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.

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.