Thornbury Castle

Outskirts Thornbury united kingdom

From: 1533 to: 2175 / week.
Night : 219

Thornbury Castle

Castle - Outskirts

Luxury castle hotel in South West England, two hours from London

500 year old Thornbury Castle allows you to retrace the steps of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, as you walk along corridors and through grounds that they once explored.

Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor castle to be open as an hotel, allowing anyone to enjoy the splendour of the castle’s roaring fires, delicious cuisine and magnificent bedchambers.

Thornbury Castle is located in South West England, close to the historic city of Bath, and is easy to reach from all England’s major cities, including London, which is just over 2 hours away.

Anniversaries and Celebrations in a Castle

Imagine toasting your dad’s 70th birthday on rolling lawns with the crenellated towers of a Tudor castle in the background. Or celebrating your engagement with 100 guests in a grand, centuries-old hall…

Birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and family reunions – Thornbury Castle can cater for almost any type of event.

With four different sized dining rooms, a team of highly qualified chefs, and attentive staff to help you with your plans, your party can be as magical as your dreams allow.

Imagine your dream wedding at this castle

Let Thornbury Castle take the effort out of your wedding day, so you can genuinely enjoy the splendour of the surroundings.

They’ll organise the finer details, from photographs on the immaculate lawns and pitch-perfect cuisine in an opulent dining room, to a splendid ball in the Tudor Hall and a luxurious night in a giant four-poster bed.

The castle’s wedding planners can help to organise your big event to incorporate every feature of this unique venue.

Weddings in the castle (upto) 74
Weddings in a marquee (upto) 150
All-inclusive small wedding packages (More »)
Castle weddings for two (More »)
28 individually designed bedrooms

Dinning experience in the castle

Let the attentive waiting staff take care of your evening, serving a delectable range of traditional fare, or more contemporary cuisine with an international flavour. Pick up the wine menu, and Thornbury Castle’s expert sommelier can help you select exclusive vintages from the cellars or the finest of New World wines.

For hundreds of years, the kitchen garden has provided much of the food used at Thornbury Castle and, under the enthusiastic skills of the head gardener and groundskeeper, the vegetables, edible flowers and seasonal fruit used by the chefs are just about as fresh and flavoursome as you can get.

Property Features

Thornbury Castle's History

The earliest account of Thornbury and the manor exists in the time of King Athelstan (A.D. 925-940), who was grandson of King Alfred the Great... It was then owned by Aylward and, in A.D. 1020, his grandson Brictric succeeded to it. Brictric was ambassador at the Court of Baldwin, Count of Flanders, where he attracted the love of Baldwin’s daughter, Matilda. However, Brictric felt no affection for the lady and hastily returned to England. Matilda later married William the Conqueror, who seized the manor, together with other properties owned by Brictric, and gave it to his Queen. Not satisfied with this, she then had Brictric imprisoned in Winchester where, two years later, he died. Matilda died in 1083 and the manor reverted to the King. William Rufus ascended the throne in 1087 and granted Thornbury to Robert Fitzhamon as a reward for his support. It then passed through 28 generations to William Stafford Howard, Earl of Stafford, who sold it to his cousin, Thomas Howard, 8th Duke of Norfolk, in 1727, and in whose family it remained until 1959. The 1st Duke of Buckingham was Humphrey Stafford, who succeeded to Thornbury in 1403 and who was created Duke of Buckingham in 1444 and was made a Knight of the Garter. He remained faithful to the Lancastrian cause and fell at the Battle of Northampton in 1460. Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, helped place Richard III on the throne and, as a reward, was made Constable of England. In 1483 he was requested by King Richard to pay him a visit, but instead of accepting the invitation, he started to collect troops in Wales with the intention of leading them across the Severn. The uprising was unsuccessful and the Duke had to seek refuge in the house of a retainer, named Banister. A reward of £1,000 tempted Banister to betray him and the Duke was beheaded in Salisbury without trial. King Richard refused to pay the reward to Banister saying “if he could betray so good a master he would be false to all others”. Henry Stafford was succeeded by his own son Edward Stafford as 3rd Duke of Buckingham. He was restored by Henry VII to all his father’s lands and titles and was made Constable of England and Knight of the Garter. Up to now Thornbury was just a manor but the Duke obtained a licence to castellate it and, in 1508, started to build the present castle. When Henry VIII came to the throne, the Duke of Buckingham stood in high favour with his Royal Master. He was the most affluent and most honoured nobleman in the country - Constable of England. He was the King’s Lieutenant and commanded in his absence. He was with his Sovereign in 1513 at the Battle of the Spurs in Picardy, and in 1520 whilst on his way to France to take part in the campaign of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, he visited Tonbridge where he had a large estate and had cause to dismiss a steward called Kynvett. To avenge himself the steward passed on to Cardinal Wolsey certain indiscreet words uttered by the Duke. It is not known for certain whether Buckingham had serious thought regarding the throne, but he was the great grandson of Edward III’s youngest son, Thomas of Woodstock, and if Mary Tudor’s succession at that time was denied, he thought he stood heir to the throne. Henry VIII certainly seems to have thought there was some danger because on the Duke’s return from France he was arrested and taken to London, where he was found guilty of high treason and executed on Tower Hill. Henry VIII appropriated the castle and, for 33 years, it remained a royal demesne; in 1533 he and Anne Boleyn spent 10 days here. Mary Tudor also spent some years here as a princess and, upon her death in 1554, she returned the castle to the descendants of the late Duke. For the next two centuries the castle was unoccupied and fell into ruin. In the 1850s the castle became once more a family residence, being home to the Howards, then the Clifford family, Kenneth Bell MBE, The Baron and Baroness of Portlethen.


Thornbury Castle's table of pricing

From: 1533 to: 2175 / week.
Night : 219

Enjoy a regal night's sleep in the Duke's Bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept, or favour the Gloucester Bedchamber and wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England - the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden.

The prices are for a bedchamber for one night, and are based on two guests sharing the room. All bedchambers have en-suite facilities.

Bed & Breakfast From To
Classic £219 £329
Superior Classic £252 £362
Deluxe £329 £450
Deluxe Suite £406 £516
Superior Suite £428 £538
Gatehouse Suite £406 £516
Tower Suite £516 £626
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast From To
Classic £318 £428
Superior Classic £348 £461
Deluxe £428 £549
Deluxe Suite £505 £615
Superior Suite £527 £637
Gatehouse Suite £505 £615
Tower Suite £615 £725
  Minimum two-night stays and dinner, bed and breakfast packages are required on some weekends. Thornbury Castle cannot accept children under the age of 8. Extra beds for children sharing their parents' rooms are free of charge. Free broadband is available at the castle.


How to reach Thornbury Castle

Immerse yourself in local history, head into the city or explore the surrounding countryside.

While the castle is very much the dominant character in the market town of Thornbury, there is plenty to see and do beyond its gates. History buffs will enjoy discovering the background of the town: Thornbury Castle's helpful staff will point you in the direction of its heritage trail, where you can learn about the human activity in the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. The Romans were in the area too - in 2004, while digging a pond, a local resident discovered a horde of 11,000 Roman coins.

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