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'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.