Thornbury Castle

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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


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).

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  • 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


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-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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.

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