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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Waltham Close Stansted Airport, Bishop's Stortford CM24 1PP

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4.5 out of 5 (3,079 reviews)

This contemporary glass-fronted hotel is adjacent to London Stansted Airport, just a 2-minute walk from the terminal via a …

£82
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Down Hall Country House Hotel

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7AS

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4.2 out of 5 (306 reviews)

Located in Hatfield Heath, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of The Gibberd Garden, Saint Nicholas Church, Moreton, and …

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The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Tilekin Green, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7TJ

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3.7 out of 5 (449 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

£56
Fanhams Hall
Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall Road, Ware SG12 7PZ

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3.7 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Ware, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chadwell Springs Golf Course, Top Events GB, and River Lea. Artshed i …

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The Cottage Guest House
The Cottage Guest House

71 Birchanger Lane, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QA

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (110 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mountfitchet Castle, House on the Hill Toy Museum, and …

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George Hotel
George Hotel

1 North Street, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2LD

2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Rhodes Arts Complex and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bishop's …

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The Stables at The Starr Inn
The Stables at The Starr Inn

Market Place, Dunmow CM6 1AX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this inn is 6 mi (9.6 km) from Hatfield Forest and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club …

£70
Days Inn London Stansted Airport
Days Inn London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Service Area, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QZ

2.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (648 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rhodes …

£52
The Green Man
The Green Man

Mulberry Green, Harlow CM17 0ET

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4 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Located in Old Harlow, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harlow Falconry and The Gibberd Garden. Battlefield Live …

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Park Inn by Radisson Harlow
Park Inn by Radisson Harlow

Southern Way, Harlow CM18 7BA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (302 reviews)

Situated in Harlow, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Harlow Falconry and within 9 mi (15 km) of The Gibberd …

£42
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Pocket Guide: Stansted Mountfitchet Castle Hotels

In Hertfordshire you'll immediately sense a deep history, evident from the ruined abbeys and castles that dot the landscape, the ancient towns like St. Albans and artefacts in countless museums. The Romans were here over two millennia ago, but perhaps the most pivotal year in English history was 1066, when the Normans arrived. They immediately built a huge number of 'Motte and Bailey' castles to control the understandably disgruntled natives!

Most of these were later replaced by stone fortresses and others were quickly absorbed back into the landscape, so it's rare to find even the remains of any of them. However, the Mountfitchet Castle open-air museum allows visitors to see what these transient fortifications were like, and it makes a good destination for a day's excursion from a nearby Hertfordshire hotel if you're based in the area.

Hertfordshire Hotels for Mountfitchet Castle Open-Air Museum

This fascinating museum is a reconstruction of a 900-year-old Motte and Bailey castle from the early years of the Norman Conquest. It also has a reconstructed village of the time behind its walls, just as it would have been almost a millennium ago. Visitors can wander around the thatched houses and get a real feel for what it must have been like for Norman settlers at the time, vulnerable to guerrilla attacks from the locals, and seeking to impose their will on their new kingdom by brute force.

Mountfitchet Castle from Hertfordshire Hotels

The Norman castle and its associated village have been reconstructed on the site of an original Motte and Bailey castle of the time, making it a unique example of its kind. Complete with smouldering log fires and many other authentic touches, it's an educational experience as well as a lot of fun. Come along to Mountfitchet Castle with the family and you'll experience not just another empty ruin but a living site full of atmosphere, designed down to the last detail based on contemporary accounts and information from archaeological digs. From your base in a Hertfordshire hotel it makes the perfect daytime outing, and the surrounding parkland with fallow deer is also worth a visit.

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