Ashby de la Zouch Castle
SK 361-166 Leicestershire England
Ashby de la Zouch Castle was originally a mid 12th century stone fortified manor house, founded by Alain de Parrhoet, la Zouch. In 1474, William, Lord Hastings was granted a licence to crenellate and he founded the tower and courtyard fortress. To the original hall, kitchen and solar block, he added a chapel and the keep-like Hastings Tower. Of four storey, with a seven storey rectangular wing, the narrow ground floor entrance was protected by a portcullis and running from the basement to the kitchen is an underground passage. In the 16th century, The Wilderness garden was enclosed by a brick wall, flanked by a pair of two storey angle towers. The castle was besieged during the Civil War, when it surrendered to the Parliamentarians in 1646, several of the principal buildings were slighted. 7 miles north is Melbourne Castle and 9 miles south-west is Seckington Castle.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle is located in the town centre, off South Street. 18 miles north-west of Leicester, on the A50-A511.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, July and August 10:00-5:00pm, Thursday to Monday April to June, September and October 10:00-5:00pm, November to March 10:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park.