Every couple wants their wedding day to be a fairy tale, so why not celebrate your marriage in a castle?
There are a wealth of castle wedding venues in the UK to choose from, whether it's a castle set among enchanting woodland or a medieval mansion nestled in a bustling city, there's something to suit all budgets and themes.
Prepare to be royally spoiled with grand banqueting halls, acres of stunning grounds and even a peacock or two. But a castle wedding venue isn't just limited to antiques and history, there are plenty of properties packed with modern facilities too. Yep, a castle with an onsite spa exists.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with choices, take a look at our roundup of the best castle wedding venues across the UK to make your decision a little easier.
So, without further ado, here’s to your happily ever after...
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1. Thornbury Castle – Gloucestershire
Dating back over 500 years, Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire was once owned by King Henry VIII and even served as his honeymoon destination. Now, having undergone a multimillion-pound restoration, it welcomes you to host a one-of-a-kind wedding in this historic setting.
The grand Tudor opulence of this wedding venue is second to none, boasting traditional features such as exposed stone walls, intricate tapestries, and high ceilings. You can host your ceremony in the impressive Tudor Hall or if you're getting married in the warmer months, head outside to the manicured gardens for an alfresco celebration.
You and your wedding party can immerse yourselves into the Tudor period with castle historic tours, archery, axe throwing and falconry displays on offer, or if you want to relax, a number of spa treatments are available.
As for the food? Renowned for its superb cuisine, award-winning chef Carl Cleghorn will serve up delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients!
2. Pennsylvania Castle – Dorset
For couples who have always dreamed of a stylish and elegant wedding by the sea, Pennsylvania Castle could be just the ticket.
Once you’ve said your vows, take to the lawns for drinks and canapés or head inside for music and dancing.
Situated high upon a clifftop, this castle wedding venue has views of the English Channel and the dramatic Jurassic Coastline.
There is a range of licensed ceremony areas, including an outdoor space, plus a range of packages. How about opting for the twilight wedding package for a relaxed and intimate celebration?
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3. Clearwell Castle – Gloucestershire
Clearwell Castle, situated in the Forest of Dean, is the perfect fairy tale setting for your wedding.
There’s a 75ft long aisle for your grand entrance, a ballroom that boasts beautiful leaded glass windows and a vaulted cellar bar where you and your guests can relax for the evening reception.
If that wasn’t enough, the gorgeous grounds feature a croquet lawn and bandstand, making it the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.
In addition to the castle's bedrooms, the venue provides 24 additional rooms at The Wyndham Barn & Lodge located only a short stroll away.
4. Warwick Castle – Warwick
Warwick Castle is a wedding venue that will truly amaze your guests.
From enjoying a banquet or hog roast in the stunning Great Hall to choosing a falconry display for your unique wedding day entertainment, this Midlands wedding venue is the perfect choice for those looking for something different.
When it comes to castle wedding venues, Warwick really is the gold standard.
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5. Leeds Castle – Kent
Leeds Castle is just how you would imagine a castle out of a picture book to look and it's an idyllic setting for your wedding.
Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland, immaculate gardens and even a moat, the venue can cater for up to 200 guests, with larger parties hosted in a marquee on the Cedar Lawn.
There are 42 elaborately decorated bedrooms, an onsite florist, butler and spectacular caterers to make your planning as stress-free (and delicious) as possible.
With a rich 900-year past, this castle venue will add a touch of history to your special day.
6. Leez Priory – Essex
This Tudor mansion is a venue fit for royalty! Located in Essex, there are seven licensed settings within the 40 acres including the Great Tower and the Great Hall, giving you plenty of choices.
Love the feel of rustic weddings? Marry in the Coach House Barn which can seat up to 100 guests.
If you’re marrying in the summer, there is a picture-perfect inner courtyard with a croquet lawn, while winter weddings will see you gather around roaring log fires.
There are 15 bedrooms on-site including the spectacular bridal suite, complete with a four-poster bed and a Jacuzzi bath.
7. Pendennis Castle – Cornwall
If you want an authentic feel to your castle wedding, your ceremony can take place inside the Tudor Castle Keep – a space decorated with tapestries, flowers and candles. You can even request historic guns to be set off!
8. Rowton Castle – Shropshire
If cocktails, croquet on the lawn and delicious catering sound like your thing, check out Rowton Castle.
Nestled within the rolling Shropshire countryside and located close to the picturesque market town of Shrewsbury, this beautiful Grade ll listed castle is what country wedding venue dreams are made of.
