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Area Overview

Ashbourne is a historic market town in Derbyshire, known as the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’ due to its proximity to the Peak District National Park. The town is well-known in the area for the Royal Shrovetide Football Match which involves crowds playing ball in the streets of Ashbourne, and is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Timbered buildings and independent shops make the town a popular place to visit, particularly in the summer when temperatures can reach 22°C. Winter temperatures average 1°C, but although this is not peak season, the town still receives many visitors at this time of year.

Things To Do in Ashbourne

  • Alton Towers: Famous theme park with thrill rides, shows and attractions for people of all ages. Alton Towers is set in 500 acres of rolling countryside, and offers scenic areas to picnic and take a break.
  • Chatsworth House and Gardens: Impressive stately home with more than 30 rooms incorporating art collections, sculptures ceramics and ancient Egyptian artefacts. The grounds include magnificent gardens, a farmyard and park.
  • Dovedale: A limestone ravine with stepping stones over the River Dove. This beauty spot is owned by the National Trust and offers excellent walking, an abundance of wild flora and fauna, and spectacular views of the Peak District from the top of the ravine.
  • Crich Tramway Village: Vintage tram rides, period street scenes, and exhibitions including the Stephenson Discovery Centre. A soft play area, woodland walk, tea rooms, sweets and ice cream outlets make this an appealing day out for all the family.
  • Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood: A 17th century stately home, with museum and woodland park area owned by the National Trust. Play with vintage toys in the Museum of Childhood, and enjoy interactive displays and exhibitions.

When to go to Ashbourne

A famous annual event in Ashbourne is the Royal Shrovetide Football Match. This takes place on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday every year, and is also known as ‘hugball.’ The goals are three miles apart, and the town divides into two teams. The Ashbourne Festival and Streetfest take place during June and July, during the peak season.

Useful Facts

  • Nearest Airports: East Midlands (21 miles), Birmingham International (39 miles).
  • Local Transport: Derby railway station (17 miles); A57, A52 main roads.
  • Currency: GBP
  • Language: English
  • Religion: Christianity
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