The Beer and the Breweries

If you are looking to stay in an unspoilt market town with one of the best reputations for real ale and beer in the country, then Bishops Castle is the place to be.  There are two fantastic real ale breweries in Bishops Castle and another 16 micro-breweries within a 25 mile radius producing some of the best beer in the land. The two in the town are The Three Tuns and The Six Bells.

Here at The Castle Hotel we work very closely with The Three Tuns Brewery and The Six Bells Brewery and we have exclusive special Brewery Tour rates for our customers. For more information on how to book a tour click here.

The Three Tuns Brewery

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The Three Tuns is a stone’s throw from our front door – occasionally guests at The Castle will have the unique experience of waking up to the faint smell of freshly malting hops drifting in the air! The Tuns is the UK’s oldest licensed brewery and is widely regarded as being one of the most prestigious. They have been brewing exceptional beer for over 386 years and were first granted a licence in 1642.
The iconic building consists of the original brew house and the traditional Victorian tower. It is a rare surviving example of a small working rural brewery.

The Three Tuns Brewery has also recently purchased The Bridges Inn, Ratlinghope, located 8 miles outside of Bishops Castle, with excellent walking up to The Long Mynd or The Stiperstones. A great place to stop for lunch and enjoy an excellent pint of local real ale. Click here to visit their website.

The Six Bells Brewery

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The Six Bells Brewery is located at the “bottom” of town no more than a couple of minutes stroll from The Castle, although it can take a little while longer to get back up, especially after a few pints of beer.
The Brewery is part of The Six Bells Pub, a traditional country drinking establishment. Nev is the master brewer here and is quite a character. He has named his signature beer after himself – “Big Nevs” – which we also have on tap at The Castle Hotel. Big Nevs 3.8%; pale golden, a pleasing, faintly grassy aroma leading to a dry, fruity hop flavour and a refreshing dry finish.

The Castle Hotel has a long standing relationship with The Six Bells and we have been serving their beer for over 14 years. For more details on The Six Bells see their website here.

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The Bedrooms

We have twelve lovely bedrooms, all en-suite, TV, pillows, sheets, all mod cons you see. And all suffused with that "away from it all" feeling. Some bedrooms have lovely views of the town and the surrounding hills, and others look out over the fabulous hotel gardens.

The Gardens

The gardens really are a feature in their own right. South facing, you gaze over the top of the little town to the big hills beyond, serenaded by the tinkling waterfall in the adjoining lily ponds. Have lunch in style on the extensive decking area with seating for over 50 guests, shaded by vine-covered arbours.

Things To Do

With various activities to do close by you will never be short of things to do during your stay ion Shropshire at The Castle Hotel. Take a lazy stroll around the ancient cobbled streets of Bishops Castle or for the more energetic activities try some walking or cycling around the surrounding hills.

Bishops Castle

Bishops Castle is a small and ancient market town encircled by the South Shropshire Hills, and is only a few miles from the Welsh Border. It is approximately equidistant from Shrewsbury and Ludlow It therefore makes the perfect place to start your exploration of this beautiful corner of Britain.


Shropshire may be one of the countries quietest counties but don’t be deceived- there´s still plenty to see and do. Shropshire has over 90 places to visit – historic houses and castles with beautiful gardens, the famous Ironbridge Gorge, and several National Trust properties nearby, including Powis Castle and Attingham Hall.

What our visitors say

  • 3 night stay - perfect - Food absolutely lovely, staff friendly - perfect mini break with our dog. Glorious countryside, wonderful walks - would highly recommend, thank you we will certainly come back. Maria x Stayed June 2015, travelled as a couple

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  • We stayed with a group of friends to take part in the Bishops Castle Challenge Walk. Everything about the hotel was great. Rooms, food, very friendly and helpful staff . A good location for exploring the beautiful countryside of Shropshire. Definitely a hotel to come back to. Stayed August 2015, travelled as a couple

  • We stayed at The Castle Hotel for one night. Our room was fantastic with a beautiful view down to the village. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Fabulous garden with a great panoramic view of the village. Our evening meal with lovely as well as breakfast. We will be back for longer next time. Stayed June 2015, travelled as a couple