Beautiful UK Wedding Venues - Wedding Locations For The Perfect Day

Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue

Apart from the dress, there is no decision more important than choosing the venue where you will be married. This can be a daunting task as there is so much information dotted around the internet. What I have tried to do is compile a definitive collection of some of the most beautiful settings in the British Isles, all owned by the National Trust.

Below you will find every National Trust venue that is currently available to hire, for civil ceremonies and/or wedding receptions. There are many different types of venue listed, so there should be something for everyone on their magical wedding day.

All photos courtesy of the National Trust Photographic Library.

Weddings In Devon and Cornwall

Weddings In The East Midlands

Weddings In The East Of England

Weddings In The North West

Weddings In The Southeast

Weddings In Thames And Solent

Weddings In Wessex

Weddings In Yorkshire And The North East

Weddings In Wales

Weddings In Northern Ireland

Arlington Court
Arlington Court
The Great Staircase
The Great Staircase

Weddings In Devon and Cornwall

Arlington Court, Devon

Arlington Court is a Regency mansion house hidden in a wooded valley on the edge of Exmoor. It is Victorian in décor and hosts a grand staircase which was installed in 1865. The estate houses the National Trust's collection of over 50 horse drawn carriages, so an old fashioned entrance by the bride on horse and carriage could easily be arranged.

Arlington House can be hired for the actual wedding ceremony, but does not host receptions.

  • March - October: Saturdays only at 10am or 10.30am.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Price: £600
  • November - December: Weddings can take place at any time.
  • Capacity: 50
  • Price: £800

Cotehele Entrance
Cotehele Entrance
Garden View
Garden View
Barn Restaurant
Barn Restaurant

Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele is a medieval manor house situated in the woods above the River Tamar. It was built between 1485 - 1539 and remains one of the least altered medieval houses in the UK. Cotehele houses rare collections of Tudor and Stuart furniture and English and Flemish tapestries.

Cotehele can be hired for both the wedding ceremony and reception. Though both will take place in the Barn Restaurant which was built in 1453.

  • The Barn is available on Fridays throughout the year and on other days during November, December and January.
  • Capacity: 70
  • Price: No up to date prices but was £800 - £1000 + VAT in 2007

Killerton House
Killerton House
Garden View
Garden View

Killerton, Devon

Killerton House was altered and expanded in 1777 - 1779, but it is believed to have been originally built sometime around 1242. Killerton House is situated on a hillside garden surrounded by an extensive woodland estate of 6400 acres.

Inside the house on the first floor you will find a much treasured costume collection, with over 7000 items displayed.

Killerton House isn't licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, but wedding blessings can take place in Killerton Chapel (only those with connections to the estate may use the chapel for an actual wedding ceremony).

  • Smaller wedding receptions may take place in the Garden Restaurant situated inside the house. Though music and dancing will have to take place inside a marquee in the garden.
  • Capacity: 50
  • Price: Not currently known.
  • A larger wedding reception would take place in a marquee in the garden.
  • Capacity: 200
  • Price: £1500 inc VAT. This is for venue hire only, marquee hire would be at an additional cost.

Front View Of Beltom House
Front View Of Beltom House
The Marble Hall
The Marble Hall
Italian Garden
Italian Garden

Weddings In The East Midlands

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Belton House is a stunning country house built in 1685 - 1688. The estate has been used for the filming of BBC period drama's including Jayne Eyre and and Pride and Prejudice.

The house hosts collections of fine furnishings, with rooms ranging from the décor of the 17th century, the Regency period, Victorian and 1930s. There are also exquisit paintings and tapestries and fine wood carvings to be seen. Outside there are 35 acres of land, part of which are Italian and Dutch gardens.

  • Wedding ceremonies can take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. On selected Fridays and Saturdays ceremonies can take place at 5.30pm April - October.
  • The Marble Hall
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: Monday - Tuesday £2450 / Friday - Saturday £2750
  • The Tapestry Room
  • Capacity: 12
  • Price: Monday - Tuesday £1250

Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall
Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Harwick Hall is a grand Elizabethan House built between 1590 - 1597 and remains virtually unchanged since then. The house stands on a hilltop on the derbyshire and nottinghamshire border and has 500 acres of land surrounding it.

Hardwick Hall has Europe's finest examples of tapestries and needlework dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The grounds are home to rare breeds of cattle and sheep and the orchards, herb gardens and lawns make wonderful settings for photographs.

  • Wedding ceremonies can take place on Fridays during April - October and on weekends at selected times.
  • All ceremonies take place in the Entrance Hall.
  • Capacity: 70
  • Price: £1300
  • There are three options for receptions; Drinks receptions can take place in the West Colonnade, larger catered gatherings in the Great Kitchen Restaurant or for an even larger party, a marquee can be hired.
  • Price: Unknown.

Kedleston Hall
Kedleston Hall
The Saloon
The Saloon

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

Kedleston is an 18th century neo-classical Hall built between 1759 - 1765 by the Curzon family. The house features an Eastern Museum filled with objects from Lord Curzon's role as Viceroy of India 1899 - 1905. The house also boasts a fine collection of paintings, sculptures and furnishings found in the opulent grand scale state rooms.

The park and garden are 820 acres and contain a pleasure ground, a series of lakes and bridges, a fishing pavilion and stunning landscapes.

  • Wedding ceremonies can take place on Thursdays and Fridays during March and October.
  • Ceremonies take place in The Saloon which is a domed room with Roman features.
  • Capacity: 100
  • Price: £2000
  • There are three options for a drinks reception, and two options for a sit down meal or buffet. Marquee Hire is also available.

Sudbury Hall
Sudbury Hall
The Saloon
The Saloon

Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

Sudbury Hall is a grand 17th century house and it's interior was used for filming both Jayne Erye and Pride and Prejudice for the BBC. The house is richly decorated and boasts a great staircase which is said to be the most elaborate of it's kind in this country. In the 19th century service wing of the house there is a Museum of Childhood and a 1930s kitchen of history.

Ouside there is a nauralised garden lake and boathouse.

  • During April - October, wedding ceremonies can take place on Mondays and Tuesdays beetween 11am and 4pm. On Saturdays at 11am. The property Manager would also consider Winter weddings by approval.
  • The ceremony will take place in The Saloon, a room featured in BBC period drama's recently.
  • Capacity: 40 seated, a further 60 standing.
  • Price: £680
  • Receptions can be held in the Coach House Tea Room.
  • Price: Unknown.

Tattershall Castle
Tattershall Castle
The Parlour
The Parlour

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

Tattershall is a Medieval Castle built in the 1440's by the then Lord Treasurer of England - Ralph Cromwell. The Castle is made up of six floors and the staircase from the basement to the battlements consists of 150 steps. Although the interior is quite sparce, the castle does house some magnificent Flemish Tapestries.

The castle tower is 100ft high and is surrounded by two moats.

  • Between April - October wedding ceremonies can take place Thursday - Saturday 11am - 4pm. Winter weddings may take place with the property Manager's approval.
  • The Parlour
  • Capacity: 90
  • Price: £650
  • A drinks reception may take place in an additional hired room.
  • Price: Unknown.

Clumber Park
Clumber Park
Gothic Cathedral
Gothic Cathedral
Marquee In Clumber Park
Marquee In Clumber Park
Marquee Reception
Marquee Reception

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Clumber House was demolished in 1938, but what remains is 3800 acres of stunning woods, heath and farmland. The park hosts a serpentine lake and the longest avenue of lime tree's in Europe. The park also has a minature Gothic cathedral and a beautiful walled kitchen garden.

  • Wedding ceremonies are unavailable at Clumber House. This property is purely for marquee receptions. Marquee site hire is available on any day providing there are no prior bookings.

There are four marquee sites available:

  • The Parsonage Lawn - with views over the serpentine lake
  • Capacity: 150
  • Price: £850
  • The Event Field - A fenced area in the middle of the park
  • Capacity: 1000
  • Price: minimum of £750
  • The Walled Garden Kitchen - A completely secluded area surrounded by 200 year old red brick walls with climbing plants

  • Capacity: 200
  • Price: £850
  • The Mansion Site - For larger receptions with views across the lake
  • Capacity: 1000
  • Price: Minimum of £850

Lyveden New Bield
Lyveden New Bield
Canal View
Canal View

Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

Lyveden is an interesting place, it was built between 1595 - 1605, but never finished. Sir Thomas Tresham who began the build died in 1605, his son Francis could not complete Lyveden as he was involved in the Gunpowder Plot, and died whilst imprisoned in the Tower of London. Lyveden remains virtually the same as it did in 1605 when building work ceased.

There is a picturesque Elizabethan garden, a garden lodge, canals and orchards surrounding this mysterious building. Not surprisingly, firework displays are often held during receptions at Lyveden.

  • Lyveden is only available for wedding receptions, no ceremonies take place here.
  • Site hire is available everyday from 30th April - 1st October.
  • Capacity: 400
  • Price: £950 + VAT (site hire only)

Blickling Hall and Gardens
Blickling Hall and Gardens
Blickling Garden
Blickling Garden

Weddings In The East Of England

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Blickling Hall was built in the early 17th century and is considered to be one of England's great Jacobean houses. The house is home to the Long Gallery, which contains the finest collection of rare books in England. The house also hosts fine paintings and furnishings, tapestries and intricate plasterwork ceilings.

Blickling Hall is set in a historic park and has a vibrant garden for all seasons. There is also an orangery, a secret garden, a woodland dell and an ornamental lake.

  • Wedding ceremonies can take place in the Garden Suite throughout the year.
  • The Garden Room - with views over the lake
  • Capacity: 65
  • Price: Unknown
  • The Temple - located within the garden
  • Capacity: 20
  • Price: Unknown

Felbrigg Hall
Felbrigg Hall
Cabinet Room
Cabinet Room

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk

Felbrigg Hall is a 17th century house with 18 rooms open to the public. The Hall hosts a stunning collection of paintings by Busiri, one of the largest collections by a single painter. There is a gothic style library which houses an impressive collection of antique books, and a large kitchen displaying all manner of dated kitchen implements and copperware.

Outside there are 520 acres of woodland, a Victorian pleasure garden, walled garden, kitchen garden and a landscaped park. Plus orchards growing an abundance of different fruits.

  • Febrigg Hall is a reception venue only, but can be hired all year round.
  • The Carriage House
  • Capacity: 50
  • Price: Unknown
  • For larger wedding receptions, marquee hire is available.
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price: Unknown

Ickworth House
Ickworth House
View Of East and West Wings
View Of East and West Wings
Garden View
Garden View

Ickworth House, Suffolk

Ickworth House was built in 1795 and is situated in 1800 acres of gardens and woodland. It is Italianate in style with a central rotunda and two wings. The house is home to many collections, including paintings, silver and Regency furniture. The west wing where weddings take place was never completed during the initial build, but in 2005 the wing was developed specifically as a hospitality venue. The east wing of the building is a 35 room hotel.

