On our doorstep
Although Thornbury's most striking feature is Thornbury Castle, this market town dates back well before the 16th century when the castle was built. As well as evidence of Neolithic and Bronze Age activity, a hoard of 11,460 Roman coins dating from 260 AD, was found in 2004.
However, Thornbury's royal connections pre-dates Henry VIII by quite some way, as the Domesday Book records a manor of "Turneberie" belonging to William the Conqueror's wife, Matilda of Flanders. Today, St Mary's church, begun in the 12th century, is the oldest surviving building in Thornbury. The town is a Britain in Bloom award-winner and now has its own competition, Thornbury in Bloom. There is also a heritage trail, starting at the Town Hall, with 40 waymarkers indicating places of interest.
Bristol is only 12 miles to the south and the city is small enough to be quite easily navigable yet large enough to host an absolute wealth of places to visit and things to do, too much for us to even attempt here, but click on Local Atrractions to see a sample and, as ever, our staff are always more than willing to help you come up with a few ideas to suit your itinerary.
Bath, Gloucester and Cheltenham are all within easy reach while the Severn Bridge and all that Wales has to offer is but a few minutes away. Thornbury Castle is also an ideal base from which to explore the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and the charming villages and towns to be found there, such as Northleach, Stroud and Nailsworth built using the underlying Cotswold limestone.
To the east, you'll find Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury (another charming Cotswold town), planted in the heyday of Victorian plant hunting and home to one of the finest tree collections in the world. With some 18,000 trees and shrubs, carefully laid out within a beautiful Grade One listed historic landscape, you'll find about 600 acres to explore!
For more information about specific places to visit, click on our local attractions page, which will give you a sample of what you can expect to find in the local area, but it is by no means an exhaustive list and you will find plenty more to keep you entertained during your stay with us.