Bishop's Stortford

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Visit 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
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
RM368
per night
14 Dec-15 Dec

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, 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! (4,268 reviews)

"Proximity to both the airport and railway station."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2019

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
3 out of 5
RM256
per night
18 Dec-19 Dec

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. ...

3.8/5Good! (1,898 reviews)

"Rooms to hot lack of ventilation in bedroom otherwise good staff very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019

Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
4 out of 5
RM180
per night
3 Jan-4 Jan

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 Rhodes Arts Complex and Hatfield ...

3.7/5Good! (988 reviews)

"The property itself was lovely however, I didn’t stay in the main hotel, I stayed in a building over the road. The room was very comfortable and clean and supplied a mini bar that included red wine or snacks but was exceptionally expensive so take your own. In the room there was also a hairdryer, ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Popular things to do in Bishop's Stortford

King's College
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King's College

4.5/5(144 reviews)

Explore the campus of one of Cambridge University’s great colleges and visit its medieval chapel, a superb example of late Gothic architecture.

Church of St Mary the Great
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Church of St Mary the Great

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Climb to the top of the tower for enchanting views of the city’s famous spires and learn about the church’s rich history.

Top activities in Bishop's Stortford

LAYOVER LONDON PRIVATE TOUR: From Stansted Airport stop over
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LAYOVER LONDON PRIVATE TOUR: From Stansted Airport stop over

RM493

Discover. London the capital of England, it’s a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations.

Escape Lounge at London Stansted Airport (STN)
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Escape Lounge at London Stansted Airport (STN)

RM121

Take a break from the bustle of London Stansted Airport with a first-class relaxation experience in the Escape Lounge. With features that run the gamut from useful to luxurious—from Wi-Fi and TVs to a champagne bar—you can find a moment of solitude in one of Europe's busiest airports.

Rutherford's Traditional Shared Punting Tours in Cambridge
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Rutherford's Traditional Shared Punting Tours in Cambridge

RM86

Award-winning Punting Tours of Cambridge Get ready for some quintessentially British messing about in boats with Rutherford’s Punting Cambridge. It’s the ideal way to experience the English Heritage historic park at the heart of the city.

Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

RM89

Tour the sights of Cambridge—home to one of the top universities in England—at your own pace on a double-decker bus. This hop-on hop-off tour takes you all around the city’s major attractions including King's College, The Round Church, and the American Cemetery.

Student-Led Walking Tour of Cambridge University
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Student-Led Walking Tour of Cambridge University

RM94

Stroll through a thousand years of history on a walking tour of Cambridge, a city brimming with stories. Led by a University of Cambridge student, marvel at stunning architecture, visit the buildings that have made history, and learn all about college life straight from the horse’s mouth.

VACATION PHOTOSHOOT 60MIN SESSION
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VACATION PHOTOSHOOT 60MIN SESSION

RM341

These session are fun laid back location sessions held at Barclays Park with a combination of fun relaxed and some posed images once the children warm up, Sessions are for Couples, Family or Children. Session in local park includes 60+ images deliver

Reviews of Bishop's Stortford

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
38
5 - Excellent 20%
4 - Good
73
4 - Good 38.421052631578945%
3 - Okay
58
3 - Okay 30.526315789473685%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 6.842105263157895%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 4.2105263157894735%

4/5 - Good

CarlStephenson

9 Dec 2019

Did not venture out due to rain

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Dec 2019

Plenty of shopping and dining experiences

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Dec 2019

I went for work so didn’t get to do anything else but stay overnight

3/5 - Okay

Eddie

4 Dec 2019

Did not visit Bishop's Stortford

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

8 Oct 2019

I didn't stay in Bishop's Stortford, only the airport.

4/5 - Good

Sue

23 Sep 2019

Lovely town