A spectacular wedding venue tends to have a picturesque setting to accompany it, so if you're on the hunt for your dream wedding venue, you'll probably want to consider the views on offer in North Yorkshire. From the pure beauty of the Yorkshire Dales to the dramatic landscape of the North York Moors, there's a romantic and tranquil feel to many of the wedding venues in this gorgeous location.
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to charming barns, farms and country houses (trust us, they're the gold standard of rustic romance), but that's not to say there are no contemporary options to pick from. In our round-up of 20 of the best North Yorkshire wedding venues, you'll find some super sleek and chic hotels as well.
What's more, these splendid wedding venues will look fabulous whatever time of year you're getting wed. In fact, many lend themselves perfectly to a wedding in the colder months so you could save yourself some money and tie the knot outside of wedding season. See for yourself below!
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1. Thicket Priory
Twenty minutes from the historic city of York lies Thicket Priory, a Grade II Victorian property that boasts everything you'll need to make your dream fairy tale wedding a reality.
The private country house dates back to 1840 and was designed by Edward Blore (who also worked on Buckingham Palace!) and still features spectacular original architecture.
From the magnificent ballroom that can seat up to 200 guests and the on-site private chapel to the 18 acres of grounds complete with a private lake, boathouse and even a helipad, we weren't kidding when we said this wedding venue is impressive.
Moreover, there are 35 individually designed bedrooms for you and up to 72 guests to retire to after a day of celebrations. You'll be met with luxury four-poster beds, stylish en-suites and glorious countryside views.
2. The Tithe Barn - Bolton Abbey
The Tithe Barn is set within the grounds of the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales and is a rustic barn wedding venue like no other. You only need to look at the pictures to see for yourself how spectacular it is!
The barn has a total capacity of 300 - able to accommodate 200 guests for a ceremony and dining and a further 100 evening guests for your reception.
As the sun sets, this wedding venue comes into its own, glowing with fairy lights and candlelight, creating a wonderful ambience.
Although ceremonies take place in the main barn, there is ample space and seating outside, where you and your guests can enjoy views across the Bolton Abbey Priory ruins while sipping drinks by the fire pits.
3. Crathorne Hall Hotel
North Yorkshire is home to some fabulous stately homes, and Crathorne Hall is one of them. Still occupied by the Dugdale family, this wedding venue welcomes couples to host their celebrations here for an elegant and sophisticated day.
Standing within 15 acres of wonderful woodland overlooking the Leven Valley, you won't be short of beautiful backdrops at Crathorne Hall. In fact, this venue has French doors that can be thrown open so you and your guests can enjoy the gorgeous gardens.
For a grand ceremony, the Edwardian Room is the perfect pick. With a capacity of 120 people, you'll be greeted with intricate gold detailing, ornate chandeliers and an original marble fireplace.
Or, for a more intimate celebration of up to 70 guests, head to The Foyer. This striking setting is panelled in wood and has golden candle lighting creating a really romantic atmosphere.
4. Allerton Castle
On the hunt for a beautiful castle wedding venue to host your special day? Allerton Castle stands majestically in the Yorkshire countryside, offering you a tranquil yet grand setting that's simply perfect for a special celebration.
Despite its grandeur, you don't have to have a large guest list to host your wedding here - it can accommodate weddings of under 10 people as well as guest lists of over 100.
There are a number of breath-taking rooms that you can exchange your vows in, from the Ballroom to the Drawing Room, but our favourite has got to be the Great Hall with its impressive staircase. An entrance down those steps is sure to be a memorable one!
When the night draws in, head outside for a fabulous fireworks display which will theatrically light the castle up and make for a dramatic end to the day.
5. The Priests House
The Priests House is a unique wedding venue packed full of character and personality. The restored Old Chapel is the star of the show for hosting your ceremony and wedding meal, featuring large windows and stone walls.
Outside the chapel, there is a courtyard, lawn and orchard with outside seating and glorious views across the grounds and ruins.
This wedding venue has a wonderful medieval charm to it and spectacular original architecture; however, if you do wish to add more details, they have an in-house florist and a range of delightful décor that the space can be decked out with.
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6. Howsham Hall
Howsham Hall is a wedding venue that is fit for royalty and will undoubtedly impress your guests from the very moment they arrive.
