Farnham Castle

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Castle Street Farnham Surrey GU9 0AG
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About Farnham Castle

Castle Street, Farnham
Surrey, GU9 0AG

Farnham Castle continues its 900-year legacy of hosting superior weddings and events, having recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 UK Wedding Awards for Best Castle Venue in the UK, curated by Hitched.co.uk and You & Your Wedding Magazine.

Perfectly positioned at the crown of Castle Street in Farnham, Surrey, this romantic and elegant wedding venue features incredible photographic opportunities, with views overlooking the historic market town and nestled amongst five acres of iconic grounds. Aside from a specialist wedding planning team, you will also find a passionate team of world-class chefs from Michelin starred restaurant backgrounds who will create outstanding modern British cuisine for your wedding celebration at Farnham Castle. 

Farnham Castle was founded in 1138 by Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester and brother of King Stephen. In medieval times the diocese of Winchester was the richest in England, and Farnham was a favourite residence of the bishops. Farnham Castle was rebuilt in the late 12th and early 13th centuries with the impressive motte and 'shell keep' reveals the buried remains of an earlier tower.

For your civil wedding ceremony at Farnham Castle, the Lantern Hall dates to Norman times. A simple yet serene setting with impressive stone arches, natural wood floor and beautiful lancet windows that allow the natural light to filter through, creating a truly romantic setting for exchanging your vows. 

Due to our historic ties to the Bishop's of Winchester, Farnham Castle is home to two Church of England chapels of which a wedding service or blessing may be held. The Norman Chapel offers traditional and simple features with a wooden floor and grand stone arch, whilst The Bishops Chapel is perfect for an intimate ceremony with stunning stone walls and architectural design reflecting the incredible history of the Castle.

Wedding receptions for up to 200 guests take place in The Great Hall, which features a grand fireplace and magnificent gilt framed portraits - it is a extraordinary setting for your seated dining and later evening celebrations where up to an additional 100 guests may be invited. The wooden floor, beautiful, age-old stained-glass windows and soft neutral colour scheme make The Great Hall a spectacular space to truly impress your wedding guests. 

As Farnham Castle has 33 bedrooms on-site, including a dreamy honeymoon suite, your guests won't have to go far once your celebrations have come to an end. Meet for a farewell breakfast in The Library the following morning before commencing life as a newlywed couple with memories to last a lifetime. 

We look forward to helping you plan your romantic wedding at Farnham Castle. 


• The Lantern Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 150 guests • The Norman Chapel seats up to 80 guests for Church of England Marriage Ceremonies • The Great Hall accommodates up to 200 guests for seated dining plus an additional 100 evening guests • Passionate team of world-class chefs who will create outstanding menus for your wedding reception • Exclusive use of The Gatehouse for the bridal party on the morning of the wedding • 33 bedrooms on-site, including a luxurious honeymoon suite for the newlywed couple

Facilities at Farnham Castle

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Tipis and Yurts
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Farnham Castle Reviews (30)

A magical day at Farnham Castle
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By Claire & James, on 15 Apr 2020Date of Wedding - 21 Dec 2019

Words simply cannot describe how much we appreciate everything you did to make our wedding day so special on the 21st December. It was just magical and thank you all so much for embracing our Christmas theme so whole-heartedly. The fact that you took care of everything so effortlessly on the day meant that we could really and truly relax and enjoy every moment. The Castle looked beautiful, the food was spectacular and the guest all commented on how brilliantly run everything was – thank you! And the ’13 days of Christmas’ – what can we say – so brilliant and all credit to you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Best Day of our Lives
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By Ellie Smith, on 09 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 24 Oct 2019

We can’t speak highly enough of Farnham Castle Weddings. The process and communication was fantastic from day 1 of our planning and the service felt personal. The team replied quickly to our emails and would have the answer to every question under the sun! On our wedding day, we had so many compliments about how the day ran so smoothly. The transitions were seamless and we did not have any worries at all, thanks to the fantastic team. Everything was perfect, the food was outstanding and they ensured we had the best day of our lives.

Everything was so organised
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By Kiri & Brian, on 15 Apr 2020Date of Wedding - 18 Oct 2019

I am still coming down from the high of the day. I cannot put into words how extremely happy we were with the organisation leading up to and on the day of the event, the attention to detail, and how tentative absolutely every staff member were to us and our guests. In addition the little extra touches like, being handed a champagne after our first dance and having all of our gifts and a bottle of champagne waiting for us in the room! Everyone has got in contact with us, saying how amazing the evening was and how well everything was organised and flowed, honestly cannot thank you and the team enough.

Our Wedding - 24.8.2019
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By Jen Wood, on 13 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 24 Aug 2019

Big thanks to Heather, Dan and Allie for all the hard work they put into making sure our Wedding Day was as amazing as we hoped it would be. They all helped where we needed it without being imposing. The day went seamlessly and at no point we felt stressed. The staff were very accommodating and attentive, the food was amazing, the venue was perfect and exactly how we wanted it to be. At no point we felt like we couldn't go anywhere and everyone made us feel like it was our place which was great. All of our guests have constantly told us how amazing the day, venue, weather, food and drinks were. It's definitely a day we won't forget.