With walled gardens, woodlands, hidden ponds and orchards, this romantic setting is truly spectacular.
The Cardeston Suite boasts gothic character, and bathed in natural light would be perfect for your ceremony. Alternatively, for an intimate celebration, the Jaci Vianna Room is decorated in elegant 18th Century style.
9. Eastnor Castle – Herefordshire
Whether you choose to marry in the charming village church or in the Gothic drawing room at Eastnor Castle, everything about your wedding will be beautiful if you host your celebrations here.
You can enjoy drinks overlooking the lake before tucking into a delicious wedding breakfast, tailored to suit your tastes, in either the State Dining Room or the Great Hall.
After dinner, you and your guests can party the night away in the Octagon Saloon or relax in the Great Hall as a fire roars away. Perfect for all seasons, this venue will make for a memorable day.
10. Hever Castle – Kent
Decorated with gorgeous Italian walnut panelling, working fireplaces and a fine collection of antiques, you and your guests won't be disappointed with this majestic setting.
There are three beautiful locations to host your wedding, including the Tudor-style Astor Wing, the Hever Castle Inner Hall and Dining Hall for winter weddings, and the Italian Garden for summer celebrations.
Five-star wedding accommodation is also available to book as part of your wedding day.
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11. Farnham Castle – Surrey
Farnham Castle is situated in the historic town of Farnham in Surrey, combining the old with the new to make a truly unique wedding setting.
This quintessentially English wedding venue has plenty of space for you to get ready in on the morning of the wedding. Plus, there's a choice of two chapels or the Lantern Hall for the ceremony, both boasting endless countryside views.
We also love the Great Hall, with its grand fireplace and magnificent gold-framed portraits.
As for the food, a team of specialist chefs will create fresh and flavourful dishes to your taste. The menu gallery is seriously mouth watering!
12. Carlton Towers – North Yorkshire
If you’re looking for a wedding venue that is glamorous and dramatic, consider Carlton Towers.
This North Yorkshire wedding venue, home to Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard, has three grand staterooms and 16 individually designed bedrooms able to accommodate up to 170 guests for your ceremony and 200 for the evening celebration.
Attention to detail makes this venue stand out, with elaborate ceilings, ornate chandeliers and exquisite gold walls so you can say your vows surrounded by grandeur.
Set on 250 acres of private parkland in beautiful countryside, you won't be short of spots for your wedding photographs at this Victorian Gothic-style mansion.
13. Allerton Castle – North Yorkshire
It’s pretty exciting to tell your guests you’re getting married in a castle, and Allerton Castle definitely lives up to the hype!
Situated between Harrogate, Leeds and York, this wedding venue is easily accessible whilst still boasting stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside.
There’s a huge log fire, a great staircase for photographs and plenty of decadently decorated rooms.
Once you’ve enjoyed the excellent catering provided by Bradshaws of York, you and your guests can venture outdoors and enjoy a magical firework display! This place really is a dream come true.
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14. Brympton D’Evercy House – Somerset
You can say your vows on the terrace, overlooking a sweeping lawn and a reed-fringed lake, or if you’d prefer to be indoors you can marry in the medieval Castle House.
There are a range of reception rooms to suit any style of celebration, from the Elizabethan Great Hall to the intimate state dining room.
With delicious catering options you and your guests can enjoy your evening meal as the sun sets before watching a grand firework display.
15. Bickleigh Castle – Devon
No matter what you’re looking for when it comes to picking your wedding venue, Bickleigh Castle has something to suit all styles and tastes.
There’s the grand castle, the quaint thatched chapel and beautiful views over the Devon countryside. We can see a summer garden celebration being the perfect fit.
If you're planning a religious ceremony there are several churches located nearby - you can even use one of the venue's classic Rolls-Royces to return back to the castle in style.
The venue prides itself on creating weddings that are magical, enchanting and romantic, which is exactly what you want when you marry in a castle!
16. Polhawn Fort – Cornwall
Polhawn Fort is hidden away in a tranquil cove on the Rame Peninsula. The venue boasts a drawbridge for a grand entrance, plus a fairy tale-worthy spiral staircase leading into the 80ft long vaulted Hall.
Marry with up to 120 guests in the Grand Hall or, for a more intimate ceremony, choose the Emperor's Room for you and up to 30 friends and family.
The hidden location means your wedding venue becomes an intimate escape, and the private beach provides excellent photo opportunities.
The venue even offers three or four-day packages allowing you to carry the celebrations on.
