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
Dotty the Dragon: Outdoor Theatre
Dotty is a baby Fire Dragon. She lives in a dusty old castle with her grumpy dad, Mr Dragon. She loves to watch the children playing in the village below, and wishes she could play with them, too! One day Dotty has a brilliant idea - she will fly down to the village and say hello! After all, everybody loves surprises…
Tue 15 Aug
£10 (£10; Children £10; £36) / 01530 413343