The Berkeley family welcome you to Berkeley Castle, ancient fortress home where they have lived since their ancestor, Robert Fitzharding, completed the Keep in the late 12th Century.
One of the most remarkable buildings in Britain, Berkeley Castle is perfect for a family day out. The Castle and gardens are open Sunday to Wednesday every week from Easter to the end of October.
In addition the Castle promotes a programme of special events throughout the year and is a unique and distinguished venue to hire for special occasions. Check our website for opening times, prices and events.
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley GL13 9BQ
Tel: 01453 810303
A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII
Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public 1 June to 3 July 2022.
Full details and booking information can be found on the Tours and Events pages of our website below.
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN
Tel: 01453 810631
Lots of links to historical resources for family history research.
Explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps, images and linked information with this digital heritage mapping project.
The origins of Porch House date back to at least the fifteenth century, though it has been altered and extended over the years. It has had a varied history – reputedly being attacked during the Civil War, and serving variously as farm house, private home, butcher’s shop, accountant’s office, tailor’s shop, home of the town football team, church and priest’s house. Porch House, which belongs to the Catholic Community in Thornbury, is used by many local community groups of all ages and interests and is the venue for popular amateur dramatics and other events.
Check out our website for a virtual tour of Porch House.
The museum was started in 1986 to house a collection of artefacts bequeathed to The Thornbury Society, and rapidly expanded. It is managed by the Thornbury & District Heritage Trust, a registered charity as well as a Trust company, and is supported by South Gloucestershire Council and Thornbury Town Council. It is an independent museum, financed by grants and donations. Tour our exhibition rooms, chat to our volunteers, visit our shop, enjoy your local museum. We have books, leaflets, pamphlets, postcards, all of local interest.
Postal address: Thornbury & District Museum, c/o The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Tel: 01454 857774
This site has an excellent database of monumental inscriptions from Thornbury Cemetery and St Mary's Church, complete with photographs, and has recently added the monumental inscriptions from the United Reformed Church as well as details of births, marriages and burials from the URC registers up to about 1900.
There's a searchable database of Thornbury Trade directories, with 24 directories included, covering the period 1790 to 1939. There are also various Voter Lists, Coroners Lists, Street Directories and a gallery of old Thornbury adverts from local businesses.
There are in-depth histories of the houses in many of the older streets of Thornbury and of the families who lived in them with an extensive collection of photographs.
A glimpse into the past of the parish of Tytherington
Visitors and new members are very welcome to come along to our monthly Friday meetings at 7.30pm.
Baptist Church School Room, 2 Itchington Road, Tytherington GL12 8QE
Tel: 01454 415035
Historical information and statistics about the town and area from the Vision of Britain project.
Nympsfield, Stonehouse GL10 3TS
Tel: 01453 861541