Heritage Trail

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The museum created a Thornbury Heritage Trail to mark the new millennium.

  • The Heritage Trail follows an easy pedestrian route around the historic town centre, with an optional return along country footpaths.
  • The way-marked route starts outside the Town Hall in the High Street. A bronze relief sculpture of the centre of Thornbury, The Spirit of Thornbury, is located there too.
  • Additional historic sites bear a bronze plaque.
  • The route follows a way-marked figure-of-eight path in two sections. You can follow the two sections on different occasions if you like.
  • A trail guide (recently updated and about to be printed) can shortly be purchased for a small cost from the Museum or the Town Hall.
  • The volunteer staff of the museum have had a project under way over the last couple of years to update and upgrade the Heritage Trail information boards and the trail guide. These incorporate changes to the town since the Trail was established.  The first phase of the project (the updating and upgrading of the Trail information boards) has been completed.  The second phase (the re-writing of the new trail guide booklets) has also now been finished and the booklets are due to be printed shortly.  They will then be available for purchase for a small sum from the museum shop.

The trail consists of three main elements:


A Trail Plan with direction signs and plaques

The Trail is defined on the ground by bronze plaques incorporating a Trail Logo. These are set in the pavement and show the direction to follow. Along country footpaths they are set into wooden posts.


Trail guides

The trail guide booklet is currently being updated as part of a museum project to update the Heritage Trail.


Key Sites Features

Selected key sites are enhanced by landscape features, designed to illustrate specific aspects of the town’s history. A bronze relief map of Thornbury was the last feature to be installed and contains the Millennium time capsules, prepared by the schools of Thornbury in 2000.

We hope you enjoy the trail!


Coming soon…

The new Heritage Trail Guide booklets will be available shortly.  In the meantime, here is a map of the Trail route:



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