English Heritage: Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle
- Telephone 01530 413343
- Admission Adult £5.10; concession £4.60; ages 5–15 £3; Family (two adults & three children) £13.20.
- Website www.english-heritage.org.uk
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle became a tourist attraction as long ago as 1820, with the publication of Walter Scott's medieval romance Ivanhoe, a large part of which is set at the castle. It was originally built as a fortified Norman manor house in the 12th century, and remained intact until the English Civil War, when its use as a Royalist stronghold meant that the Parliamentarians subjected it to some fairly drastic post-war remodelling. But you can still climb the tower, and explore the underground passage from the tower to the kitchen basement.
Events at this venue
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the tale of a woman whose independence and bravery shaped her life. Orphaned in childhood, Jane endures loss, poverty, and a most bitter betrayal before finding the strength to follow her heart.