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

  • Easter Adventure Quest

    Good Fri 18 - Easter Mon 21 Apr 2014

    Young adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Ashby De La Zouch. Rise to the challenge and you’ll win a yummy chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

  • Medieval Fighting Knights

    Sun 25 & Spring Bank Holiday Mon 26 May 2014

    Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament. Swords will be wielded and helmets battered - who will reign supreme and become champion?

Prices and opening times


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


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