You'll have the whole place to yourself for the weekend - that includes 12 luxury bedrooms and your own suite to get ready in (one of the largest in Europe!). You'll also have your own dedicated event manager who will take care of every detail, no matter how big or small.
When it's time for you and your guests to let your hair down, Howsham Hall won't disappoint as it has an evening bar and dance floor wing.
This has direct access to the Riverside Terrace, which looks dreamy when decorated with festoon lighting, so everyone can take a few minutes outside to get some fresh air and enjoy the river views.
7. Rushpool Hall Hotel
If sea views are on the agenda for your wedding venue must-have list, Rushpool Hall in Saltburn-by-the-Sea could be just what you're looking for.
Licensed for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies, you can have 110 day guests and 180 evening guests attending your big day.
There's a choice of two banqueting rooms, both overlooking the Saltburn Valley Gardens and out to the sea, so you'll be tucking in while soaking in some pretty glorious views.
8. Yorkshire Wedding Barn
The Yorkshire Wedding Barn is a barn wedding venue that has the ideal combination of rustic and contemporary features. The space is made up of two gorgeous barns - the wedding barn, which can hold up to 160 seated guests and the lake barn, which has a larger capacity of 300 guests.
Both barns have been beautifully renovated, with vaulted ceilings and large windows overlooking the countryside so you can exchange your views in a wonderfully peaceful setting.
The venue also has an alfresco ceremony area - complete with an idyllic lakeside gazebo, it's a really romantic space to say 'I do'.
You won't have to worry about how your guests are getting home; there is self-catered accommodation available for up to 101 people in the private Haybarn.
9. Sandburn Hall
Sandburn Hall is a gorgeous wedding venue on the outskirts of York with outstanding views, delicious food, amazing accommodation and a lovely romantic setting. What more could you want?!
The oak-framed Grand Function Hall offers a special place for your ceremony where you and 80-150 guests can gather while looking out across a beautiful fountain, lakes and the golf course. Or, for smaller celebrations, make use of the Sanderson Room that can accommodate 30-60 day and 80 evening guests.
There are a number of amazing features included in your wedding package, including a celebratory glass of Champagne, an accommodation voucher, and private use of The White Rose Garden and The Settle Bar for your reception drinks, canapés and photos.
10. Eden Barn
Eden Barn has a lovely cosy and quaint feel to it, making it ideal for bohemian weddings steeped in elegance. With room for up to 200 guests, you can enjoy a grand celebration.
Here, you will find a gorgeous selection of indoor and outdoor spaces where you can host your festivities.
We love the idea of a drinks reception on the flower-filled terrace, with twinkling fairy lights and lanterns lighting up the space.
You'll have exclusive use of the property for your wedding weekend, so expect a peaceful, private, and idyllic celebration.
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11. Grand Get Togethers
Nestled away on the family-run Westfield Farm is Grand Get Togethers - a home away from home that's perfect for hosting your wedding day.
If you're dreaming of a festival-style wedding, this wedding venue has a large field available where marquees or tipis can be placed. There's also a beautiful outdoor garden gazebo that would make a lovely place to exchange your vows.
You and your guests will also be able to stay in three cottages on-site: The Yard, Corner Farm, and Westfield Granary.
With room for up to 46 people, it'll be a wonderful touch to have everyone staying nearby and enjoying the facilities, including an outdoor hot tub!
12. The Orangery at Settrington
We wouldn't blame you for thinking this gorgeous wedding venue was located abroad, but The Orangery at Settrington is actually set a lot closer to home in the heart of North Yorkshire.
This wonderfully romantic stone building is nestled in the ornamental gardens of Settrington House and is a seriously beautiful place to tie the knot. From the stone pillars and the vaulted beamed ceilings to the Palladian arched windows, it's a sight to behold.
Planning a religious celebration? This wedding venue can accommodate! Should you wish to have a Church of England ceremony, a stunning Parish Church is just outside The Orangery.
13. The Normans
Country-loving couples will adore The Normans - a newly opened wedding venue set on a pretty 18th-century farm.
The venue has a number of quirky spaces to celebrate on the big day, including a unique marquee housed in an original farm building, a rustic Georgian barn, and even quirky renovated cow stalls.
