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On since 2022

Last update: May 2024

Located right in the heart of Salisbury in Wiltshire, The Red Lion Hotel is an 800-year-old four-star hotel available to host your romantic wedding celebrations. With history and heart weaving through every beam, this venue provides you with an incredible atmosphere and beautiful photography backdrops in its picturesque courtyard.

Facilities and Capacity

The Red Lion Hotel is a licensed wedding venue, giving you the option of holding your ceremony and reception all in one location. Arrive at a red carpet entrance on the day, taking photos and savouring the moment before heading inside. The hotel can accommodate ceremonies of up to 80 guests, and you have the choice of two beautiful suites.

Your wedding reception can be held in your choice of three rooms, with the largest being the Courtyard Suite. This suite can hold up to 120 guests for your evening reception, with its own private entrance, bar, and access to the courtyard. A large dance floor awaits you and your guests to dance the night away before retiring for the night.

Services Offered

Your wedding breakfast is created by the venue's talented team of chefs using fresh and locally sourced produce where possible and catering for all dietary requirements. Their menus are just a starting point, if there’s something that you’d like for your wedding breakfast, they can be flexible.

From your first visit to your wedding day, you'll be in the safe hands of their wedding team, who have hosted hundreds of weddings. The experts have thought of every detail to ensure your day is unique and effortless.


Newlyweds can look forward to a complimentary stay on their wedding night in one of the hotel's most luxurious suites. Whether it’s the stunning Seamstress Suite, with its cast iron bathtub in the bedroom, or the historic four-poster suite. You will not be disappointed.

The hotel also has 60 stylishly-appointed bedrooms, so friends and family travelling from afar can enjoy a relaxing stay for a discounted rate.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Unusual weddings
In the city
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
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Reviews for Best Western Red Lion Hotel

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Kelly G. Sent on 17/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue and amazing staff

Honestly the Red Lion Hotel was amazing. I added the décor package; it was simply beautiful. The ceremony room was stunning! We wanted a less formal wedding and did not want a sit down meal, instead they said we could swap this out of the set package and have canapes served and have a drinks station set up for guests to help themselves. We spent 2 hours in the beautiful courtyard being served hot and cold canapes, they kept coming with more platters ensuring all guests were offered each one, every little canape was delicious!

The room was turned around for the evening, we had a disco and buffet, we over run slightly and asked for the buffet to be stalled a bit, the staff were brilliant and did all they could for us to ensure we were happy and things all run as it should have.

Angel was on duty earlier in the day, she was lovely, nothing was too much trouble and she ensured the table decorations were put out and the doughnut wall topped up. She went over and above - she was especially patient with me as I was super nervous trying to get ready to go meet the registrars.

We stayed in the Seamstress Room, I have never stayed in such an amazingly beautiful room. We want to book in again to stay for our anniversary.

I want to mention how professional and attentive Radina was prior to the wedding ensuring we had every tiny detail recorded as we wanted it, Radina even popped in on her day off to see us and make sure all was running as we wanted it.

Fantastic team and lovely people.

Thank you for the best day, it was better than we imagined. Our guests also said how relaxed and lovely the day, staff and surroundings were. Thank you so much.
Nicky T. Sent on 11/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding at the Red Lion Salisbury

The dedicated wedding planner was an amazing help. Everything was organised for us. Our special day was fantastic. Had the ceremony in the hotel. Food was lovely. The rooms looked beautiful. All the little details - glass of champagne as we were married, coffee and tea as we waited for our evening to start. Wedding night in one of the gorgeous rooms. Breakfast the following day was good too. Hotel is beautiful and so full of character.
Joanne B. Sent on 11/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

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We had the most amazing wedding on the 26th October 2018 at this beautiful hotel.
From start to finish I knew we had chosen the perfect venue & Radina was amazing, helping me create my wedding day. All the staff were fantastic, thank you so much.
Highly recommended.
Joanne Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful day

Please see attached a couple of photos, which you are more than welcome to put in your brochure to show other people.
It was a wonderful day!!

Thanks all so much

Ellen Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The whole team were great

Thank you so much for a wonderful day we all had the best time. The food was so nice and the place looked fantastic. The whole team where great.

Thank you for the card

Ellen Smith
Katie Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Oh my goodness! What a lovely lovely weekend!

Thank you so much to yourself and Stoyan once again for making Friday absolutely perfect! We all had such a wonderful day and it wouldn't have been possible without you two at the reigns!

Katie xx
Christine Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing time

We had an amazing time and can't wait to come in and see you next visit!

I was very merry when we last spoke, the wine was lovely!! The whole evening flew in and we went to bed not long after the DJ finished. We were up early and stayed in the breakfast lounge all morning chatting to family and friends... we had the best time staying at the Red Lion and we couldn't of been happier, honestly, Stoyan was so friendly and helpful! He made everyone feel so relaxed in his company. All of the staff were very patient and smiley.

Everyone has said how much they enjoyed staying at the hotel and the wedding was a great success!

Look forward to seeing you again soon, Christine & Dean xxx
Lavinia Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Thank you so much for an amazing day. Your staff were amazing x x x
Jenny Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding service

On behalf of myself and my husband, Lynda & Mike Misselbrook (the Groom's parents) and of course Cat & Andrew Misselbrook- our newlyweds, I would like to thank the Best Western Red Lion Hotel for providing outstanding service at Cat & Andrew's Wedding Reception on 15th August 2018.
The whole event was executed perfectly, and we know that this is down to one thing - you and your teams.
In particular, we would like to thank a number of members of staff who provided exceptional service: Dawn Brand- your Reception Manager, the lady who was the Manager of table service at the Wedding Reception (and much more!)- who has long blond hair and glasses and we believe may be called Fanika? Your head chef (who's name we do not know, but who's food was beautiful!!) and of course both of you, for leading the team and providing what we can only describe as brilliant customer service from the point at which we first visited the hotel last year, to the point at which the very last guest left.
It has been a wonderful occasion and once which we will never forget and we thank you most sincerely for playing a key role in making it so.

With warmest regards

Jenny & John Steer
Phil Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our beautiful wedding

We had our wedding here on Saturday 30th April 2016 X It was absolutely beautiful X From the start, Mark the hotel manager , was so helpful & we are so greatful to him for all the hard work he did to make our day amazing X All the staff were so friendly & we would like to thank each & everyone of them X my friends who travelled down for our wedding & stayed the night at the hotel said how beautiful the rooms were & how friendly all the staff were X we stayed in the honeymoon suite & it was just so beautiful X If you are wanting a venue to hold your wedding reception this is the place it truly was 1st class and the reception looked amazing X once again thank you Mark & your lovely team of staff X kind regards to you all Phil n Jan Stone xx
Mike Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant staff

Me and my wife had our wedding reception at the Red Lion Salisbury. They were helpful form the start of the process and always reassuring. On the day all the staff were brilliant I cannot thank them enough. I would highly recommend this hotel for a important function. The rooms are good as well so much so a number of my guests are going back to stay there again
Deb Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

First class wedding host

Our wedding from two emails couple calls to mark from start to finish. WOW Thank you so much to all staff you all made our special day PERFECT even mark making effort for me to enjoy my wedding transport a 1964 split screen vw thanks .and the food / room spot on .any body planning wedding definitely worth having a look .
Tracy Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

wedding reception

My daughter has just had her wedding reception at the Red Lion and I would recommend it for value for money and service.
The Events Manager was delightful and ensured the day went without a hitch, all the staff were extremely polite and helpful.
I would like to thank everyone who worked on Saturday 19th August for making it such an enjoyable occasion.
Anonymous Sent on 24/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Superb venue with fantastic employees

Superb venue with fantastic employees who created a fantastic wedding day to remember, which every single person whom attended has fantastic memories of such a brilliant day, many many thanks for the staff going that extra mile for us.
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