Last Updated on November 12, 2019 by Suzy
Ashby de la Zouch, often shortened to Ashby, is a town and civil parish in North West Leicestershire, England, close to the Derbyshire border. Below I will cover what there is to do in Ashby and the very near surrounding area so that you can enjoy a full day out there. The price of each attraction varies.
Ashby De La Zouch castle
Average time of visit – 1.5+ hours. Indoors and Outdoors
Ashby De La Zouch Castle is owned by English Heritage and is located in the heart of the village. 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.
Ashby Ze La Zouch Museum
Average time of visit – 45 minutes to 1 hour. Indoors
A small independent museum showcasing the history of Ashby & nearby villages, including temporary exhibitions, children’s activities, talks, and lots more.
Hood Park Lido – Outdoor Swimming Pool
Average time of visit – Up to 1-2 hours. Outdoors
Hood Park Leisure Centre features the only lido in Leicestershire. Situated in the market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Hood Park’s outdoor lido swimming pool offers a fun location to enjoy during those hot summer days.
Hicks Lodge – Located on the outskirts of Ashby De La Zouch
Average time of visit – Up to 1 hour. Outdoors
Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and exciting trails for you to enjoy. A great day out for the budding cyclist, from tearaway toddlers to young teens perfecting their skills, we’ve got a range of trails for beginner to intermediate appetites. Visit our lakeside bird hide where you can soak in the beautiful scenery and spot some unique wildlife, such as the migratory sand martins. There are also walking and horse riding paths, a play area and a café!
Paint a Pot Craft Studio – Located on the outskirts of Ashby De Le Zouch
Average time of visit – 1 hours +. Indoors
Our cosy studio is part of the lovely Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts on the Staunton Harold Estate, just outside Ashby de la Zouch. As well as pottery painting, we try to offer different craft experiences for all ages.
Charnwood Alpacas – Located near to Ashby De La Zouch
Average time of visit – 1-2 hours +
Alpaca walking is great for those of you wishing to try an activity of a different nature, that takes you away from the hectic hustle and bustle of urban life. Enjoy some time with our delightful alpacas and take some alpaca “zen” home for free!
Prices and opening times vary. Please check the websites before visiting.