Bishops Castle is a delightful place to visit whilst staying in a holiday cottage. Rather like neighbouring Church Stretton, delightful Bishops Castle will appeal to lovers of real ale. The town has not one but two award-winning microbreweries, offering tours and tastings, and also offers an official welcome to walkers through the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ scheme. A visit to the town always involves a hike of sorts; the main street is a dizzying one in six slope; fortunately there are tea rooms and coffee shops at the ‘top of the town’ to provide refreshment.
As with many Shropshire market towns, Bishops Castle is a great place to spend an afternoon if you enjoy leisurely browsing for antiques, curios, arts and crafts and a general mooch around. There are specialist shops and galleries to discover, and two museums, on local history and the Bishops Castle railway. A walking tour is a great way to get to know the town, and be sure to take in the unique one-handed clock, which keeps time on the Norman tower of St. John’s church. Visit, too, the ruined remains of the castle at the top of the town, or join in with the lively markets that operate twice weekly.
The residents of this lovely market town seem to know how to enjoy life – and that extends to celebrating many festivals throughout the year. Whenever you visit you’re almost sure to coincide with an extravaganza of some sort, whether the May fair, Walking Festival, Midsummer Rejoicing, Michaelmas Fair or the Christmas Lights, to name but a few. Nearby, the ridges of the Stiperstones offer excellent views and walks.
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