Welcome to Ashby de la Zouch and surrounding villages

Ashby de la Zouch is an historic market town in the heart of The National Forest.

The town is overlooked by the ruins of Ashby Castle. Originally a Norman manor house, it was converted into a self-contained fortress by Lord Hastings in the 15th century. After the Civil War the castle was partly destroyed and largely forgotten until it was used as the location for the fictional tournament in the classical historical romance 'Ivanhoe' by Sir Walter Scott who stayed in the area.

Ashby Canal

The Castle is now in the care of English Heritage. Visitors can tour the impressive ruins, explore the secret kitchen tunnel and climb the 24 metre high Hastings Tower and enjoy superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Leicester writer Sue Townsend, moved her well known character Adrian Mole from Leicester to Ashby de la Zouch in her series of books and made his girlfriend Pandora Braithwaite MP for the town.

If you enjoy drama, Ashby's Venture Theatre shows regular amateur productions throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased from Ashby's Tourist Information Centre.

The Bath Grounds in the town get their name from the Ivanhoe Baths, a neo-Grecian spa designed by Robert Chaplin in 1822. The name was was also inspired by the locally-set Sir Walter Scott novel, Ivanhoe. The ornate building has long gone but the grounds are still used for all kinds of leisure activities including cricket, bowls and football and regular events take place on the 6 hectare site.

Conkers | GoLeicestershire


120 acres of adventure with indoor and outdoor play and over 100 interactive exhibits, that will keep your family engaged for hours!

1620s House and Garden | GoLeicestershire

1620s House & Garden

Immerse yourself in an early 17th century experience and take a walk back in time in the wonderful, fully furnished house.

Swadlincote Ski Centre | GoLeicestershire

Swadlincote Ski Centre

Enjoy the thrills of sno-tubing, adrenaline filled toboggan rides and then dare the drop slide for even more exhilarating fun as well as ski & snowboard!

Yew Lodge Hotel | GoLeicestershire

Yew Lodge Hotel

Enjoy a short break, a meal at Marco's or take a seat for Harry Houdini's final performance in one of the hotel's escape rooms!

National Brewery Centre | GoLeicestershire

National Brewery Centre

A world-class visitor centre that celebrates Burton upon Trent's proud brewing heritage and its influence on brewing techniques throughout the world.

Charnwood Forest Alpacas | GoLeicestershire

Charnwood Forest Alpacas

Once you have been partnered up with an alpaca chum, your trekking experience will begin - and there's plenty of time for pictures and alpaca selfies!

Ferrers Gallery | GoLeicestershire

Ferrers Gallery

A collection of beautiful pieces of craftsmanship from British artists and designer-makers.

Field Sport UK | GoLeicestershire

Field Sport UK

Activities are tailored to suit you, from novice to expert. Try your hand at axe throwing, air rifle and pistol shooting, archery and survival skills.

Grace Dieu Ruins | GoLeicestershire

Grace Dieu Ruins

The ruins stand in a valley bottom bounded by a small brook on the edge of Charnwood Forest.  Guided walks take place regularly.

Moira Furnace | GoLeicestershire

Moira Furnace

An early 19th century iron-making furnace. There is also a restored section of Ashby Canal on the site so you may wish to enjoy a boat trip.

National Memorial Arboretum | GoLeicesteshire

National Memorial Arboretum

The Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. 150 acres, over 300 memorials and an abundance of wildlife.

Hough Mill | GoLeicestershire

Hough Mill, Swannington

A 200 year old restored windmill where you can get hands-on with the exhibits.  Family and heritage events take place through the year.

Ashby Museum |GoLeicestershire

Ashby Museum

Exhibits showcase the history of Ashby de la Zouch and the surrounding area.