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Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ashby de La Zouch Castle South Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1BR, England
+44 1530 413343
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Brilliant Half Day Out

This is a brilliant half day out for the family in the heart of the Leicestershire landscape. This... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Climb the tower for lovely views

Visited in January 2018. Be aware castle only open at weekend in winter months. Nice couple of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Janet H
Worcester, United Kingdom
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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 Last admission is half an hour before closing.
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Ashby de La Zouch Castle South Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 1BR, England
+44 1530 413343
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a brilliant half day out for the family in the heart of the Leicestershire landscape. This pre Tudor Castle ruins and associated audio tour is fascinating and provides ingesting history of the sites construction, peak period and then destruction during the civil war....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited in January 2018. Be aware castle only open at weekend in winter months. Nice couple of hours spent exploring the site. Public car park just round the corner to the castle is free on a Sunday. Nice grounds to walk dog round in. Worth...More

1  Thank Janet H
Reviewed 4 January 2018

I didn't think it would be up to much and wasn't all that excited about traipsing around yet another delapidated old castle, however I was pleasantly suprised...! Definitely worth a visit.... then off to the pub afterwards for a nice meal and a cold one...More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Been a few times absolutely love it!!! Nice and clean will definitely be returning. It's really nice walking around the cancel and the little ones has a great time.

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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Well maintained site friendly staff , well worth a visit . Great views from the tower of Ashby De La Zouch

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Definitely take the audio tour option as it doesn't cost extra and the 2 guys who host it are like the horrible history guys so make the tour quite funny. £15 for 2 adults and 3 kids was pretty reasonable - Took us about 90...More

Thank Gemmad1989
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Visited the grounds and par took of the free audio guide which was excellent. Lots of history and climbed the tower for extensive views over Ashby. Well worth a visit and a lovely place to pass an afternoon.

Reviewed 13 September 2017

We walked into town from our campsite and saw the signs by chance and decided to have a look. We didn't know Ashby had a castle. The £5.20 each entry fee was OK. We took the recorded tour guide but went around the wrong way,...More

Thank Duncan S
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Wonderful castle. I would recommend getting a audio guide as we definitely learnt a lot from listening to the history of this place, although it was very comedic unlike the usual English Heritage guides - I quite liked it personally but its not everybody's taste....More

Thank wvj07
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This castle is mostly ruins, there is one tower you can climb for some fantastic views but it's narrow & not for those with mobility problems. The best thing about this place is the audio guide. The two actors are really quite good, they banter...More

Thank Angela T
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8 May 2017|
Response from CaroleNHS | Reviewed this property |
Can't remember the review but since i only live about 10 miles away i am well aware that the sea is about 70 miles away! :)
mark b
22 September 2016|
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Response from Gary B | Reviewed this property |
That's subject to variation year to year and on the English Heritage page for the castle in question. Currently £5.10
mark b
22 September 2016|
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Response from Poyntonboy | Reviewed this property |
I was a English Heritage member at the time of my visit so it was free