Outside there is a wooded pleasure ground, Italianate garden, a vineyard and picturesque parkland.

  • Weddings may take place at any time of the year except Easter weekend.
  • The Gallery - overlooking the Italianate garden
  • Capacity: 200
  • Price: £90 per person based on a minimum of 100 guests on a saturday (2008)
  • £95 per person as above (2009)
  • The Court - a smaller more intimate room
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: Unknown
  • The Garden - for marquee hire
  • Capacity: As required
  • Price: Unknown

Peckover House and Garden
Peckover House and Garden
Garden Border
Garden Border
Garden Pond
Garden Pond

Peckover House and Garden, Cambridgeshire

Peckover House was built in 1722 and spans three floors. It is considered to be one of England's finest townhouses, situated on an authentic Georgian street in Wisbech. The house décor features ornate Rococo plasterwork, Georgian fireplaces and elegant panelled rooms.

Outside you will find 2 acres of Victorian garden, home to a summer house, orangery and pefectly maintained croquet lawn.

  • Wedding ceremonies may take place on any day mid November - mid March.
  • Mid March - mid November: Thursdays and Fridays available all day. Saturdays and Sunday the library is available at 11.am only.
  • Wedding breakfasts may take place on Thursdays and Fridays all year round. On Saturdays and Sundays during mid November - mid December.
  • The Library - the largest room in the house
  • Capacity: 75
  • Price: Unknown
  • The Reed Barn - 17th century
  • Capacity: 80
  • Price unknown.
  • The Reed Barn can host wedding breakfasts and receptions.
  • Capacity: 80 seated / 120 for evening buffet.

Wimpole Hall
Wimpole Hall
Wimpole Hall and Grounds
Wimpole Hall and Grounds

Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Hall was built in 1640 but has been added to and altered during subsequent centuries. The building is the largest and grandest in Cambridgeshire set in a rich 2500 acre parkland that hosts a serpentine lake, Gothic tower, Chinese bridge, glasshouse and walled kitchen garden.

The Hall houses collections of paintings, furiture and ceramics. It also has it's own art gallery. The interior is opulent and grand, Wimpole Hall was designed for entertaining.

  • Wedding ceremonies can take place all year round.
  • The Dining Room - with views over the formal garden
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: Unknown
  • The Saloon - a smaller room overlooking the formal garden
  • Capacity: 40
  • Price: Unknown

Rufford Old Hall
Rufford Old Hall
Great Tudor Hall
Great Tudor Hall
Marquee Reception
Marquee Reception

Weddings In The North West

Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Rufford Old Hall is a 16th century Tudor building with surrounding formal gardens. Built in 1530, only the great hall part of the building remains from that period. The house has collections of oak furniture, weapons, armour and tapestries.

The garden contains various topiary and sculptures, and a canal runs through the woodland on the edge of the property.

  • Wedding ceremonies may take place all day on Thrusdays and Fridays and at 11am on Saturdays during April - October. December weddings can also be arranged.
  • Rufford Old Hall is also available for wedding receptions. 250 capacity for marquee hire or 24 capacity for the use of the Old Kitchen Restaurant.
  • The Great Tudor Hall - previously used as a banquet hall and containing suits of armour and a giant carved oak screen
  • Capacity: 70
  • Price: £1050 + VAT Thursdays and Fridays.
  • £1150 + VAT for Saturdays
  • Marquee hire:
  • Thurs, Fri, Sat marquee reception only
  • Price: £1500 + VAT
  • Thurs, Fri, Sat Marquee civil ceremony and reception
  • Price: £2100 + VAT

Speke Hall
Speke Hall
The Great Hall
The Great Hall

Speke Hall, Liverpool

Speke Hall was built in 1530 but only the Great Hall remains from that time. The Oak Parlour and smaller rooms date from the Victorian era. The house features Jacobean plasterwork and a collection of intricately carved furniture.

There are five gardens at Speke Hall. The South Lawn, The Rose Garden, The Moat Borders, The North Lawn and The Stream Garden. These would be ideal for wedding photography.

  • Wedding ceremonies may take place on most days during late March and early December. Speke Hall also hosts receptions.
  • The Great Hall - with oak panelling and grand fireplace
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: Weekdays £998.75 / Weekends £1116.25 (2007 prices)

Gondola
Gondola

Gondola, Cumbria

Gondola is a steam yacht built in the 1850s. It was originally commissioned to transport mined materials, but then became a tourist attraction in 1859 when boat trips were offered upon her. From 1946 to sometime in the 1960s Gondola was used a a houseboat. In 1980 the yacht was rebuilt and is as it looks today, Victorian in decoration.

  • Gondola is available for evening wedding receptions from the 1st April - End of October. The yacht does not sail after dark and weather conditions apply.
  • Capacity: 86
  • Price: £395 - £650 (2008) / £395 - £680 (2009)

Nyman's Summer Borders
Nyman's Summer Borders
The Rose Garden and Fountain
The Rose Garden and Fountain

Weddings In The South East

Nyman's, West Sussex

Nyman's is a stunning 20th century garden estate. The house that stands upon the estate was built in the 1920s, but was partically destroyed by a fire in 1947. The house was later semi rebuilt and some ground floor rooms are open to the public.

