Welcome to Ashbourne: The Ultimate Destination
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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Lying in a lovely green valley on the southern edge of the Peak District, the town attracts many visitors who come to enjoy a scene which has changed little in appearance since the 18th century, but offers todays visitors everything they need.
Many important and famous people have coloured the history of Ashbourne including Dr. Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), Izaak Walton, Thomas Moore and George Eliot. Princess Victoria (later to be Queen Victoria) passed through the town in 1832 and took a ‘comfort break’ at the Green Man.
Ashbourne is home to the famous annual Shrovetide football game which has received Royal recognition by two Princes of Wales. The ball was ‘turned up’ by Prince Edward in 1928 and by Prince Charles in 2003.
Ashbourne became a busy and fashionable social centre for the wealthy during the Georgian period, with six coaching roads meeting here, including the route from London to Carlisle. The legacy of over 200 listed buildings, fine coaching inns and mellow town houses combine to create a unique atmosphere.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Visit Ashbourne Heritage Centre at
13 Church Street
Open Thursday to Saturday (and Bank Holidays) 11.00am – 4.00pm
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