Ashby de la Zouch Castle - English Heritage

Ashby de la Zouch Castle - English Heritage
South Street
Ashby de la Zouch
Leicestershire
LE65 1BR
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/ashby-de-la-zouch-castle/

Telephone

01530 413343

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An exterior shot of Ashby de la Zouch castle

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 twelfth century. It only achieved castle status in the fifteenth 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 2006 archaeologists investigated the mysterious castle garden, famous for its elaborately shaped sunken features.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1-31 Oct Thu-Mon 10am-5pm, 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, 13-17 Feb Mon, Thu, Fri 10am-4pm, 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

Admission charges

4.30/3.90/2.60/11.20

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • 16 August 2014 From 6:45pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players. Picnic with family and friends in the magical surroundings of Ashby de la Zouch Castle for the perfect evening of theatre under the stars.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Medieval Realms Discovery Visit

Join our costumed medieval guide and take full part in exploring the feudal system, Ashby Castle, life in the army and the fury of battle.
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Key Stage: 2,3 History

How to obtain

Call 01604 735440 to arrange a date. Discovery Visits are award-winning and expert-led interactive charged sessions. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.10797 for more information about and current prices for this Discovery Visit. Pre-booked education groups are able to visit our sites for free and can be booked online at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

Medieval Life Discovery Visit

An interactive and fun tour that will increase your understanding of the complex history of this beautiful ruin.

How to obtain

Call 01604 735440 to arrange. Discovery Visits are award-winning and expert-led interactive charged sessions, see http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.10797 for more information about and current prices for this Discovery Visit. Pre-booked education groups are able to visit our sites for free and can book online at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/education

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