Nyman's 275 acre garden is home to a collection of rare and important plants. There are also lakes, garden temples and an arboretum. The tallest tree in Sussex also resides here.

  • Nyman's is available for wedding receptions.
  • The Pavilion Restaurant
  • Capacity: 100
  • Price: £100 - £300 + VAT
  • Marquee hire - with a choice of interiors
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price: £1500 - £2000 + VAT

Clandon Park
Clandon Park
The Tapestry Room
The Tapestry Room
The Marble Hall
The Marble Hall

Clandon Park, Surrey

Clandon is an 18th century palladian mansion house built in 1730. It features a two story white marble hall with columns and fine fireplaces, and houses collections of 18th century furniture, porcelain, textitles and tapestries.

The grounds are home to a formal garden, a grotto and a sunken Dutch garden. There is also a Maori meeting house in the grounds, brought back from New Zealand in 1892.

  • Wedding ceremonies may take place on Fridays and Saturdays March - December. Clandon also hosts receptions for up to 120. For a larger gathering, a marquee can be hired.
  • The Tapestry Room
  • Capacity: 120
  • Price: £400 / £2700 for joint hire of The Tapestry Room and The Marble Hall.

Basildon Park
Basildon Park
The Grand Hall
The Grand Hall
The Great Staircase
The Great Staircase

Weddings In Thames And Solent

Basildon Park, Berkshire

Basildon Park is a palladian mansion built between 1776 - 1783. In 2005 the house appeared in the screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The house contains an unusual Octagon Room, grand staircase and is notable for it's delicate plasterwork décor. There are collections of paintings, furniture and textiles.

The grounds consist of parkland which features an early 19th century pleasure ground that is currently being restored.

  • Both Wedding ceremonies and receptions may take place at Basildon Park. There are no dates listed.

For ceremonies:

  • The Grand Hall - views over the porch
  • Capacity: 70
  • Price: Unknown
  • The Garden Room - overlooking the lawn and valley
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: Unknown

Marquee Receptions

  • Capacity: 500 on front lawn / 250 on croquet lawn
  • Price: From £3000

Claydon House
Claydon House
Claydon House and Grounds
Claydon House and Grounds
The Saloon Ceiling
The Saloon Ceiling

Claydon House, Buckinghamshire

Claydon is a Georgian country house built between 1759 - 1769. Features include a Chinese room with lavish wood carvings, an ornate mahogany staircase decorated with ebony and ivory and a display of personal belongings of Florence Nightingale who was related to the Verney family (who built the house) by marriage.

Claydon House is surrounded by 52 acres of parkland.

  • Wedding ceremonies may take place from early November to mid March. Receptions can be held on Thursdays and Fridays from March - October. During November - December on any day.

For ceremonies:

  • The Saloon - with views across the parkland
  • Capacity: 120
  • Price: £2000
  • The North Hall
  • Capacity: 120
  • Price: £2000

Wedding Breakfasts:

  • The North Hall
  • Capacity: 120
  • Price: £3000 if the ceremony is being held at Claydon House
  • The Terrace - for marquee hire
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price: £3250

Ham House
Ham House
The Great Hall
The Great Hall
The Orangery
The Orangery

Ham House, London

Built in 1610, Ham House is a Stuart mansion situated on the bank of the River Thames between Kingston and Richmond. Notable features of the house include the great staircase, Hall Gallery, Long Gallery and North Drawing Room. Ham House houses rare collections of art, textiles and furnishings. The house and grounds have been used as a location for several film projects and featured heavily in the Spice Girl's film, Spice World.

The gardens are formal, with many varieties of plants growing, statues, topiary and concealed summerhouses to discover. There is also a cherry garden and a 17th century Orangery which has been converted into a restaurant.

  • Ceremonies may take place on Fridays April - October. Other days are available during November - March.
  • The Great Hall - 17th century reception room
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: £1250 - £1500 + VAT
  • Receptions can be held in The Orangery.
  • Capacity: 90 standing / 60 seated
  • Marquee hire in the Orangery Garden
  • Capacity: 400

Hinton Ampner
Hinton Ampner
The Great Hall
The Great Hall
Hinton Ampner Garden
Hinton Ampner Garden

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Hinton Ampner was a Georgian country house originally built in 1793. It had gone through various remodelling and restyling over the years, but in 1960 a fire deverstated the house and it was rebuit from scratch in a neo Georgian design. Hinton Ampner houses collections of paintings, furiture and objets d'art.

The gardens are 20th century in style, with both formal and informal planting. There are many varieties of plants, manicured lawns and skillful topiary on display.

  • No information about hire dates are available. But both ceremony and reception can be held at Hinton Ampner.
  • The Entrance Hall - Ceremony
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: £1250

For marquee hire:

  • The Walled Garden - Reception
  • Capacity: 120
  • Price: £2500

Hughenden Manore
Hughenden Manore
Marquee In The Grounds
Marquee In The Grounds

Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire

Hughenden Manor was the home of former British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli until his death in 1881. The house was constructed in the late 18th century and spans three floors.

The house is surrounded by 1500 acres of park and woodland, the gardens are 19th century in style and contain various obelisks and sculptures.

