Bishop’s Castle is a small, market town at the centre of magnificent, unspoilt hill country. The prominent 18th century Town Hall, which has undergone a major renovation, stands at the top of the main street, and is the centre for much activity in the town. There are two museums and a Heritage Resource Centre, two breweries, including the oldest licensed brewery in the country. Many pubs, restaurants and cafes and shops catering for almost every need line the main street. There is frequent evening entertainment and the town is a centre for live music and crafts and art.
The area is situated in the sparsely populated valleys and uplands of Shropshire Hills and the Welsh border, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It is also rich in history; castles as well as museums, big and small, abound.
The region is very active as far as entertainment is concerned. There are concerts, films, and live theatre, and a particularly rich vein of live music at various venues from pubs to village halls and schools. Genres of music from rock to folk, classical to reggae can be heard regularly in the town and its environs, as well as a variety of dance to watch or participate in.
SpArC in Bishop’s Castle has a swimming pool, leisure centre and squash courts and a theatre with a programme of professional theatre and film events throughout the year. Bishop’s Castle and nearby villages host a series of festivals throughout the year – see local posters, “BroadSheep”, the Herefordshire & Shropshire borders listings magazine – telephone 01544 260051 or go to www.broadsheep.com, and Bishop’s Castle’s own website.
There is a variety of town and country accommodation on offer, from inns and farmhouses to bunk houses, camping and caravan sites, youth hostels (Clun & Bridges), B&Bs and hotels and self-catering flats and cottages. They make an excellent base for walking and exploring the beautiful uplands of South-West Shropshire and The Marches.