Things to Do

Bishop’s Castle is an ideal base from which to enjoy the many attractions in Shropshire and Powys
This is just a small selection of things to do. A comprehensive guide to all these attractions, and many others is included in each of our  apartments and rooms. The Bishop’s Castle Tourism Office is in the Town Hall, 20 yards from The Porch House.

Walking and Cycling
Being in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there is plenty of scope for those who enjoy walking and cycling. There are a number of walks which start from Bishop’s Castle, you can download leaflets which describe the best here. There is also an excellent website with downloadable maps here. We will be happy to advise on local walks and with a bit of notice can arrange for a guided walk to suit your ability. There is a local taxi service, call Rus 07551 825931, which is bookable to pick up/drop off at your walk’s start and finish.  The annual Tandem Triathlon in July is a big event in town for all ages. Fancy hiring a bike or going on a cycling holiday then contact Wheely Wonderful Cycling.

Offa’s Dyke - The Dyke passes about 3 miles from Bishop’s Castle, some excellent scenery.

The Shropshire Way - A fascinating long distance walks encompassing Shropshire’s geological roots.
www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk

The bc ring (aka the Bishop’s Castle Ring) - a 61 mile, five day walk which is centered on Bishop’s Castle.  We  can arrange pick-up and drop-off each day so you don’t have to carry all your gear.  See www.bcring.co.uk for details or you may purchase the guide book from us

Within a short drive you can also reach
Stiperstones
- A spectacular rock outcrop on a long ridge, less well known than The Long Mynd but much more interesting. There are some old lead mines and  quarries along the western edge of the Stiperstones (Tankerville, Bog  & Snailbeach) which are also worth a visit, as is the Bog Centre for teas. Open Easter - Oct, Weds - Sun. You can download a circular walk
here.

Long Mynd - Very popular in summer, great views and if the weather is good you  can also watch the gliders and paragliders taking off over the edge of  the escarpment.
www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk

The Kerry Ridgeway - 15 miles from Bishop’s Castle to Cider House Farm, Powys. Good route for cycling.
www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk

Bury Ditches - A spectacular Hill Fort about 3 miles from the town.  It has a number of well laid out paths around the fort.

Mitchell’s Fold & Corndon Hill - Mitchell’s Fold is an ancient stone circle and the area around it, although less well known than the Long Mynd and Stiperstones, is well  worth exploring.

Museums & Attractions

Bishop’s Castle Town
To discover more about the town itself take some time for a Town Tour -
www.towntour.co.uk. Start from the church Tuesday and Saturday 18.30, May until September
SpArC Theatre - live screenings from National Theatre, music, films.
www.sparctheatre.co.uk
House on Crutches museum - small but perfectly formed museum with local artefacts. Open generally April until September weekends
www.bchrc.co.uk/hoc
Rail and Transport museum - opposite The Porch House, open weekends, Easter until September

Within 20 Miles:
Kerry Vale Vineyard - Churchstoke.
Vineyard tours, wine tasting at award winning vineyard.
www.kerryvalevineyard.co.uk
Stokesay Castle
 - Strictly speaking not a castle but a fortified manor house built in the 14th century.  
www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/ConProperty.351
Land of Lost Content, Craven Arms - A bit hard to describe this museum. It will certainly have something  which you can remember from time gone by. A most enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
www.lolc.org.uk
Acton Scott  - A museum of farming and rural life, open March - October. Featured in the BBC series - Victorian Farm
www.actonscott.com
Powis Castle - The home of the Fitzherberts, now owned by the National Trust.  Good  collection of treasures brought home by Clive of India and wonderful  gardens.  
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/

Within 40 miles
Ironbridge Gorge Museums
 - 10 museums in one - it takes several days to do it all, one of the best museums in the country. It is about a 50 minute drive from Bishop’s  Castle.  
www.ironbridge.org.uk
Wroxeter Roman City - It was once one of the largest roman towns in Britain, the site is  quite interesting although only occupies an hour but worth combining  with a trip to Shrewsbury. 
www.english-heritage.org.uk/wroxeter

Music

The town is full of musicians. Our neighbour was talking to some friends  about it and asked the question “How many bands are there in Bishop’s Castle?.”  In no time they had drawn up a list of 35.  They asked all of them to record a track for a CD which is titled “Where Do You Draw the Line? (because they could only fit 21 tracks on the CD they had to Draw the Line somewhere)
All 21 tracks are excellent, there are choirs, an orchestra, folk, jazz,  blues all of a very high standard. Some of the musicians are  professionals who happen to live in the town, but most are just enthusiasts who like to join with some friends to play music.

The presence of so many musicians encourages others creating a snowball effect.  The About Music Project (AMP) has been set up to help youngsters in the town develop their musical  skills. (Thin Vision and Nuclear Weasels on the CD were teenagers when  the recordings were made).

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On the first Thursday of each month there is an open mic night in the Vaults opposite the Porch House, on other Thursdays and some Saturdays there is always a band. They have a Facebook page - Crown & Anchor Vaults.

On every other Tuesday there is another open mic in the Three Tuns, it tends to be more acoustic (there are no drums). The Marches Choir put together three concerts a year in the Church.

Most festivals feature music in one form or another - for instance - Party  in the Park, Farmer Phil’s Festival, MoJo Festival, Real Ale Festival and Michaelmas.

Other Activities

Paragliding and Hang-Gliding - The Long Mynd is a top spot for hang-gliding, paragliding as well as conventional gliders.
Contact Mark Leavesley
www.leavesleyaviation.com.

Horse riding - Walcot Stables, Lydbury North. www.walcotstables.co.uk

Bishop’s Castle Bowls Club - a unique octagonal crown green. Visitors welcome. Call 01588 673115

Bishop’s Castle Lawn Tennis Club - 2 grass and 3 all-weather courts. Call tourist information 01588 638467

Bishop’s Castle Badminton Club - Thursday 7pm - 9pm at Community College Sports Centre. Ask Gill for more details

 

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Shopping

Bishop’s Castle has a  range of interesting shops; not the large out-of-town  multiples, but individual shops for individual people  selling a wide variety of products. Textile Traders for batik, jewellery and fabrics; www.textiletraders.co.uk and Decorative Antiques; www.decorative-antiques.co.uk for Art Deco era ceramics, glass and gifts.

Shrewsbury and Ludlow, renowned for its food shops, and our favourite Japanese restaurant, Koo, www.koo-ook.co.uk. Park & Ride is recommended for both towns. Both also have a Town Tour worth doing.

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