The ancient market town of Thornbury dates back to the 9th century. It is known for its historic high street, Thornbury Castle (now a luxury hotel) and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, both of which are Grade I listed.

The high street has a variety of independent shops and restaurants, and hosts regular markets. In the summer you’ll find it decked out with beautiful floral displays which regularly win awards in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Thornbury is a great place to explore by bicycle, being on a National Cycle Network route. If you visit by car, there is plenty of free, short-stay and long-stay parking in the public car parks at Rock Street, St Mary Street and Castle Court. More local parking information including full addresses can be found on our car parks page.

Read about our programme of investment into Thornbury.

Discover more about Thornbury

My Thornbury website has a directory of local shops you can find on the high street.

Regular events in Thornbury

Thornbury Farmers Market – first and third Thursday of the month, 9am to 1.30pm at the St Mary Centre

Green Top Events Market – fourth Saturday of the month, 10am to 3pm at St Mary Street Car Park (temporary location while construction continues in the High Street)

Thornbury Town Council website has information about annual big events that take place locally.

Explore the traders in this location

Our work supporting local high streets

We work with local organisations to put on events, including Sustainable Thornbury, who hosted a Thornbury Festival of Sustainability in May 2023, and JIGSAW Thornbury, who co-ordinate the Fun Palaces event annually.

We have awarded Help us Thrive grants to projects that benefit the high street including:

  • Castle Crafts
  • Celebration fairs
  • Elite Fitness and Leisure
  • JIGSAW Thornbury
  • MyPhysio
  • Over 60s Tea Room
  • Swan Pub B&B
  • The Malthouse
  • The Thornbury Deli
  • Thornbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Unofficial Thornbury High Street Association
  • Your ID

We also support the work of Thornbury in Bloom, providing funding to help with planting and maintenance of the floral tubs and displays in Thornbury High Street.

Other useful links

You may find these webpages useful for your visit to Thornbury:

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