Local attractions

For those guests looking to explore beyond the Castle grounds, there are a multitude of local attractions to discover.

Thornbury Castle - Berkeley Castle, Norman Fort.

Berkeley Castle

Over 24 generations of Berkeley’s have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home full of treasures.  Come and learn about murder, intrigue and mysterious events at the castle.  Also has a Butterfly Farm.

Berkeley Castle

Tel: 01453 810332

Thornbury Castle - Blue Reef Aquarium.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Indoor aquarium on Bristol’s harbourside.  With over 40 displays and 7,000 animals, you can spot sharks, rays, clownfish, seahorses, fearsome piranhas, jellyfish and many more.  View the shipwreck, the underwater viewing tunnel, visit the fantastic IMAX 3D Cinema, where you feel as though you are swimming with whales and dolphins!

Blue Reef Aquarium

Tel: 0117 9298929

Thornbury Castle - Bristol Zoo Garden.

Bristol Zoo Garden

A visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful grounds and award-winning gardens.

Bristol Zoo Garden

Tel: 0117 9747399

Thornbury Castle - Brunel SS Great Britain.

Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Step back in time when you board Brunel’s ss Great Britain.  Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world.  Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew.  Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to discover the world’s first great ocean liner.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Tel: 0117 9260680

Thornbury Castle - Cattle Country Park.

Cattle Country Adventure Park

A whole range of activities and many animals to see.  Two huge barns house giant slides and loads of soft play equipment.  Outdoor activities include Britain’s biggest jumping pillow, a 14m climbing net, a giant castle, trampolines, ride on mini tractors, a mini train, a willow maze, a splash pool, mini golf and a boating lake to name just a few.

Cattle Country Adventure Park

Tel: 01453 810510

Clifton Observatory

A natural cave with viewing platforms, unparalleled views over the local scenery and the only formal Camera Obscura in England.

Clifton Observatory

Tel: 0117 9741242

Thornbury Castle - Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Bowl, Cribbs Causeway

Kids love bowling, and if they are under 8 they can use a ramp and gutter guards.  Great family fun!

Hollywood Bowl, Cribbs Causeway

Tel: 0844 8261458

Thornbury Castle - Old Down Country Park.

Old Down Country Park

An ideal attraction to bring the whole family. From woodland walks, animal encounters, the adventure playground, the giant bouncy pillow, a cafe selling delicious treats and the farm shop selling gifts for everyone, it really is a day out to remember and they are open all year round.

Old Down Country Park

Tel: 01454 414081 (Office) 01454 414958 (Farm Shop & Café)

Thornbury Castle - Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre.

Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre

Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre is a friendly, professional, family run riding centre.  There are various activities ranging from lessons and hacks, fundays, pub rides, etc.

Tumpy Green Equestrian Centre

Tel: 01453 899002

Thornbury Castle - Windmill City Farm.

Windmill City Farm

The Farm provides an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about farming and to become actively involved in the production of their food.  Animals on the farm include a variety of goats, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Windmill City Farm

Tel: 0117 9633252

Thornbury Castle - WWT Slimbridge Centre.

WWT Slimbridge Centre

See, feed and learn about the world’s largest collection of exotic, rare and endangered ducks, geese and swans, and it is the only place in Europe to house all six species of flamingo.  See our otters, beaver, water voles and shrews.  Take a drip down our 1 kilometre canoe trail.  Youngsters will love playing in our outdoor wet playground called Welly Boot Land.

WWT Slimbridge Centre

Tel: 01453 891900