Looking for the perfect place to say ”I do”? We’ve rounded up some of the best wedding venues in the country to help with your search…
If you’re a princess bride dreaming of your own castle, then you’ll love this award-winning venue in the Forest of Dean! Clearwell Castle is a Grade II listed venue with all the impressive features you’d expect of a castle, including the magnificent Ballroom with its 75ft aisle. The Ballroom can seat up to 150 guests for the wedding reception, and thanks to new accommodation built in 2017, there are now 39 convenient bedrooms in the castle and grounds for your guests.
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 guests for your wedding breakfast.
For true rustic beauty, Cain Manor has to be one of our top picks for UK venues. Set on the Surrey-Hampshire border, this secluded venue is the perfect blend of barn and country manor, and can host up to 123 wedding guests for a wedding reception and up to 170 later on in the evening. There are also 14 luxurious bedrooms for your bridal party to use on the night of the wedding, including an incredible bridal suite for the newlyweds.
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 because 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.
A magnificent Grade II listed building set in 20 acres of lush Staffordshire 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 lodgings for your close friends and family.
This magnificent country house set in 56 acres of Surrey parkland is the perfect choice for city brides craving a peaceful countryside wedding – considering 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.
A 16th century mansion in the heart of rural Essex, Leez Priory lends stunning Tudor charm to any wedding day. The venue boasts 40 acres of picturesque grounds, including lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway, as well as an amazing seven licensed settings for your wedding ceremony. The spectacular Great Hall
can seat up to 74 guests for your wedding breakfast, and the newly converted Coach House can seat up to 100 guests.
For a venue with a little extra magic, what could be better than a filming location for the Harry Potter movies? 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 fairy-lit wedding in Alnwick Garden. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
For over twenty years this elegant country house on the Hampshire-Berkshire border has been hosting wedding celebrations for couples hailing from all over the UK – so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands with this venue! Silchester House, nestled in the heart of sleepy Silchester, combines historical features with a modern, airy finish, for a venue that works with 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.
Hampton Court Palace
For true majesty, the famous Hampton Court Palace in Surrey is hard to beat! Having played host to English monarchs (from Henry VIII to William III and Mary II later in the 17th century), Hampton Court Palace is the perfect venue for couples looking for real grandeur. Host up to 220 guests in the medieval Great Hall or The Orangery and Privy Garden, or opt for a more intimate gathering of up to 50 guests in The Little Banqueting House. Whichever you choose, your guests are sure to be blown away!
A medieval abbey built in the 12th century, this breathtaking venue on the Buckinghamshire-Oxfordshire border has incredible features both inside and out. From the tree-lined driveway to the historical cloisters, and not forgetting the Walled Garden to the oak-beamed Abbot’s Hall, this setting makes for a truly magical wedding day. Notley Abbey can host up to 190 guests for a ceremony and reception, and benefits from a late license so that you can dance the night away.
With its Grade I listed Regency house, 19th century chapel, landscaped gardens and lush woodland, Rudding Park has to be one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Yorkshire. As well as these historical features, Rudding Park also boasts an incredible rooftop spa, which
is perfect for relaxing before or after the big day. Weddings of all sizes can be catered for here, from intimate gatherings of just eight guests all the way up to 200 guests and beyond.
One of the most dazzling wedding venues in London, Banqueting House has been holding feasts and celebrations since it was built in 1622. No wonder then that it can accommodate large wedding parties – The Main Hall with its incredible painted ceiling can seat up to 400 people for a civil ceremony and 300 for a reception, while the vaulted Undercroft is licensed for up to 150 guests for the ceremony and 380 for a drinks reception. For an unforgettable setting, it has to be one of our top picks.
You can always count on Laura Ashley hotels to feel special, and The Belsfield in the Lake District is no exception. Set on the shores of the iconic Lake Windermere, The Belsfield Hotel is surrounded by natural beauty – and it’s ideal for jaw-dropping wedding photos. A unique combination of Victorian Italianate architecture and all-glass modernity, The Belsfield features 62 exquisitely decorated bedrooms, sumptuous dining and space for up to 125 guests to celebrate with you.
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 its 120ft 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!