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Ashby de la Zouch Castle

English Heritage South Street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1BR, England
01530 413343
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Up to Enlish Hertitages normal standards but lacked sparkle. the audio commentary tried to add twinkle with its "National Theatre of Brent" approach, but even this grated after a while. Not sure what the answer is but some how the ruins seemed under served.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A very interesting place, which was made famous as the (fictional) setting for the jousting scene in Sir Walter Scott's novel, Ivanhoe. There is not a huge amount of the castle left, but the remains are quite interesting, as is the history which is told in the very amusing audio tour. The underground tunnel which leads across the site via... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Castle is nice, if a bit small. Not much remains of the buildings, but if you climb to the top of the tower, and go to the tunnels, then it can be very interesting, even for its size. I thought that the best part was the audio tour. It was funny, and did an extremely good job of explaining... More

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Norwich, England
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

900 years old, in ruins, but so much history and character! We joined English Heritage this week, and as we were journeying back from holiday in Derbyshire to Norfolk we took a little detour to a couple of castles on the way. This one is great. The tunnel below is a nice touch and the view from the top of... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Was travelling through area so called to see castle, was a very wet day, so was a fairly quick walk round and trip up tower. Girl on reception was very friendly and helpful, facilities are basic with drinks from vending machine. Plenty of open space for children to run around and play, and view from top of castle tower was... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a magnificent ruin set close to a pleasant small town, a delightful setting in which to while away an hour or two. This fortified manor features in Shire's publication 'Discovering Medieval Houses' mainly because it has a good example of an aisled hall. Add to this the huge kitchen and massive tower connected by a tunnel and it... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This was a last minute decision to revisit the Castle having been as a child. Now returning I felt I didn't do it justice growing up!! The audio commentary is worth a listen, but clearly aimed at children. A little cringe-worthy at times. The grounds are very well kept and great for a picnic.

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Although its not going to take you a whole day, the Castle ruin is well worth a visit and has spooky underground passages to explore. The grounds are a perfect place for a picnic and there are outdoor evening performances during summer. If you are visiting the area it would be a good idea to combine this with somewhere like... More

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Derby, England, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Very surprised as first impressions were not that good. I was pleasantly surprised as the castle has many interesting and unique features, exposed fireplaces , underground tunnels and stone masonry features. Well worth a visit

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We visited as 4 late-20s adults: on a cold, windy Sunday for some silly reason! Was still lovely to wander round, even though very cold! The free audio tour wasn't for us, aimed at younger audiences. I bought a guidebook for about a fiver which was very good and gave similar information in a bit more detail. It was really... More

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