Thornbury Castle

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Why We Love It

  • Stay in a real castle where King Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn once spent the night
  • Children aged 10+ are welcome & there's archery & croquet to try
  • There's a fine-dining restaurant & award-winning wine cellar
  • Each room has a complimentary decanter of sherry

"The standards of comfort are famous" -- Fodor's

97% (98 Member Ratings)

"The fantastic castle and history of it all. The bedroom was brilliant ."
May 13, 2017
Pulborough, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Bristol Airport. Heathrow Airport is an hour and 45 minute drive away and it's two hours and 15 minutes by car from central London. A taxi from Bristol Parkway train station will take approximately 20 minutes. There is free parking on site.

Rooms & Rates

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Thornbury Castle has a fascinating history that dates back to the 16th century. The property was requisitioned by the crown after its owner (the Duke of Buckingham) was beheaded for treason, and King Henry VIII stayed there with Anne Boleyn in 1535. It's now a warm and charming hotel.

The cozy hotel restaurant specializes in traditional fine dining, with dishes such as pork loin, shoulder and belly with black pudding gracing the menu alongside herbs and vegetables from the on-site walled gardens. The traditional theme continues for desserts, with butterscotch pudding and a lovely cheese trolley. The cellar is well stocked and was recognized with an award from the Wine Spectator in 2013 -- try the Muller-Thurgau white wine, which is harvested from the hotel's own 500-year-old vine.

Afternoon tea is also served daily (3-4:45pm, Monday-Saturday; 4-5pm, Sunday) and can be enjoyed by the fireside in the winter or out in the gardens during warmer months.

Families with older kids are well looked after here. Activities such as archery and croquet are available on the grounds and there are 14 acres to explore. Staff are happy to arrange early suppers and childcare for younger guest (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-style features, such as coal-effect gas fires, exposed stone walls (north wing), tapestries and intricately molded ceilings. Bathrooms, however, are fully updated with under-floor heating and bathtubs or showers. A number of rooms also come with four-poster beds -- one, up in the Tower (reached by a spiral staircase), has a 10-foot wide mattress and stunning views. 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:
  • "The standards of comfort are famous" -- Fodor's



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • 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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


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


  • Complimentary parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3:00 PM. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11:00 AM.

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 £10 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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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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97% Positive
(98 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Thornbury Castle (part of Luxury Family Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.8 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The fantastic castle and history of it all. The bedroom was brilliant .
Other Comments
Afternoon tea was most enjoyable
Jack May 13, 2017 Pulborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The place and the room
Other Comments
Cream tea was so good. And bar was so great.
Hiroshi Oct 04, 2016 ロンドン, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Loved the castle, the grounds needed love and care- could be amazing
Denise Jul 01, 2016 abergavenny, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was lovely. Staff very helpful and the food was fabulous will definitely go back.
Other Comments
Everything was great at Thornbury Castle. I had booked a twin room but on arrival was shown to a double room. When this was pointed out to the staff they very quickly sorted out suitable accommodation for us and we stayed in the Stafford rooms which were amazing.
tracy Jun 30, 2016 bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fab setting upgraded to 4 poster
Other Comments
Exceptional staff very friendly and efficient
Anne Jun 29, 2016 Corfe Mullen, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the castle
Other Comments
exceptional from start to finish
joe Jun 28, 2016 birmingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic room, food and service
Caroline Jun 28, 2016 Orpington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were wonderful - without exception. They made a beautiful castle, with excellent food an even more enjoyable experience. Probably the most warm and sincere customer service I've experienced in a hotel environment.
Fiona Jun 27, 2016 Essex, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was out if this world!!! The actual building was magical!! :)
Other Comments
We had one of the best nights ever at the castle!! I could highly recommend a stY here!!!
Rebecca Jun 23, 2016 Cwmbran, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Characterful and atmospheric.
Other Comments
Beautiful hotel.
Jayne Jun 21, 2016 Birmingham, United Kingdom

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