Welcome To Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

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This site is dedicated to Ashbourne in the county of Derbyshire and the surrounding villages & towns.

Ashbourne is a picturesque small market town situated at the southern tip of the Peak District, famous amongst other things for its annual Shrovetide Football match.

If you are looking to organise something in town, the Ashbourne Town Council would be a good start - I only run this website :-)
Or the Ashbourne Town Partnership's website - Visit Ashbourne.

Some statistics - Population including the surrounding villages is approx 7,500 people.

Read the Oct 2007 Ashbourne Economic Assessment Report - (I know its old - but still interesting)


Ashbourne - its claims to fame are probably its charm, the great number of notable characters who either stayed there, visited it or just passed through, and of course its annual 2 day Royal Shrovetide football match. This is where one half of the town plays the other half of the town at "football", using the town and surrounding countryside as the playing field, with the 2 goals being 3 miles apart.

Looking for books, maps etc. about Ashbourne, local villages or the Derbyshire Dales ?
Visit our booklist page - and buy them on-line. Usually with next day delivery!

Ashbourne - How to get here ? - The nearest main line train station is Derby - (click here for UK train timetable), you can also get more detailed bus and train information from the excellent Derbyshire Public Transport Site.

From Derby or an airport you need to get a bus or taxi to Ashbourne. Its about a 40 minute journey from Derby, buses leave from Derby Bus Station - (get a taxi, bus or walk from the Train Station - (turn right out of the station - 15 minutes walk). Some buses go direct from the station to Ashbourne :-

There are buses from most of the surrounding towns and villages to and from Ashbourne - but usually only every 2 hours or so - often less frequently, often there are no late buses (e.g. last bus from Buxton is around 8 pm). If you are a tourist here you really do need a car or a bike to get around!

Car hire is available locally (see Yellow Pages) or in Derby. Bikes can be hired locally at the start of the Tissington Trail on Mappleton Lane, Ashbourne.

Useful Phone Number - Ashbourne Tourist Information Office - tel 01335 - 343666 - (please note that we have nothing what so ever to do with the Tourist Information Board)

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Genealogy - if you are searching for information on your ancestors, then I'm afraid that we can not help. However we can offer some advice. First - have a look at our history pages and the "Matters Of Life and Death" - (History in Baptism, Marriages and Burials as recorded in the Parish Register of St Oswald's Parish Church, Ashbourne 1539 - 1945) we have there. Use your Edit-Find option in your browser to look for your surname - you might find some snippet of information on a possible ancestor.
Also visit the site Cyndi's List its an excellent geneology site with links to many other geneology sites or the UK GenUKI site.
You could also leave a message on our "Contacts" bulletin board.

The Ashbourne Town web site endeavours to provide a community service and keep those expatriate Ashburnians up to date with what's happening at home.

If you have any thing you want to add to these pages - your own village, club etc., or a link to your own page (if its local), then contact me.


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Peak Directions - Local Enterprise website
Peak District Walks - Good site for walkers!
Walk4Like - Excellent Walking website - lots of local walks
The Official Derby Photo Website - ***** Great! Lots of photos of Derbyshire places.
Derbyshire UK - Ashbourne page - Excellent website ****.
Derbyshire UK - Walking pages - - Excellent website ****.
Derbyshire County Council - Website
Derbyshire Dales District Council - Website
Derbyshire On The Internet - Derby Evening Telegraph site
Ashbourne News Telegraph Website - Local Ashbourne paper
Peak District Information - Chevinside Publications tourist site
Frith Old Photos - Commercial photo site
Pictures Of The Past - 1000's of old local photos - ****** Great
Steve's Photos - Local photographer's Derbyshire/Ashbourne pictures


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