The Hotel

The Castle Hotel in Bishops Castle, Shropshire, has twelve delightful en-suite bedrooms, three bustling bars, a fine oak panelled restaurant and one of the finest hotel gardens in Shropshire. We also have a self-catering cottage to let, just across the square. And all suffused with that elusive “I’ve got away from it all” feeling. Situated in a quiet little edge-of-town square too, so no passing traffic! And while you are visiting why not try out one of our Shropshire Spa Hotel in-house treatments, where one of our team of professionally trained therapists will come to your room at a time of your choosing and treat you to one of our several holistic and cosmetic treatments. The Castle Hotel has been awarded Pet Friendly, Walker Friendly and Cyclist Friendly status.

But don’t just take our word for any of this:

Click here to read Fiona Duncan’s  review, Head travel writer for The Telegraph.

Click here to read Octavia LillyWhite’s review in The Mirror

This characterful hotel in Shropshire was built by Lord Carnarvon in 1719 on the site of the Bishop of Hereford’s original castle, conveniently situated between Shrewsbury and Ludlow, and the hotel still occupies an enviable and elevated position at the top of Bishops Castle town. Clive of India, one of Shropshire‘s finest sons, was one of the first landlords of The Castle Hotel!

But we no longer stand sentinel to the invading Welsh hoards, but rather provide food, drink and accommodation, and the most wonderful vantage point to view the surrounding Shropshire hills. Preferably with a glass of real ale in hand and the promise of dinner in the air. For Bishops Castle is to the bon viveur what Las Vegas is to the gambler – a Mecca, an Everest, Nirvana, the summit of human achievement!

Why? Because we have fantastic local produce, great food, great chefs, half a dozen micro-breweries in and around the town, and even a few vineyards! Need we say more?

We are a Pet friendly hotel and a dogs welcome hotel in Shropshire. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Cats are welcome upon request. Other pets must be mentioned upon booking. We are graded as a “Four Star Inn” by The AA.


Check out our sister hotel: Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel

We have also have a sister hotel located in North Shropshire just outside of Oswestry right on the Welsh/English border called Pen-y-Dyffryn.  Why not take a look (Especially if we are full…)

Click here to visit our sister hotel Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel just outside Oswestry, Shropshire

Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel

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30% OFF prices below Bed & Breakfast per night:
Smaller Double Room - £87 B&B
Standard Double/Twin Room - £98 B&B
Master Double/Twin Room - £119 B&B
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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

    Maria FTripadvisor
  • 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