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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
3 out of 5
The price is RM187 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Hatfield Forest Country Park and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Flitch Way Country Park. Bishop's Stortford ...

3.9/5Good! (986 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
Ramada by Wyndham London Stansted Airport
Ramada by Wyndham London Stansted Airport
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM178 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and Flitch Way Country Park. Red White and Blue Country Park ...

3.5/5Good! (975 reviews)

"Staff were very friendly and helpful and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2020

Ramada by Wyndham London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
The price is RM351 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

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! (1,382 reviews)

"This hotel is right by the airport and very short walk to the main terminal. We were only there for one evening as we had an early flight the next morning. The hotel is very clean and follows COVID guidelines. The staff were behind plexiglass dividers, and most guests were wearing masks. Room was ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Vacation Rentals in Bishop's Stortford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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)
Excellent Apartment

"Good location, close to station, cinema and other amenities. Nice views. Apartment was spacious, well equipped and furnished and the kitchen had a dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer. The owner met us at the apartment to give us keys and show us round."…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2019

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
Home from home close to Stansted airport
Home from home close to Stansted airport

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Red White and Blue Country Park and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club. Rhodes Arts Complex ...

Home from home close to 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

RM17,682
Per adult
LAYOVER LONDON PRIVATE TOUR: From Stansted Airport stop over
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LAYOVER LONDON PRIVATE TOUR: From Stansted Airport stop over

RM805
Per adult
Science & Wonder One Week English Language Course in London
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Science & Wonder One Week English Language Course in London

RM20,388
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

RM20,375
Per adult
Private Full-Day Tour of Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon
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Private Full-Day Tour of Shakespeare's Stratford-Upon-Avon

RM2,485
Per adult
Cambridge to London Airport Private Transfer by Business Car
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Cambridge to London Airport Private Transfer by Business Car

RM1,021
Per adult

Reviews of Bishop's Stortford

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
43
5 - Excellent 19.634703196347033%
4 - Good
87
4 - Good 39.726027397260275%
3 - Okay
67
3 - Okay 30.59360730593607%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 5.936073059360731%
1 - Terrible
9
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