Ashby-De-La-Zouch Castle, Leicestershire - Added to Castles and Fortifications in East Midlands

I have just added this to the map of places to fly your drone at Drone Scene:

Land owner permission not required.

I checked on DS and there is no FRZ or Bylaw that I could find to prevent flight. Just be mindful of the Heritage Staff that might challenge you from the ticket office

Ashby de la Zouch Castle is a ruined fortification in the county of Leicestershire, England. The castle was built from the origins of an earlier 14TH CENTURY manor in 1473 by William, Lord Hastings. Two large towers and various smaller buildings were added over the subsequent 10 years and the Hastings family used the castle as their seat for several generations, improving the gardens, and hosting royal visitors.
During the English Civil War, Henry, a younger son in the Hastings family, became a Royalist commander in the Midlands. It didn’t go well for Henry as he was forced to surrender the castle after a long siege and later, after a fresh rebellion occurred in 1648, Parliament slighted the castle in order to reduce its standing as a military base. The two towers were badly damaged with gunpowder and undermining and Parts of the remaining castle were turned into a new house, and continued to be used by members of the Hastings family for many years, although they moved their main residence to Donington Hall.
The castle became famous after it featured in Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe in 1819, and its owner, Francis Rawdon, opened the ruins to visitors.
Restoration work was carried out over the course of the next century, but by 1932 the Rawdon family could no longer afford to maintain the castle. It passed into the hands of the Ministry of Works, who carried out extensive repairs and opened the castle gardens. The castle is currently managed by English Heritage as a tourist attraction, receiving over 15,000 visitors a year and historians consider the site to be an outstanding example of a late medieval castle.

I TOAL just outside the English Heritage Site next to the double wooden slatted gates. You can get a good view of your flight from here.

Parking nearby can be problematic but I parked up Warwick Way just off South Steet/Warwick Street and walked back towards South Street to a large field on the right marked as Memorial Grounds in Google Maps and has public right of way (marked on DS map). The lane on the opposite side of the field leads left to my TOAL point not far from the ticket office.

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 12/04/2023. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.


I’ve flown here too @D0c.Col :grin: