Bishop's Stortford

3.6/5

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.

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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
RM287
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

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! (1,857 reviews)

"Very helpful reception staff, excellent location for the Airport. Good & frequent shuttle bus service."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct,2019

Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
4 out of 5
RM387
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov

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! (4,195 reviews)

"Excellent location. Good size rooms. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2019

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
4 out of 5
RM178
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov

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! (958 reviews)

"Convenient for an airport overnight stay. Clean, comfortable and good value."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct,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(125 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(29 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.

Cambridge Corn Exchange
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Cambridge Corn Exchange

4.5/5(61 reviews)

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

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

RM483

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)

RM119

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

RM85

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

RM87

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

RM93

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.

Essential Cambridge Walking Tour in Spanish
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Essential Cambridge Walking Tour in Spanish

RM62

The ADN, the neutron, the evolution of the species, the law of universal gravitation … Without doubt Cambridge is the city of discoveries that not only marked a before and after in history but also have changed our lives.

Reviews of Bishop's Stortford

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 21.637426900584796%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.01169590643275%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 28.65497076023392%
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2 - Disappointing 7.017543859649122%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 4.678362573099415%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

8 Oct 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Sue

23 Sep 2019

Lovely town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

17 Sep 2019

Bishops Stortford it's self is a lovely stunninh quaint town we shall be back

3/5 - Okay

JohnM

13 Sep 2019

We were only in transit though Stansted

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

11 Sep 2019

Really terrible hotel, need to rectify things

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

2 Sep 2019

Ask taxi driver to drop you to point close to departures where you don’t have to pay extra drop off fees on top of your taxi fare