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Bishop Castle

Westcliffe, CO
719-485-3040
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Westcliffe
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: A snarling metal dragon head greets visitors to Jim Bishop’s castle in the San Isabel National Forest . This gravity-defying feat of ingenuity is... more »
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

What a great attraction to ride your motorcycle too! The guy who is building this attraction is doing a great job. It was pretty from the outside and his workmanship on the inside made for an enjoyable afternoon. I just wish someone would stop the people who throw rocks at the stain glass windows. That is just wrong! Thank goodness,... More

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Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very unique. Anti-government builder. think this is why Colorado tourism doesn't promote. Husband fascinated by story. Just happened upon it on our route. Be careful. Is a project under construction--for many years.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Unlike most things you will ever see. Seems rickety and dangerous so be careful. But very interesting to see if you're in the area.

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Carlsbad
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This place is very fun, but watch your children. There are so many places to climb and have fun exploring, but be aware that children could fall and get hurt, you play and climb at your own risk. Gift shop is full of fun different kids and adult things. The builder and owner is an adventure all of it's own.

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Dexter, Missouri
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I grew up not too far from the castle and I still love it! There is something exciting to see around each corner. I still find is amazing that it is being built by one person and still a work in progress. One of my friends got married here and it was beautiful!

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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Words and pictures fail to convey the magical essence of Bishop Castle. If you're anywhere with reach and choose miss it, you're foolish. The first time I visited, I compared it to living next door to the Sistine Chapel whilst Michaelangelo was painting, and not being aware of what was so near. http://www.bishopcastle.org/

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Westcliffe, Colorado
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The fact that the guy has built the place entirely by himself is a testament to the human sprit....definitely a "must see"

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Westcliffe, CO
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Located just 45 minutes from the hamlet of Westcliffe, CO on Hwy 165. The moat is the current project. Mr. Bishop has spent his lifetime achieving what most would think impossible. You can walk anywhere around the castle from top to bottom. What a wonderful place for a wedding...and Westcliffe (and the Wet Mountain Valley) have many popular wedding sites.

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Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Bishop's castle is a must see if you are in the area. It is not for someone who is afraid of heights, however. The narrow gauge rod iron spiral stair cases take you at least 200ft. In the air above the castle. Be prepared with 5-10 dollars cash for a donation to keep this castle builder going.

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Colorado Springs
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81 reviews 81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Bishop's Castle began as a one-room stone cottage in 1969. What is there now is an amazing eclectic structure roughly resembling a Viking long house with two large castle turrets. The main room with high vaulted ceiling is breathtaking. Climbing the spiral staircases to the open-air top of a turret is even more breath-taking (and not a bit scary in... More

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