Situated in the North East of England, Durham is a peaceful and tranquil city making it an idyllic spot to explore if you're on the hunt for a wedding venue.
As well as boasting spectacular countryside settings, Durham is one of very few cities that has its own coastline. Stretching 14km and with dreamy views, read on to explore an amazing wedding venue that's set by the sea.
If a beach side wedding venue isn't your bag, how about a rustic farm, a grand castle, or a contemporary warehouse? Well, you'll find all these wedding venues and more in our round up of the top 10 wedding venues in Durham.
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1. Beamish Hall Country House Hotel
Set in the heart of Durham, Beamish Country House Hotel has been hosting events for over 700 years and the next one could be your very own special day.
The striking property boasts a number of spaces for you to exchange your vows, from an outside space under a canopy of trees, to the light-filled Shafto Hall with gorgeous wooden features.
This award-winning wedding venue has more than enough room for your guests to stay the night, with 42 luxurious bedrooms including an apartment available.
Fresh, bright and modern, expect white tiled en-suites, pretty gold mirrors and the most adorable shuttered windows.
2. Dalton Old Pump House
Dating back to 1873, the grade II listed building is bursting with Victorian character and charm, featuring metal pipework, stone walls and high ceilings.
Whether hosting a smaller wedding of 65 guests, or a larger celebration with up to 175 people, gather in the Boiler Room for a reception and wedding breakfast.
You'll only have to glance upwards at the decadent chandeliers hanging above you to realise how spectacular this venue is.
3. Lumley Castle
Castles are a popular choice for a wedding venue and Durham is home to some lovely ones, including Lumley Castle which is set on nine acres of gorgeous parkland and overlooks the River Wear.
You can choose from a number of wedding packages including the 'keys to the kingdom' offer, which allows you to have the entire place to yourself for two days. On day one you'll enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and an evening BBQ before celebrating your wedding the day after.
You won't have to worry about where your guests are going to stay, there's a whopping 73 rooms available in the castle complete with regal décor and a cosy atmosphere.
More over, you can even host your hen or stag do at Lumley, making it a versatile space no matter what event you're planning.
4. Blackwell Grange Hotel
Originally built as a private residence in 1663, the Blackwell Grange Hotel has kept a charming rustic feel to it now it's a wedding venue, making for a relaxed and comfortable space to celebrate your special day.
There are two fabulous function suites to choose from - the Bruhenny Suite with wooden beams and a gorgeous fireplace, and the George Allan Suite which has a charming garden view.
Alternatively, the outside wedding gazebo is situated in the heart of the garden and makes a lovely summer space for your wedding reception.
Better yet, when booking you'll receive complimentary use of the bridal suite for your first night as newlyweds, including a delicious breakfast in the morning.
5. Black Horse Beamish
They do say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the lavender field setting of the Black Horse Beamish is enough to make anyone fall in love with this wedding venue.
Set within a conservation area, the surrounding countryside is simply stunning and will make the most gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photographs.
The Orchard Marquee is a spectacular place to host your ceremony and reception, boasting panoramic views of the landscaped gardens and apple orchard.
Able to hold 250 guests, it's furnished with a dancefloor, 8ft chandeliers, up-lighting and a fully integrated sound system so you're guaranteed a good night.
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6. Runa Farm
Ideal for a balmy summer wedding, Runa Farm can host your festival wedding of dreams, boasting flower-filled gardens and on-site glamping. Alternatively, this wedding venue has Spanish influences making it perfect if you're after a destination wedding right on your doorstep.
With timber beams and exposed stonework, The Old Barn will transport you and your guests to sunnier climes and is where you'll be able to eat, drink and dance!
But the real star of the show is The Runa Farm Chapel. Ethereal and elegant, expect to make your entrance via a statement staircase decorated with glimmering lanterns.
7. Seaham Hall
Situated on the Durham Heritage coastline, Seaham Hall is a 5 star luxury boutique hotel that'll ensure glamour and elegance on your big day.
From the get go you'll be stepping into relaxation as you enjoy Champagne and canapés on the terrace of The Ballroom looking out to impressive sea views before take your seat with up to 100 guests for a delicious wedding breakfast.
You and your guests can also relax before your wedding day in the hotel's award-winning Serendipity Spa.
Indulge in an array of therapeutic treatments over your wedding weekend, and take a calming dip in the outside hot tub or indoor pool.
8. The Morritt Hotel
Located in the quaint hamlet of Greta Bridge, The Morritt Hotel is a pretty place to host weddings of up to 200 people.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, if you're getting married in the warmer months, why not head to the hotel's gorgeous secret garden? Quintessentially English and oh so pretty, it overlooks spectacular countryside making it a beautiful backdrop from all angles.
After the celebrations have ended, The Morritt Hotel has 26 luxury guests rooms and a self catering cottage which can sleep up to 18 people.
Complete with a hot tub, sauna, games room and an adjoining spa it's safe to say you and your loved ones will be staying in luxury.
Animal lovers will adore Whitworth as their wedding venue - this location has its very own deer park which makes for some adorable snapshots!
Set to open in Summer 2022, the grade II listed country house is able to accommodate for any style or theme of wedding day. From laid-back, relaxed celebrations to big, bold and dramatic, Whitworth will host a magical wedding day for you.
The 73 acre estate isn't short on amazing produce from the kitchen gardens, so you and your guests can expect mouthwatering feasts whipped up by the very best chefs.
Whether it's a nine course formal dinner or a vintage afternoon tea, you won't be disappointed with what Whitworth has to offer.
10. Durham Castle
Another breathtaking castle wedding venue in Durham is Durham Castle! Built in 1824, this wedding venue has an array of fabulous rooms from which you can host your wedding day like royalty.
Our favourite space has got to be The Great Hall, where you'll find yourself in opulent surroundings with large stained glass windows and grand high ceilings.
Durham Castle has a number of spectacular smaller spaces too, including the Tunstall Gallery.
Why not enjoy chatting to your guests, sipping on drinks and nibbling on canapés while looking at antique oil paintings and lavish furnishings?
11. Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel
Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel is a stately home that is set on 150 acres of historical parkland in the heart of the Tees Valley.
As well as the sweeping State Rooms that provide the perfect setting for a grand reception, the estate also boasts the incredibly beautiful 19th century Brookes Chapel where you can exchange your vows. With intricately detailed walls, wooden pews and ornate candlesticks, it's as impressive as it is romantic.
As for accommodation? There are 16 bedrooms in the house and three cottages complete with two hot tubs on the grounds, giving you and your guests a little slice of heaven to rest your heads.
12. Hardwick Hall Hotel
If you're planning a large celebration for your wedding day, look no further than Hardwick Hall Hotel.
Each and every space in this wedding venue is spectacular, from the flower adorned Floral Chapel to the magnificent Coleman Suite that has 6 extravagant crystal chandeliers. Made from tens of thousands of Austrian Strauss Crystals it's a sight to behold!
During the warmer months, the Paddock Marquee is the perfect space to host your evening meal. With its own private garden it'll make a relaxed, breezy and spacious area for you and up to 150 guests to relax.
Also available outdoors is the stunning Tuscan Alcove that is set in a tranquil area with peaceful lake views. It doesn't get more dreamy than that!
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