Two brave knights at Ashby Castle

Last Friday we visited Ashby de la Zouch Castle.  It’s been on my list of places to visit for a while, but then got forgotten about until we drove through Ashby a few days before.  Ashby Castle is an English Heritage site, first one I’ve ever been to.  The trip started well, the boys happily wore their knights costumes! Through the small shop and out into the castle grounds and we were running…

…and running..

…and running.  The website said ‘Be amazed that you can still climb to the top of the half ruined tower’, I was definitely amazed and a bit scared, it was VERY high.

You can climb to the top – if you dare.

With a steep spiral staircase all the way to the top, going up and down their with two small boys was like a military operation.  At the top we were exhausted, but still had time for a sword fight.  We slowly bumped on bottoms all the way down and headed straight for the underground tunnel, a little dark and a little spooky with the sound of trickling water somewhere. The grounds are nice, the boys loved running up and down the banks, there were even some trees and sticks to play with. I was very impressed and recommend to others, especially with Under 5’s as it’s free for them.

Halfway up the tower

We spent about an hour and a half there. It’s £4.50 for an adult and whilst I’d have liked The Cyclist to have seen it, £9 is getting quite expensive for what it is.  That said on a summers day with a picnic you could easily spend much longer there.  Parking is back in town, but not far away and quite cheap. We made a day of it and had a quick look around the town, looks like there’s lots of interesting independent shops to explore another time when on my own.  We went to the Giggling Goblin cafe for very chocolatey cake and a cream tea.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a day.  We watched Fireman Sam when we got home, I made some popcorn and the boys fed it to me, bonus!