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Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby de La Zouch Castle South Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1BR, England
+44 1530 413343
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A Tower, Tunnel and Grounds to explore

The first problem is finding somewhere to park, as there's no on site parking other than for... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Philip S
Pakenham, United Kingdom
Small castle ruins with a spooky tunnel

I visited here with my daughter, who is 6 during the holidays. The castle ruins are not that big... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A visit to Ashby Castle makes a great family day out in Leicestershire. The property began as a manor house in the 12th century and reached castle status in the 15th century. Come and find out about the castle’s colourful history with our lively audio tour. Hear how Edward IV’s Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower – a castle within a castle. Visitors can still climb the tower today despite it suffering massive damage during the Civil War. There are great views from the top! Then make sure you discover the underground passage from the kitchen to the tower, probably created during this war, which can still be explored today. Don't Miss •Walk the underground passage between the tower and the kitchen •Be amazed that you can still climb to the top of the half ruined tower •Find out more about the castle's dramatic history in the company of our amusing audio guide Last admission is half an hour before closing.
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Ashby de La Zouch Castle South Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1BR, England
+44 1530 413343
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The first problem is finding somewhere to park, as there's no on site parking other than for disabled drivers/passengers. I found a space in the nearby South Street car park which is free on Sundays, but only 80p on other days for 2 hours. Being...More

Thank Philip S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here with my daughter, who is 6 during the holidays. The castle ruins are not that big, but it is a nice site to go round if you enjoy history and for younger children. We're English heritage members and therefore did not pay...More

Thank Sapphire2829
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found that the price we paid there was very little to actually do. Having said that it was informative and interesting.

Thank Gumbo99
Reviewed 16 July 2017

I'd not heard much about this castle prior to our visit but our guided tour, with the lovely Rowan from English Heritage, showed us just what a chequered and interesting history it has.

Thank DevonianPlymouth_UK
Reviewed 12 July 2017

we attended an outside theatre production of Jayne Eyre the ruined castle was a very good and fantastic back drop to a period drama. The grounds are kept lovely though there is not much to see. The English Heritage staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Anna B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The jewel in the crown of a day in Ashby. Interesting site with a chance to explore an underground tunnel and climb up the remaining tower for great views over the town. Lots of space for a picnic and playing with the kids. For the...More

Thank Markadlz
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Worth about an hour, if you're into castle ruins, and the family history. The free audio guide is entertaining enough. Parking is limited, so you might end up with a bit of a stroll to reach it. Right in the heart of town, so walk...More

Thank Arty26
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Although we have lived in Ashby for over forty years this was only our second visit. We visited with friends on a bank holiday weekend when there was a special event on which made it even more interesting with people in period costume. A lot...More

Thank Cambrian31
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Lovely castle ruin to wander through with extensive grass areas for picnics and passing a pleasant hour or so.

Thank Alison23lufbra
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Visited on a Sunday afternoon on a day that English Heritage were doing an events day on "Medieval castle life and laughter". Lots to do for the kids, who were encouraged to take part in the displays and drills. On the day we visited, there...More

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8 May 2017|
Response from CaroleNHS | Reviewed this property |
Can't remember the review but since i only live about 10 miles away i am well aware that the sea is about 70 miles away! :)
mark b
22 September 2016|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
That's subject to variation year to year and on the English Heritage page for the castle in question. Currently £5.10
mark b
22 September 2016|
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Response from Poyntonboy | Reviewed this property |
I was a English Heritage member at the time of my visit so it was free