On our doorstep

While Thornbury Castle is very much the dominant character in the market town of Thornbury, there is plenty to see and do beyond the gates of the Castle grounds. History buffs will enjoy discovering the background of the town – our helpful staff will point you in the direction of the town’s heritage trail, where you can learn about the human activity in Neolithic times and the Bronze Age. The Romans were in the area, too - in 2004, a local resident was digging a pond and discovered a horde of 11,000 Roman coins dating from around 300 AD. Thornbury village was first recorded as a settlement in the 1086 Domesday Book, and the rather grand St Mary’s Church was built in the 12th century.

Once you’ve satisfied your historical interest, why not get out and stretch those legs? One of our perennial favourite walks is a pleasant meander through the town of Thornbury, taking in the High Street and ambling along the banks of the babbling stream. Slightly further afield is the magnificent National Arboretum of Westonbirt. With over 14,000 labelled trees, workshops and guided walks, this can provide a fantastic learning experience for both adults and children. It’s also a superb location for a serious hike (there are 17 miles of trails), or just a peaceful, relaxing place to stroll though a leafy wonderland.

Only 12 miles away is the city of Bristol – a great and bustling conurbation with a huge array of activities and places of interest. Visit Bristol Zoo or get a buzz at an indoor climbing wall; have a night out in the plethora of bars and pubs; or spend an afternoon immersed in the fascinating history of the harbour… From the drama of Clifton Suspension bridge to the beautifully preserved SS Great Britain steam ship, there is literally something for everyone in Bristol. For more information about local activities, click here.