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Last update: May 2024

Craig-Y-Nos Castle Hotel is a historic castle wedding venue located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. This expansive property offers an abundance of traditional charm for wedding celebrations. Here, you and your guests can enjoy breathtaking event spaces, ample accommodations, and comprehensive wedding packages.

Facilities and Capacity

Craig-Y-Nos Castle Hotel offers an array of event rooms suitable for all kinds of wedding occasions. The Grade I Opera House is ideal for a beautiful wedding or civil ceremony. Up to 150 seated guests can be comfortably accommodated within this regal setting. This space was designed by an opera singer and modeled on Wagner’s Opera House in Bavaria. Here, you can wed surrounded by gilt accents and stunning decor. Afterwards, your drinks reception takes place in either the Lounge or the Gardens, depending on the weather and your preferences. The Lounge offers a cosy atmosphere complete with plush leather chairs and a wood-burning stove. The expansive gardens have been meticulously maintained and provide a scenic setting for relaxed mingling. There are near endless spots to stage your wedding photos on the grounds here. The Country Park Woodland and Boating Lake are popular spots year-round. The castle itself serves as a magnificent backdrop for your formal portraits and group photos. For your wedding breakfast, The Conservatory offers a gorgeous setting. Here, floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent views across the Brecon Beacons. Offering a Victorian aesthetic, this space is ideal for your formal wedding meal. Afterward, guests can seamlessly transition to the function room for your evening reception where your attendees can enjoy convenient access to the main bar.

Services Offered

The administration at Craig-Y-Nos Castle Hotel offers a wide range of wedding packages to suit all styles, needs, and budgets. Couples can choose weekday, weekend, micro-wedding options, and more. The weekend packages include a three-course wedding breakfast and exclusive use of function spaces and castle accommodations. Chair covers, various linens, a cake stand, lighting, and candelabras are also included with this package. No matter your needs, the attentive and experienced staff at this establishment aim to make your day a memorable occasion.

Accommodations

Up to 100 of your wedding guests can enjoy a restful overnight stay within the castle in one of the venue’s many guest rooms. There are a number of family rooms, double bedrooms, en-suites, and more for your guests to avail of. Bed and breakfast options are also available for guests' convenience.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Castle
Historic
Landmark
Large hotel

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
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

Venue leisure facilities:

Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Craig-Y-Nos Castle Hotel

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
19 reviews
95% recommend it
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Sarah
Sarah Sent on 27/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our dream wedding at our dream venue

From the moment we first saw Craig Y Nos Castle, we loved it's gothic Victorian look, the stunning opera theatre, the conservatory, lounges, bar, function rooms, grounds, just everything about it. Like other couples we'd looked at other options, some of which were possibilities, others just meh; Craig Y Nos was a yes right from the beginning.

The staff were amazing. Our wedding planner, Michaela and her team couldn't have done more for us. The food was outstanding - all our guests commented on it. One thing we would say is don't base all your judgements on the taster meal. Seeing how its presented on the day is nothing like how its presented for the taster. Looking back we'd probably have chosen the leek and potato soup (ours was a winter wedding) but at the taster it wasn't presented very well, was a bit tasteless and luke warm. The food on the day itself was just phenomenal and was so beautifully presented - like a high end restaurant. Sadly we didn't take pics - we wished we had.

We chose a Victorian theme for our wedding and included a Victorian afternoon tea, our wedding meal in the conservatory and our party in the evening in the function room. They did all our decorating and set up everything for us so there wasn't all that much we needed to do ourselves. We just provided them with our decorations and the olde worlde crockery for the afternoon tea. Everything we instructed to be done was done.

The package we chose was very well priced, with bits and pieces agreed additionally as we went along. Overall, we feel its was very good value for money given the standards received on the day and throughout each touch point.

Finally, we found Craig Y Nos staff to be very welcoming and hospitable. We visited our venue quite a few times before the day itself for all sorts of reasons. Nothing was ever a problem and we were always welcomed and time was given to us.

If we had it all over again, we would absolutely chose Craig Y Nos Castle again. We could think of no better place and are very much looking forward to attending one of their theme weekends so we can visit that spectacular place once again.
Mrs V
Briony Sent on 22/08/2020
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect venue!

