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Last update: November 2023
Highcliffe Castle is a stunning Grade 1 listed castle where history and romance blend seamlessly. The castle is set within beautiful grounds and offers visitors a breathtaking view of the Isle of Wight. Celebrate your love story in this unique, picturesque venue.
Facilities and Capacity
Highcliffe Castle is situated near sandy beaches on the South Coast. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships, it is ideal for couples seeking a personalised ceremony. The natural beauty of the magnificent Wintergarden creates the perfect atmosphere for exchanging vows. Afterwards, your guests can enjoy celebratory drinks on the landscaped lawns while you take a short walk down the cliff-top path for a photo session on the beach. You can choose between the Great Hall or the State Dining Room for your reception. The State Dining Room, with its exposed brickwork and stunning views, offers a romantic setting that accommodates intimate celebrations of up to 80 guests. As its name suggests, the Great Hall can host over a hundred people, ideal for lavish festivities. You and your loved ones can marvel at 16th Century Jesse stained-glass window and sit just where Mr Selfridge once sat in this area. Later, in The Drawing Room, your choice of DJ or band can keep everyone dancing while those less willing to show off their moves can remain at their tables or enjoy exploring the Castle grounds.
Consult the expert events team at Highcliffe Castle to explore their range of packages. They offer their assistance seven days a week and can help with everything from concept to delivery. Their professional weddings staff is also at hand to help you decide on the finer details of your event. They give couples a choice of three fantastic caterers and can arrange wedding breakfasts for up to 110 seated guests. Whatever your preferences, the dedicated professionals at Highcliffe Castle will work tirelessly to give you a truly unforgettable experience.
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The Perfect Day
The venue absolutely speaks for itself, from the breathtaking garden room to the beautiful dining rooms and bar - not to mention the view!
On the day, every detail was absolutely flawless and the staff went above and beyond to ensure that everything ran so smoothly. I didn't have to ask them to do anything - it was all taken care of and all perfect! It makes me emotional thinking back to it now..
James and I went down to the beach with our photographer at sunset whilst our guests celebrated in the castle and it was perfect! We had our first dance under the stars and the lights of the castle which was so magical - the venue gives so much variety and it felt like I was living in a fairy tale all day!
After such a difficult couple of years during lockdown, finally being able to celebrate with all of our closest family and friends at this incredible venue was something that I will never forget. Highcliffe will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will always be so grateful to the staff that made my wedding dreams come true.
Alex put my mind at ease with alternatives if the weather wasn’t on our side, although we were blessed with beautiful sun!
You can tell you & your team work so closely together and made our morning with you so relaxed and very much about Lewis and I.
So glad we had our ceremony with you at Highcliffe Castle.
Thank you again.
Amazing and stunning venue
Staff and grounds were perfect
Made the best day
A truly magical day!
We chose Highcliffe because of the unique combination of stately home with manicured lawns, woodland scenery and of course the beach and sea views, in addition to the rustic feel indoors of the exposed brickwork.
Throughout the 15 months of consulting with the Castle team we liaised with different team members who were all very organised and professional. It was very helpful to have all of the information and guides they provided, as well as the recommended suppliers list - we felt that alleviated a majority of the stress of picking vendors as we knew Highcliffe were happy with their previous service and quality and all their insurance etc was fine.
We particularly found it helpful that the team allowed us to come in and visit the venue on a morning the Castle was hosting a wedding later in the day. This really helped us visualise the space better and tweak things with our florists and caterers.
Despite us still being very chaotic still putting table boxes together in the corridor ahead of the rehearsal, the Castle team was very patient with us and happy to accommodate.
The rehearsal itself was really helpful but I would advise couples to be prepared to go through all the details and not assume the team are already fully briefed from prior meetings - they will want to hear all the instructions again from you so everyone is 100% clear.
On the day this absolutely paid off as it went so smoothly and it’s very clear how experienced the team are.
The bar staff were great and very attentive, making sure to check in on the bridal party regularly. We were asked in advance if we wanted them to stock the bar with anything in particular and that was a really nice touch to ensure we had our favourite drinks.
Having the “library” area as an extended cloakroom and area to get away from everything was also highly appreciated!
Thank you to the Highcliffe team, we would highly recommend and would definitely do it all over again!
The Most Perfect Day
Stunning venue and a perfect day!
Magical December Wedding
Thank you for all your support and help making our wedding day so magical and unbelievable. The venue is simply beautiful and the setting is just mesmerizing! We will cherish our pictures and memories of our Highcliffe Castle wedding forever.
Love Leanne and Matt x
Thank you so much for all your help in the build up to our wedding and on the day itself. You were a real calming influence and you ensured the day ran exceptionally smoothly.
We honestly had the best day of our lives and we are incredibly grateful to you and your team. I cannot imagine a more perfect and more beautiful venue on earth for a wedding than Highcliffe Castle!
Lots of Love
Joe & Bethan
Joan & Peter
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas,
and thanking you once again for helping to give us a fantastic day on 8 September this year!
From Joan & Peter
What a Day!!
Thank you to you all for the fantastic service you provided for our wedding day. We have memories to cherish forever! It was so well coordinated and ran so smoothly. Thanks again
A huge success!
Again - many thanks
Ann (Kates mum)
You made our day!
Jon & Jenny
Highcliffe Castle was a fantastic venue, and with all your help and time that you put in, it ran so smoothly.
Thank you for everything.
Lots of love from
Dave and Lucy
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