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Bishop's StortfordUnited Kingdom

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

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is RM219 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Flitch Way Country Park and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club. Hatfield Forest Country Park ...

3.8/5Good! (999 reviews)

"Lovely building. Friendly helpful staff. Countryside location. Clean rooms."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2021

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
The price is RM313 per night from 16 Jan to 17 Jan

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! (1,324 reviews)
Good stay

"It was a last minute stay at the airport and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The room was also clean and place seemed well-maintained."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
3 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is RM261 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

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! (993 reviews)

"Does what it says on the tin. Great hotel bar, comfortable bed and blackout curtains which was ideal for a good night’s sleep. Close to Stansted airport, shuttle bus starts from 4am which was ideal for my 7am flight. I even got a breakfast which I didn’t realise was in with the great price for the ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bishop's Stortford

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
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 Southern Parkland Country ...

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

Ravens House Sapphire Apartments
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

2 Bed apartment Bishops Stortford
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Bishop's Stortford

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5 - Excellent 19.634703196347033%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.726027397260275%
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3 - Okay 30.59360730593607%
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2 - Disappointing 5.936073059360731%
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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