- There is no train service to Ashbourne: the town's rail link was removed in the 1960s and now forms part of a national cycle network.
- There are regular bus services to the town from Derby and Manchester and numerous outlying villages and nearby towns.
- Ashbourne is at the crossroads of several main roads (all old stage coach routes) the two most notable being the A52 and the A515
As with every small town, all you need is your feet...
address: Church StDating back to 1669
address: Church StreetDating back to 1640
address: Church Street
The Elizabethan Grammar Schooladdress: Church Street16h century
- Tissington Trail cycle and foot path
- Limestone Way, bridleway
- The annual Royal Shrovetide football game, played every Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday.
- The Ashbourne Highland Gathering, every July.
- The Ashbourne Arts Festival, every mid-June to mid-July.
Market on Thursday and Saturday.
phone: +44 1335 346753address: 26 St John St
phone: +44 1335 344528address: 9 Dig StreetCheese shop
phone: +44 1335 361287address: Springfield House, Rough Lane, Shirley Common, DE6 3AZGreat selection of men's suits and clothing accessories.
Most of the pubs in town provide food, but the following are the specialist food establishments.
phone: +44 1335 342279address: 4 Victoria Square
phone: +44 1335 344090address: 5 Market Place
phone: +44 1335 346753address: 26 St.John's Street
Red Chilliphone: +44 1335 343232address: 1-5 Dig StreetSit-down Indian restaurant, very clean with friendly staff, good range of curries, licensed. Reasonably priced with good portions. Also does takeaway.
Bengal Cottagephone: +44 1335 348282address: 9 Compton StreetSit-down Indian restaurant. Not licensed so you are welcome to bring your own alcohol (which can get messy if you drink too much too quick!). The food is superb but the service is slow as everything is cooked to order. Also does takeaway.
phone: +44 1335 300661address: 7 South StreetTakeaway only Indian cuisine. Also does Pizza and kebabs.
phone: +44 1335 300546address: 41 Market PlaceCantonese-style Chinese sit down restaurant. Very good Chinese food in a clean and friendly restaurant. Also does takeaway.
The Golden Hillphone: +44 1335 343500address: 28 Market PlaceTakeaway only Chinese cuisine (owned by the same family as the Dragons Nest).
Fish and Chips
Market Place Chip Shopphone: +44 1335 344780address: 7 Market PlaceEat in or takeout fish and chips. Best in town.
Ashbourne Fishbarphone: +44 1335 345700address: 9 ComptonEat in or takeout fish and chips.
Bennysphone: +44 1335 346665address: 21 ComptonPizza, kebabs, potatoes, homemade nan bread, Southern Fried Chicken. Chips & Cheese. Takeaway only.
phone: +44 1335 345220address: 9 Dig StreetTurkish, pizza, kebabs. Eat in or takeaway.
Ashbourne has many pubs and bars, quite a high number for such a small town:
The Bowling GreenA quiet pub at the top of a very steep hill (probably why it is so quiet!). Does fantastic food but booking is ESSENTIAL, not very child friendly, in fact don't take children under 14 there at all. Bed and Breakfast accommodation
The Green Man & Blacks HeadAn old coaching inn (Grade 2 listed) with a rare & distinctive gallows sign that stretches right over the road (but which is in desperate need of re-painting). Has two bars, one is quiet, the other rowdy.
The Bridge Wine BarRecently refurbished with a very cosmopolitan feel, has large outdoor drinking area overlooking the river.
The Coach & HorsesLarge, modern-ish building, popular most nights.
The Living Room Barin The Residents Hotel
Bramhalls of AshbourneMore of a restaurant than a bar, but with AA rosette award-winning food, not cheap, but not overly expensive. Recommended.
The George and DragonGrade 2 listed large town square pub, live music Friday nights.
Ye Olde VaultsGrade 2 listed small town square pub, clientele can look intimidating outside on benches, but very friendly staff and the only Bass house in town.
The Swanaddress: Town square pubre furbed and re opened
Ex-Servicemen's clubselection of real ales and entertainment. non-members are most welcome.
The WellingtonNow Chimes restaurant/cafe.
Smiths TavernVery Friendly, Traditional Public house, Ashbourne's finest selection of real ales, homemade Pork pies, and fresh rolls daily. nominated for Camra Pub of the Year 2011
The HornsVery old pub (Grade 2 listed) on Victoria square, is cosy with fires in the winter, in the summer sit on the benches outside to enjoy a pint.
The White HartUsed to be great, lost it a bit now. disco pub
The WheelLooks scarier than it actually is, next to police station.
The PloughRe-opening under new management 09/06/10. now apartments
The Stepping StonesMarston's pub/restaurant - new-build on the edge of town - opened December 2009.
phone: +44 1335 300035address: Station Street
phone: +44 1335 300900address: Mapleton Road
phone: +44 871 984 6362address: Carnation Way
Crime is virtually non-existent, the local paper crime reports usually include events such as roof tiles being stolen from remote abandoned farm buildings.