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.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a small market town in the heart of the National Forest, North West Leicestershire. Ashby-de-la-Zouch is taken from the words ‘Ash-tree settlement’ and de La Zouch was added to the name in the 13th century when the town was the property of the La Zouche family, who had a great influence on both its development and prosperity.
Its castle, formerly a 12th-century manor house reached castle status in the 15th century and followed a colourful history. Today, English Heritage manage the castle ruins which are open to the public.
In the 19th century, Ashby-de-la-Zouch became a spa town with its neo-Grecian Ivanhoe Baths. The local history museum on North Street charts the history of the town from times gone by right through to the current day.