Excellent 19.634703196347033%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.726027397260275%
3 - Okay
67
3 - Okay 30.59360730593607%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 5.936073059360731%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 4.109589041095891%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

Fabulous childhood memoried

3/5 - Okay

Robert

13 Feb 2020

Nothing

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Other than travelling using m11 in the dark and flying from stanstead airport didn’t see it

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Jan 2020

Not in B. Stortford but 1mile through windey lanes from Hatfield Heath and Matching Tye.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

Didn’t actually go anywhere

4/5 - Good

CarlStephenson

9 Dec 2019

Did not venture out due to rain

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