Ashby de la Zouch Castle
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire
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The castle is now a ruin, but began its
life 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. Later the
castle hosted many royal visitors, including Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots,
James I and Charles I. It was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War,
and finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable.
No under the guardianship of English
Heritage visitors can now climb the 78 feet tower, which offers fine views
of the countryside around, as well as also explore an underground passage
from the kitchen to the tower, probably created during the Civil war.
In its time Ashby Castle has also formed
the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes in Sir Walter Scott's classic
novel of 1819, Ivanhoe.
Jim F Bleak
Ashby de la Zouch Castle , Ashby de la Zouch,
Getting there: In Ashby de la Zouch, 12 miles
S of Derby on A511. Restricted parking on site, please park in town car
Access: Access to castle: Via 200m of grass,
assistance may be required.
Other Useful Websites:
Address: Ashby de la Zouch Castle ,
Postcode: LE65 1BR
Telephone: 01530 413343
Opening Times: 21 Mar-30 Jun and 1 Sep-31 Oct
Mon + Thu-Sun 10am to 5pm
1 Jul-31 Aug 10am-6pm Daily; 1 Nov-31 Mar 12pm-4pm Mon + Thu-Sun
Charges: FREE to English Heritage Members.
Everyone else Adult £3.70; Children: £1.90; Concession £3 and Family £9.30
and Moira Furnace & Country
Other Location Pages:
CIN Page Ref: ashby_castle
Date Updated: 07/2008
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