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17. Lumley Castle – Durham
Lumley Castle is over 630 years old, seamlessly blending English heritage with sophisticated facilities.
There are a range of cost-effective wedding packages to choose from, whether you’ve got a wedding party of 10 people or 132.
Why not choose the Eternal Soulmates package and enjoy a complimentary wedding menu tasting and an overnight stay in one of their charming Courtyard Classic Rooms?
Or, transport you and your guests back in time with the Elizabethan Banquet wedding package, including hearty meals with goblets of wine accompanied by a beautiful harpsicord playing.
18. Hedingham Castle – Essex
Hedingham Castle consists of a 900 year old Norman keep, a mansion house dating back to the early Georgian period and stunning landscaped gardens, all situated on the leafy 160 acre estate within the Essex countryside.
Ceremonies will be held in the grand Banqueting Hall and then you and your guests will head toward the Mansion House for a relaxed Champagne reception overlooking the picturesque grounds.
Wedding picture opportunities include the Tudor bridge, originally built for Henry VII, the ornamental lake, the fountain and the huge log fire.
19. Strawberry Hill House – West London
Strawberry Hill House is a Grade I-listed venue dating back to the 18th century.
It has been lovingly restored so the white exterior appears immaculate and the rooms are stylishly decorated while still retaining their unique character. We're talking golden canopies, crimson walls and antique oil paintings.
Following your ceremony, enjoy a drinks reception on the lawn or in the Great Parlour overlooking the garden while the team prepare the Gallery for your wedding breakfast (created by a Michelin-trained head chef!).
We don't think you'll find a castle wedding venue quite like this one!
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20. Amberley Castle – West Sussex
Amberley Castle is situated amongst 12 acres of elegantly landscaped gardens – where you’ll find the venue’s two resident white peacocks – close to the South Downs National Park.
If you're looking for unique backdrops for your wedding pictures, your search ends here.
The castle is surrounded by a medieval stonework wall and the interior is decorated with suits of armour and historic coats of arms. There’s also an 18-hole putting green, croquet lawn and tennis court!
You and your partner can relax in the premier deluxe candle lit bathroom, complete with fluffy white robes and Champagne on ice.
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21. Ripley Castle – North Yorkshire
Ripley Castle is a picture perfect wedding venue dating back 700 years ,which stands out from the moment you set foot in the Yorkshire village of Ripley.
There’s a huge choice of rooms for your celebrations, including the main reception and the gorgeous oak-panelled library.
No matter what you envision for your big day, the team at Ripley Castle can help your wedding dreams come true.
22. Dunskey Estate – Dumfries and Galloway
With an estate featuring acres of rugged Scottish countryside and a dramatic coastline, Dunskey Estate is a wedding venue with wow factor.
The stunning Edwardian castle is guaranteed to impress guests and create a romantic atmosphere for your wedding day, whether it be a small and intimate ceremony or a large celebration with up to 80 guests.
You can say ‘I do’ indoors with a stone fireplace as your backdrop or outdoors within the surrounding woodland.
After your vows, enjoy the range of beautifully refurbished spaces indoors and tuck into a bespoke wedding breakfast made by the highly experienced in-house chef.
23. Hensol Castle - Cardiff
Wales boasts an abundance of brilliant castles and Hensol Castle in South Wales is no exception.
The beautiful estate has an impressive 15 acre lake and a serpentine pool complete with a jetty, making for a stunning backdrop for photographs. It's also the perfect place for you and your partner to escape to for a tranquil moment alone.
With 143 luxurious rooms at the nearby Vale Resort, all of your guests can be accommodated after the day's celebrations.
You won't have to worry about a thing, the venue's dedicated wedding co-ordinator will take care of every last detail.
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24. St Audries Park - Somerset
Located within 100 acres of peaceful deer park and with stunning sea views, St Audries Park is a wedding venue straight from the pages of a fairy tale.
For your big day you will have exclusive access to the whole house, making it a romantic and private setting.
Say 'I do' in the light-basked Georgian Orangery before you and up to 130 guests can tuck in to a delicious wedding breakfast in the grand banqueting hall.
The venue has 41 stylish bedrooms and cottages that you and your guests can retire to, making it the perfect spot for a relaxed day of celebrations.
25. Dundas Castle - Lothian & Borders
If you're looking for a medieval-style wedding venue, it doesn't get better than Dundas Castle in Scotland.
The Great Hall contained within a medieval Auld Keep is the perfect location for your ceremony - you can make your entrance up the spiral staircase into the ancient, romantic setting.
