Annabelle's verdict
With a vibe that sits comfortably between a gastro-pub with rooms and a country town hotel, The Castle at Bishop's Castle is the perfect bolthole, not least for real ale enthusiasts and dog owners. Explore the pretty town or yomp through the glorious surrounding countryside that straddles South Shropshire's English and Welsh borders.

Recommended place to stay: The Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel says

Set above a quiet square in one England’s prettiest and least spoiled market towns, The Castle Hotel in Bishops Castle is a 300-year-old coaching inn, packed with character and atmosphere.

The hotel is perched on the site of the original 11th-century castle, with panoramic views over the beautiful South Shropshire hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and into the neighbouring Welsh hills beyond.

All of our spacious 12 bedrooms are en-suite with a contemporary feel. There’s a romantic free-standing claw bath in some rooms – please request when you book.

There are three characterful bars where you can enjoy log fires, delicious pub grub, warm hospitality, a beer garden and a wide choice of traditional real ales as well as an outstanding wine list. Our oak-panelled restaurant serves modern British food, sourced locally as much as possible. We have earned a particular reputation for our fish dishes.

We have been awarded the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the last three consecutive years.

With our own beautiful gardens and south-facing terrace, onsite parking and no passing traffic, the hotel is the perfect place to hole up for a long weekend – we can also arrange in-room spa treatments.

It’s also the ideal base from which to explore this beautiful area. The charming and ancient town of Bishop’s Castle sits below the hotel, with shops selling local arts, crafts and produce. The town also houses two of the oldest real ale micro-breweries in the country, and is a mecca for real ale lovers.

Local attractions include Cardingmill Valley, The Long Mynd, Shrewsbury, Powys Castle, Ludlow, Offa’s Dyke and the Snowdonia National Park. With dogs welcome too, it’s no surprise that The Castle Hotel is especially popular amongst walkers, along with cyclists.

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