market town in South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, England

For other places with the same name, see Thornbury (disambiguation).

Thornbury is one of the most interesting market towns in South Gloucestershire, known for historic tales of treason, murders and for its modern day array of independent shops. It boasts a fully renovated Tudor castle and in summer flowers are all around as people take part in the towns competition, "Thornbury in Bloom". Apart from its own attractions, it's a convenient base or stop for those exploring the West Country. It is home to a former railway station. A local campaign seeks its reopening.

Thornbury castle, the town's most prominent landmark.


Thornbury's town charter was given in 1252. It was also mentioned in the Doomsday book. Today it has circa 12000 residents swelled with modern housing built from the 1950s to the present day.


Thornbury has one secondary school, The Castle School, and many primary schools including Gillingstool, Crossways School, Christ the King Primary school and more.

Get inEdit

By carEdit

Take the A38 after getting off the M5 motorway either at junction 16 or 14.

By busEdit

Take the local bus services 78 and 78 (formerly 309 and 310) operated by First Bus.

78 & 79 (First Bus): Bristol → Filton → Patchway → Cribbs Causeway → Aztec West → Almondsbury → Rudgeway → Alveston → Thornbury

By trainEdit

Thornbury's train station is closed. There are stations in Gloucester and Stroud than can be used to get close to the town.

Get aroundEdit

The 309 and 310 bus services are frequent, also Thornbury is small enough for most able bodied travllers to explore on foot.


St Mary's Church, Thornbury
Part of Thornbury's High Street



Plenty of things to buy: as a market town pretty much everything is catered for. Shop in Thornbury's high street, and the St Mary's shopping centre which provides an array of independents and chain stores.

  • 1 St Mary Shopping Centre, 8 Quaker Ln, BS35 2AD, +44 1454 888822.
  • 2 Hawkins, 49 High St, BS35 2AR, +44 1454 416688. A large independent DIY shop, which has been reputably described as the "B&Q" of Thornbury.

Locals usually shop at Aldi or Tesco.


There is plenty of pubs and takeaways.



There are many places including the pubs, hotels, and hotels in neighbouring Alveston at the top of the B4061.

  • 1 Old Church Farm, Church Road, Rudgeway BS35 3SQ, +44 1454 418212. Stylish B&B in a 16th C manor, can serve dinner with notice. No children under 12 or dogs. B&B double £140.
  • 2 Thornbury Castle, Castle Street, BS35 1HH, +44 1454 281182. Luxury 26-room hotel in castle which dates from 1511. Has upmarket restaurant (two courses £42, tasting menu £65) and bar meals from £15. from £160.    


  • There is internet access in the local libraries. Also there are many coffee shops that offer Wi-Fi.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Thornbury
PlymouthBristol  SW   NE  StroudBirmingham
CardiffChepstow (via Severn Bridge) ←  W   E  → merges with eastbound  London
Bristol  SW   NE  BerkeleyGloucester

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