Just 15 miles away from our little village of Littleover, you can find the picturesque remains of the Ashby De La Zouch Castle. Despite being damaged in the civil war, you can still tour the remains and even climb the tower of this once spectacular castle.
Few know that this beautiful building started life as a mere manor house way back in the 12th century, and did not make it to castle status until the turn of the 15th century under the instruction of William, Lord Hastings.
For those readers amongst us, you may recognise the caste as being the setting for Sir Williams Scotts medieval novel Ivanhoe in 1819.
Now under the care of English Heritage the castle benefits from regular care and attention to ensure that no further damage or disrepair comes to it. It also means that you can now take an audio tour of the remains, treating you to the history of the castle, and how it came to be in the state that it currently is in.
On your tour, don’t forget to venture up the explosion damaged tower, and down into the underground tunnel that connects the tower to the kitchen. Although we don’t reckon you’ll find much to eat there these days!
While you’re there, make sure you take a walk around the vast castle gardens and take a look at the mysterious sunken shapes, can you tell us what they are?
Once you’ve had your tour around the grounds and the gardens, return to us here at Littleover Lodge where you’ll be greeted by the scents of freshly cooked food. Dive into one of our menus and see what takes your fancy, you’ll be enjoying it inno time. Dont forget to share your photos with us too! Our guests always spot things that we’ve missed on our visits.
Address: South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1BR
Telephone: 01530 413343
Website: English Heritage – Ashby de la Zouch Castle