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Last update: November 2023
"Castle Goring is the most romantic Castle in the Land," said Lord Byron, arguably England's most famous, poet.
Built for Percy Shelley, the great English Romantic Poet, the Castle is a unique and stunning, year-round wedding venue, set in the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Worthing, West Sussex.
This magnificent venue offers breathtaking backdrops for all kinds of festivities, whether it's the grandeur of the State Rooms, the Ceremonial Hall, with its double-height ceiling, or the stunning South Lawns, overlooked by the beautiful Horse Shoe staircase and balcony.
Facilities and Capacity
The Ceremonial Hall is an ornate room featuring grand double doors and a second, traditional entrance to the side. Licensed for ceremonies, up to 100 guests, you can also host your wedding breakfast here, with up to 76 guests. There are three huge, magnificently furnished, interconnecting staterooms on the first floor: the Aphrodite Drawing Room, the Galba Drawing Room, and the Library. These spaces will set the scene for a drinks reception, canapes, and after-dinner relaxation. The Castle's State Dining Room can aost up to 50 guests for a formal wedding breakfast. Guests are encouraged to use two more rooms, Queen Victoria's Rooms, adjoined for ease of movement. Couples seeking an outdoor wedding ceremony will delight in the idyllic Italian Terrace. You can also have drinks in the fresh air while guests explore the property. A huge marquee is constructed for use from Spring until early October, and overlooks the grand southern facade of the Castle. Its transparent wall allows guests to take in the majesty of the Castle and grounds while letting natural light pool in. Up to 150 guests can join you here for dining, or 180 if additional chairs are hired. The Mary & Percy Shelley Bridal Suite provides a luxurious environment where you and your wedding party can prepare for the day ahead. Boasting natural light, a beautiful imperial-sized bed, and elegant French furniture, you'll find yourself in the lap of luxury.
Castle Goring's team and partners are on hand to help throughout the planning process. From the first enquiry to the delivery of your day, they will offer expert advice and ensure that everything is perfect. The staff strive to exceed expectations, and nothing is too much trouble when it comes to ensuring couples get their dream day.
The Castle does not provide overnight accomodation but we have several stunning hotel and boutique hotel suggestions for you and your guests within a short driving distance, or in one case, just a stroll a way by foot.
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Telephone: 07791 673070
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Beyond our expecations
A perfect wedding reception venue
The whole experience of organising the wedding from the initial meeting with Lady C and her son Dima back in October to now has been superb. They were professional and accommodating to all our requests but most of all they made us feel extremely welcome to share their home on such a special occasion.
We dressed the venue with many accessories and lots of greenery the day before the wedding to make it personal to us.
On arrival at Castle Goring after a church service in Brighton we went upstairs to the beautiful lounge area for welcome drinks and had organised a pianist to play romantic music. As the sun was shining, some guests flowed out onto the balcony and into garden to make a wonderful atmosphere.
We had about 120 guests so had opted for the marquee in the garden which was perfect. We used Super Events for the catering and their food and service was exceptional all through the event.
The Bridal Suite was used during the day for the bride/bridesmaids needs.
In the evening we organised a band to play in the Dance Room and another 100 or so guests turned up to celebrate with us. We had a bar in the foyer and marquee which worked well.
It was great to have exclusivity of this amazing venue and we highly recommend Castle Goring to others.
Thank you Lady C and Dima for letting us use your home and making our son and daughter-in-law's wedding so special and a day that we will always remember.
The Perfect Wedding Day
It was perfect
Thank you for helping us host the most special day of our lives. The help, support and guidance you provided made sure everything was perfect!
Castle Goring Wedding
It was just about ok for us numbers wise - having around 100 guests, any more and a marquee probably more suitable, which is possible. The location is ok though very near the a27 - you do hear some traffic noise from the venue - but this did not matter for us as most of the day was spent inside.
It is worth having some thought how you use the various rooms during the day for instance it did rain for a period so guests were all in a relatively small room for a period until they gradually spread out. There are extra lounge rooms which are worth using (if accessible at the time) as i understand the upstairs area was not available while the meal was being prepared, so quite a bit of socialising was done in the hall way/stairway area.
In terms of the dance area - a great room but again for 100 or so guests a bit of a squash so some of the items like photo montage, and singing was not visible to all.
The food and drink was good although note unlike some venues you cannot bring your own alcohol which will face a premium cost wise as it will need to be ordered through the suppliers.
I hope these comments are useful; my overall feeling was really a very positive one - we got to have our wedding in an incredible castle, with very attentive service- it was a special day we will never forget. :)
The perfect wedding venue
Highly recommend this as a wedding venue - it looks spectacular, great team and you have exclusive use to shape the day specifically how you want it.
Well played Castle Goring.
Carefree & the best day of our lives.
The venue looks stunning in our wedding photos (we look pretty good too) and the staff were attentive in every detail which made the day so personal and carefree, that we actually got to relax and enjoy the day ourselves. Perfect.
First Wedding at Castle Goring
We had countless compliments from our guests about how ideal the Castle was for our big day. It really did feel like true luxury having the whole place to ourselves. The flexibility of the space was brilliant - we were able to pick which parts of our day happened where. The castle has some real wow features. We love the pictures we got on the wonderful staircase.
Lady C was attentive from start to finish, and an all round lovely host. Sophie was the perfect wedding planner and made the day effortless. A huge thank you to you both, and all who worked hard on getting the renovations done in time!
I'd highly recommend this beautiful Castle to anyone considering a venue for their special day. It certainly exceeded our expectations and helped make our day spectacular.
Mr & Mrs Lord
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