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Bishop Castle

Westcliffe, CO
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Westcliffe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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208 reviews 208 reviews
45 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a lifelong project for mr. Bishop, a sort of monument to freedom! It's a huge gothic, fairy tale castle in the wet mountains of Colorado, he's currently building the dungeon of the castle by the entrance. There are are selection of walkways and staircases to climb and traverse and if you have the nerves, the view from the... More

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New Orleans
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It is a beautiful ride to get there and amazing once you actually take in the sight. It is the story of a man and his dream....and how, unfortunately, America has declined to the point where 'government' obstructs the dream. Not this guy though....he's marching on. A great place.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

From the moment you see the spire popping thru the trees, then seeing the stone structure, walking around, thru, over, etc. It is something different. No charge. If you are afraid of heights, you will be petrified at times in this structure. But to me worth the drive to see.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you live anywhere near Pueblo or Canon City, Colorado, you know that Jim Bishop's castle is a unique structure that you have to take your out-of-town guests to see. There is just nothing else like it, and I've been in a lot of states and countries! And because it is free, there is no excuse not to drive to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have visited the castle every time we are in Colorado over the years and it has never disappointed. Not for the faint of heart as you climb over the bridge on top and descend the hand built stairs. A blast for young and old alike. Those who were disappointed I think may be looking at it in the wrong... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

After visiting Cano's Castle (the house made of more than a million beer cans) in Antonito, Colorado, I was determined to drive to Westcliffe to see this towering structure, which was (and still is) being built by a very eccentric gentleman. From the highway, it looks like something you would read about in a Tolkien novel. It is part Eiffel... More

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