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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 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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Warsaw, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Colorado
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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 NEW

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 NEW

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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Those on here saying it's not worth the trip may not be open minded enough to understand how truly unique and abstract this place really is. Spend the time to take it in and talk to Bishop what a down to earth and outspoken character, not enough like him in the world anymore in my opinion.

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Wisconsin
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

To walk through this work of art by one man is interesting and there certainly is a lot of creativity on display. That said, the artist is extremely disturbing. Every person is entitled to their opinion, but to shout profanities and racial slurs at the top of your lungs as people try to appreciate the workmanship is off putting. I... More

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You have to go there to understand what it is like! Grandkids like to go back so we do. So far no one has gotten hurt so that is good! Always want to wash my hands good when we leave.

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Aurora, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went expecting some nice castle in the woods, but seemed very run down with political signage everywhere. We spent maybe 10 minutes there and left.

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West Jordan, Utah
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have 3 boys and a castle enthusiast father in our group and were so excited to go see this. It was pretty hard to find since our GPS didn't have service in the forest it was in, and the grounds were pretty run-down overall. The castle itself was a work of art and very cool to see. But we... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I thought this would be a cool thing to see as we wound our way back to Pueblo from Canon City. And I also thought we would probably be the only ones there. Boy was I wrong! There must have been 200-300 people climbing all over the castle! We had to park on the highway about a half a mile... More

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