Be sure to visit this unforgettable castle that's in the pocess of being built by one man, Jim Bishop. Decorated with ... More
Be sure to visit this unforgettable castle that's in the pocess of being built by one man, Jim Bishop. Decorated with beautiful ornamental iron, the castle is built out of handhewn stone in a dramatic Medieval style and stands three full stories high. Features include a grand ball room, stained glass windows, and a \"fire breathing dragon.\" Open daily with your best chance of seeing the builder in action on the weekends. There are no guided tours - you're on your own, but do remember to be careful - this is a construction site. A gift shop is open May through October.
There are several areas in the castle that a child can get hurt in. Missing cat walks, a rope to a bell without a floor under it, loose debris, etc. My grandson ran to ring the bell and if I had not caught him by his waist he would have fallen down the shaft the rope hangs down. No warning signs either.
Very narrow passage ways too. Interesting experience for adults only!
We were lucky enough to visit when Mr Bishop was there working on the front entrance area. Mr Bishop has basically spent his entire life building this castle, by hand! What a hard working man. You might want to note tho Mr. Bishop is very opinionated about politics & government & what he feels is wrong with it. If you are sensitive to such talk you don't probably don't want to talk at length with him.
It's amazing to go through the castle. The fisrt floor has a furnace. There is an elevator, but I think it's only used for working purposes.
The second level has a several arch support system. The 3rd level has the "grand ballroom" There are wrought iron walkways around the castle at a couple different heights. It's high, that can be a bit daunting if you're afraid of heights. You can climb spiral stairs to the top of one of the towers. At the top of one there is a round ball strictly made of welded iron. It's pretty high up & moves a bit. The other tower is even higher. The view from the top is AMAZING. It is windy way up high!
The stair are narrow in places, you have to wait for people going up or coming down as there is not room for doing so at the same time.
It is "enter at your own risk" This is NOT an osha approved tourist attraction... so Children MUST be watched. If you can't climb stairs you could enjoy looking at the castle, but you really won't enjoy the view & appreciate the grandness of the structure unless you climb up to at least the 3rd level.
There are NO modern bathrooms, running water, etc. There is an outhouse at the entrance, & it smells like one.
The gift shop sells some things. The did have bottled water & pop when we were there. The site is donation only. The Bishops donate I believe 25% to a newborn heart surgery chairty. They use the rest to purchase the iron, sand & cement..etc.
What I didn't like most was the fact that we bought a DVD about the castle... for $25. I really didn't show much at all. Mostly it was watching Mr. Bishop pick up rocks. There was some talk & you learned how the idea for the castle came to be... but I would think $7 would have been plenty to charge for this poor quality DVD. It was a copy of an OLD vhs tape with occasional snowy lines, then voices were dubbed in over that to explain things. It would be great if they could make a DVD that is HIGHer quality that actually shows stages of the castle being built, more info & facts about the amount of material used, hours/years worked to achieve certain stages of building, etc.
Overall it was a FANTASTIC experience & I would go back again, I would encourage others to go as well!
Great family experience. Castle has been created out of steel and rocks. Nothing more, nothing less, but for reasons??? That is the question! Nice drive through the mountains of beautiful forests and natural setting. Price: Donation only. Great place to take the family and have some wonderful discussions of who, what, why and most interestingly, how!
Bishop's Castle can be overlooked, and this is extremely unfortunate. To read the story of Bishop's Castle is to ask about what dreams are made of and what is possible with motivation.
When visiting, you'll notice there is still construction going on. This doesn't interfere with the visitor's enjoyment of climbing up and down the many staircases of metal, stone, and concrete. It has amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, and any person can honestly feel like they are at the top of the world if you dare climb up to the castle's highest point.
There is an incredible amount of detail put into Bishop's castle. Visit it if you wish to see a great example of metalwork--this man's skill for wielding and using geometry and physics is astonishing.
It's a shame that Bishop's Castle is off the beaten path. No one build's castles anymore: not even in Disneyland could you roam around a castle. Here's a chance to do just that.