Thornbury Castle offers a private, undisturbed retreat with impressive architecture, sumptuous interiors, breathtaking grounds and magnificent history.
Step behind the heavy oak doors and you'll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers – a truly special setting for an overnight stay, a weekend away or for a more formal occasion. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked these rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is yours for the duration of your stay.
Thornbury Castle is the ultimate venue for an enchanting wedding, whether it’s an intimate gathering with family and friends or a lavish occasion with a more extensive guest list.
Exclusive use of Thornbury Castle sets the stage for an event of extraordinary elegance, grandeur and style. Just imagine having the entire castle solely to yourself and your guests, tailored exactly to your needs.
A more inspiring setting for a business meeting would be hard to find. Thornbury Castle offers an array of wonderfully unique meeting room options and delegate packages to cater for all business requirements.
Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham received a royal licence to build this ‘fortified manor’ or castle-palace in 1510. Work started the following year but stopped when the Duke was executed on the orders of his distant cousin Henry VIII for alleged treason in 1521. In 1535, King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, stayed here. Princess Mary, later Queen Mary I, also lived here for several years. Today, much still remains of the original 16th century building. Everywhere there is fascinating historical detail to enjoy – coats of arms, intricate oriel windows, arrow loops and ornate carved ceilings. Thornbury has also always had a vineyard within the castle walls and Thornbury Castle wine is still produced today.
Close to Bristol and within easy reach of the M4 and M5, Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire is ideally situated for exploring the West Country. To the south lies the beautiful Georgian city of Bath with its Roman baths and abbey, the historic attractions of Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Tor and the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, where King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are said to be buried, and Stonehenge.
To the west lie the ruins of medieval Tintern Abbey set in the lovely wooded Wye Valley, famous Welsh border castles such as Berkeley, Raglan and Chepstow, and the fantastic Welsh city of Cardiff.
And finally, to the north east, lie the Cotswolds, beautiful touring countrywide with quaint villages, traditional market towns and, of course, Cheltenham, where many a fortune has been lost and made at the town’s racecourse, home to the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup.