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.
Sense and Sensibility
Sat 15 Jun 2013
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.
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Jul 2013
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.
The Wind in the Willows
Sat 3 Aug 2013
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.
Prices and opening times
South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire - LE65 1BR
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