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.
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
For just £39 a year, English Heritage members get free entry to our properties and exclusive discounts.