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By Mr & Mrs Porter, on 24 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Jun 2019

We cannot believe how lovely a day it was; everything seemed to go seamlessly, and the staff were fantastic. We cannot thank Heather and Dan enough for looking after us during the day, and the evening operations manager was so fun and let us continue partying until the early hours in the bar. We felt completely at ease and loved every minute of it. All of our American guests loved the castle, and the private tour that Farnham was able to arrange, which we were so grateful for. Over the past few weeks so many of our guests have told us how much of a good time they had and how fantastic the venue was - it is a testament to how well the venue is run. The accomodation part of the castle is just as well run - Louise was so welcoming and patient with everyone, and very accommodating with those who had luggage and pushchairs that they wanted to keep in the office. We also thought that the hotel staff and wedding organizing staff worked so well together. There seemed to be no separation between the two. The rooms in the Castle are very comfortable and the Bridal suite is such a lovely room. We would like to emphasize is how special we felt during the entire process. We know that the castle has weddings almost every day, and despite this, we felt like all that mattered was us, the entire time. Even the next day when the next wedding was being set up, all of the staff were around and available to chat about the fun of the day before. We didn't feel like it was a "one in, one out" operation, even if realistically it is - and we think that is something so special.

Wonderful wedding venue
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By Peter and Jan Newman, on 18 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 06 Jun 2019

The Castle is an idyllic wedding venue and the Team , especially Heather and Dan, helped make the day such a very special occasion for us and our friends and family. We cannot thank them enough and would recommend the Castle for anyone wanting a fabulous day to remember.

Best Day Ever!
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By Mr & Mrs Bird, on 11 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 23 May 2019

Thank you so much to the lovely team at Farnham Castle for making our wedding the most magical day. In the lead up Heather made the whole process easy and relaxed. On the day itself Dan was incredible, making everything look seemless. We truly couldn't have asked for anymore, you were incredible. Thank you so much x

Perfect Wedding Day
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By Eileen and Gren Clark, on 11 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Feb 2019

From the moment we stepped into the Bishops Palace at Farnham Castle we knew that this was the perfect venue for us! Everyone was so welcoming, friendly and eager to help. Being of the older generation we thought perhaps we would not be their usual wedding clients, but they immediately made us feel very comfortable. For both of us it was a second wedding, having lost our original spouses to illness some years before. However we felt the venue offered the same enchanting surroundings that appealed to young couples for their wedding celebrations that also suited us. Heather, Dan, Louise and the rest of the team were fantastic; always professional, efficient and friendly. Heather ensured that we knew what would be happening every minute of our day and it was accomplished seamlessly. The fairy tell day started well in the Gatehouse whilst getting changed when our photographer stated that “she wished she could stay there with us as we were already having such a good time!” Our Civil Ceremony in the Lantern Hall among our family and close friends was delightful and meaningful. Table service in The Great Hall was impeccable and all the food was delicious and got top marks from everyone. The many rooms taken by our guests staying overnight were very comfortable and everyone said what a good time they had. We cannot praise everyone on the staff enough they really made our day to remember in such wonderful surroundings.

Completely and Utterly the Best Day Ever!
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By Cat & Rob, on 13 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Nov 2018

We just wanted to say how much fun we had, and completely and utterly the best day ever yesterday. Everyone has been commenting on how nice the venue was and how lovely the staff were. Totally brilliant - and you really made the whole thing very easy for us from start to finish in terms of all preparation and planning. So much so that the day itself was an absolute breeze! I am sure there was much hard work going on behind the scenes, but from front of house it looked effortless. The rain didn’t put a damper on it, and I am hoping for some good rain shots as people cowered under bouquets and other useless rain-shielding implements! When Tom releases the photos we will send you a couple of the best ones. Thanks once again for making our best day happen! Cat & Rob

An Absolutely Fantastic Day!
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By Mr and Mrs Callaghan, on 11 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 05 Oct 2018

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team at Farnham Castle. We had an absolutely fantastic day! Our guests have been commenting all morning about it being the best wedding they’ve been too. A big thank you to Dan as well! He kept everything running like clockwork. Thank you. We’ll definitely be coming along to one of the Farnham Castle events sometime soon to relive the magic.

Run to Perfection!
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By Kelly and Harry Turner, on 11 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Sep 2018

Myself and Harry just wanted to send over a huge thank you to you all for making our day go so perfectly on Friday 21st September. Everything seemed completely seamless and just run to perfection. A special thank you to Heather, Dan, Mike, Neil, and Louise for all their help running up to and on the big day, nothing was too much trouble and that is truly appreciated. All our guests have been raving about what a beautiful venue it is (quite rightly so ??) and how organised everything was. There has also been many many compliments on the food, the phrase “to die for” has been used quite a lot! So a big thank you to the chefs for creating such an amazing feast. It was such an amazing day that we wish we could do it all over again! You have certainly given us some beautiful memories. All of our thanks, Kelly and Harry Turner

Absolutely Perfect
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By Mr & Mrs Mills, on 11 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2018

Now we’re back from our dream honeymoon, we wanted to say a big thank you for hosting the best day of our lives! The day went absolutely perfectly and we’ve had so many people say how smoothly and well organised the event was so thank you for making it all possible. I attach a couple of photos which we’re happy for you to use for marketing purposes should you wish to. Many thanks again Mr & Mrs Mills

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