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Last update: June 2024

Knowsley Hall is a luxury wedding venue in the North West of England. Privately owned by The Earl and Countess of Derby, this grand stately home has played host to royalty and esteemed guests for over five centuries. From the moment you drive through the impossing gates onto the Knowsley estate, you will be completely mesmerised by the sheer size and splendour of the surroundings.

Facilities and Capacity

Knowsley Hall's stunning 18th-century Stucco Ballroom is licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships and has a maximum capacity of up to 150 guests depending on layout. The room exudes romance with its beautiful and ornate gold-encrusted detail on the walls and ceiling. After the ceremony, head out to the terrace for reception drinks and canapés on a beautiful summer day. The terrace overlooks the manicured gardens and fountain, creating a stunning backdrop to capture wedding photographs. Don't miss the chance to capture a breathtaking photo by the lake with Knowsley Hall in the distance. Beyond its grandeur, Knowsley Hall offers cozy and intimate rooms, each adorned with exquisite interiors, magnificent artwork, and grand fireplaces.

Feel like King and Queen as you enter the magnificent State Dining Room, built for the visit of King George IV in 1820. Indulge in a three-course wedding breakfast cooked by our team of in-house chefs and courteously served by our team of waiting-on staff. As a seal of quality, every dish is personally tasted and approved by the Earl and Countess of Derby.

Extend the magic of your celebration by staying overnight in one of Knowsley Hall's 17 luxury bedrooms. Each room, individually designed by The Countess of Derby, is meticulously maintained by our dedicated housekeeping team. Knowsley Hall proudly retains the 5* Gold Award from Visit England for its accommodations.

Services Offered

Experience complete exclusivity of our stately home and gardens. Choose from seasonal all-inclusive wedding packages, which include a complimentary private menu tasting for two, welcome drinks, a three-course menu, evening food, white table linen, silver candelabras, chair covers and sash, a designated event manager, a master of ceremonies, and more. For flexibility, we also offer venue hire only with the option of bringing in an external caterer. Your wedding at Knowsley Hall promises to be a blend of luxury, history, and personalized elegance.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Asian wedding
Stately home
Historic

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Health suite
Beautician

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Knowsley Hall

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Latest reviews

Adele
Adele M. Sent on 22/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our Fairytale wedding

We got married this year at Knowsley Hall and it was undoubtedly the best day of our lives.
From our initial tour of the venue to the day itself, it was nothing short of perfect.
Our guests were blown away with the grandeur of Knowsley Hall and it’s history, their expressions and remarks made the day even more special.
Nothing was too much trouble for the amazing staff at Knowsley Hall. They treated us like Royalty from the moment we arrived, making sure we had everything we needed but blended into the crowds to ensure we still had the best time with our friends and family throughout the night.
Our wedding co ordinator Niall was always just a call or email away during the planning process. Some days I spoke to him more than by own Husband to be! He never rushed me and always took the time to listen to what we wanted. The wedding day itself was no different. Niall was never far away and he even helped to calm my nerves as I stood with my Father before entering the ceremony. He was professional and reassuring, we can not thank him enough.
Everything about Knowsley Hall is impressive. The grounds, the decor, the staff, the food, the accommodation. It was all truly exceptional. We wish we could do it all again.
Knowsley Hall is more than just a venue to us. We left as Husband and Wife, but we left a piece of our hearts at the Hall. We hope to return one day 🤍
Sebastian
Sebastian R. Sent on 22/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding venue

The perfect wedding venue: we got married here in June 2024 - and the place was absolutely perfect. The building is stunningly beautiful and impeccably maintained - and the service offered by Jason, Niall and the staff was outstanding, a mix of calm professionalism and cheerful dedication. Celebrating our wedding at Knowsley Hall has been a dream come true. If you want a fairy-tale wedding, this is the place for you!
Paula Lee
Paula L. Sent on 19/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding!

Thank you so much to all at Knowsley Hall who went above and beyond from the beginning of first contact.

