Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle

Heading back from Derbyshire on Sunday, I stopped off at Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle. Sadly the related Kirby Muxloe Castle had closed for the season, so I couldn't fit in two sites in one day.

Both castles owe their initial fortifications to William, Lord Hastings, a favourite of Edward IV (just like one of the ancestors of my fictional aristocrats).

The castle is most impressive, even in its present-day state:



The grounds also contain the ruins of two sixteenth century garden towers, and the impressions of the sunken gardens are very obvious as you walk across:




It's possible to see the room layout of the great tower from outside, and also to climb it:





Then there are the kitchens:



The great hall:



Archways:



And underground tunnels:



I can highly recommend the audio tour too. Full set of photos starts here.
Tags: for reference, out and about, photos, real life
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