The following walks are available for groups on request:
Nineteenth Century Contrasts
This walk visits the extremes of poverty and relative affluence; courts, back alleys, smart 'new' buildings and pretentious Baths, all wallowing in a slough of filth and squalor.
Scandal and Murder in Ashby
Peer into the more unsavoury nooks and crannies of Ashby's past. Death stalked passageway and tenement, scandal seeped out from behind lace curtains or slunk behind respectable facades. You will not view the town in the same light again.
A Thousand Year Journey through Ashby's History
We take a gentle stroll which will identify traces of Anglo Saxon and Norman occupation. We explain the influence of the Zouch family and the origins of the town’s name, walk through the medieval planted “new” town and meet the protagonists of the Civil Wars. We come more up to date with the Victorians, the failed Spa Town and identify some of the buildings which have been with us for more than 400 years.
The Dark Side of Ashby
An evening of sanitation, slums and seamy characters. By the end of the evening you will not want to go back to the “Good Old Days”. We explore the 1800s when the majority of the population of the rapidly expanding town lived in appalling conditions.
Ashby the Spa Town
Ken Hillier will explain the rise and fall of Ashby’s hopes of becoming a second Harrogate or Buxton. Ken outlines the origins of the Baths which used to occupy a dominant position behind the Royal Hotel, caused the development of many of our buildings and faltered and eventually fell in the 1960s.
A History of Ashby's Inns and Ale Houses
This has always been one of our most popular walks (the research has also been popular). We look at the history of the pubs and the characters associated with them. Over the last 500years there have been a lot of pubs in the centre of Ashby – we will try to explain why and where they were.
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Physically undemanding but mentally stimulating, walks of between 1.5 and 2 hours duration are held throughout the summer months.
Our Museum guides interpret the contribution made by Ashby's past to what we see now.
Our guides are experienced local historians and will entertain you with facts, theories and anecdotes.
Walks are advertised at the local Tourist Information Centre and booked through the Museum.
We can offer bespoke walks for interested parties or groups (up to a total of 25) either during the day (with a buffet lunch and/or tea and coffee as part of the package if required), or evenings - with these usually during the summer months to benefit from the lighter nights.
For further information contact Ashby Museum on 01530 560090 or Ashby TIC on 01530 411767