Ashby de la Zouch Castle started out as a manor house belonging to the Zouche family. In 1474 Lord Hastings obtained a licence to crenellate the property and added a curtain wall and large square tower. Not much remains of the curtain wall but enough of the tower still stands to allow access to the top from which you get a good view of the surrounding area. The tower and kitchen are connected by an underground passage that was probably created during the Civil War.
- In Ashby de la Zouch, 12 miles South of Derby on A511
- Ashby de la Zouch Castle, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1BR
- English Heritage. Open to the public. Admission fee
- For further information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk
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