As for the dining, whether you want an intimate candlelit feast in the Stag Chamber, a formal wedding breakfast in the elegant Croquet Room or a larger celebration for up to 200 guests in the Pavilion, Dundas Castle has something to suit.
Located just 25 minutes from Edinburgh city centre, there's easy access to the big day for all your guests.
26. The Castle Westenhanger - Kent
The Castle Westenhanger offers you and your partner the best of both worlds - a medieval castle dating back to the 16th century and a stately Georgian facade.
Boasting rich history, you'll be following the footsteps of past royalty like Henry Vlll and Queen Elizabeth ll if you get married here.
Get ready in luxury in the castle's spacious suites, before exchanging your vows outside in the gorgeous oak framed gazebo.
This venue also offers an intimate wedding package for you and up to 30 of your closest friends and family.
27. Hillsborough Castle - Lisburn
Fancy getting hitched at a residential castle? Hillsborough Castle, nestled on the edge of Belfast, is the official home of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland.
The castle's intricately decorated State Rooms, including the grand Throne Room, make for spectacular evening ceremonies and receptions, or if you want a whole day full of celebrations the venue has two marquees in the beautiful gardens able to accommodate up to 350 people.
You'll be blown away with the photo opportunities - from woodlands, lawns and waterways this castle wedding venue has it all.
After all, how many people can say they got married among royalty!
28. St Donat's Castle - Llantwit Major
Another breathtaking castle wedding venue in Wales is St Donat's Castle.
Situated on the South Wales coastline, you and your partner can say 'I do' in the Inner Courtyard before making your way down to the sea for some truly spectacular wedding photographs.
All food is provided by the award-winning Town & Country catering so you'll be safe in the knowledge you and your guests will be well fed. Whatever dish you're dreaming of, they can whip it up!
The venue also has an onsite church available for any religious ceremonies.
29. Swinton Estate - North Yorkshire
Swinton Estate is set within 20,000 acres of the Yorkshire Dales, blending a castle wedding venue with a whimsical woodland setting.
Perfect for couples who want a rustic wedding, choose between a variety of gorgeous castle function rooms for your ceremony and wedding breakfast or, in the warmer months, step into nature with a woodland celebration.
The woodland ceremony includes hay bale seating and a tipi, with a bistro café and bar for post-vow partying.
You and your guests can then sleep among the stars in the venue's charming Meadow Yurts, Tree Lodges and Bunkbarn.
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30. Le Gothique - South West London
Castle wedding venues don't have to mean rolling hills and countryside settings. Le Gothique on Wandsworth Common, South West London, is ideal for couples planning a unique city wedding.
Up to 250 guests can gather in the venue's double-award-winning Secret Garden where an open-air ceremony can be held surrounded by lush greenery and gothic architecture. You and your partner can pull up like royalty in the onsite Rolls Royce.
The gazebo structure is perfect for seated drinks receptions and it's even heated to allow for celebrations all-year round.
Specialising in French cuisine, enjoy a mouth-watering menu with top of the range produce.
31. Cluny Castle - Aberdeen & Deeside
Cluny Castle is an enchanting and magical wedding venue set on the farmland of Aberdeenshire. Nestled away within over 200 acres of breathtaking landscape, you're guaranteed a tranquil and private wedding day.
Guests will be seriously impressed as they make their way up the winding path and sweeping lawns to meet the majestic castle venue.
One of this venue's stand out features is its very own chapel - with stunning stained glass windows and rustic oak pews, it's able to seat up to 100 people for a religious ceremony.
Afterwards, relax with your friends and family in the large reception marquee in the private grounds.
32. Hampton Court Castle - Herefordshire
From stunning courtyard and chapel ceremonies to magical mazes and whimsical wisteria arches, Hampton Court Castle is a truly spectacular wedding venue with something to suit every kind of day.
This wedding venue would be a brilliant choice no matter what season your wedding is - enjoy bright blooms in the gardens come summer or roaring open fires in winter.
All eyes will be on you as you cut the wedding cake - this venue offers a ceremonial sword in place of a knife!
There are 24 spacious guest bedrooms for your family and friends to stay in and a delicious breakfast offered the next morning.
33. Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa - Lancashire
An ideal combination of historical heritage and modern interiors, Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa provides a fairy tale backdrop for your special day while still offering state of the art facilities.
The majestic stone exterior dates back to the 12th century and the gardens boast a beautiful courtyard where you can host a cocktail reception.
