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The Town

Bishop's Castle

    Bishop's Castle is a small medieval market town in South Shropshire, just a stones throw away from the Welsh Border and Offas Dyke. The settlement began at the top of the hill around the motte and bailey castle in the 12th century and spread down the hill to the church.

Remains of an old castle wall can be seen today but most of the stone was used as building materials and to form a crown bowling green in the 1700's, which is still in use today.

   

The town is also home to an unusual Elizabethan House on Crutches, which is supported by wooden posts over a cobbled alley known as The Arcade.
 
The town has two local museums, one celebrating the old railway and one in the House on Crutches, dedicated to local history. There are an array of traditional shops, cafes and art galleries on the main street. The town also has regular furniture and livestock auctions as well as craft fairs, flea and farmers markets.

Bishop's Castle has a full Festival and Events calendar - click here for more

Walking - Bishop's Castle is an award winning 'Walkers are Welcome' town.

The town itself boasts a fantastic network of public footpaths being located on the Shropshire Way and the Kerry Ridgeway, an ancient drovers’ route across stunning upland into Wales. 

The town also hosts an annual Walking Festival.

Cycling - Route 44.

If you prefer to explore on two wheels cycle route 44 passes through the town. Bishop's Castle also holds a Tandem Triathlon every July.

If you are seeking a thrill without wheels Paragliding, hang gliding and gliding all take place on the Longmynd. 

Real Ale
The number of pubs and breweries in this small town is part of its history as a Drovers Town, a watering hole for drovers and cattle on their way to market. The town still has six pubs, two with breweries 
Six Bells and the Three Tuns, and has a popular Real Ale Festival every July.

Photographs by Abi Dakin