My husband and I got married at Craig y Nos back in January and I cannot recommend highly enough this stunning and quirky venue, as well as the truly fantastic wedding team that looked after us for the entire day and all throughout the planning process! No task was too big or small, and Emily and Nicola were at my beckon call to answer my many silly questions and offered endless advice and support. They both did so much to help our special day come together! The day itself was more than we could ever have wished for - the venue is so beautiful and steeped in history, and was the perfect backdrop for a wonderfully happy day. We received no end of comments from happy guests about how lovely the castle was, how delicious the food was, and how the staff were so friendly and accommodating. We can’t wait to go back to stay for our anniversary! Thank you again Craig Y Nos, for giving us a truly magical wedding day ?
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I F Sent on 16/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue for fairy tale wedding

The castle was an absolutely beautiful place to get married. the team, including Chloe in particular, were extremely helpful with organising and took a huge burden off in terms of making sure nothing was forgotten. Also very sustainable in terms of not needing to buy lots of little things that you never need again like table number holders and decorations. The outside part of the grounds was also so so beautiful. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day and we are so grateful. Thank you!!!!
C
Claire H. Sent on 07/08/2023
1 out of 5 rating

Avoid - unprofessional money grabbers

We had a wedding here- absolutely appalling, poor management, too few staff, unprofessional and poor attention to detail.
An absolute s**t show.
Apart from things leading up to the event, to name a few ON THE DAY:
Asked bride and party to arrive at 8am to be given a room to get ready in,
We arrived and no staff, no receptionists, no one but panicking kitchen staff. After many calls and hiding waitresses we were finally given a room at 9:40am.Now late for hair and makeup etc. Then we were Introduced to our wedding planner through an open door across the hall - in her pyjamas! A young girl who assured us everything would be fine many many times and yet it wasn’t, she also kept disappearing too despite promises of being there to help us.
The room we were getting ready in had no private bathroom - instead the bridal party had to put on their dresses in a shared bathroom down the hall, tiny low toilets and no mirrors???
The furniture in this special bridal room was filthy and battered, chairs were too wobbly to sit in safely. Bacon was found on the floor next to the sofa.
The planner tells us to be ready to go at 1:30, to talk us through what to do and where to go etc. again disappeared and didn’t come back till 2pm - lack of communication again, we had no idea what was going on. Late to get to the registrar.
Wrong music was played after ceremony!
Chair layout incorrect.
Confetti in chairs but it was asked to be elsewhere.
Told to leave our valuables and personal belongings in an unlocked room in a building accessed by staff and guests - but it ‘would be fine’?
When we got room keys approx 3pm one guest found a bag of poo outside the door. This was reported but not cleared away until almost midnight… but the cotton buds and cigarette ends were left that were right next to it. Just filthy.
Greasy food was served with no napkins, water was served with no glasses.
The main meal had people’s orders mixed up or wrong. Table layout was wrong up until we almost were sitting.
Room had to be vacated for 10mins for the dj to set up (although this was previously confirmed as already set up prior to the day). 40 mins later after listening to drilling and banging, we were finally allowed back in the room.
Again not enough water for the tables, people constantly requesting more as one bottle amongst 6-10 does not go far.
Evening meal not enough plates, water but no glasses, no napkins.
This is just half of what went wrong, for a special day it certainly brought nothing but stress and disappointment.
The staff at Craig Y Nos are overworked, young and not adequately trained. The management is unprofessional and the amount it costs this is absolutely despicable. For the bride and grooms most special day, I cannot comprehend how this place is still running.
Avoid avoid avoid!
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Madison Sent on 10/08/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely wonderful!

Everyone at the venue was absolutely incredible. Could not do enough to help.
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Shelbycobra Sent on 19/11/2021
4.4 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue to create our dream wedding

Our wedding wasnt very "traditional" as such. We wanted to split the celebrations over 2 days having a small and intimate celebration and the ceremony in the week and a bigger celebration/reception on a weekend. Craig Y Nos didnt shun us for this or try and compress us like other venues and had our key element of being dog friendly so our fur baby could celebrate with us.
Due to covid and a huge back log of weddings communications and conversations (understandably) spanned across months. However Nicola and the staff went the extra mile on the days and we have never felt so special, we were given freedom where we wanted it and Nicola worked with us to achieve our vision offering suggestions but never treading down or forcing us to go a certain direction. The castle is an absolutely stunning venue in itself but the staff make it truely magical.
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Kiri Sent on 11/11/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Magical Venue

We had our wedding at Craig-Y-Nos in the summer and it was absolutely wonderful! We want to say a huge thank you to all the staff that made the day truly special. We were looked after from the moment we arrived. The venue is spectacular, the food was gorgeous and the grounds are perfect!
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Toni Sent on 23/07/2009
5 out of 5 rating

We couldn''t have asked for more!

