Travelling around Ashby-de-la-Zouch
A romantic ruinous castle, a busy market high street and a Hula Hoops factory are just a few of the attractions on offer in Leicestershire’s Ashby-de-la-Zouch. This pretty market town may be known for being one of the furthest towns from the sea, but with the National Forest on its doorstep and easy connections to Burton-Upon-Trent, Leicester and Birmingham, it’s well worth a visit.
Named after the La Zouch family, Ashby-de-la-Zouch has a wonderful castle, plenty of open parkland and even an alpaca farm, making it the perfect place to visit if you live nearby and love the great outdoors.
Located on the M42, getting to cities such as Leicester is simple and Arriva buses operate regular bus services to take residents and visitors all around the Leicestershire region.
No visit to Ashby-de-la-Zouch would be complete without stopping by the world-famous Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle. The castle suffered massive damage during the Civil War but the ruins that remain are all the more fascinating as a result. Climb to the top for excellent views and then discover the underground tunnel that led from the kitchens to the tower. History buffs can also opt for an audio guide for the tour.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch is great for shopping with a far higher concentration of independent and niche shops than many of its neighbouring towns. Visit one of the many family businesses that sell everything from luxury jewellery to designer interior goods, antiques and fine art.
If you happen to be in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on the third Saturday of the month, then the Farmer’s Market claims to be the best in the Midlands and offers great quality fresh and organic produce.