  • No date hire information is available for this venue.
  • Hughenden Manor is available for wedding receptions.
  • Marquee reception in the gardens:
  • Capacity: 250
  • Price: £3500

Mottisfont Abbey
Mottisfont Abbey
The Old Dining Room
The Old Dining Room
Mottisfont Gardens
Mottisfont Gardens

Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire

Mottisfony Abbey is a 13th century former priory surrounded by colourful landscaped gardens, park and woodland. The house has been remodelled over the years, but is now a mix of Georgian red brick and Tudor design and boasts a lavish gothic drawing room, dining room, long gallery and stag hunting room.

The estate is home to many mature trees of different varieties, a Gothic summer house (whose floor tiles come from the original priory), and a stunning rose garden which houses old fashioned varieties. The River Test runs alongside the estate.

  • Ceremonies may take place on Fridays with the exception of the following: last week of May, the month of June, Easter Friday and half term holidays.
  • Marquee receptions can be held all year except for the month of June.
  • The Morning Room - overlooking the South lawn and River Test - for ceremonies
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: £1500
  • The Old Dining Room - for ceremonies and receptions
  • Capacity: 54 reception / 100 ceremony
  • Price: £1500
  • Marquee receptions - Tennis Court or North Lawn
  • Tennis Court capacity: 500
  • North Lawn capacity and price unknown.

Osterley Park
Osterley Park
The Entrance Hall
The Entrance Hall
Osterley Park Gardens
Osterley Park Gardens

Osterley Park, London

Built in 1576, Osterley Park is an impressive red brick Tudor house, though the interior was renovated in 1761 into a neo-classic style. Key rooms include, the Long Gallery, Tapestry Room and The Entrance Hall. The estate also houses two art galleries.

Osterley Park is surrounded by 357 acres of parkland and gardens. There are 3 serpentine lakes, a nine acre path, a garden house and pleasure grounds that contain sculptures.

  • Ceremonies can be held on Saturdays 11am - 12pm, April - September.
  • The Entrance Hall
  • Capacity: 100
  • Price: £1850 + VAT
  • Marquee hire - overlooking the house
  • Capcaity: 250
  • Price: £3000 + VAT

Temple Of Concord And Victory
Temple Of Concord And Victory
Temple Of Venus
Temple Of Venus
Palladian Bridge
Palladian Bridge
Temple Of Friendship
Temple Of Friendship

Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Stowe was created in the 18th century and spans 750 acres. There are forty monuments and temples each with an individual significance, they can be found in five different garden areas; The Western Garden, South Vista, Elysian Fields, Eastern Garden and Grecian Valley. This is a magical place, for a magical day.

  • A limited number of weddings take place at Stowe, on any day of the year.

Ceremonies:

  • The Temple Of Concord And Victory
  • Capacity: Unknown
  • Price: £3000 April - September / £2800 October - March
  • The Temple Of Venus
  • Capacity: Unknown
  • Price: £2800 April - Sept / £2050 October - March

Receptions - Marquee hire:

  • The Temple Of Concord And Victory - views over the Grecian Valley
  • Capacity: 150
  • Price if ceremony is not at Stowe: £2500 / If ceremony is at Stowe: £2000
  • The Temple Of Venus - overlooking the eleven acre lake
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price if ceremony not at Stowe: £3000 / Ceremony at Stowe: £2500
  • Palladian Bridge - in front of the Temple Of Friendship
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price if ceremony not at Stowe: £4000 / Ceremony at Stowe: £3500
  • The Lake Pavillions - said to have the best views of the garden
  • Capacity: 500
  • Price if ceremony not at Stowe: £5000 / Ceremony at Stowe: £4500
  • Reception prices are for site hire only.

Sutton House
Sutton House
The Linenfold Parlour
The Linenfold Parlour
The Courtyard
The Courtyard

Sutton House, London

Sutton House was built in 1535 and is the oldest house in East London. It was built by the Principal Secretary of State to King Henry VIII. The house features oak panelled walls, original carved stone fireplaces, and an intimate internal courtyard covered in wisteria. There are also Victorian and Georgian rooms on display.

  • Sutton house is available for wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions Saturday, Sunday and some Fridays, February - December.
  • The Linelfold Parlour - a small oak panelled room
  • Capacity: 18
  • Price: £205 Ceremony - 1 hour / £335 Ceremony and drinks reception - 2 hours
  • The Marriage Suite - great and little chambers
  • Capacity: 50
  • Price: £415 Ceremony - 1 hour / £585 Ceremony and drinks reception - 2 hours
  • The Wenlock Barn - an Edwardian addition
  • Capacity: 100
  • Price: £495 Ceremony - 1 hour / £655 Ceremony and drinks reception - 2 hours

The Vyne
The Vyne
The Stone Gallery
The Stone Gallery
The Walled Garden Marqee
The Walled Garden Marqee
The Tudor Brewhouse
The Tudor Brewhouse

The Vyne, Hampshire

The Vyne was built in the early 16th century for Lord Sandys, Lord Chamberlain to King Henry VIII. Features include a Palladian Staircase Hall and collections of tapestries, Queen Anne furniture, portraits, textiles and sculptures.

The Vyne consists of 1120 acres of formal grounds, ornamental lake, woodland, parkland and farmland. The Summerhouse is the oldest domed garden builing in England.

  • There are no details of date hire.

Ceremony:

  • The Stone Gallery - marbled floored sculpture gallery
  • Capacity: 80
  • Price: £1850

Receptions:

  • The Walled Garden - secluded and picturesque
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price: £2100
  • The Tudor Brewhouse
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: £1950

Drinks reception:

  • The North Lawn - views of the lake
  • Capacity: 300
  • Price: £500

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor
Garden Sculpture
Garden Sculpture

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor was built between 1874 - 1889 as a country retreat for the Rothschilds family. The house is home to rare collections of furniture, carpets and porcelain, they are as important as items housed in the Met Museum in New York and the Louvre in Paris.