I am genuinely suprised that there aren’t more reviews of this fantastic venue so I had to add mine immediately! My husband and I got married at Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves in November 2007 and held our reception at Craig-y-nos Castle. From booking our wedding to the day of checking out, we couldn’t have asked for better service, food and attention to detail, it was everything we wanted for our special day. The venue itself is just amazing, it may not be the most polished and painted venue in the world, it is a beautiful and homely castle with authentic decoration and a real comfortable feel. Some venues we saw were far too ‘clinical’ with no personal interaction welcomed with any of the staff. We chose our own menu with the help of their wonderful chef who prepared the whole thing to absolute perfection. My husband and I had both been too far too many weddings in our time at ‘five star’ venues costing over £150 a head to walk away hungry and disappointed with dried out chicken, overcooked veg and melon starters!. We had the most perfect, fresh, hot meal and people have been talking about the food, service and venue ever since! The location is out of this world, yes you’re a little off the main drag, but it added to the feel of almost owning the castle for the weekend of the wedding. From every window is amazing scenery, on the doorstep is hours of walking through the beautiful countryside. The picture opportunities both in and out of the castle are second to none. I recommend this venue and its staff to anyone who wants to have their wedding in a welcoming, authentic and comfortable venue full of character with fantastic food to boot!
C
Chris Sent on 30/05/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Day in a Top Class Venue!

We viewed 3 different venues before visiting Craig y Nos and upon walking through the door we knew instantly this was the place for us. Our ceremony was held in the Opera Theatre which is incredibly beautiful and Grade 1 listed, truly unique. We held our reception in the Castle's stunningly furnished former music room.

Our wedding wasn't the biggest but we weren't made to feel any less important. The staff were fantastic from day one - we had a wedding planner who was always on the other end of the phone and always eager to help. The food at the main reception was fantastic and worthy of establishments that charge 2 or 3 times their prices. That was another bonus, the price was a fraction of what we expected. The accommodation was another high point. We stayed in the Bridal Suite which was originally a private chapel. In the morning we looked at a few of our guest's rooms and they were of the same high standard.
Overall our day could really not have been any better, everything fell into place and the day was ultimately unforgetable.
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Anonymous Sent on 29/05/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect...

We have had a wonderful time here and the perfect wedding day. The staff and Steve have been exceptional and catered for our every whim. Thank you for the most perfect wedding in the most perfect place. Thanks for everything.
C
Chris Sent on 29/05/2008
5 out of 5 rating

My aunt got married here

I am very pleased to announce that my wonderful aunt got married here today. Damned fine decor and wonderful grub.
M
Mrs. Sent on 29/05/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue, outstanding service and beautiful food

My husband and I got married at Craig-y-nos on the 4th of march this year. We had a Welsh theme, the venue topped it all off. The theatre being so unusual, the reception room being so grand and the food was out of this world. All the staff were fantastic, and Alison the wedding planner was superb. We couldn't have wished for a better wedding. We were very fortunate. We can't wait for october, as our friends Christina and Andrew are getting married at the same venue, and we get to see the wonderful setting once again. Thank you so much Craig-y-nos. x x x
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P Sent on 29/05/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Had a lovely wedding

Had a lovely wedding and lovely food in beautiful surroundings
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Keith Sent on 29/05/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous!

Thank you all for a fabulous weekend. The Wedding was brilliant, the whole experience was superb. Thank you all very much again.
M
Mrs. Sent on 16/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue, outstanding service and beautiful food

My husband and I got married at Craig-y-nos on the 4th of march this year. We had a Welsh theme, the venue topped it all off. The theatre being so unusual, the reception room being so grand and the food was out of this world. All the staff were fantastic, and Alison the wedding planner was superb. We couldn't have wished for a better wedding. We were very fortunate. We can't wait for october, as our friends Christina and Andrew are getting married at the same venue, and we get to see the wonderful setting once again. Thank you so much Craig-y-nos. x x x
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