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Bishop Castle

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Address: Westcliffe, CO
Phone Number: 719-485-3040
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A must see!!

This place is one of the best places to go and not only see the beautiful castle he has worked so very hard on, but the view of Colorado from the towers are breath taking. I will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This place is one of the best places to go and not only see the beautiful castle he has worked so very hard on, but the view of Colorado from the towers are breath taking. I will always come back to see the new changes he has done stone by stone. He is AMAZING and I had the wonderful pleasure... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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107 reviews 107 reviews
48 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This place is amazing...if you have a fear of heights/bad eyes (depth problems) you cannot truly enjoy this place. everything is welded together- hodge-podge comes to mind. Grates that you can see through till the ground- you can get vertigo but one you get up the spires and look out..it is really incredible. I was really sad the owner was... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Mr Bishop has created a very impressive structure all to spite the government. Stone by Stone, year after year he continues to add to the castle. I don't expect it will ever be done, or of much use. But it is an eye full to behold. Please note, safety is not a big consideration here with narrow walks steep drops... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This incredibly odd place appeared in "A Travelers' Guide to the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway"--a loop which we were following. No climbing for us--but we were glad we at least stopped to look.

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Hays
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

What an interesting and impressive work of art. This castle was built by hand stone by stone by Mr. Bishop. In fact, at times Mr. Bishop makes are appearance himself while you are visiting. It is a beautiful peace of art but if you are faint of heart there are sections that you might not enjoy as much. There are... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

this is truly an amazing creation of one man who piled tons and tons of rocks and iron to make a huge monument. The whole time you are there, you wonder "why did he do this"? and then even more perplexing is "how did he do this"? Definitely out of the way and that is just how he likes it.... More 

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went to Bishop Castle on a weekday in September. It was not very crowded which was fine. The castle is amazing, especially considering that the entire structure was done by one man. The enormous ballroom and the room with stained glass windows were both a surprise. Both of these rooms are lovely. The ironwork is beautiful and seems to... More 

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Newna
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

While visiting my daughter in Colorado we decided to take a drive to the Bishop Castle. Wow- is it ever different! First of all it is free- a donation is requested at any amount you are comfortable with. When you see the castle on the side of the road you just pull over onto the shoulder, get out, and walk... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

You just can't believe this place. Jim Bishop had a dream, he built it and they come. Free admission and Jim Bishop promises that will always stand. He keeps adding things, they say, but I've only been here once so I don't know about the new items. I climbed up the spiral, scary staircases but if you have a heights... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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214 reviews 214 reviews
46 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

One man (who is a character if you get to speak to him) built this out of the way, and extremely interesting castle. I have been told the dragon, which is perched on a high parapet, spews fire. If you don't like heights, this is NOT the place for you to do any climbing, the walkways are see through. You... More 

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