Waddesdon Manor has one of the finest Victorian Gardens in Britain.

  • There is no date hire information available.

For ceremonies and receptions:

  • The West Hall
  • Capacity: 110
  • Price: Unknown
  • The Wintergarden
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: Unknown
  • Marquee hire is also available.

Ceremony Room
Ceremony Room
Ballroom Reception
Ballroom Reception
The Ballroom
The Ballroom
Bath Assembly Rooms
Bath Assembly Rooms

Weddings In Wessex

Bath Assembly Rooms, Somerset

Built in 1771, Bath Assembly Rooms were designed for entertaining in the heart of Georgian society. The building was bombed in 1942, but it has been restored to it's former Georgian glory and is a magnificent venue for a wedding.

  • No date hire information is available.

For ceremonies and receptions:

  • The Ballroom
  • Capacity: 500
  • The Tea Room
  • Capacity: 250 / 300 standing

Ceremony and drinks reception:

  • Octagon Room
  • Capacity: 120 / 200 standing

Drinks receptions:

  • The Card Room
  • Capacity: 80 / 100 standing
  • The Fashion Museum
  • Capacity: 100 standing
  • All prices can be found here.

Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle, Somerset

There has been a castle on this site for over a 1000 years, and during that time, all manner of changes have taken place to the building. However, the castle that we currently see was remodelled and brought back to it's Medieval roots between 1868 - 1872.

  • Dunster Castle is available for ceremonies (possibly receptions) on only six Fridays a year. The castle is closed to the public on those days.
  • 65 seated guests can be situated in the Inner Hall with additional space for other guests in the Outer Hall. There is little or no view from the Outer Hall into the ceremony however.
  • Price: Unknown

Dyrham Park
Dyrham Park
Dyrham House
Dyrham House

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

Dyrham is a baroque mansion situated in 274 acres of garden and parkland. Dyrham Park was the location for the 1993 Anthony Hopkins film 'Remains Of The Day'. The lavish interiors feature a 17th century collection of Dutch paintings and furniture.

Outside there is a formal garden, woodland and lakes and ponds to discover.

  • Ceremonies and small receptions can take place in the West Garden Room all year round. The Orangery is available Wednesdays and Thursdays, May - October.
  • The West Garden Room - ceremonies and small receptions
  • Capacity: 25
  • The Orangery - ceremonies and drinks receptions
  • Capacity: 60 / 80 standing
  • Marqee hire is also available on a 33 acre site.
  • No price information available.

Lodge Park
Lodge Park
The Entrance Hall
The Entrance Hall
The Great Room
The Great Room

Lodge Park, Gloucestershire

Lodge Park was built in 1634 and is a country estate surrounded by 4000 acres of land. It was originally built for the purpose of animal racing and gambling, and was quite grand in it's heyday. Unfortunately during the period between 1938 - 1960, the interior was greatly simplified and remains quite sparse.

  • Weddings and receptions (until 6.30pm only) may take place March - October.
  • The Entrance Hall - ceremony and reception
  • Capacity: 40
  • Price: £1000 - £1400 Venue hire only
  • The Great Room - ceremony and reception
  • Capacity: 60 seated
  • Price: £1000 - £1400 Venue hire only

Montacute House
Montacute House
Montacute House Entrance
Montacute House Entrance
The Georgian Drawing Room
The Georgian Drawing Room

Montacute House, Somerset

Montacute House is considered to be one of the finest Elizabethan houses in England. Built in the late 16th century, the house boasts honey coloured stone and glittering windows. The house works in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and houses over 50 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the gallery's collection.

Montacute House is situated on 300 acres of land, part of which is a stunning formal landscape garden that would be perfect for wedding photography.

  • The Georgian Drawing Room is available all year round for ceremonies. The Great Hall, March - November.
  • The Georgian Drawing Room
  • Capacity: 40
  • The Great Hall
  • Capacity: 100
  • The basic fee for a ceremony is £1000 + VAT. This provides hire of the venue and allows 1 photographer to take photos during the ceremony. Photographer to be supplied by you.

Extra's:

  • For the West Drive to be opened to the bridal party - £150 + VAT
  • Photography in the gardens - £150 + VAT
  • Marquee hire is available for reception's on the estate.

Stourhead House
Stourhead House
The Temple Of Apollo Hillside View
The Temple Of Apollo Hillside View
The Temple Of Apollo Closer View
The Temple Of Apollo Closer View
The Temple Of Apollo Lakeside View
The Temple Of Apollo Lakeside View

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Stourhead estate comprises of a Palladian mansion house and 2650 acres of accessible land. The gardens were created between 1741 - 1780 and feature a grand lake and several temples and follies.

Ceremonies take place at the Temple Of Apollo, it was built in 1765 and is a domed building dedicated to Apollo the Sun God. From it's hillside position there are wonderful views of the landscape below.

  • Ceremonies may take place on any day of the year except for Christmas day.
  • Conservation work is due to commence on the Temple from May 2009. The Temple will only be available for ceremonies from January 1st - April 30th 2009. But will be available all year round from 2010.
  • The Temple Of Apollo - ceremony
  • Capacity: 30
  • Price: £1700 + VAT

Receptions:

  • 50 yards from the garden is the courtyard village of Stourton, within the Stourhead Estate. There are two reception venues here: The Spread Eagle Inn and The Stourton Memorial Hall. Capacity and price information is unknown.

