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“Ashby De La Zouch Castle”

Ashby de la Zouch Castle
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Owner description: A visit to Ashby Castle makes a great family day out in Leicestershire. The property began as a manor house in the 12th century and reached castle status in the 15th century. Come and find out about the castle’s colourful history with our lively audio tour. Hear how Edward IV’s Chamberlain Lord Hastings added the chapel and the impressive keep-like Hastings Tower – a castle within a castle. Visitors can still climb the tower today despite it suffering massive damage during the Civil War. There are great views from the top! Then make sure you discover the underground passage from the kitchen to the tower, probably created during this war, which can still be explored today. Don't Miss •Walk the underground passage between the tower and the kitchen •Be amazed that you can still climb to the top of the half ruined tower •Find out more about the castle's dramatic history in the company of our amusing audio guide Last admission is half an hour before closing.
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Very surprised as first impressions were not that good. I was pleasantly surprised as the castle has many interesting and unique features, exposed fireplaces , underground tunnels and stone masonry features. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We visited as 4 late-20s adults: on a cold, windy Sunday for some silly reason! Was still lovely to wander round, even though very cold!
The free audio tour wasn't for us, aimed at younger audiences. I bought a guidebook for about a fiver which was very good and gave similar information in a bit more detail. It was really interesting to see how the castle would have been- especially the way they showed the tower with (I think I remember correctly but don't quote me!) separate servants' quarters and a hidden room with no door which could only have been accessed through a hidden hatch!
As others have said, the most memorable bits were the climb to the top of the tower (a good view any time of the year but if you're lucky enough to have a warmer winter day then the bare leaves allow you to see even more!) and the tunnel which even at 32 my boyfriend loved going through a few too many times!
Spent a good couple of hours looking around before heading off to a nearby pub to warm up!
Another tip: your ticket to Ashby Castle gives you free access to Ashby Museum on the same day.

1  Thank Helen E
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Visited today with a teenager and a five year old. Lots of room for them to run around. Highlights were the climb to the top of the tower and the underground tunnel. Ok for a short visit.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

Like the fact health and safety hasnt gone mad and you can go to the top of the tower! Children and parents both enjoyed

1  Thank Andrew Caroline L
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Bluebadge parking right at the door.
The reception Team were excellent,accessible,knowledgeable and clearly love the work they do.
All the notices are in Large Print.The Castle which is somewhat in ruins is easy to get round,mainly slopes rather than steps.There is an underground tunnel which is not accessible by wheelchair.
You can clearly make out fireplaces,musket hole marks etc,etc.
Toilets are good and accessible.
You must visit here,it's so enjoyable.
I was so pleased with the Large Print.
Public transport good even on a Sunday.

2  Thank JANETDENISE
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