Ashbourne is a Georgian Market Town nestled in the foothills of the Peak District famed for ROYAL SHROVETIDE FOOTBALL and is truly 'The Gateway to Dovedale'.
Browse our independent shops, and a small market on THURSDAYS ONLY and enjoy the wide range of delicious snacks and food in our many eateries some with outdoor seating.
Stand in awe at the magnificent spire of St Oswald's Parish Church, gaze upon the Elizabethan Grammar School founded in 1585 by Elizabeth I. The stately Mansion, frequented by Dr. Samuel Johnson on his many visits to the town, and the beautiful Gray House. Why not take a stroll around the War Memorial Gardens opened in 1922 which was once the gardens of the old Ashbourne Hall. This also includes a children's play area with picnic tables.
Let us make your visit to Ashbourne and the surrounding area a memorable one by paying a visit to the ASHBOURNE HISTORICAL CENTRE located in the Town Hall, formerly the Talbot Inn, and was visited by Izaak Walton when writing 'The Compleat Angler' in 1653; and take a walk through the town's nostalgic past. We have ever changing exhibits showcasing our illustrious history. We also stock a selection of leaflets on Ashbourne and the surrounding area, and friendly local knowledge is always on tap.
We also have an ASHBOURNE & DISTRICT REFERENCE LIBRARY, where long out of print publications can be viewed by the public.
We are always keen to receive new artefacts for display which will be cared for and placed in lockable cabinets. Please contact the Curator on our contacts page and arrange a friendly meeting.
THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OPENING HOURS:
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
10:00am till 3:00pm
(THURSDAY & SUNDAY: CLOSED)
For further information about the town of Ashbourne you can contact us as per the details below:
Tel: 01335 343666
Current & Forthcoming Exhibits:
Here are the current exhibits we are showcasing:
September 2022 to January 2023: The Stay Works: A History of Coopers & Chil-Tex in Ashbourne 1855-2004
September 2022 onwards: Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School 'En Bon Espoyr' an Introstective.
January 2023 to March 2023: Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 'The Tradition'