Top 5 Things to Do In Ashbourne
The Izaak Walton Hotel is nestled in the heart of Dovedale and the picturesque market town of Ashbourne is just a 10 minute drive away, making the hotel an excellent place to stay in the Peak District. Below are some of the top attractions that Ashbourne has to offer.
Ashbourne is home to some of the most exciting shops in the Peak District, the shops in Ashbourne are an eclectic mix of boutiques, antique shops, craft shops, delicious food shops and a range of high street favourites. There has been a market in Ashbourne since 1257 and this tradition continues today with regular Thursday and Saturday markets.
Ashbourne Memorial Gardens
If you’re looking for a place to sit and reflect for a while during your break in the Peak District then take some time out in the beautiful town centre Memorial Gardens. Check out the statue of Catherine Booth who was born in Ashbourne and co-founded the Salvation Army.
Carsington Sports and Leisure
Carsington Sports and Leisure is a popular water and leisure park in Ashbourne which has a range of fantastic activities for the whole family including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering, climbing, mountain biking and lots more.
Royal Shrovetide Football
If you’re visiting the Peak District on Shrove Tuesday or Ash Wednesday then you’ll be able to catch a game of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football. This unique football game dates back to the 1600s and unlike normal football, the game takes place over two eight hour periods and there are three whole miles between each goal.
Chatsworth and Alton Towers
Arguably two of the most popular attractions in the UK, Chatsworth House and Alton Towers offer hours of family fun and are both within easy reach of Ashbourne which makes it an excellent place to stay in the Peak District. If you’re looking for places to stay in the Peak District then the Izaak Walton Hotel provides a beautiful, relaxing and convenient option.
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