From action packed fun with the family at Ashby de la Zouch Castle to a walk around the atmospheric moated remains of Kirby Muxloe, there's a day out in Leicestershire to suit everyone this season.
We have now switched to our summer opening hours, meaning that there is even more time for you to enjoy our properties and events on your visit. Please check opening times before you travel.
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Ashby Castle forms the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in
Sir Walter Scott's classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe. Now a ruin, the
castle began as a manor house in the 12th century.
A length of Roman bath-house wall over 9 metres (30 feet) high,
near a museum displaying the archaeology of Leicester and its
The picturesque moated remains - including the fine gatehouse and a complete corner tower - of this brick-built fortified mansion have recently been extensively conserved by English Heritage.
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'By an unlikely miracle, the keep at Bolsover has survived into this century as an almost untouched expression in stone of the lost world of Elizabethan chivalry and romance.'
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Robert Dudley created this ornate palace to impress his beloved Queen in 1575. The newly re-created Elizabethan Garden, lost for 400 years, is now open to visitors. Vast grounds perfect for exploring.
Kirby Hall is one of England's greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses. Begun by Sir Humphrey Stafford, it was purchased by Sir Christopher Hatton, one of Queen Elizabeth's 'comely young men'.
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company, as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the decadent world of eighteenth-century society. Bring your picnics and friends to Ashby de la Zouch Castle for an evening of outdoor theatre at its best.
Come and see medieval knights fighting for their honour in the castle grounds with awesome combat displays! Plus, for the kids there is a chance to take part in a special knights drill.
Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. Bring your chairs, picnics and friends to Ashby de la Zouch Castle to enjoy fun and frolics aplenty with this glorious new adaptation of the classic novel.
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For the first time in over three centuries visitors will witness breathtaking displays of the advanced dressage techniques championed by William Cavendish. Every weekend from Easter until September unique performances will take place twice daily.
Can you solve the royal quest? Find the hidden clues in the grounds to reveal the royal connection. A special prize will be rewarded to all those regal enough to complete the challenge!
Join us for the ultimate competitive historical combat as 4 teams each of 12 fully armoured Knights attempt to emerge victorious from a recreated Crest Melee. Watch as the Combatants fight with Shield and Club in a genuine contest of skill and strength.