Evening celebrations are held in the Towneley Suite ballroom, a luxurious space complete with a dance floor.
The best bit? Before or after your special day, family and friends can kick back and relax in the spa, pool and beauty treatment rooms.
34. Blenheim Palace - Oxfordshire
A wedding at Blenheim Palace offers gold standard luxury from the moment you arrive.
Perfect for larger weddings, The Great Hall, Saloon & Long Library is able to accommodate up to 300 people, or if you have a longer guest list there's 2000 acres of stunning grounds to place a marquee.
You won't have to worry about anyone going hungry, there's catering available for up to 2000 people.
This impressive wedding venue will wow friends and family for years to come - you'll have jaw dropping wedding photographs to look back on!
35. Highcliffe Castle - Dorset
Set on impressive cliff-top grounds, Highcliffe Castle in Dorset is considered one of the jewels of British architecture and we can see why.
Exposed brickwork, high ceilings and antique details provide a magical setting for your big day.
Even the grounds are glorious - we think an outside ceremony in the Wintergarden would be so romantic.
A gentle footpath leads down to a glorious sandy beach where you and your partner can take scenic wedding photographs before heading back up for drinks and canapés in the Drawing Room.
36. Old Wardour Castle - Wiltshire
Soon-to-be newlyweds and history buffs alike will indeed be charmed by what Old Wardour Castle offers.
Nestled in the heart of Wiltshire, this stunning structure has been a fixture in Salisbury since the 14th century. Defined by its French chateau influence and Gothic architecture, this castle is an ideal place to tie the knot.
You and your partner can exchange your vows inside the castle, while the picturesque Lakeside Pavillion can also set the scene for ceremonies.
Romance, scenic surroundings, and stellar customer service await you at this Wiltshire getaway. So, what are you waiting for?
37. Thirlestane Castle - Lothian & Borders
If you are looking for a fairy tale wedding venue north of Hadrian's Wall, you are sure to fall in love with Thirlestane Castle.
As one of Scotland's oldest castles, this one-of-a-kind gem is brimming with timeless elegance. What's more, it can set the scene for both intimate and large-scale celebrations.
You and your partner can exchange your vows in the opulent State Drawing Room before heading into the State Dining Room to wine and dine.
Thirlestane Castle is also home to contemporary spaces like the delightful Cobbled Courtyard and the cosy Vaulted Cellar.
38. Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire
Tamworth Castle is a beautiful wedding venue that perfectly encapsulates old English charm. Wedding-goers are sure to be delighted by its combination of vintage elegance and modern luxury.
Defined by its rich history, eye-catching architecture, and scenic surroundings, it is an ideal place for a fairy tale celebration.
Civil ceremonies for up to 60 people can be hosted in the Medieval Great Hall, while the Tudor Dining Room is available for dinner and drinks.
While the property's old-world aesthetic is where its allure lies, you have the freedom to decorate the space with modern adornments such as illuminated love letters.
39. Rowton Castle - Shropshire
The county of Shropshire is synonymous with scenic beauty and architectural elegance, and Rowton Castle certainly lives up to those descriptors. This Grade II-listed castle has a welcoming quality that you and your loved ones will adore.
Nestled amid acres of picturesque English country gardens, this gem is home to numerous event spaces that can set the scene for the entire special day.
Rowton Castle has earned an esteemed reputation for its style and sophistication, and it's easy to see why. Old-fashioned paintings, opulent decor, and classic furniture fill the property, while the en-suite bedrooms provide an added touch of luxury.
The best part? The castle isn't far from Shrewsbury, Shropshire's thriving county town. This proximity means that your out-of-town guests won't have any trouble finding a top-notch hotel.
40. Powderham Castle, Devon
If you were to look up the word 'Elegant' in the dictionary, don't be surprised if you see a picture of Powderham Castle. As one of Devon's most enchanting wedding venues, it is rightfully adored for its vintage charm, postcard-perfect surroundings, and welcoming atmosphere.
The castle possesses a whopping 3,500 acres of land, providing you with countless photographic opportunities. Stunning views of the Exe Estuary can be seen from the Belvedere Tower, while the 18th-Century Pavilion is a wonderful place to pledge your love.
Upon venturing inside, your friends and relatives will be struck by the abundance of refined decor. Gold-framed paintings line the walls, while opulent chandeliers hang from the palatial patterned ceilings.
Powderham Castle is also home to eight luxurious bedrooms, one of which is a honeymoon suite that offers idyllic views.
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