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Whether you want a romantic castle in the rolling countryside or a setting that is rich with history and filled with stories to tell, we have a selection of castle wedding venues that are guaranteed to make you weak at the knees. Without further ado, let’s get started…
You’ll find Cluny Castle tucked away in the tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside, hidden from view thanks to its 200 acres of parkland. Dating all the way back to the 14th century and now a beloved family home, you’ll be spoilt with complete and utter privacy for your celebration. Be wowed by the architecture, lose yourself in the beauty of the gardens and create endless magical memories here. There’s an onsite Chapel complete with stained-glass windows and seating for 100 guests, sweeping lawns that welcome your guests to enjoy champagne and canapés and even space for a marquee. This enchanting castle wedding venue is made for the couple who want a modern fairy tale for their special day.
Meet one of England’s most romantic settings. Set within woods and landscaped gardens, Hedingham Castle is overflowing with history and host to many spectacular celebrations. It’s located in the Essex countryside, just 90 minutes from London, with many achingly beautiful spaces for your special day. From the Banqueting Hall to the Minstrels’ Gallery, each and every corner of this castle wedding venue is filled with times of a bygone era. If you want a larger celebration, the team have the option of a marquee under one of England’s three ancient Tulip trees – there will even be a private bar to get the party atmosphere kick-started. Finally, the Garden Cottage awaits the newlyweds, with its own private orchard and delightful interiors.
A castle wedding venue set amongst ancient woodland on the banks of the River Spey in the Highlands of Scotland, Gordon Castle offers everything you need for the most amazing day – with space for up to 40 guests to sleep if you hire the entire estate! The Orangery has space for 60 guests for indoor ceremonies, or you can enjoy a romantic ceremony by the fire if you fancy getting wed in the chillier months. Their outdoor ceremony options are rather tempting too, with many couples marrying on the River Spey in their charming fishing hut or in the walled garden. The Tower Hall is new for 2020, with room for 250 guests, making it the perfect choice for larger ceremonies and receptions.
Borthwick Castle is one of Britain’s most sought-after exclusive wedding venues and it can be found nestled in the rolling hills of Midlothian, just a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be immersed in opulence, medieval grander and 600 years-worth of Scottish history – it really is a sight to behold. This castle wedding venue has something for everyone, whether you want an intimate gathering, a grand affair or something in between. Rooms for 26 of your closest friends and family await, while their award-winning team are on hand 24/7 to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams.
Although it is located on the edge of Edinburgh, Newhall Estate feels like it is world’s away from city life. A hidden gem steeped in history, the team love nothing more than welcoming your loved ones to their family home to celebrate your love story and they want it to feel like it’s yours, too. Set the dining room for a family dinner, enjoy a nightcap by the roaring fire or wander around the Walled Gardens in the sunshine. With various indoor and outdoor ceremony options, this a castle wedding venue for all seasons, rain or shine. One thing will remain the same – your wedding day here will be unforgettable.
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
This Cotswold castle wedding venue is one of the most romantic you’ll ever set your eyes on. Just eight miles from Cheltenham, its beauty and vast history promise the perfect backdrop for you to celebrate. For couples who are seeking space for a larger event, Sudeley Castle & Gardens have room for a marquee with up to 600 guests on the lawns, while the Banqueting Hall and Pavilion can seat up to 140 people. The venue even has its very own onsite church, St Mary’s Chapel, while an outdoor blessing can take place in their gardens. The options are endless and it’s a place that you can really make your own.
If you want a castle wedding venue that looks like it was made for fairy tales, you’ve found it. Eastnor Castle is situated in a 5,000-acre estate in the Malvern Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – but it doesn’t end there! It also has a lake, deer park and arboretum, along with unrivalled views across the Herefordshire countryside. The Gothic Drawing Room, the Great Hall and the Lower Terrace all make for spectacular spaces for your ceremony and reception. The team are great too; flexible, friendly and experienced so they are equipped to handle any eventuality. Here, you will find splendour, tranquillity and complete exclusivity for your nuptials. And really, what more could you want?!
Hever Castle stands proudly within 600 acres of Kent countryside, with an extensive history and peaceful setting. Famous for having been the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, it is now an award-winning castle wedding venue where countless memories have been created and plenty of parties have been enjoyed. The Astor Wing offers a country house atmosphere while The Guthrie Pavilion provides a stunning lakeside location – in fact, you will find there is something for everyone here. Their five-star bedrooms will be waiting for your guests once the night draws in, each with traditional features, antique furnishings and modern-day luxuries.
A medieval fortress in the Gloucestershire countryside (just north of Bristol), Berkeley Castle is just 10 minutes from the M5. Ideally located, it does not compromise on its glorious countryside setting, with views across to the River Severn and beyond. This 12th Century castle wedding venue can be hired exclusively, with grand spaces that are brimming with character, charm and warmth. You’ll be enticed by the plethora of photograph opportunities in the grounds and gardens, while your guests will be wowed as they enjoy a guided tour of the castle. You’ll be in safe hands here too, with your very own Wedding Coordinator who will be with you throughout your planning journey. Berkeley Castle promises the most perfect day imaginable, in the dreamiest of settings.
The 5 red star Bovey Castle is located on a 275 acre estate in the heart of Dartmoor National Park. Bovey Castle is the unrivalled location for a Devon wedding with an ancient moorland setting. Built at the turn of the last century, Bovey Castle has remained loyal to the subtle vision of grandeur upon which it was founded as a decadent rural retreat. From the first time you arrive at Bovey Castle, you will know instantly that this is the venue for your wedding. Each wedding is a unique experience of true English luxury; whether you’re planning a lavish party or an intimate affair, the elegant architecture, stunning landscaped gardens and the vibrant atmosphere of a country home from the last century, create a wedding venue that is truly unforgettable.