Special shout out to Jason and Niall, both are fabulous and fast communicators who fill you with nothing but confidence , but also genuinely nice people and exactly the vibe you want around you on and whilst planning your wedding day.

To be honest everyone who worked on the day was absolutely outstanding.

Thanks so much for giving us the wedding of our dreams.

Paula and Dave x

Rebecca
Rebecca P. Sent on 14/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs Pendlebury

We cannot thank Knowsley hall enough for making our special day so PERFECT! Knowsley was the only venue we actually looked at when looking for our wedding - we knew from the start the kind of venue we were looking for and as soon as we stepped into the grounds we knew this was the perfect place. From the start of wedding planning to our wedding day they were absolutely fantastic and went above & beyond to make sure everything was as we asked. On our wedding day everything flowed, Nial was an actual dream & I cannot thank him personally enough as I did not have any doubts or worry the entire day everything was just unbelievably organised and I wish we could go back & relive the most amazing day. Thankyou so so much to all the staff and if your looking for an unbelievable stately home wedding which will be breathtaking then this is the venue for you! x
Smita
Smita C. Sent on 29/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding July 2023

We fell in love with Knowsley Hall the minute we arrived for our first visit.
The venue is exceptionally beautiful and exudes a grandeur and elegance which is surpassed by none in the area.
The staff are so knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Every detail is well thought of and they go out of their way to make your day special in every way.
The food is top notch and no matter which option you choose from their menu, it is quite impressive.
I am vegetarian and the chef prepared a lovely vegetarian option for me and a handful of my guests. We stayed the night before the wedding. The dinner the night before and the breakfast on the day of the wedding was gorgeous. We got so many complements from all our guests on the beauty of the venue, the food and how every little detail was so well managed.
We found the fact that they had their own chef and also offered evening entertainment really helpful as it meant that we had to do less arranging and co-ordinating.
All in all, we had the most spectacular wedding and it is thanks to the team at Knowsley!
We couldn’t have chosen better.
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Holly M. Sent on 19/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful day, just perfect

I’ll be honest, Knowsley Hall was not our first choice, we had booked a place close by on the Wirral but was cancelled due to a fire. My parents always had reservations with our first choice due to the constant lack of transparency and communication. From the moment I looked at Knowsley hall on an evening open day the staff couldn’t be more helpful and attentive and through the whole process they couldn’t do enough for us and planning was a breeze. Nothing was too much trouble and there was always prompt communication and replies to emails. We couldn’t believe the contrast in styles to the way management handled everything compared to our first venue. The day was wonderful , everything we could have imagined and more. Would recommend Knowsley hall in a heart beat and it should have been our first choice all along! The accommodation was beautiful and food was exceptional.
Dale
Dale F. Sent on 15/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day

The day was perfect from start to finish, everything was so effortless we didn’t have to worry about a thing. It’s the dream location all are wedding photos are amazing with breathtaking backdrops. They have the perfect upmost professional team working there! The team are so organised they only do weddings so everything is meticulously planned and executed without you having to worry about a thing. There is quite a lot off things included in the price that are add ons at most wedding places and nothings to much for them. Thanks
Katherine
Katherine B. Sent on 13/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The ultimate wedding venue

When we got engaged in September 2021, I knew there was a huge chance we’d book this venue. It ended up being the only place we viewed. I fell in love as soon as we went up the driveway for a private viewing. What sealed the deal so quickly was the quality of the information and the transparency of prices. There is no POA or hidden costs here, you get exactly what they tell you in your package and all extras are extremely reasonable.
The build up to the big day was extremely chilled, we visited several opening evenings and waited for our date to approach. Communication was only when necessary unless I had questions, and ramped up in the last 6 months.
Niall, Megan and all the other staff who looked after us went above and beyond and offered advice if needed, but never ever over stepped anywhere!
Our day itself was beyond perfect, everything we hoped for and more. Everyone was in awe of the venue and the totally private hire was so special! The highlights were the food and the service! I wish I could do it all over, and every time I’d pick Knowsley. Just exceptional, thank you for everything! Mr and Mrs Lord, September 2023
Lauren
Lauren C. Sent on 25/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The BEST Day of our lives 🤍

I don't even know where to begin? From the first drive down the drive way and when you turn the corner to the hall, WOW!

