Simpsons gift shop, Bishops Castle, has a fantastic range of eclectic and quirky items and is the perfect destination for picking up something unusual for the folks back home during your stay in South Shropshire. A good range of books on a variety of subjects but specialising in nature, local interest, regional and traditional culture and outdoor pursuits as well as guides to the local area and and books by local authors. A great range of cards, stationary, homewares, toys, kitchenalia, homewares are all personally curated by the excellent Dave Simpson, who will usually be on hand to help you make you selection.
The Poetry Pharmacy Bishops Castle is a charming bookshop on the High Street. It’s aim is to provide ‘poetry on prescription’ to counter the stresses of modern life. The beautiful victorian shop has a range of poetry and prose tending toward the highbrow – you’ll be unlikely to find Dan Brown’s latest here. You can talk to the ‘Poetry Pharmacist’ if you have a particular ailment, or even take a consultation for more serious matters. The Poetry Pharmacy also stocks a range of stationary and pills to cure what ails you, including Happy Pills, Hope Pills and Poemcetamol. As a new centre for poetry and creative writing in the Midlands there are regular poetry and creative writing workshops, as well as courses in bookbinding. There is also a Dispensary cafe serving a range of coffees, teas, tisanes, sherbets and sodas.
Bury Ditches, located a few miles outside Bishops Castle and Clun is an impressive iron age hill fort on a beautiful site managed by the Forestry Commission. The ditches themselves are comprised of four massive earthwork ramparts and you can walk around the perimeter and really get a feel for what it would have been like in the iron age. Needless to say the views from the top of Bury Ditches are fantastic, stretching out to Clee Hill, Wenlock Edge and the Stiperstones. The fort was ‘rediscovered’ in 1976 when a storm felled a number of trees at the summit and the ramparts where revealed.
The Three Tuns, Bishops Castle is a legendary pub and brewery that has been in operation since 1642, and is by some reckoning the oldest working brewery in the UK. The pub and restaurant serves ‘modern eclectic cuisine’. Check out the ales brewed on site including Clerics Cure and XXX. Visit the website here.