Number of Rooms
Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Princess Mary I of England, Sophia Loren, Laurence Olivier
Seen in (tv/movies)
‘Whites’ TV series (2010), The Six Wives of Henry VIII TV series (2001, Anne Boleyn episode), Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? TV series (2009)
Type of Architecture
Couples, Weddings, Family Gatherings, Romantic Getaway, Countryside Escape
Hotel, Exclusive Use
Thornbury Castle is the only luxury Tudor castle hotel in England today, and represents one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture in the country. The castle is situated on 15 acres of glorious grounds, surrounded by Tudor walled gardens in the charming Gloucestershire countryside. The castle provides the perfect escape by encapsulating a blend of luxury and the regal grandeur of its past. Whether you are looking to enjoy fine dining in their AA Rosette restaurant, engage in the castle’s country pursuits of falconry and archery, or simply unwind in one of their luxurious bedchambers, there is something for everyone.
A captivating history surrounds the castle, which was built over 500 years ago by the Third Duke of Buckingham, Edward Stafford. Stafford, who was the country’s second richest man – only to King Henry VIII – wanted the castle to represent his wealth and status. Thornbury Castle exudes this opulence throughout with ornate door arches and enormous fireplaces adorned with his emblem, The Stafford knot. In 1521 Edward Stafford was tried and executed for treason by Henry VIII and Thornbury Castle was seized by the monarch. In 1535 Henry VIII stayed in the castle with Anne Boleyn and today guests have the opportunity to relive history by staying in the same room that they shared. The Castle fell into disrepair in the 1650s as a victim of the English Civil War which saw the Royalists and Parliamentarians clash between 1642 and 1651. It wasn’t until 1824 that Thornbury Castle would be restored to its former glory that you see today by the historic Howard family.
The out-of-time grandeur of its exteriors and the luxurious delights that lie within make Thornbury Castle an unforgettable setting for that most special of days. Whether you’re looking for a traditional-style showstopper that gives you full reign over the castle and its grounds, or a more intimate but no less memorable celebration, every wedding package that we offer can be tailored to suit your needs and dreams.
Available for private dining and venue hire, Thornbury Castle is an impressive and atmospheric setting for special events. The castle’s distinctive architecture forms an ideal backdrop to celebrations of any size. The Tudor Hall is perfect for larger occasions, including banquets and gala dinners, while the Baron’s Sitting Room is a more intimate space for cocktail receptions, exclusive dinner parties and elegant suppers.
Inspiring and invigorating, impressive and intimate; these are the qualities that set our castle and its grounds apart as a wonderfully impactful setting for meetings, team building and training. Located within 30 minutes from Bristol City Centre and Bristol Parkway, the two distinct event spaces are able to accommodate up to either 20 or 66 guests.
At Thornbury, you will enjoy a dazzling dining experience with a heritage befitting of Thornbury’s storied surroundings in one of its four spectacular dining rooms, including the atmospheric dungeon. The restaurant also offers afternoon tea, and champagne afternoon tea, for those special occasions. Explore the 15 acres of land that surround the castle itself providing both stunning views and boundless activity for all who stay at Thornbury. From the fineries of the meticulously manicured lawns to the numerous gardens and rolling countryside, the outdoor areas are just as evocative of historic Tudor England as the stone walls and majestic interiors of the castle itself. A variety of lawn activities are available, such as croquet, archery, and falconry. Head to the South Wing of the castle for the most relaxing and rejuvenating massages and beauty treatments. Thornbury’s expert team will ensure you not only live like royalty while staying at Thornbury Castle, but are pampered to similarly exalted levels.
Thornbury Castle Hotel & Restaurant
Castle St, Thornbury
Bristol BS35 1HH