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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Waltham Close Stansted Airport, Bishop's Stortford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 14 hours ago
17 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (3,395 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hatfield Forest, Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and Mountfitchet Castle. House ...

£79

£79
Novotel London Stansted Airport

Novotel London Stansted Airport

Round Coppice Road, Stansted
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
3.8 out of 5 (1,337 reviews)

This family-friendly Stansted hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, Mountfitchet Castle and House on the Hill ...

£53

£53
Down Hall Hotel & Spa

Down Hall Hotel & Spa

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.3 out of 5 (371 reviews)

Located in Hatfield Heath, this spa hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hatfield Forest, Rhodes Arts Complex and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club. Kelvedon Hatch ...

£70

£70
Ramada London Stansted Airport

Ramada London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Birchanger Green, Bishop's Stortford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 15 hours ago
3.8 out of 5 (1,232 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Rhodes Arts Complex and Mountfitchet ...

£47

£47
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Tilekin Green, Bishop's Stortford
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 19 hours ago
3.7 out of 5 (535 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hatfield Forest and Rhodes Arts ...

£45

£45
Days Inn London Stansted Airport

Days Inn London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Service Area, Bishop's Stortford
3.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 13 minutes ago
1 others viewing this property now
3.7 out of 5 (698 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 miles (5 km) of Rhodes Arts Complex and Hatfield Forest. ...

£41

£41
DeSalis Hotel London Stansted

DeSalis Hotel London Stansted

Hall Road ( opposite Green St.), Bishop's Stortford
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 23 hours ago
3.4 out of 5 (348 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mountfitchet Castle, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Hatfield Forest. Bishop's Stortford ...

£40

£40
The Green Man Boutique Hotel

The Green Man Boutique Hotel

The Street, Bishop's Stortford
3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (32 reviews)

Situated in Bishop's Stortford, this inn is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hatfield Forest and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club. Rhodes Arts Complex and ...

£62

£62
The Cricketers Arms - Hotel

The Cricketers Arms - Hotel

Rickling Green, Near Stansted, Saffron Walden
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 days ago
4.1 out of 5 (187 reviews)

Situated in Saffron Walden, this inn is within 6 miles (10 km) of Mountfitchet Castle, House on the Hill Toy Museum and Audley End House. Bishop's Stortford ...

£71

£71
Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport

Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport

Bassingbourn Road, Essex, Stansted
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 26 minutes ago
2 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (99 reviews)

Situated in Stansted, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, Hatfield Forest and Mountfitchet Castle. House on the Hill Toy Museum ...

£56

£56

Pocket Guide: Mountfitchet Castle 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.