Moving to Thornbury

thornbury high street

Thornbury is a quaint market town and civil parish in South Gloucestershire, situated approximately 12 miles north of Bristol. Our Moving to Thornbury six-point guide offers a clear idea of local services based in the town.

Voted by the Sunday Times as the fourth best place to live in the country. And voted Britain in Bloom award winners, it’s easy to see why Thornbury is a popular place to live.

Here you will find the town to be popular with a wide range of ages. From young families and couples to senior citizens, with several modern supported living options available.

Additionally, there are several interesting facts about Thornbury. Firstly L.E. Riddiford, a family-run grocery shop established in 1928, was the inspiration for the hit show Open All Hours!

LE Riddiford

The show’s creator, Roy Clarke visited the popular grocer in Thornbury and turned it into the show which featured hapless Arkwright.

Similarly, several other shows have used Thornbury as a filming location. Thornbury Castle has played host to some scenes of the TV hit show Sherlock.

As well as Sherlock, the famous Tardis of Dr Who once landed in Stokefield Close in Thornbury in 1976!

Aside from television and famous actors, here are the six key points to consider when moving to Thornbury:


Transport links in Thornbury

One slight disadvantage to living in, or moving to Thornbury is the fact that it is doesn’t have a railway station. The closest station for commuters is Bristol Parkway, situated 9 miles south of Thornbury.

The town is served by local bus services taking you either into Bristol, Cribbs Causeway, or in the opposite direction to Gloucester.

A guide to all bus services from Thornbury can be found here.


Employment in Thornbury

There are several medium-sized employers based in Thornbury itself. Furthermore, heading towards Bristol on the A38 you will find Aztec West business park.

Approximately 5 miles from Thornbury, Aztec West is home to over 100 companies, which are reported to employ over 7000 people.

Based on the edge of the M4/M5 interchange, the rush hour can be extremely busy.

However, the traffic light operation at the Aztec roundabout copes well, given the volume of commuter traffic.

Just a short drive further, towards Filton, you will find several large and well-established employers in the region.

Rolls Royce, Airbus, and the Ministry of Defence are notable employers in that particular area.

Furthermore, the area has seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years, and with that an increase in traffic.

With that in mind, expect to be sat in your car for around an hour each day, during rush hour.


Schools in Thornbury

The two main senior schools in Thornbury are the Castle School and Marlwood School, Marlwood is based nearby Alveston.

Furthermore, the town is served by seven local primary schools, a list of those schools and online rating can be found here.

Additionally, if you have a child with severe learning difficulties, the New Siblands School caters to children and young adults between the ages of 2-19.

Equipped with a hydrotherapy pool and sensory room, the school has previously received two ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted.

The New Siblands School is certainly worth considering if your child has a severe learning difficulty.


Shopping in Thornbury

At the heart of Thornbury is St Mary Shopping Centre. A small shopping centre, decked in a picturesque floral display, and a hive of activity.

St Mary Centre shops

The center has a mix of independent shops and recognisable high street brands. And plays host to a twice-monthly farmers market, with high quality, local produce on offer.

Leading on to the main High Street you will find local estate agents, charity shops, among many eateries.

Aldi and Tesco all have supermarkets in Thornbury for the weekly grocery store, and Tesco offers a home delivery service.

For an extensive list of retailers based in Thornbury click here.


Sports and Leisure in Thornbury

For keep-fit enthusiasts, you won’t have far to travel to find a local sports club or place to train. The local Leisure Centre plays host to a wide range of sporting and fun activities for children and adults alike.

The centre has a 25m indoor pool, no fewer than 10 badminton courts, 5 squash courts, and a fully equipped gym. Not to mention a wide range of classes and activities for all age groups.

There is no shortage of local sports clubs in Thornbury, with Cricket, Football, and Rugby well represented for all age groups.

Billy and Mako Vunipola
Credit: Gazette Series






Former Castle School pupils and England Rugby stars, Billy and Mako Vunipola played for Thornbury Broncos prior to turning professional.

The club now field three senior sides, Colts, veterans, a ladies’ team, and a thriving junior section that has teams from 7 to under-18.

Thornbury also has well-established Football and Cricket clubs with impressive facilities. The respective clubs welcome new players of all ages.

Aside from team sports, you can also find more extensive sports clubs based in Thornbury here.


Eating in Thornbury

Thornbury has an eclectic range of food choices in and around the town. From fish and chips on the high street to the complete fine dining experience.

Condensed into a small area around the high street, there are no fewer than 17 places to eat out.

Furthermore, the high street has two fish and chip shops, Dominos pizza takeaway, with a home delivery service available.

Additionally, the Hing Tai Chinese takeaway is popular among locals and can be found in Pullins Green, just a short walk from St Marys Shopping Centre.

Hawkes House Thornbury
Hawkes House Cafe/Bar.

Two fine dining restaurants can be found at the highly acclaimed Ronnies and Thornbury Castle.

Meanwhile, the town offers a great selection of worldwide food. With Indian, Thai, and Italian restaurants situated within a short stroll of one other.

In summary, if you are thinking of making Thornbury your new home, you will find a good quality of life and choices to be enjoyed in this quaint South Gloucestershire town.

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