www.discoverashbourne.com is an exciting new website, launched November 2021 with a vision and mission to showcase everything of interest in Ashbourne. Work is ongoing to improve the site so please keep visiting to see how we are getting on.
This plan your visit page is taking shape but we have a bit more work to do....
Where to stay
Ashbourne is the perfect choice for a short break or a longer holiday. Our accommodation page aims to list everything within 5 miles of the town centre. You can filter using B&B, campsites, airbnb etc to narrow down your selection.
Things to see and do in and around Ashbourne
Ashbourne is famous for its quality independent shopping - our dedicated shopping page lists them all.
dining & drinking
Cafes, restaurants, pubs & takeaways - they are all listed here.
the tissington trail
Ashbourne is the home of The Tissington Trail: starting in the town centre it is one of the best traffic-free routes for cyclists in England.
features & attractions
Our guide to monuments, public spaces, architectural gems and other features of note within Ashbourne.
Please see the home page.
Ashbourne is renowned for its diverse range of independent retailers, with a special emphasis on ladies fashions, jewellery, interiors, gifts and food & drink, as well as a renowned antiques quarter. Most shops are clustered around the town centre within easy reach of car parks. Browse our directory to see every shop that’s in and around Ashbourne.Directory
Dining & drinking
Ashbourne has many fabulous local cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants, with a choice of cuisines and styles to please almost everybody. Browse our directory to see what’s in and around Ashbourne.Directory
Our what's on page features everything happening in and around Ashbourne.Whats on
To properly explore Ashbourne’s shops, alleyways and eateries takes all day so it's worth choosing long stay parking – for this we recommend the leisure centre or the Tissington Trail car parks (the main Shawcroft car park is limited to four hours). Not all the car parks are well signposted and there is a one way system, so a sat-nav will help.
CAR PARK TABLE
council car parks
Ashbourne has a really good bus service for a small rural town. All the large supermarkets have bus stops nearby as do most residential areas. Nearby towns and villages including Belper, Brailsford, Brassington, Buxton, Carsington Water, Derby, Earl Sterndale, Ellastone, Hulland Ward, Leek, Longnor, Matlock, Uttoxeter & Wirksworth are all directly accessible by bus from Ashbourne.
Ashbourne bus station
Timetables & routes
The Swift: Ashbourne to Derby & Uttoxeter
Service 114: Ashbourne to Derby
Service 108: Ashbourne to Leek
Service 441 and 442: Ashbourne to Buxton
Service 113: Ashbourne to Belper
Service 110 and 111: Ashbourne to Matlock
Door to door service
Ashbourne does not have a train station but there are several within easy reach.
Derby train station is around a ten minute walk from Derby bus station (there are connecting buses). Direct trains from Derby to London St Pancras can be expensive – the Ashbourne insider tip is to choose London Euston which involves a change of trains (usually at Tamworth) but is much cheaper.
Uttoxeter is a branch line connecting with Derby / Nottingham to the east and Stoke / Crewe to the west. Its a good choice for trains to Manchester Airport (cheaper and quicker than Derby). The train station is around a ten minute walk from the bus station.
Buxton is the terminus of a branch line out of Manchester Piccadilly. Its another good choice for trains to Manchester Airport. The train station is around a ten minute walk from the bus station.
Matlock is the terminus of a branch line out of Derby – mentioned here for completeness but not really useful for Ashbourne residents.
Local history & heritage
Ashbourne's heritage is on multiple websites at the moment. We are planning to bring it all together but meanwhile, you will need to do some surfing. We have included a link below to one of our favourite heritage websites.
WANT TO LEARN MORE…www.ourashbourne.co.uk
Ashbourne is a great place to base yourself for easy walking. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and undemanding and there is a really good network of public paths and quiet roads.
We are producing a selection of easy local walks as downloadable pdfs (more coming soon but this what we've got so far):
Countryside walk 1
A half day walk along the Henmore Valley to the hamlet of Atlow offering lovely views across the valley to the hills beyond, and a scheduled ancient monument.
Countryside walk 4
This is a shorter version of walk 2, under 2 hours out to Sturston Hall and back.
Local cycle rides
See the map for the four main car
parks in the centre of town.