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- Thornbury Castle
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Early Modern (1500AD-1800AD)
- Northern Europe
- 1500AD - 1599AD
- Henry VIII of England
- Goodrich Castle, Raglan Castle,
about Thornbury Castle
Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire is an original Tudor manor house which now operates as a luxury hotel.
Built in the early 16th century by Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, Thornbury Castle soon passed into the possession of the crown after the Duke was executed for treason by King Henry VIII.
In fact, the Thornbury site itself seems to have been something of an unlucky charm for its owners. It is said that the estate was once owned by the Anglo-Saxon thegn Brictric. He fell foul of the machinations of Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, and eventually died in prison.
After passing into King Henry VIII's estates, Thornbury Castle was then frequented by Tudor royalty on several occasions, including by the King and Anne Boleyn.
Thornbury Castle was returned to the Duke of Buckingham's family in the mid-16th century but later fell into disrepair until its renovation in the 19th century.
Today Thornbury Castle is a luxury hotel which offers guests the opportunity to stay in the very room that was once occupied by Henry VIII. Guests can also explore the scenic grounds of the castle.
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Address: Thornbury Castle, Castle Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, UK,
Phone: 44 (0)1454 281182
From M4/M5: Leave the M4 at junction 20 (M5 junction 16) and take the A38 north until turning off on to the B4061 to Thornbury. Thornbury Castle is on the edge of the town, off Castle Street.
Thornbury Castle and grounds is open to hotel guests and patrons.
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