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M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City

151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JS

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barbican Arts Centre, St. Paul's Cathedral, and …

£130
per night
Malmaison London
Malmaison London

18-21 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AH

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Bailey, Museum of London, and Barbican …

£109
per night
Britannia The International Hotel London, Canary Wharf
Britannia The International Hotel London, Canary Wharf

Marsh Wall, London E14 9SJ

4.5 out of 5.0

Located on the waterfront in London's Docklands business district, the hotel overlooks the iconic Canary Wharf tower and …

£45
per night
The Tower Hotel
The Tower Hotel

St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Wapping, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, and HMS Belfast.

£108
per night
Thistle Euston
Thistle Euston

Cardington Street, London NW1 2LP

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of KoKo London, University of London, and British Librar …

£108
per night
Qbic Hotel London City
Qbic Hotel London City

42 Adler Street, London E1 1EE

3.5 out of 5.0

Located in North London, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of East London Mosque and Tower of London. London Bridge and …

£68
per night
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel
Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf Hotel

5 Fairmont Avenue, London E14 9JB

4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel has contemporary architecture and is located on the River Thames in Docklands, five miles from central London an …

£95
per night
ibis London Excel Docklands
ibis London Excel Docklands

9 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1AB

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Canary Wharf, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Excel Exhibition Centre and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Boleyn Ground …

£49
per night
Devonshire Club & Hotel
Devonshire Club & Hotel

4 & 5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in London City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gherkin, Tower of London, and Royal …

£162
per night
Prince Regent Hotel Excel London
Prince Regent Hotel Excel London

361-363 Prince Regent Lane, London E16 3JP

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Canary Wharf, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Excel Exhibition Centre and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Boleyn Ground …

£44
per night
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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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