South Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1BR
Tel: 01530 413343 or 0870 333 1181
Fax: 01530 411677
Ashby Castle forms the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott's classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe. Now a ruin, the castle began as a manor house in the 12th century. It only achieved castle status in the 15th century, by which time the hall and buttery had been enlarged, with a solar to the east and a large integral kitchen added to the west.
Between 1474 and his execution by Richard III in 1483, Edward IV's Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower - a castle within a castle. Visitors can now climb the 24 metre (78 feet) tower, which offers fine views. Later the castle hosted many royal visitors, including Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots, James I and Charles I.
A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower, probably created during this war, can still be explored today.
In Ashby de la Zouch, 12 miles S of Derby on A511 (OS Map 128; ref SK 361166). Restricted parking on site, please park in town car park.
Call now on:
01530 413343 or 0870 333 1181
Please mention Visit Derbyshire when you call.