The team at Country House Wedding Venues share their picks for the most spectacular castle locations for your 'I do' moment...
A castle wedding venue is a perfect way to add grandeur and history to your special day. Offering magnificent buildings, stunning grounds and breathtaking reception spaces that are fit for royalty, these 11 castles from all over the country make up some of the finest wedding venues around.
#1 Appleby Castle, Cumbria
With a rich history and incredible views over the Lake District and the North Pennines, this remarkable castle boasts several traditionally-styled ceremony spaces to suit a range of wedding sizes. A truly unmissable venue if you’re looking for an unforgettable location.
#2 Rowton Castle, Shropshire
This spectacular brick castle is a beautiful place to tie the knot, both inside and out. The wonderfully decorated Cardeston Suite is suitably grand for a ceremony, while the Linden Belvedere, a classical Roman-inspired structure, provides an incredible setting for an al fresco ceremony.
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#3 Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
If it’s a fairy-tale venue that you’re looking for, then this magical castle in the Malvern Hills might be the one. Enter through the impressive portcullis and host your reception in the awe-inspiring Great Hall. Make sure you find time to explore some of the huge estate and enjoy views over the private lake.
#4 Cooling Castle Barn, Kent
The two dramatic towers that flank the entrance of this delightful venue set the tone perfectly for the rest of your day. Offering traditional grandeur and a remarkable setting for receptions in the Fathom Barn, you won’t be disappointed when you see this setting with your own eyes.
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#5 Wasing Park, Berkshire
What could be better than a venue that combines a spectacular castle façade, a light-filled ceremony space, luxurious accommodation and a tranquil location for a relaxed and secluded wedding? That’s exactly what you get and more when you tie the knot at this incredible country barn wedding venue.
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#6 Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
In an enviable location in the Forest of Dean, this imposing castle offers grandeur and tranquillity. Exchange your vows in the breathtaking Grand Ballroom, complete with a 75ft aisle for a memorable entrance, before drinking in your idyllic surroundings from the manicured Croquet Lawn with a glass of Champagne.
#7 Chiddingstone Castle, Kent
This highly sought-after castle dates back to the early 1500s and you can sense its rich history as you explore everything it has to offer. The Great Hall and White Rose Drawing Room provide ideal ceremony options and a wonderfully traditional décor, while the majestic Orangery in the grounds is perfect for a summer celebration.
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#8 Hensol Castle, Vale of Glamorgan
In a country famed for its castles, this magnificent example in South Wales stands out. Boasting expertly-restored reception rooms, far-reaching, peaceful grounds and a private lake, it’s beautiful both inside and out.
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#9 Hodsock Priory, South Yorkshire
Elegant and inviting, this stunning venue makes an instant impression with its unique Tudor Gatehouse, and continues to impress with a remarkable oak-panelled Hall and idyllic grounds. There’s even incredible accommodation for you and your guests to unwind after the day is over.
#10 Ackergill Tower, Caithness
For a striking castle in an inspiring location, this remarkable venue on the north coast of Scotland is a must. It’s enchanting and historic, with unbeatable sea views and an unspoilt night sky that make for the most magical wedding photos.
11. Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Built in 1153, this castle boasts an unrivalled history that is reflected in the traditional décor. It is a grand yet intimate and inviting venue, with plenty of cosy fireplaces and oak-panelled spaces to enjoy with your guests. Take in the picturesque grounds from the Gun Terrace and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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