Thornbury

Thornbury Castle

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Why We Love It

  • Spend the night in a castle where King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn once stayed
  • There's a fine-dining restaurant & award-winning wine cellar
  • You can explore the 14 acres of landscaped grounds, or take a stroll in the Cotswolds countryside
  • "Live like royalty in this grand Tudor castle" -- Harper's Bazaar

"The standards of comfort are famous" -- Fodor's
100%
Enjoyed This
(9 Member Ratings)
"Its an amazing place and has the atmosphere you would expect"
paul
21. May 2018
london, United Kingdom

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Map & Directions

The hotel is 45 minutes' drive from Bristol Airport. Heathrow Airport is an hour and 45 minutes' drive away and central London is two hours and 15 minutes by car. A taxi from Bristol Parkway train station, for services to and from London Paddington, will take approximately 20 minutes. There is free parking on site.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Dating back to the 16th century, Thornbury Castle has a fascinating history. It was claimed by the Crown after its owner (the Duke of Buckingham) was beheaded for treason, and King Henry VIII stayed here with Anne Boleyn in 1535. It's now a boutique bolthole, but still "the hallways positively clank with suits of armour and wrought-iron candelabras", according to The Daily Telegraph.

You'll be staying on the edge of the Cotswolds, in the historic Roman town of Thornbury, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. There is a heritage trail in town, and nearby Westonbirt Arboretum is worth a visit. Gloucester, Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham are all less than an hour's drive.

The cosy hotel restaurant specialises in traditional fine dining. The herbs and vegetables come from the on-site walled gardens, and there's a butterscotch pudding and highly regarded cheese trolley for dessert. Afternoon tea is served daily and can be enjoyed by the fireside in the winter or out in the gardens during warmer months.

The cellar is well stocked and was recognised with an award from Wine Spectator in 2013 -- try the Müller-Thurgau white wine, which is harvested from the hotel's own 500-year-old vine.

Families with older kids are well looked after here. There are 14 acres of grounds to explore, and traditional country pursuits such as archery and croquet are available.

Staff are happy to arrange early suppers and childcare for younger guests (aged 10 and up). There's no spa on site, but in-room treatments can be arranged on request (charges apply).

Many of the rooms have period features, such as 4-poster beds, exposed stone walls (north wing), tapestries and intricately moulded ceilings. Guests are welcomed with a decanter of sherry, and there are tea- and coffee-making facilities in every room. Well-behaved pets are welcome (charges apply).

From the press:


  • "This is the only Tudor castle in England in which you can stay the night, perhaps even sleep in the very bedchamber that housed Henry VIII" -- The Daily Telegraph

  • "Play lord of the fortified manor at this Tudor castle on the fringes of the Cotswolds" -- The Independent

  • "Enjoy a feast in the dungeon, relax in your bedchamber or simply take in the beautiful grounds and surroundings" -- Harper's Bazaar

Amenities

General

  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: The hotel only allows children aged 10 and over. Extra bed available on request in Deluxe Rooms and above only: £50 per night for children aged 10 to 15. Please contact the hotel should you require an extra bed for guests over 16 years old.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £15 per day. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: There is a two-night minimum stay required over weekends.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

100%
Enjoyed This
(9 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Thornbury Castle (part of Luxury Family Hotels) over the past 15 months.
5.0 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.7 Rooms
5.0 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Its an amazing place and has the atmosphere you would expect
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Atmosphere is amazing, Food amazing, Drinks reasonable priced and staff truly try. I could not fault it.
paul 21. May 2018 london, United Kingdom

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