Situated just over an hour from London – less by rail – Berkshire offers all the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside with the conveniences and travel links of the capital just a stone’s throw away.
Berkshire also offers one of the best wedding venue selections in the UK. From ancient barns to great manor houses and waterside retreats, there’s something for everyone nestled within Berkshire’s stunning countryside and picturesque villages.
Whether you’re looking to host a scaled back, relaxed celebration or a large and lavish weekend of festivities, you’ll find the perfect setting in our pick of the best wedding venues in Berkshire.
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1. Welford Park – Newbury
If you’re dreaming of a festival wedding celebration then Welford Park might just be the Berkshire wedding venue for you. Based in Newbury, this 3,000-acre farming estate is surrounded by a charming bluebell forest and contains a host of event spaces.
Sheepdrove Organic Farm comprises of two indoor spaces for civil ceremonies, Little Park Farm offers lavish indoor and outdoor spaces and Aldwell Estate boasts a botanical garden, lake, stream and plenty of space for tipis! Every wedding here is bespoke and the team can adjust tipis to suit your requirements.
2. Lillibrooke Manor and Barns – Maidenhead
Lillibrook Manor and Barns is a grade II listed fully restored estate with capacity for up to 170 guests. Breathtaking grounds and gardens surround the charming barns and make for stunning wedding photograph backdrops.
The Cloister Garden is the most impressive spot in the grounds thanks to its elegant fountain, flower beds and hanging baskets. You can marry here in the small barn with up to 130 guests. The Great Barn, which can seat 170, is the main space for both large ceremonies and receptions and is attached to The Engine House, an amazing chill out space for drinks, mingling and photobooths!
3.The Great House at Sonning – Kings Ride
Set on the banks of the river, The Great House offers an idyllic country wedding setting. Following a multimillion-pound refurbishment in 2016, the venue now boasts an interior as perfect as the surrounding scenery.
The magnificent Dining Room is flooded with natural light and surrounded by a riverside terrace, it can accommodate up to 115 for a ceremony and up to 200 for an evening reception. At the end of the night, you and your guests can retire to 49 newly-renovated contemporary luxury bedrooms onsite.
4. Royal Berkshire – Ascot
The Royal Berkshire is an elegant Queen Anne house built in 1705 for Charles Churchill, the son of the first Duke of Marlborough, no less. Contemporary elegance meets a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere here to create a venue that feels like a home for the day.
The Royal Berkshire welcomes weddings with as few as 30 guests and as many as 150, and couples are welcome to hire the house on an exclusive use basis. You can marry here within light and airy licensed rooms or, in the summer months, in the Secret Walled Garden.
5. Wasing Park – Silchester
Wasing Park offers a range of ceremony and celebration spaces on its versatile estate. With floor to ceiling windows, The Garden Room is a fantastic choice for wedding ceremonies year round. The Victorian Summerhouse within the Terrace Garden is ideal for summer nuptials and the onsite church is available should you wish to marry in a religious ceremony.
At the centre of Wasing Park is the Castle Barn, a stunning and contemporary space within a red brick building with castle-style tower and arched doorway. This space has a welcoming, ambient feel perfect for wedding breakfasts and dancing. At the end of the night, Wasing has a variety of quirky and individual rooms and suites dotted across the estate.
6. The Old Mill – Brimpton
This charming mill dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086, so it’s a great choice for couples looking to wed in a historic venue. As well as one of the most stunning locations in Berkshire, The Old Mill offers a flexible, bespoke approach to weddings within its range of indoor spaces.
The Stable Room, formerly an old dairy parlour, can hold up to 75 guests for a ceremony, while the glass conservatory can seat 90. The Mill Room or the conservatory can also host wedding breakfasts and evening receptions with as few as 35 guests and as many as 150.
7. Ufton Court – Silchester
Ufton Court is a charming tithe barn and grade II listed manor house set within 16 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland on the Berkshire/Hampshire border. All couples will enjoy exclusive use of this rustic venue, including the tithe barn itself, the stunning courtyard and the Archer’s Hall.
