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Ashby de la Zouch Castle

  • A castle with a dramatic history
  • Enjoy the impressive ruins of this medieval manor house
A castle with a dramatic history Enjoy the impressive ruins of this medieval manor house

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

Events At Ashby de la Zouch Castle

  • Under Enemy Control

    Sat 02 & Sun 03 Aug 2014

    Travel back to the mid 17th century where the Civil War is colourfully brought to life by the Wardour Garrison. Learn how to load and fire a musket, watch military drills, experience and witness daily life under siege

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Sat 16 Aug 2014

    Bring your family and friends and enjoy a night of outdoor theatre at its best.

Prices and opening times


South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire - LE65 1BR (Directions)


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