The Fleece Inn
The Fleece Inn
The Thatched Barn
The Thatched Barn

The Fleece Inn, Worcestershire

The Fleece Inn is a medieval farmhouse that became a licensed Inn in 1848.

  • Both ceremonies and receptions take place in the 16th century thatched barn and may take place year round except for Christmas day.
  • The Thatched Barn
  • Capacity: 50 - Ceremony / 100 - Reception
  • Price: £850 - Ceremony / £500 Reception

Moseley Old Hall
Moseley Old Hall
Moseley Old Hall Barn Interior
Moseley Old Hall Barn Interior

Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

Moseley Old Hall is an Elizabethan house set in a 17th century style knot garden.

  • Ceremonies take place in the Moseley Old Hall Barn which was built in 1700 and restored in 1987.
  • Moseley Old Hall Barn
  • Capacity: 62
  • Price: £550

Garden View Of Greyfriars
Garden View Of Greyfriars
A Bride In Greyfriars Garden
A Bride In Greyfriars Garden

The Greyfriars, Worcestershire

Greyfriars House was built in 1480 and is surrounded by a beautiful floral garden. It houses a rich collection of textiles and furnishings.

Ceremonies take place in The Great Hall with an additional drinks reception in the picturesque walled garden if required. The Great Hall is oak panelled and an intimate setting for a ceremony.

  • The venue is available everyday from 17th December - 28th February, though not including Christmas week and new year. The rest of the year Greyfriars as available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Plus Sundays, though not during July or August. During Summer, the venue can be hired from 5pm for an evening ceremony.
  • The Great Hall
  • Capacity: 40
  • Price: £550 per two hours

Hanbury Hall
Hanbury Hall
The Main Hall
The Main Hall
The Dining Room
The Dining Room
The Library
The Library

Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Hanbury Hall was built in 1701 and is situated in 395 acres of parkland, and 20 acres of 18th century gardens. The house features fine ceiling paintings and a grand painted staircase.

  • Hanbury Hall is available Thursdays and Fridays March - December for day ceremonies and receptions. For evening receptions after 6.30pm the Hall can be hired 7 days a week during March - December. During November and December the Hall is available 7 days a week, day and evening.
  • The Main Hall - with great staircase and wall paintings
  • Capacity: 60

Available for ceremonies and banqueting receptions:

  • The Library
  • Capacity: 20

Available for ceremonies and receptions:

  • The Dining Room - with painted ceiling
  • Capacity: 40

Available for receptions and banqueting:

  • Prices: Ceremony and hire of Hanbury Hall for two hours for up to 60 guests - £750
  • Ceremony and reception between 11am - 11.30pm, reception including drinks and seated dining for 40 or drinks and buffet for 60 - £2200
  • Reception 5 hour hire for up to 60 guests - £1800
  • Marquee reception 6.30pm - 11.30pm, 200 capacity - £1400 + marquee hire fee

Upton House
Upton House
The Long Gallery
The Long Gallery
Upton Gardens
Upton Gardens

Upton House and Gardens, Warwickshire

Upton was built in 1695 and is surrounded by 30 acres of gardens. The house is home to a grand collection of both English and Continental Old Master paintings, some of which are on display in the Long Gallery. The garden boasts of wide manicured lawns, ornametal pools and a 1930s water garden.

  • There are no details of dates when the venue can be hired.

Ceremonies:

  • The Long Gallery
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: £2500
  • The Main Hall
  • Capacity: 50
  • Price: £2000

Receptions:

  • The Pavilion Restaurant
  • Capacity: 80
  • Prices: £200 per hour up to 11pm. £100 per 30 minutes until end time of midnight.

Beningbrough Hall
Beningbrough Hall
Beningbrough Hall Rear View
Beningbrough Hall Rear View
Beningbrough Hall Gardens
Beningbrough Hall Gardens

Weddings In Yorkshire And The North East

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Beningbrough Hall is a fine Georgian mansion built in 1716. It features one of the finest Baroque interiors in the UK. Beningbrough Hall is in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, and has more than 100 18th century paintings on show.

The Hall is set within a series of prize winnings gardens.

  • Ceremonies and drinks receptions may take place during April - end of October. Thursday and Friday at anytime. Saturdays at 5.30pm and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before noon.
  • The Beningbrough Hall wedding package includes, music, flowers, a champagne and canape reception in the Victorian Conservatory. Plus use of the Great Hall.

Wedding package prices:

  • 50 guests: £1760
  • 60 guests: £1850
  • 70 guests: £1940
  • 80 guests: £2030
  • The room in which the ceremony takes place is not specified.

East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Reception
East Riddlesden Hall Wedding Reception

East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th century manor house set in country gardens that host a grass maze. Said to have a very lived-in feel, the Hall features a collection of embroideries, oak furniture and pewter.

  • Ceremonies may take place at any time, any day of the year in The Airedale Barn. The Great Hall is only available on Fridays.

Ceremonies:

  • The Great Hall - hugh roof, large fireplace, 17th century tapestries
  • Capacity: 45
  • Price: £550
  • The Airedale Barn
  • Capacity: 180 seated
  • Price: £1500 including ceremony in Great Hall or Barn and hire of the Barn for a full day.

Receptions:

  • The Airedale Barn is a licensed bar and music venue until 11.30pm.

