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    Welcome to Ashbourne

    With its winding cobbled streets, welcoming Market Place and handsome Tudor and Georgian heritage.

    Things to do in Ashbourne in the Peak District & Derbyshire

    Ashbourne is known as 'The Gateway to Dovedale'.

    While there's no doubt that it's the perfect base if you want to explore the spectacular limestone landscapes of the southern White Peak, it also pays to take a leisurely walking tour around town to immerse yourself in its fascinating history and architecture.

    With more than 200 listed buildings - including historic almshouses, fine coaching inns and genteel town houses - Ashbourne is a visual feast for the discerning visitor. Don't miss the splendid facade of the Grade I listed Old Grammar School; the 'longest inn sign in the world' outside The Greenman pub and restaurant; or the beautiful St Oswald's Parish Church with its striking 212 feet high spire, described by classic author George Eliot as the 'finest single spire in England'.

    Another highlight is the 17th century mansion, once home to the 'King of Ashbourne', Dr. John Taylor, where Lichfield-born Dr. Samuel Johnson, author of the first-ever English dictionary, was a frequent visitor in the 1700s.

    Ashbourne also has some fascinating foodie links. The original recipe for Ashbourne Gingerbread was acquired from French prisoners of war - in particular the personal chef of a captured French general - who were kept in the town during the Napoleonic wars (1799-1815).

    The timber-framed Gingerbread Shop - now a Birds Bakery - can still be seen in St John Street and the Original Ashbourne Gingerbread can be purchased locally.

    Shopping is a pure pleasure thanks to its plethora of small, family-run businesses and weekly open-air market. Browse for fine antiques, quality food and drink, designer fashion and much more, then relax over morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in a selection of cafés, inns and tea rooms.

    Ashbourne is also famous for its ancient tradition of Royal Shrovetide Football - 'turned up', or started, by such famous figures as Prince Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews and The Duke of Devonshire. Played each Shrovetide Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, it's a unique and unruly event that bears little resemblance to the modern game!

    Walkers, cyclists and horse riders will appreciate the fact that the town also sits at the start of the traffic-free Tissington Trail - a green gateway to Dovedale and the Pennine Bridleway, linking up farther north with the popular High Peak Trail.

    Discover places to stay in Ashbourne and things to do near Ashbourne below.

    In The Area


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    Callow Top Holiday Park

    Popular family holiday park within walking distance of Ashbourne. Swimming pool, play rea, fishing. Pub serving good food & a wide selection of…

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    Wildhive at Callow Hall

    Callow Hall is the first hotel from Wildhive, a new boutique hospitality brand deeply rooted in nature. Surrounded by 35 acres of wild open space, it…

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    Landal Sandybrook

    Landal Sandybrook provides luxury self catering lodges (some with hot tubs) on our 5 star holiday park. With just 53 lodges Landal Sandybrook is a…

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    Go glamping in style with stunning views of the Peak District countryside from your pillow. Spacious ensuite shower and every luxury you need for a…

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    Hoe Grange Holidays

    4 award winning log cabins set on a working farm with stunning views of the White Peak countryside. Unwind in the hot tub or log-fired sauna. Dogs…

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    The George at Alstonefield

    The George is an unspoilt, multi awarded restaurant in the Peak District village of Alstonefield, above Dovedale and a stones throw from Mill Dale…

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    Croft House Barn

    Croft House Barn is a very comfortable, Gold awarded, 17th Century cottage in Waterfall. Comfortably sleeps 6 in three en-suite bedrooms, one on the…

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    Waterside Barn

    Waterside Barn is a beautifully restored and refurbished stone cottage located between Tissington village and Bradbourne. Sleeping up to 10 guests,…

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    The Bike Barn

    Family-run cycle hire centre in Ashbourne.

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    Tissington Hall

    From open days and family tours to special events and weddings, there is always something happening at Tissington Hall.

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    The Chop House

    Windlehill Farm is a 10 acre organic farm set in quiet countryside between Derby and Ashbourne. Our cosy, family friendly, well-equipped, self…

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    Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays

    Two luxurious historic country cottages in private peaceful rural locations with beautiful gardens.

    Events in Ashbourne

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    Tissington Craft Fairs.

    Tissington Craft Fairs are independently run and carefully curated to focus on the core values of a traditional craft fair.

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    Trails nearby

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    The Pennine Bridleway

    The Pennine Bridleway is a 205 miles (330 Km) long National Trail running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria.

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    Heritage Highlights of Ashbourne Walk

    This easy circular walk takes in the heritage highlights of Ashbourne in less than 2 miles, walking on well-made paths, streets and lanes, with no…

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    Hartington - The Dales of the River Dove Walk

    This beautiful walk starts and ends in the pretty Peak District village of Hartington and takes you beside the sparkling River Dove through some of…

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    Enjoy an overnight stay at The Station House B&B…

    Cycle friendly B&B situated next to the Tissington Trail close to Dovedale.

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    Special Offer

    £35 off per stay this June at Mulino Pods

    Glamping pods with stunning views over Carsington Water

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    Luxury lodge at Sandybrook from £339 for 2 nights…

    The park provides luxury self-catering lodge holiday accommodation and is perfect for a relaxing break, an exciting activity holiday or a romantic…

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