The Castle Hotel

Bishops Castle, Shropshire
+44 (0)1588 638403
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Lovely small hotel in quirky market town surrounded by miles of stunning country - pretty rooms, tasty food and fine ales wait


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

This thriving medieval market town sits amid some of the loveliest country in the land, a launch pad for walkers and cyclists alike, with Offa’s Dyke, Long Mynd and the Kerry Ridgeway all close. After a day in the hills, roll back to this quirky hotel for a night of gentle carousing. You’ll find heaps of country comforts: hearty food, impeccable ales, super rooms with honest prices. Downstairs, there’s a coal fire in the pretty snug, oak panelling in the breakfast room, and Millie the short-haired dachshund who patrols the corridors with aplomb. Stylish bedrooms upstairs have all be refurbished. Expect good beds, warm colours, flat-screen TVs, an armchair if there’s room. Some are up in the eaves, several have views of the Shropshire hills, two have baths in the room. Back downstairs you find the sort of food you’d want after a day in the hills, perhaps hot garlic prawns, beef and ale pie, sticky toffee pudding. Don’t miss the hugely popular real ale festival in July, the beer drinker’s equivalent of Glastonbury. The garden terrace, with long country views, is a fine spot for a sundowner.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: 15% OFF B&B rates throughout AUGUST on any midweek night (Sun - Thurs). No deposit required & dogs welcome & stay for free. Rooms start from £106 B&B per night. Call or book online.

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Extra beds for children £20.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Dog Welcome Box in the room for your pet which includes a feeding mat, food bowl, drying towel, lead, treats and poo bags.

Dogs are welcome with you at the table for all meals in bar areas; let us know on booking, so we can give you a dog-friendly table throughout your stay.

Lunch from £4.50. Dinner, 3 courses, about £25.


Nightly price
from £95
Singles from £75. Dinner, B&B from £82.50 p.p.
9 Doubles
From £95
1 Twin
From £110
2 Family rooms for 4
From £130



We stayed on a midweek night in January. The first impression was excellent with warm friendly staff and roaring fires in every bar. The room was lovely. We were offered the option of a room with a bath in the bedroom, but we went for a more traditional room. The breakfast the following morning was very very good. Excellent hotel!

Tim, Brighton

Wow ! What a gorgeous little hotel. The rooms and the food were fantastic but the staff were another level; so helpful and accommodate your every need, no matter how busy they are.

Adam, Leeds

I stay at the Castle on a regular bases for work. After a long day the warm welcome you receive from the staff is just what's needed. The rooms are beautiful decorated and all individual, I I think I stopped in every one over the last few years . Excellent food and good beer make for lovely evening. The beds are supremely comfortable offering a great night's sleep and the breakfasts are brilliant ,making for a great start to the day. In summer the beautiful gardens are great to chill in and in winter the real fires are great to stare into whilst sipping on your drink.

Nick, Huddersfield

We have been going to the Castle Hotel in Bishop's Castle for 7 year's. The reasons we keep going back is quite simple. Fantastic staff, fantastic food, Fab choice of drink's Overall a fantastic place to stay, will always give a 5 star rating

Tracey, West Midlands

The Castle fully lived up to expectations and proved to be the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Shropshire hills. The staff were all very welcoming of us and our cocker spaniel Bonny and it was easy for us to take our meals in the bar where (well-behaved) dogs are allowed. On our last day owner Henry made a great recommendation for a walk nearby where we could let Bonny off the lead. We shall return, I'm sure.


Spent two delightful nights here. Faultless service, very welcoming bar and dining-room, and an extremely comfortable and quiet room. Will definitely return.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Henry & Rebecca Hunter

  • The Castle Hotel is built with stone from, and on the site of, the original castle in Bishops Castle. Some excellent castles within a few miles drive are Clun Castle, Powis Castle, Stokesay Castle, Montgomery Castle and Ludlow Castle.
  • Lying within a giant loop of the River Severn and guarded by its castle, Shrewsbury has been called England's finest Tudor town. Black & white buildings abound with their ancient connecting 'shuts' or passageways. There are over 660 listed buildings here!
  • Within easy reach of Bishops Castle, the ancient Market town of Ludlow and its castle sit on the steep banks of the River Teme. It is one of Britain's best-preserved medieval towns. The Bull Ring was once the site of bull baiting in the Middle Ages.
  • Often described as one of Britain's most unspoilt towns, Montgomery is well worth a visit, with its mix of timber framed buildings and grand Georgian and Victorian houses. Montgomery grew up around the hill-top castle in the early 13th century.
  • For walking, try the famous walks of the Shropshire Way, the Long Mynd and Offa's Dyke, to the hundreds of miles of public footpaths across the county. The South Shropshire Way runs right past the front steps of the hotel.
  • For anyone looking for a more leisurely stroll take an amble up Carding Mill Valley in nearby Church Stretton. Owned by the National Trust you will be rewarded with glorious and panoramic views.