When I was younger and heard about Knowsley Hall and it being on my doorstep, I said to myself, I will get married there one day and luckily enough, my now husband fell in love with the venue just as much as I did. When we viewed it together, we had Goosebumps. We attended multiple opening days and evenings with friends & family (that many that the staff knew who I was!) purely because, how can you ever get enough of visiting such a beautiful place?

From sorting contracts with Viv, to speaking to Jason and then our co-ordinators Matt & Niall, we cannot thank all of the staff enough. The organisation blew us away. When we attended our menu tasting with Matt and Head Chef, Gareth, we knew we were in great, professional hands, all correspondence in a specific folder for our wedding made my organised ways very happy.

The staff, they cannot do enough for you. I read this in many reviews before our day and we honestly do not have enough words for the service provided. Every single member of staff were professional, attentive and also everyone has commented how they were made to feel, that the staff wanted to get to know each person and attend to their requirements/needs. We honestly felt like royalty from the welcome from Matt stood on the steps with our glasses of fizz, to the welcome reception, the top table, our private canapés, the night time and the residents room.

The whole day could not have went anymore perfect, It was streamlined to perfection. Everyone loved that the drinks reception was outside, the wedding breakfast in the state dining room and then the evening in the Stucco Ballroom (and use of all rooms in the hall). We have had many people say that they loved that there was the use of multiple rooms as in other venues you are shoved to other rooms to complete turnarounds and this was not the case. This enabled everyone to enjoy the wedding breakfast which was more formal and when they entered the ballroom, it instantly felt like party time.

The food?! WOW!! From the menu tasting, to the actual day, it is genuinely incredible. Gareth and his team are so passionate and rightly so.

The grounds are beautiful and you just know how much pride is taken in maintaining it.

We have had so many of our guests say it is the best wedding they have ever been too, including our DJ who said he has never had a crowed with so much energy as ours did!

We cannot wait to come back to the hall in our married life and wish we could do our day all over again. We cannot thank every member of staff enough for ensuring we had the most perfect wedding of our dreams. Thank you SO much Knowsley Hall, from the new Mr & Mrs Dillon!
Melissa
Melissa M. Sent on 15/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing venue with even more amazing staff

Knowsley Hall is just the most amazing wedding venue! The hall itself is impeccable, so beautiful and full of history that it needs next to nothing doing to it to turn it in to a beautiful setting for a wedding, both inside and outside. We really didn’t want a venue that utilised the same room for the ceremony, breakfast and evening reception and therefore the set up of Knowsley worked perfectly. The day flowed so naturally and there was enough room for our guests without feeling too spread out across different areas. Now for the best part - the staff! From the start the staff could not do enough for us. They helped us plan, went through an extremely detailed pre-wedding checklist to help ensure our day was exactly how we wanted it. On the day the team went over and above, anticipating our needs, providing so much support to our elderly, less mobile guests and doing everything they could to make sure we had the most special day. Our wedding coordinator, Jason, also deserves a special mention for all he did for us! Thank you so much to Knowsley for the best day of our lives.
Andrea
Andrea H. Sent on 03/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Blown away

The staff at The Hall are absolutely amazing & made us feel so welcome & special on our big day! The Hall was spectacular and made our day the most magical, perfect day of our lives! I can’t recommend Knowsley Hall enough!
E Burrows
E Burrows Sent on 01/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Phenomenal

The grounds and hall are superb and clearly the main selling point when looking for an amazing venue. The venue is an experience in itself, exquisite decor and 5*luxury.
Howvever, the shining stars of getting married at Knowsley Hall are the staff. They are phenomenal. From day 1 of looking round, dealing with the absolute professionals that dealt with money and communication to the events coordinator and his team on the day, I couldn't fault a single thing. They honestly made my day special. They clearly love their jobs and it shows in every aspect. The service from the minute my guests walked in was spot on. Every person who attended my day commented on it, nothing was too much trouble for them.
I think about my day everyday and haven't got a single thing I would change when it comes to making the decision to let Knowsley Hall host it. 100% recommend it to anyone and I'm hoping to 1 day experience it from a guests point of view.
M
Matt C. Sent on 24/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Wedding Day

Wow, what an incredible, unforgettable day that was! All of the staff at Knowsley Hall were amazing, especially Niall who was our superb event manager. They guided us through every step of the way and were always fast to respond to any of our emails and calls when we had questions.

