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Thornbury Castle


Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor Castle in all of England. Work on Thornbury Castle started in 1511 under the direction of Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham. Unfortunately, the work was halted in 1521 when the Duke was executed on the orders of his distant cousin Henry VIII for alleged treason. But all seemed to have been forgiven and completed by 1535, when King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, stayed at the castle. Princess Mary, later Queen Mary I, also lived here for several years. 

Today, much still remains of the original 16th century building. Everywhere there is fascinating historical detail to enjoy – coats of arms, intricate oriel windows, arrow loops and ornate carved ceilings. Thornbury has also always had a vineyard within the castle walls and Thornbury Castle wine is still produced today.


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Thornburry Castle, the only Tudor castle in England to open as a hotel, has been considered home to kings, queens, and travelers alike. Its heavy oak doors, roaring fires, and luxurious bedchambers make this 500-year old castle palace a must-visit for travelers searching for a historic adventure. Be sure to explore Thornburry Castle this summer to experience the Bristol International Balloon Festival which is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event going on August 9th to the 12th. The event (or should we say party) attracts half a million visitors and is free for all to attend. The mass Hot Air Balloon rises at 6am and 6pm, and it is surely a sight you don’t want to miss!

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