Bishop's Stortford

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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
RM266
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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! (1,934 reviews)

"Excellent staff at reception desk. Huge towels. Efficient, clean and good value."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb,2020

Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
RM393
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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! (4,375 reviews)

"Very attractive hotel, comfortable and very good service."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb,2020

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Down Hall Hotel
Down Hall Hotel
4 out of 5
RM448
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of The Gibberd Garden, Rhodes Arts Complex and Hatfield Forest. Bishop's Stortford Golf Club ...

4.3/5Excellent! (679 reviews)

"Gorgeous property with a lot of land to go for a stroll, can imagine it’s even better in the summer! All staff were happy help"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan,2020

Down Hall Hotel

Popular things to do 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.

King's College
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King's College

4.5/5(150 reviews)

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

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.

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

RM485
Per adult
The Golden Triangle Package Tour London-Oxford-Cambridge
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The Golden Triangle Package Tour London-Oxford-Cambridge

RM3,961
Per adult
Escape Lounge at London Stansted Airport (STN)
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Escape Lounge at London Stansted Airport (STN)

RM144
Per adult
Rutherford's Traditional Shared Punting Tours in Cambridge
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Rutherford's Traditional Shared Punting Tours in Cambridge

94% of travellers recommend
RM85
Per adult
Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cambridge Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

RM88
Per adult
Student-Led Walking Tour of Cambridge University
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Student-Led Walking Tour of Cambridge University

98% of travellers recommend
RM93
Per adult

Reviews of Bishop's Stortford

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
43
5 - Excellent 20%
4 - Good
86
4 - Good 40%
3 - Okay
64
3 - Okay 29.767441860465116%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 6.046511627906977%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 4.186046511627907%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Fabulous childhood memoried

3/5 - Okay

Robert

Feb 13, 2020

Nothing

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 17, 2020

Didn’t actually go anywhere

4/5 - Good

CarlStephenson

Dec 9, 2019

Did not venture out due to rain