Fountains Hall
Fountains Hall

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

This estate comprises of the ruins of a 12th century Cisterian abbey, a Georgian ornamental water garden, medieval deer park and an Elizabethan Mansion - Fountains Hall.

It is at Fountains Hall where ceremonies and receptions take place.The house was built on the cusp of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Great Chamber is the room used and it features a 400 year old carved stone fireplace, an ornately decorated ceiling and a bright south facing window made from hand painted Jacobean glass.

  • The Great Chamber may be hired year round, with the exception of Fridays in November, December and January, and the 24th and 25th December. All ceremonies must be complete by 6pm.

The Great Chamber ceremony:

  • Capacity: 80
  • Price:£650 + VAT

The Great Chamber is also available for receptions of up to 60 guests.

Marquee hire is also available.

Gibside Chapel
Gibside Chapel
Interior Of Gibside Chapel
Interior Of Gibside Chapel

Gibside, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Gibside is a 400 acre estate of forest gardens. Within the estate is Gibside Chapel, a Palladian exterior with Georgian interior. Couples wishing to get married here must live within the Diocesan bounday.

Receptions can be held in a marqee on the estate, though only available until 6pm.

Lindisfarn Castle
Lindisfarn Castle
The Ship Room
The Ship Room

Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Lindisfarne Castle was originally an Elizabethan fort, but was converted into an Edwardian home in 1903. The Castle is only accessible at low tides via a causeway. Lindisfarne is best suited to intimate wedding ceremonies.

  • The venue holds wedding ceremonies on Mondays, March - October. Outside of this period, Lindisfarn may be available depending on tides and registrar availability.

Rooms available:

  • The Ship Room - So called because of the model of the Dutch sailing ship suspended from the ceiling.
  • Capacity: 30
  • The Long Gallery - Stone arches and wooden beams
  • Capacity: 12
  • Upper Gallery - A long narrow room at the top of the castle
  • Capacity: 10
  • All rooms are priced at £700 (2008) / £750 (2009)
  • Registrar fees are not included.

Ormesby Hall
Ormesby Hall
The Entrance Hall
The Entrance Hall

Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough

Ormesby Hall is a 18th century Palladian mansion with an opluent interior. It features fine plasterwork and skillfull wood carvings.

  • Ceremonies and receptions may take place Monday - Friday, April - November. Weekends and weekdays may be available via special arrangement during winter.
  • Entrance Hall ceremony
  • Capacity: 100
  • Price: £600 for 5 hour hire, additional charges per 30 minutes thereafter.

Receptions can be held in the Victorian Kitchen and Tea Room, both of which are 18th century rooms.

  • The Victorian Kitchen
  • Capacity: 80
  • The Tea Room
  • Capacity: 30
  • Both rooms are £700 for 5 hours, additional charges per 30 minutes thereafter.

Treasurer's House
Treasurer's House
The Great Hall
The Great Hall

Treasurer's House, York

The original Treasurer's House was built in 1419, but it has changed considerably over the centuries. The townhouse was built upon a Roman road and is said to be haunted by Roman soldiers who still march along it. The house was fully restored between 1897 - 1930 and now houses a variety of historic styles.

  • Ceremonies and receptions may take place on Fridays, March - December.

Ceremony:

  • The Great Hall - 17th century in style, overlooking the walled garden
  • Capacity: 80
  • Price: £950 (2008)

Receptions:

  • The Great Hall.
  • Capacity: 80 standing buffet
  • Reception Room
  • Capacity: 35 seated meal

Wallington
Wallington
The Central Hall
The Central Hall

Wallington, Northumberland

Wallington dates from 1688 and has a Palladian exterior with a Rococo interior. The house has collections of fine ceramics, paintings, needlework and dolls houses. Wallington is set in 18th century landscaped gardens.

  • Ceremonies and receptions may take place everyday April - October. Ceremonies must take place before 1pm or after 5pm.
  • The Central Hall - Designed to look like and Italian Courtyard
  • Capacity: 60 seated
  • Price: £800 (2008) ceremony
  • £1760 (2008) for ceremony in the Central Hall and marquee reception on the lawn
  • Marquee: £1250 (2008) - hire of lawn site only
  • Capacity: as required

Washington Old Hall
Washington Old Hall
Wedding At Washingtom Old Hall
Wedding At Washingtom Old Hall

Washington Old Hall, Tyne & Wear

Washington Old Hall is a 17th century stone built manor house with a Jacobean garden. The venue is the ancestral home of the first US president - George Washington. The house contains fine oil paintings, expertly carved oak furniture and displays about George Washington's life.

  • Ceremonies and receptions may take place on Fridays and Saturday from 14th February - 2nd week in December. Other dates may be possible via special arrangement.
  • The Great Hall - medieval arches and oak beamed ceiling
  • Capacity: 60
  • Price: £425 not including registrar fee

Receptions can be held in conjunction with ceremonies, but not alone.

  • Ceremony in the Great Hall and reception in the Liberty Room - filled with American memorbilia.
  • Price: £875 not including registrar fee

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susan71 4 years ago

what a wealth of info thx for sharing it.


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moonbun 6 years ago from London Author

Hi Wedding Tips,

Glad you enjoyed the historical places, thanks for stopping by :)


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Wedding Tips 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

Wow! I love these gorgeous historic mansions and gardens. We've got some beauties here in the Hudson Valley region of NY, but this is HISTORY. Thanks for sharing!

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