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Ashby

Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby de la Zouch is a community town in North West Leicestershire and in the heart of The National Forest.

The town is overlooked by the ruins of Ashby Castle. Originally a Norman manor house, it was converted into a self-contained fortress by Lord Hastings in the 15th century. After the Civil War the castle was partly destroyed and largely forgotten until it was used as the location for the fictional tournament in the classical historical romance 'Ivanhoe' by Sir Walter Scott who stayed in the area. 

Bath Grounds

The Castle is now in the care of English Heritage. Visitors can tour the impressive ruins, explore the secret kitchen tunnel and climb the 24 metre high Hastings Tower and enjoy superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Leicester writer Sue Townsend, moved her well known character Adrian Mole from Leicester to Ashby de la Zouch in her series of books and made his girlfriend Pandora Braithwaite MP for the town.

If you enjoy drama, Ashby's Venture Theatre shows regular amateur productions throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased from Ashby's Tourist Information Centre.

The Bath Grounds in the town get their name from the Ivanhoe Baths, a neo-Grecian spa designed by Robert Chaplin in 1822. The name was was also inspired by the locally-set Sir Walter Scott novel, Ivanhoe. The ornate building has long gone but the grounds are still used for all kinds of leisure activities including cricket, bowls and football and regular events take place on the 6 hectare site. There is a heritage trail which provides an insight into the Bath Grounds’ fascinating past and present - download a copy here.

Trampoline

Ashby's Hood Park Leisure Centre not only boasts sporting and leisure facilities and an indoor swimming pool, but also has an outdoor swimming pool which is open from the end of May until the beginning of September each year.

For the more energetic visitor a trip to Rebound Trampoline Park in the town is sure to work off surplus energy but also offers classes with low impact fun exercise.  

Every year the Ashby Statutes fair takes over Market Street, and traffic is diverted away from the town centre. The Sunday family day ensures that young and old alike look forward to this annual event.

More annual festivals that take place in the town include the Ashby Arts Festival and Food Gusto, see our events page for details of more events.

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Town centre accommodation

Great places to eat and drink

 

 

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby Castle
A visit to Ashby Castle makes a great family day out.

The property began as a manor house in the 12th century and reached castle status in the 15th century. Find out about the castle’s colourful history with the 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. There's lots to discover!

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Local landmark

Memorial
The Loudoun Monument, also known as Queen Eleanor Cross, is a memorial to Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun (1833 – 1874). It is located on the junction of Bath Street and South Street, near the entrance to the Bath Grounds.