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One of Derbyshire’s finest old market towns, combining a medieval street pattern and historic buildings with a wealth of high quality shops. The cobbled market place, hidden alleys and yards are a delight to explore, and the wide and elegant Church Street is considered to be the finest street of Georgian buildings in Derbyshire.
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Experience Ashbourne History

Unique Project to Boost Town


Experience Ashbourne History LaunchJeffrey Phillips, Chairman of the Ashbourne Partnership discussing the project with Matthew Parris.

Ashbourne had a visit from well known locally based journalist, broadcaster and former Derbyshire MP Matthew Parris on Saturday 25th January when he was at the new library in Compton to launch the Ashbourne Partnerships latest project.

Funding from the Heritage Lottery and support from Derbyshire County Council have enabled the local community group to develop a state of the art Quick Response or QR code system which allows people to access information about buildings and events whilst out and about in the Town using their smartphone cameras.

By pointing at small blocks of code on historic buildings, houses and shops throughout the Town people can link to web pages that will bring the past to life -  ‘Experience Ashbourne History’ -  takes you behind the curtains, beyond the shop windows and through the front doors to highlight Victorian businesses trading across the world to show Georgian houses that could have entertained Mr Darcy and did entertain Dr Johnson; to expose the timbers of a Tudor Market Town and to bring to life the buildings, businesses, people, places and events with a mixture of the simple, the fascinating, the fun and the quirky.

To make the system accessible to all the website can also be accessed from home PC’s and the Partnership with the support of Derbyshire County Council have installed a touch screen monitor in the Library which can be used to fully access the complete system.

Around 50 guests were welcomed to the library by Martyn Shaw, Derbyshire County Council Library Service Development Manager, Partnership chairman Jeffrey Phillips then thanked the Heritage Lottery Fund and the County Council for their support of the project and introduced Matthew Parris who expressed his pleasure at being in Ashbourne and officially launch the site adding “he was delighted to be launching a pioneering initiative which would not only make the fascinating history of Ashbourne more accessible to visitors but prove a valuable resource for local people”.

The -‘Experience Ashbourne History’ – monitor in the Library is available for use during normal library opening hours or the website can be accessed by home PC’s on  -  look out for QR codes on houses, shops and the heritage display boards around the town.  The team behind the project are still looking for more information and interesting stories about the Towns past – if you have pictures, documents or just reminiscences of times past in Ashbourne they would love to hear from you.



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 Guided Walking Tours of Ashbourne

Guided Walking Tours of Ashbourne

Learn about the famous people and events that have shaped the historic town of Ashbourne. Ashbourne Town Walking Guides consists of a team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable local people offering FREE tours of Ashbourne Town. The tours highlight the many listed buildings and recall the famous people and events that have shaped the historic town of Ashbourne. Booking is advisable.

For Group Bookings outside these days, we recommend that you contact us via email to book your tour. Please note that there is a £3 charge per person for separate Group Bookings payable in advance. Please note we are unavailable to do tours on a Tuesday.