The venue itself is nothing short of spectacular! The halls and rooms, the staircase, the gardens, the artworks, we couldn't have asked for a better place to get married.

The day itself ran so incredibly smooth, the food (both the wedding breakfast and evening food) was delicious, and we have had many guests tell us the same. Knowsley also invited us round a few weeks in advance to try some options for the menu and to go through the details of the day, which was a lot of fun and also made us feel so relaxed knowing how everything would run.

We cannot recommend Knowsley enough, and want to thank the staff once again for making our day stress-free and absolutely perfect!
G
Georgina Sent on 18/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Niall, Jason and Megan

We had the most amazing day from start finish, all of ours guests and suppliers who hadn’t worked at Knowsley before commented on how amazing the venue was. The staff were so friendly and helpful, every single one of them went out of their way to make our day perfect, including the wait staff who provided an endless supply of ‘ketchups in a pot’ which our 2 year old was amazed by. They got to know us, advised us on the best way to do things to help our day run smoothly and accommodated every request. We had full use of the venue from 8am on the day of our wedding, which meant our photographer and videographer were able to capture the most perfect pictures of our special venue. Before our wedding day, we were regularly in communication with Niall, Jason and Megan, they were always quick to reply and answer our questions big or small. I dropped off my wedding dress a few days before the wedding and despite hosting other events in the mean time, my dress was kept safe in a locked room along with lots of other supplies we left with staff. Although we had hired a company to dress the venue, we had some personal touches to add, the staff at Knowsley followed our requests to the letter and everything looked better than we could have imagined. On the day, guests who had travelled to attend the wedding arrived early and were made to feel very welcome. Guests never had an empty glass or plate and the food was perfect. During our evening reception, staff made sure there was never a wait at the bar, there was plenty of space for people who wanted to escape the music and staff were very attentive ensuring our older guests had cups of tea and coffee. Once everyone had left, the guests who were staying at the venue were served drinks to the residents lounge and despite it being late, they were always happy to help. The bridal suite and guest rooms were perfect and kept to the highest standard, breakfast the next morning was great and by the time we had all made it downstairs, no one wanted to leave! We had the most amazing time and couldn’t recommend Knowsley hall enough. I can’t wait to go back and stay during their upcoming events. Thank you to all the staff who helped make our day perfect ! X
M
Matt R. Sent on 13/04/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

A perfect day to celebrate our marriage

Knowsley Hall was our venue of choice, having visited several others in the Merseyside area. The scale and grandeur of the Hall made it an easy choice for us, as was the fact that it was, perhaps surprisingly, not the most expensive venue in the local area in terms of its base price for a wedding in March.
From our initial contact with Bianca to our detailed planning with Niall and Megan, we felt both felt we were in safe hands in the months and weeks leading to the wedding. It's important to us that the experience of the events staff shines through both before and during the big day, and we are happy to say that it did. Small matters that a young couple may not have considered are highlighted in the planning stage to enable the day to run smoothly without interruption or disturbance.
We cannot say that there weren't a couple of hiccups along the way, mostly in the communication of what was and wasn't included in our package. But it's worth bearing in mind that the planning of a wedding is usually a months- or year-long process, and small hiccups are liable to happen.
We went with Knowsley's recommended vendors too, who we met during one of their open evenings, and we are glad to say they were equally professional and delivered spectacularly.
Our experience was one of happiness that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. As far as our guests are concerned, we had many comments that this was the best wedding they've ever been to, thanks, in no small part, to the splendor of the venue. We would recommend Knowsley Hall to any couple willing to pull out all the stops to achieving their dream wedding.
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