Thornbury Castle

With an incredible heritage stretching back over 1000 years, Thornbury castle is a striking grade I listed Tudor Castle whose history has witnessed scandal and drama amongst some of Britain's most accalimed and nefarious Kings.  

Surrounded by beautiful grounds and offering the highest standards of personal service, its mixture of history and architecture is certain to leave you bewitched. Despite its title as a castle and Henry VIII’s assertions, Thornbury Castle was built for recreation rather than defence and its design serves it well as a luxury castle hotel.

History of Thornbury Castle

Henry VIII was a suspicious and cunning political ruler who ordered the execution of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, based on little more than rumour. This resulted in Henry becoming the personal owner of Thornbury Castle, staying there with his new wife Anne Boleyn in 1535. Henry’s daughter Mary received her education here and it wasn't until after her death that the castle passed back to the descendents of Buckingham. Read More

Interesting facts about Thornbury Castle

1. In 1020, the old Manor passed into the ownership of an Anglo-Saxon thane called Brictric. Brictric served as an ambassador to the count of Flanders where, so it was rumoured, the count’s daughter Matilda fell in love with him. Brictric appears to have spurned her advances and soon after returned to England. He would later learn that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Matilda married William II of Normandy and when William became ‘the Conqueror’ by successfully invading England in 1066, Matilda had Brictric’s estates seized. Not content with simply taking his property, Matilda had Brictric thrown into jail where he died two years later. Read More

Connections to People

Henry VIII

Henry VIII - Tudor King who is as well known for his erratic behaviour as he is for his transformation of British politics.

Tudor King who is as well known for his erratic behaviour as he is for his transformation of British politics.

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots - Mother to James I of England and Scotland, she briefly could claim to be the heir to four thrones only for the brutality of the mediaeval age to cast her as the victim in her own tragic play.

Mother to James I of England and Scotland, she briefly could claim to be the heir to four thrones only for the brutality of the mediaeval age to cast her as the victim in her own tragic play.

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Richard III

Richard III - Despite only being King of England for two short years, Richard III is remembered as one of English history’s great villains

Despite only being King of England for two short years, Richard III is remembered as one of English history’s great villains

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Connections to Events

The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses - A series of civil wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster over the issue of succession to the English throne.

A series of civil wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster over the issue of succession to the English throne.

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