Ghost Walk – Ashby de la Zouch
20 April @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm£10.00
Join us on our amazing Ghost Walk around Ashby-de-la-Zouch!
Ashby de la Zouch is an ancient market town and civic parish in North West Leicestershire.
The town was originally known as “Ashby” which was an Anglo-Danish word meaning Ash Tree Farm. It became Ashby-d-la-Zouch after the Norman conquest, when the La Zouch family came into possession of Ashby during the reign of King Henry III.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch has many stories to tell … especially as there remain ruins of a 12th Century castle here. This castle is stunning and well worth a visit.
The castle and the town came into the possession of the Hastings family in 1464 and it was William Hastings that enhanced its fortifications.
Will you pick up any of the Hastings family as we meander past the castle ruins?
During the English Civil War, Ashby-de-la-Zouch one was of the Cavaliers’ chief garrisons under the command of Colonel Henry Hastings.
Will you encounter any spirits as you wander through the streets of the town?
Many of the buildings in Market Street, the town’s main thoroughfare date back to Elizabethan times and have some of the original timber frames.
With so much history, as you can imagine, this town has many a ghost story.
So who not join the Haunted Heritage team on a ghost walk around the Ashby de la Zouch, taking in the historical significance and tales of ghostly encounters!
Guests must be 16 years of age to attend.
Please note: This walk does not access the Castle or the grounds
Why not try our other Ghost Walks or have a look at our Heritage Site Ghost Hunts in the area.
Ashby is best known for its Castle, but did you know that the property began as a manor house in the 12th century and reached castle status in the 15th century. Built in the 15th century by the first Lord Hastings. The castle is an impressive ruin of a late medieval castle, dominated by its magnificent tower. It was here that Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner for a time by Lord Hastings’s grandson first Earl of Huntingdon.
Many of the buildings in Market Street, the town’s main thoroughfare, are timber framed. Most of this structure is hidden by later brick facades.
The Ivanhoe Baths was an 1822 Neo-Grecian building with a Doric façade, it became derelict by 1960, and was demolished in 1962. The baths stood near to ‘The Royal Hotel, originally called the Hastings Hotel, was built in 1826 to accommodate visitors to the growing spa. The hotel closed in February 2018.
Ghost Walk – Ashby de la Zouch - past events
Ashby has been renowned for its ghost stories and its of no surprise. Sightings of ghostly figures around the castle, ghost sightings and stories in many of the local pubs. There is so much residual energy around this historical town, who knows what we might encounter. Come and join our Haunted Heritage historian and our medium on a ghost walk like no other.