We take a closer look at ten stunning wedding venues that are beyond beautiful, prepare to gasp!
The most beautiful aspect of any wedding is the bride — but to enhance her beauty, and the general gorgeousness of the day, choosing a stunning venue is another must.
We’ve handpicked 10 of the most breathtaking UK venues to make you swoon — and to inspire your choice for the big day.
- Ardington House, OxfordshireA stunning stately home, Ardington House was built in 1720 and is set in formal gardens and parkland that includes a river with its own island. Following a major refurbishment programme in 2013 the venue — which is just a 75 minute drive outside central London — is now described as ‘one of the finest and most comfortable country houses in southern England’.
For more information visit: www.ardingtonhouse.com
- Greenlands at Henley, OxfordshireA spectacular white building in a glorious riverside setting, Greenlands boasts beautiful rolling lawns and a sunken garden. Elizabeth I loved to visit during her reign and the architecture of the beautiful building reflects the splendour of a bygone age. If you marry here, the house and picturesque gardens offer endless photographic opportunities.
For more information visit: www.henleyweddings.org.uk
- Nonsuch Mansion, SurreyNonsuch mansion is a ‘Georgian gem’ set in the heart of 300 acres of parkland. You can choose a civil ceremony here, and when you hold your wedding reception at Nonsuch, eight elegant event rooms are exclusively yours; one-by-one, as day turns to night, each door is thrown open to gradually transform the ground floor into one spacious hall where guests can dance the night away.
For more information visit: www.nonsuchmansion.com
- Helmingham Hall, SuffolkAs well as spectacular Grade 1 listed gardens, Helmingham Hall has a park with 400 acres of land, playing host to large herds of red and fallow deer. The hall itself is moated and has a beautifully-patterned red brick design — but the gardens are the highlight with a classic parterre flanked by hybrid musk roses, a walled garden and a rose garden of ‘unsurpassable beauty’.
For more information visit: www.helmingham.com
- Hinwick House, BedfordshireAn elegant country house set in the idyllic and picturesque North Bedfordshire countryside, Hinwick House offers lovely lawns, beautiful gardens and historic outbuildings. The Drawing Room and North Hall are licensed for civil ceremonies, or the local Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin in Podington, a short distance away, welcomes couples outside of their parish to marry there.
For more information visit: www.hinwickhouse.com
- Forde Abbey, DorsetForde Abbey house and garden is a family home and working estate in an area well-known for its outstanding beauty. The Centenary Fountain here is England’s tallest powered fountain at 160 feet, and it can be turned on for a bridal party as a stunning backdrop. The award-winning gardens, as captured in this photograph by Heather Edwards, are extensive, including a kitchen garden, mature arboretum and spectacular ponds.
For more information visit: www.fordeabbey.co.uk
- Oxnead Hall, NorwichSet in just under 14 acres of delightful grounds, Oxnead Hall boasts immaculate formal gardens with an ornamental box hanging maze, a romantic walled kitchen garden, a folly and beautifully-manicured lawns that sweep down to the banks of the River Bure. There are two churches to choose from for your wedding ceremony too; the Church of St. Michael, set in the grounds, or the nearby Church of St. Andrew in Buxton.
For more information visit: www.issuu.com
- Pollok House, GlasgowOne of Scotland’s grandest Edwardian country homes, Pollok House offers a bride and groom peace and tranquillity — even though it’s just three miles from Glasgow city centre. The venue is famous for its striking architecture, luxurious furnishings and world-famous art collection, including masterpieces by El Greco, Blake and Murillo. The elaborately designed parterre garden is ideal for photographs, celebratory drinks or for enjoying your first romantic moments alone as a married couple.
For more information visit: www.nts.org.uk
- Swinfen Hall Hotel, StaffordshireJust two miles south of the historic city of Lichfield, Swinfen Hall is a beautiful country house hotel set in 100 acres of parkland with formal gardens, a private deer park, wild hay meadows and woodland. Described as ‘an architectural gem’ the venue has a magnificent oak-panelled Edwardian ballroom with a raised stage and fully-sprung dance floor.
For more information visit: www.swinfenhallhotel.co.uk
- Wiston House, West SussexAt the foot of the South Downs National Park in the Sussex countryside, Wiston House is an impressive Grade I listed building, surrounded by over 6,000 acres of parkland. With magnificent views, and a stunning mile-long driveway through the park, couples can call this sumptuous home their own, exclusively, for a day — and they can call upon an experienced team of wedding coordinators to help them enjoy the perfect wedding day too.
For more information visit: www.wistonhouse.co.uk