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On since 2022

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.

Services Offered

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.

Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Coastal Weddings

Ceremony Options:

Civil Ceremony Licence

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Exclusive Use
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pet Friendly
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99% Recommended by couples

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91 reviews
Rose K. Married on 31/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Day

I truly don't know where to begin when writing this review for Highcliffe. From day one, the staff were so caring and attentive, on hand to offer brilliant, creative ideas to add extra sparkle to our 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.
Lydia Getting married on 03/10/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our ceremony

Lewis & I just wanted to send a quick message with a massive thank you.

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.
Katherine W. Married on 06/05/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

Our wedding day was everything we dreamed of and more. Despite the weather everything went so well and the coordination before and on the day from Aaliyah was amazing. Everything ran like clockwork and all the team were extremely helpful. The castle itself looked stunning with all the decoration and we have many happy memories to cherish forever. Thank you!
Abigail Y. Married on 08/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding ceremony

The best beautiful birthday and wedding day
Amazing and stunning venue
Staff and grounds were perfect
Made the best day
Zoe C. Married on 30/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A truly magical day!

We got married at Highcliffe Castle in September 2023 and our experience was excellent from the beginning.

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 Married on 17/02/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Perfect Day

“There are simply no words to describe how grateful we are to you and all the staff involved in our daughters wedding on Saturday …. the most perfect day imaginable”
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue and a perfect day!

Where to start! As soon as we visited Highcliffe and saw the stunning ceremony room with its grand piano (which one of our good friends played our music on), we knew this was the place for our wedding and reception. The wedding ran so smoothly thanks to the great staff surrounding us on the day! They were extremely helpful leading up to and on the day. They answered all our questions with swift answers. They even helped with ideas for where to place items in the eve and were always up for trying our ideas out. Every single guest told us that it was such a great venue for a wedding because of the stunning ceremony room and the layout of rooms in the eve reception was perfect for what we had planned. We had the Great Hall for our meal with its stunning stained glass window. It was worth every penny we spent! Also, we selected Merlin’s for our meal and everyone raved about the food. Thanks to everyone at Highcliffe for our perfect day! Tim and Kate Archer
5 out of 5 rating

Just Perfect.

Although we're from the Midlands, there was nowhere else we would have considered for our wedding. It is an absolutely beautiful venue. You all made our day perfect. We will be sure to visit again for our second anniversary in August. Thank you to you all. Love Lee and Kerry. x
5 out of 5 rating

Magical December Wedding

To all the team at Highcliffe Castle.
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
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

To Donna

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
5 out of 5 rating

Joan & Peter

To Donna & your team,

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
5 out of 5 rating

What a Day!!

Dear Hayley and Donna and all the team at Highcliffe, 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
5 out of 5 rating

A huge success!

Thank you for making Kate and Chris's wedding such a huge success on Friday. I think you are the best and most professional event organiser I have met! You stayed so calm, organised and non-intrusive and you made the whole thing look very easy. I know how much work goes into making it appear that way - you made it seem effortless, so thank you.

Again - many thanks

Kind regards

Ann (Kates mum)
5 out of 5 rating

You made our day!

Just a quick note to thank you and your staff for such a fantastic service on our wedding day. We were so pleased with everything you did and the day would not have been a success withour you there to run it! Good luck over the rest of the summer and thanks again.
Warmest regards
Jon & Jenny
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic venue

Firstly, we just wanted to thank you for making our day so special. We had a fantastic day.
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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