About As you'd expect, this magical Tudor castle is immersed in history. King Henry VIII commissioned the building in 1510 and, a few years after, revisited with his second wife Anne Boleyn. Later on, in the 1550s, Queen Mary also resided at Thornbury for several years during her brief reign. To this day, Thornbury Castle still retains many features of the original 16th-century edifice. Magnificent coats-of-arms, tapestries and beautiful paintings adorn the walls, and the majority of the beautiful chambers and bedrooms contain roaring log fires. Thornbury Castle has three areas licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies:- The Library – This intimate room is perfect for civil ceremonies with up to 18 guests. The Lounge – This beautiful wood-panelled chamber, suitable for seating 24 guests, features an authentic Tudor fireplace and scenic views out onto the walled garden. The Tudor Hall – The exposed stonework walls of the atmospheric early 16th-century Great Hall are decorated with imposing tapestries, and 70 guests can be seated for a civil ceremony or wedding breakfast, and up to 120 for an informal evening reception. For a truly memorable day, why not hire the castle exclusively and feel like royalty for the day. Outside, the castle's historic walled garden and working vineyard present the perfect backdrop for atmospheric wedding photographs.