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The charming market town of Bishop's Stortford lies within the county of Hertfordshire, bordering Essex. In the array of towns the length and breadth of England, few embody the character of Englishness more than Bishop's Stortford; picturesque, understated with an impeccable heritage. Today, it is the perfect blend of old and new - a historic fabric with a vibrant contemporary culture.
Bishop's Stortford is rich in history. With humble beginnings this town has seen Roman, Saxon and Norman settlements and is also home to the captivating ruins of Waytemore Castle that dates back to the time of William the Conqueror. In the heart of the town is St Michael's Church with its celebrated 56 metre high spire whose parish has been associated with the Bishops of London since before the Norman conquest.
The town offers an impressive 90 acres of parks and open spaces and under a 6 mile drive away you can reach the magnificent National Trust Hatfield Forest. Explore the diversity of open green space; from beautiful hedgerows and grassland to the expansive woodland of the forest.
Bishop's Stortford hosts a popular street market on a Thursday and Saturday each week as well as a farmer's market on the first Saturday of each month which is packed with stalls piled high with produce grown, bred, caught, reared, pickled, brewed and baked.
Nestled on the border of Hertfordshire and Essex, Bishop's Stortford is ideally located to explore the best that both counties have to offer. Bishop's Stortford is located just off the M11 at junction 8, which enables you to gain access to Cambridge and the North or the M25 at junction 27 to the South.
Just under 30 miles away is the historic city of St Albans, a bustling historical metropolis; this is echoed in the Roman remains and the unique medieval architecture of the cathedral, which stands tall in the city's skyline. The award-winning Verulamium Museum, lying just outside the town centre, displays charming objects from the Roman period and a 3 minute walk away from here is the Roman Theatre; built in approximately 140 AD, it is the only building of its type anywhere in Britain.
To the South East of Bishop’s Stortford lies the City of Chelmsford, offering some outstanding attractions, from animal exploration at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park and Tropical Wings Zoo to taking a step back in time at the Chelmsford Museum. Explore the architectural grandeur of buildings such as Chelmsford Cathedral, Shire Hall and the fully restored Grade II listed Hylands House.
In neighbouring Essex you will find the award-winning Colchester Zoo, which will transport you into a world full of magnificent animals. Learn about the animals as you see them up close and get the unique opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself.