Ashbourne- The Gateway to Dovedale and The Gateway to Peak District

Ashbourne is world famous as market town after it was granted a market charter in 1257 of the Derbyshire Dales, England. With about 7,112 populations it is renowned for its historical buildings, castles, several independent shops lined in the streets and old traditional Royal Shrovetide football match. Due to its vast area spread over the southern edge of the Peak District and is the nearest town of Dovedale, this town got to be known as both the 'Gateway to Dovedale' and the 'Gateway to the Peak District'.

History of Ashbourne Derbyshire:

  • From medieval times, Ashbourne had been a frequent rest stop for pilgrims. During the Jacobite rising in 1745, the forces of Charles Edward Stuart used to pass through the town of Ashbourne.
  • The Royal football match Shrovetide was introduced in 12th century by the reign of Henry II. The ball used to play this game was famously known as hugball. Later this traditional Shrovetide football game was introduced by the famous of England-Prince Charles, Sir Stanley Matthews and The Duke of Devonshire who started playing it annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
  • Ashbourne with cobbled streets is that marketplace which hosts a traditional outdoor market to complement the full range of independent shops that sell jewellery, fashion accessories, local goods that are popular in the town on every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. If you happen to be there, then you are lucky enough to get around and shop the ones which you would like to buy. Get good stuff and gift your loved ones.
  • After this Ashbourne was honoured when several small to big businesses, cafes, restaurants, shops and community organisations who stepped forward and started lending their full support to conduct the Fairtrade.
  • Whether you are in Ashbourne on your business trip or to enjoy personal vacations then have a glance of Castleton, Buxton and the Heights of Abraham who has caves, which today come under historical National Trust and English Heritage properties. Did you ever heard about Derwent Valley, it is also a must visit as it became part of world-class industrial heritage sites. After exploring it if you want to enjoy your relaxing walk then don't miss the Cromford Canal which is just a few distances away from this heritage site.
  • The one who wishes to have an adventure trip can visit Matlock Farm Park and the Heights of Abraham to perform many activities. Other places to visit include ancient museums, heritage railways, castles, historic houses theatres and gardens.


Thus after checking the history of Ashbourne, it is understood that Tourism is one of the prime sources for their local economy that starts stemming from the Ashbourne town's proximity to Dovedale and till the Peak District. To gather more information about historical and heritage sites of Ashbourne Derbyshire or latest updates and other famous activities happening, please visit the Town Hall.