Ashby-de-la-Zouch Certificated Locations

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, usually abbreviated to just Ashby, is situated in the county of Leicestershire, close to Swadlincote and Derby and right in the heart of the National Forest.

Still a market town, it built its fortunes in ribbon manufacture, coal mining and brickmaking in the 19th century, when it also became a popular spa town.

You can still see the grand classical houses that sprang up during this period on Rawdon Terrace.

However, there are a host of older buildings too, including St Helen's Church from the 15th century, the Elizabethan half-timbered Bull's Head pub and - perhaps most famous - the ruins of the 12th century Ashby Castle.

Visitors can enjoy a wander around the shops and choose from several restaurants, including an Italian and a traditional carvery.

Each May, the town also hosts an arts festival featuring local writers, artists and musicians, while September sees the annual arrival of travelling fair the Ashby Statutes.