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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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Excellent bit of history.

Visited the grounds and par took of the free audio guide which was excellent. Lots of history and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Interesting monument worth a visit

We walked into town from our campsite and saw the signs by chance and decided to have a look. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Duncan S
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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 1 week ago

Visited the grounds and par took of the free audio guide which was excellent. Lots of history and climbed the tower for extensive views over Ashby. Well worth a visit and a lovely place to pass an afternoon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked into town from our campsite and saw the signs by chance and decided to have a look. We didn't know Ashby had a castle. The £5.20 each entry fee was OK. We took the recorded tour guide but went around the wrong way,...More

Thank Duncan S
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Wonderful castle. I would recommend getting a audio guide as we definitely learnt a lot from listening to the history of this place, although it was very comedic unlike the usual English Heritage guides - I quite liked it personally but its not everybody's taste....More

Thank wvj07
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This castle is mostly ruins, there is one tower you can climb for some fantastic views but it's narrow & not for those with mobility problems. The best thing about this place is the audio guide. The two actors are really quite good, they banter...More

Thank Angela T
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Traditional English Heritage presentation (guide book and information boards), it's a ruin, but with a tower that can be climbed (98 steps) with spectacular views. Lots of history from the Wars of the Roses onwards, though curiously quiet about the original De La Zouche family....More

Thank tjsussex
Reviewed 4 September 2017

I cannot believe the number of reviews on here from people saying there is nothing to do or not much to see - it's a castle ruin what more do you want jousting matches??? Ashby da la Zouch Castle is a ruin but what there...More

Thank paulj0nes66
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Ashby Castle is managed by English Heritage, so expect admission charges to be costly. Family of four can expect to pay almost £20-00 to see something that would take not more than a couple of hours to digest. If you wish the "Gift Aid" your...More

Thank jrdo5959
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We took our friends to Ashby Castle on bank holiday Monday. It wasn't too busy which was nice. We parked in a pay and display car park not far away and walked up to the castle. We got some ice creams at the ticket office,...More

Thank frenchi700
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

My sister and I went here in august 2017 it was a beautiful warm day which helped as lots to see all outside you get audio tape to listen about different parts of the castle lovely small shop to buy fudge and treats be warned...More

Thank Pam K
Reviewed 17 August 2017

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
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7 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