Just engaged? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite UK wedding venues to inspire you – be sure to check back in for part 2 tomorrow!
For a venue with a little extra magic, what could be better than a filming location for Harry Potter? Better known as Hogwarts from the first two films, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is a stunning 700-year-old venue that makes the perfect backdrop to a fairytale wedding. As well as the castle itself, you could also choose from the atmospheric Hulne Abbey, the elegant country house Friars Well or a fairylit wedding in Alnwick Garden – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
St Audries Park
One of Somerset’s most sought-after wedding venues, St Audries Park is a must-see for any bride who loves a country house venue. Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, this fairytale manor can be hired on an exclusive use basis for an entire weekend celebration. The Victorian Orangery is the perfect location for a wedding ceremony, and the banqueting hall can seat up to 130 for your wedding breakfast.
For over twenty years now, this elegant country house on the border of Hampshire and Berkshire has been hosting wedding celebrations for couples all round the country, which means you’re in safe hands with this venue! Nestled in the heart of sleepy Silchester, Silchester House combines historical features with a modern, airy finish, for a venue that works for any wedding theme. Up to 92 guests can attend your wedding ceremony, with up to 180 guests able to celebrate with you at the evening reception.
The Italian Villa
For a touch of European glamour in the sunny south of England, The Italian Villa is an award-winning option for brides near Poole and Bournemouth. This gorgeous setting is renowned for its unique style and stunning landscaped gardens, and as the venue is managed by multi award-winning caterers Beales Gourmet, you can expect excellent food as well! Larger weddings can be accommodated with ease, with the three suites fitting 120, 180 and 250 guests respectively.
This magnificent country house set in 56 acres of Surrey parkland is the perfect choice for city brides craving a peaceful countryside wedding, as it’s only 30 minutes away from London. Palladian in style, Botleys Mansion can cater for wedding breakfasts of between 60 and 250 guests, or even a massive 500 people for an evening reception. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue for your big day, making it the perfect haven for your wedding guests.
For the royal treatment, brides will love Gosfield Hall in the Essex countryside. Formerly a Royal residence, this Georgian manor house is a truly elegant wedding venue that can accommodate up to 250 guests for your evening reception. Tie the knot in the stunning Queen’s Gallery with 120 foot aisle before enjoying a wedding breakfast with up to 116 guests in the ornate Ballroom. Gosfield also features one of the most jaw-dropping bridal suites we’ve ever seen!
A magnificent grade II listed building set in 20 acres of lush countryside, Weston Hall was restored to its former glory back in 2012, while still retaining plenty of period charm. Now it hosts weddings of all sizes, from intimate gatherings in The Conservatory to ceremonies and receptions of up to 110 guests in The Westminster room. There are eight luxury bedrooms too, which are perfect for close friends and family.
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