This versatile space is ideal whether you're having a winter or a summer wedding, but we reckon if you adorn the place with Christmas trees and sparkling fairy lights in the colder months, it'll be so romantic.
14. Ripley Castle
A wedding hosted at Ripley Castle is bound to be unforgettable in the best way. This expansive estate is nestled in the lush countryside of Harrogate, so you'll find an abundance of beautiful backdrops for your wedding photos.
Steeped in history and charm, this quintessential castle has exuded Yorkshire romance for over 700 years. Inside, you'll find this venue is ornately decorated with gold furnishings and crystal chandeliers, creating a truly enchanting atmosphere.
This wedding venue offers a unique glance into the past on your wedding day. Enjoy an intimate meal in the Castle’s Dining Room for your micro wedding, or indulge in a lavish feast with 120 guests in the Long Gallery of the East Wing. You and your loved ones can expect royal treatment and experience world-class services at this stunning venue.
15. Malmaison York
For a super sleek, chic, and sophisticated setting, you might want to consider Malmaison York as your wedding venue of choice. Located in the city of York you'll have great transport links, such as the York railway station, and you'll be within walking distance of lots of shops and restaurants.
You can choose from a number of event spaces to host your ceremony and reception, all with stylish décor and, of course, spectacular city views.
But the fun doesn't just begin with your wedding day. You and your guests can visit the spa and health centre for some relaxing beauty treatments post-wedding. Or, indulge in a few cocktails at the Sora and tuck into a tasty meal at Chez Mal.
16. The Castle Inn
When it comes to your wedding day, the devil is in the detail. This is the case for your wedding venue, too. The Castle Inn, Harrogate, has everything covered to ensure your big day looks amazing and runs smoothly.
For smaller celebrations, the traditional pub area is ideal for receptions of up to 50 people; or head to the yard for gatherings of up to 100. It has a retractable roof making it a gorgeous, light, and airy space.
As for the accommodation? Even the beds have had special attention, crafted from locally sourced trees. The stone walls and soft lighting create a really romantic feel.
What's more, the bedrooms are pet-friendly, so your beloved companion can be a part of your special day, too!
17. Pepper Arden Hall
Pepper Arden Hall is a picture-perfect country house that opens its doors for your special celebration.
The Grade II listed mansion dates back to the 18th century and is surrounded by 200 acres of Yorkshire countryside, so you're guaranteed tranquillity.
With a capacity of 60 sit down guests and space for 14 guests to stay overnight, there is more than enough room at this wedding venue for everyone to enjoy.
We adore the stylish interiors, and they'll make a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photographs. Every room is unique, quirky, and full of personality and charm.
18. Alexander Weddings and Events
Looking for a wedding venue that's a little bit different? Alexander Weddings and Events offers a tipi wedding venue that couples planning a relaxed, laid-back celebration will love.
The venue consists of four tipi structures nestled amongst 10 acres of grounds, greenery, and woodland, so you'll be surrounded by stunning scenery wherever you look.
There is ample space to host weddings of up to 160 guests, so you won't have to worry about missing anyone off the guest list.
If the spectacular countryside and lakeside views don't impress you, we don't know what will!
19. The KP Resort
Wedding venues in countryside locations don't have to be rustic. If you're after beautiful views in an idyllic location but still want contemporary features, The KP Resort in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds is modern, fun, and stylish.
From the magnificent building itself to the spectacular water feature and state-of-the-art lighting, this wedding venue is luxury at its finest.
Alongside amazing ceremony and reception spaces, The KP Resort also has 27 luxury lodges and 27 rooms for you and your guests to stay in.
The woodland lodges come complete with their very own hot tubs, so you'll be in for a treat.
20. Camp Katur
If your heart is set on an outdoor wedding venue, you'll be hard-pressed to find one that's as gorgeous as Camp Katur in the beautiful countryside of Bedale.
Couples can exchange their vows in a pine-tree forest, followed by a rustic alfresco meal on benches in whimsical woodland. The scent of pine trees as you say 'I do' will be glorious!
Should you want an even larger space to host your special day, a tipi or marquee can be set up on the Hill Farm or The Meadow. Natural greenery and chic lantern lighting will top the look off, especially if your theme is boho and rustic.
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