Gateway to the Peak District
Ashbourne is one of Derbyshire’s finest old market towns and labelled as the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’, 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.
Lying in an attractive valley on the southern edge of the Peak District, Ashbourne attracts many visitors who come to enjoy the area which has changed little in appearance since the 18th century.
Ashbourne is home to the famous annual Royal Shrovetide football game which has received Royal recognition by two Princes of Wales. This annual contest is between the local “Up'Ards” and the “Down'Ards” with a goal outside either end of the town.
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 combine to create a unique atmosphere.
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