Wedding coordinators will be on hand to ensure you make the best of each and every one of Ufton Court’s beautiful spaces. There are no set packages here and no corkage charges, so you’re welcome to build the day of your dreams with Ufton as your stunning backdrop.
8. The Old Rectory – Reading
Say “I do” in The Old Rectory’s stunning gala hall before heading into the gorgeous glass orangery for your wedding breakfast. You’ll be able to access the venue from 9am on the day of your wedding and you’re welcome to use the charming courtyard lodge for wedding morning preparations.
As well as the many celebration spaces, The Old Rectory also offers a relaxed lounge area for chilled out moments and an Oak Bar serving cocktails for evening celebrations. You can feel free to indulge in your favourite tipple here with a stunning honeymoon suite waiting for you at the end of the night.
9. The Langley – Datchet
Guests will be impressed from the moment they lay eyes on this magnificent venue. A luxury hotel and spa, The Langley is the sister hotel to The Wellesley in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge and boasts classic style with unbeatable 21st century opulence.
You can make a weekend of celebrations here, inviting guests to stay with you in the 41 beautifully decorated bedrooms and indulging in the world class spa as well as the culinary delights on offer from the acclaimed in-house chef.
10. Easthampstead Park – Wokingham
Nestled at the end of a half-mile tree lined driveway is the impressive Easthampstead Park. This Victorian country house mansion is grade II listed and surrounded by 60 acres of peaceful parkland and gardens.
Licensed to hold civil ceremonies – both indoors and outdoors – you can spend your entire day at Easthampstead without the need to travel between venues. Your evening celebration can be held in the Downshire Room, with space for 110 seated guests and 200 standing, or you could choose to host a relaxed BBQ reception on the terrace accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display.
11. The Elephant – Kings Ride
Situated in the charming village of Pangbourne, The Elephant Hotel is a boutique establishment offering family-friendly weddings in its picturesque grounds. You can marry outdoors under the shade of the pretty gazebo or within the elegant ceremony room. Alternatively, you can say “I do” inside the neighbouring church.
You can invite up to 140 seated guests and 150 for a more relaxed event at The Elephant. The team here pride themselves on their personal approach – meaning every wedding is totally unique – and their first-class service on the day.
12. The Coach House Barn at Dorney Court – Windsor
This grade II listed Tudor mansion is packed full of character with traditional architecture and fairy tale gabled roofs. The Coach House Barn at Dorney Court offers you the chance to marry in the onsite 12th century church or in the licensed Coach House Barn or Great Hall within the main house.
The Coach House Barn is the perfect spot for large wedding receptions, thanks to its 120-guest capacity and surrounding gardens – the ideal place for summer drinks receptions and wedding photographs!
13. Sheepdrove – Hungerford
Sheepdrove prides itself on being one of the most eco-friendly wedding venues in the UK. Every inch of the venue has been built to be as ethically and environmentally responsible as possible, protecting and enhancing the magnificent landscape and wildlife that surrounds it.
This inspiring and flexible wedding venue is a real blank canvas onto which you can project your own ideas and creativity. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and offers catering recommendations as well as the option to bring in your preferred suppliers.
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14. The Swan at Streatley – Kings Ride
Set on the banks of the River Thames, The Swan at Streatley offers a picture-perfect backdrop for your nuptials. Your wedding will take place in the brand new event space complete with private bar, views of the river, decking area and manicured lawn.
All food provided at The Swan at Streatley is provided by the renowned Coppa Club events team, ensuring a memorable culinary experience. At the end of the night, you and your guests will be welcome to bed down for the night in the stunning 47 en-suite bedrooms with incredible views of the surrounding gardens and river.
15. Cliveden House – Maidenhead
Cliveden House hosted the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, the night before her spectacular wedding to Prince Harry in nearby Windsor and so we reckon if it’s good enough for HRH, it’s totally good enough for us!
The impressive house sits at the end of a tree lined driveway and is decorated with all the style and opulence you’d expect of a venue used to hosting royalty. Your guests will feel like total VIPs here too thanks to the Cliveden team’s first class service and attention to detail.
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