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On since 2020

Last update: June 2023

Situated in the heart of the North East, Durham University is a castle wedding venue located in Durham, England. The historic castle exudes traditional elegance and old-world charm. Constructed in 1284, The Great Hall will transport your guests to a bygone era of regal refinement. The stunning exterior provides the ideal backdrop for wedding photographs on sunny days, while inside, the many antiques and portraits make for perfect photo backdrops.

Facilities and Capacity

The castle at Durham University can accommodate between 40 to 80 guests for daytime events and evening receptions. The Bishop’s Dining Room is suited to intimate occasions and micro weddings while The Grand Hall lends itself to wedding receptions for 80 close loved ones. On fine days, drinks parties are held in the centuries-old courtyard where guests can mingle and soak up the iconic view of the castle and keep. You can host a champagne toast in the Tunstall Gallery, a truly magnificent space characterised by wooden flooring, antiquated portraits, ambient lighting, and lavish furnishings. The standout space in this magnificent castle is The Great Hall, where guests are treated to an evening of fine dining and entertainment. Here, loved ones can immerse themselves in the authentic essence of one of the North East’s premium destinations. Everything from crisp white linens and napkins to a sophisticated PA system is provided.

Services Offered

The dedicated event team at Durham University's castle is on hand to make your wedding dreams a reality. The experienced in-house coordinator collaborates with couples to arrange table plans, place cards, menus, and wine selections. They will endeavour to ensure the smooth running of events on your special day. A seasoned Master of Ceremonies welcomes guests and pays close attention to ensure every detail is in place from start to finish. The all-inclusive package includes elegant touches such as candelabras and centrepieces, a Buck’s Fizz toast on arrival for your guests, and castle vases filled with flowers.


The Bishop’s Suite and Chaplain’s Suite are made available to newlyweds for their wedding celebration. The rooms are decorated to reflect the history and opulence of Durham University and are complete with plush furnishings and ensuite bathrooms. There are an additional 47 ensuite rooms available at this location, as well as 29 rooms that offer shared bathroom facilities.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the city

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:

Changing room for wedding guests
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