The JCB worldwide headquarters is at Rocester just eight miles south from Ashbourne. Factory tours are sometimes available - you have to book so check their website for details.
The landscaped grounds with lakes, sculptures and fountains are freely open all the time and are popular with runners and dogwalkers - there is plenty of parking.
By car from Ashbourne
Take the A52 towards Leek and turn left onto the B5032 at Mayfield (by the bridge over the River Dove) and follow the road to Rocester.
By bus from Ashbourne
Take the Swift to Rocester and its just a few minutes walk.
By bike or on foot
Its a scenic 20 mile round trip by bike using quiet back roads via Clifton, Norbury and Roston.