The fact that the guy has built the place entirely by himself is a testament to the human sprit....definitely a "must see"
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.
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.
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
After reading about how a dream became a reality of a young man wanting to build his own castle. From the pictures I saw on the internet, I decided that I had to see this work in progress. The ironwork is beautiful and the building can be walked on even though it is under construction. I was also surprised how... More
On our trip to Colorado I had chosen to take "off roads," in other words no major highways. So after going up the Highway of Legends we did a very short run on I25 to Colorado City where we turned onto CO.165. Just on it's own it is a beautiful drive, but as we came around yet another curve in... More
This is one man's vision and dream; a unique building constructed solo by Jim Bishop. Jim is usually on the property and likes to talk to visitors; he is a fascinating individual. You are free to explore any and all areas of the castle, but watch your step. There are some rather precarious stairways and passages. It is rather scary... More
This is a very interesting place.Small children should be watched.There are many places to climb and explore.Some places are dangerous and not for those scared of heights.The owner is building the castle himself and some places are not completed .It is very interesting to see and explore.It is off the beaten path and parking along the highway only.I would visit... More
Fantastic castle-like structure. Amazing that one man could build it all over the last 40 years. Fascinating style and structure, amazing creativity. I'm not sure if the builder is a genius, a lunatic, or both. It was very worthwhile for my wife and I to visit, but the whole place is a gigantic safety hazard. There are many places where... More
My husband and I found the Bishop Castle by accident as we were driving along Highway 165. There were about 15 cars parked along the road so we decided to pull off and check out the castle. The structure is very interesting and you are allowed to walk all over it. My husband is a building engineer and was very... More
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