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Rated from 3 to 5, and meeting all the criteria of black stars, Gold Stars are awarded to the best in Britain and Ireland within their particular banding.

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A genuine welcome awaits at this character property, a town landmark

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At a glance

Dinner Award
Family rooms

This medieval town on the England-Wales border is famed for its ale, and is home to the oldest working brewery in the country. Overlooking the historic town with its mixed architecture and unusually painted houses (spotty, jigsaw etc.) sits the remains of a castle. In 1719 much of the stone from this castle was used to create The Castle Hotel, built on the old Baille (or enclosed courtyard) on the instruction of a wealthy landowner. Nearly 300 years on The Castle continues to welcome guests from far and wide. Many of the comfortably furnished rooms have stunning views across the Marches. Hearty meals are served in the bar, dining room and on sunny days on the garden terrace. Offa's Dyke, The Shropshire Way and Kerry Ridgeway are all within easy striking distance.

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  • Rooms: 12
  • Family rooms: 2

Room rates

  • Child discounts available
  • Short breaks available
  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Closed: 25 Dec


  • Afternoon tea served
  • Dinner served
  • Last orders for evening meals: 9pm


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms
  • Dogs allowed on premises
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms


  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Safe play area


  • Secure cycle storage


  • Maximum number of delegates: 24

Getting here

Turn off A488 into Bishop's Castle, at top of High St on left

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