Thornbury Castle Hotel
South West, Gloucestershire
Built in the 16th century and maintained in immaculate condition, Thornbury Castle Hotel now acts as an inspiring setting for meetings and conferences, private dinners, summer fun days with team building, and exclusive-use events.
Built by Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, during the reign of Henry VIII, Thornbury Castle has a history that’s almost palpable as you walk its centuries-old halls. Henry VIII honeymooned here with his wife Anne Boleyn, after executing Stafford for treason and seizing the castle. Today, the castle offers a unique experience as a hotel, restaurant and event venue, where guests can find inspiration in a piece of the country’s history. Within the castle, there are 27 sumptuous and regal bedchambers, most with four poster or coronet beds and some with feature bathrooms and accessed by original stone spiral staircases. You will also find open fire-places, chandeliers, wood-panelled walls and furnishings that combine medieval style and modern comfort. “The Duke’s Bedchamber” which was where the King and Queen spent their honeymoon, is still available as a guest bedchamber to this day.
Thornbury Castle offers contemporary comforts and conveniences of a modern event venue, with breath-taking historical grandeur. Surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens, the castle inspires delegates as they approach. Exceptional grand architecture with towers, battlements and Tudor chimneys, and the Tudor Walled Gardens and vineyard add to the historical experience.
The atmospheric conference and event rooms within are equally impressive, with stone walls lined with suits of armour, tapestries and grand paintings lending a sense of weight and majesty to any event. Your room will be ready to use an hour before your event, giving you time to set up. Our lounge and library are cosy and relaxing and are ideal for unwinding with pre-dinner drinks after a busy day.
The castle also has an award-winning restaurant and offers wonderful food and drink that live up to the venue. Our Head Chef, Andrew Chan and his team of talented chefs prepare fresh dishes with an emphasis on choice and quality using seasonal ingredients, many of which are grown in our castle gardens. With an emphasis on choice and quality, they can tailor a menu to match your event and to meet the requirements of attendees. There are also a number of unique private dining rooms, including the original dungeon and wine cellar, which are perfect for dinners and celebrations, and are sure to impress all who dine within.
This tailored service is a key part of Thornbury Castle. Each event is managed by an events specialist, who can help you to plan your event with style and deliver the "wow-factor". They’ll be there on the day to ensure things run smoothly, leading a team of efficient, professional service staff.
There are plenty of options for memorable business events, from small meetings, day-long workshops to large-scale residential conferences, with exclusive use of the castle. If an element of fun is needed, activities can be arranged, including teambuilding, archery, croquet, falconry, history tours, cocktail making classes and much more.
Thornbury Castle Hotel is on the edge of the Cotswolds, just north of Bristol and Bath and conveniently close to the M5 and M4 Motorways. The castle is also easily accessible from London Paddington Station with direct trains every 30 minutes and a journey time of just 80 minutes to Bristol Parkway station, which is located just 9 miles away. There’s complimentary car parking on-site, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the castle, and even a helipad for a grander entrance.
This 16th-century castle truly is a unique venue, with delicious food, excellent service and fantastic facilities, perfect for infusing your event with a little regal grandeur.
- Yes, complimentary
- From £40
- From £240
Maximum Delegate Capacities
- 5 miles
- 9 miles
- 23 miles
Transport & Parking Facilities
Thornbury Castle offers free parking for up to 60 cars.
Distance from major UK cities - Bristol 15 miles 30 mins, Bath 27 miles 45 mins, Cardiff 37 miles 35 mins, Birmingham 75 miles 1 hour 30 mins, London 120 miles 2 hours 15 mins.
BY TRAIN Nearest stations Bristol Parkway Station 30 mins by taxi, Yate Station 20 mins by taxi, London Paddington Station to Bristol Parkway 1 hour 20 mins, Cardiff Central Station to Bristol Parkway Station 35 mins, Birmingham New Street Station to Bristol Parkway Station 1 hour 15 mins.
BY AIR Bristol International Airport 40 mins by taxi. A helipad is available at the hotel, please call for landing information.
Official Star Ratings and Awards
The restaurant has 2 x AA rosettes.
Croquet and archery sets are available to use on a complimentary basis. Hotel residents have complimentary access to Thornbury Tennis Club, and discounted rates at Thornbury Golf Club which are both within short driving distance from the castle. Balloon and helicopter rides (weather permitting) can also be arranged. Falconry displays are available at additional charge. Beauty treatments can be booked for guests to take in their bedchambers.