Lumley Castle

(36 reviews) 36 5
Chester-Le-Street Durham DH3 4NX
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About Lumley Castle

Durham, DH3 4NX

Are you looking to celebrate your special wedding day in one of the UK'S most impressive venues? The Lumley Castle Hotel provides the ultimate backdrop for the most romantic occasion to make all your wedding dreams come true.

The stunning, historic castle has been standing proudly for over 630 years. The unique venue is nestled within nine acres of charming parkland, overlooking the River Wear. Whilst the magnificent building is a monument to a bygone era of honour and chivalry, today the hotel operates as a modern and sophisticated 4 star hotel with an award winning Master Chef of Great Britain.

Lumley Castle is the perfect idyllic setting for your wedding. We invite you to host your ceremony, reception and evening celebrations in the atmospheric castle complete with incredible historic and dramatic architecture.To help with your plans and preparations, we offer a variety of excellent wedding packages to cater for between 2 and 132 guests.

We pride ourselves on attentive, personal service from start to finish. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to begin planning your requirements to ensure Lumley Castle is your first choice of venue. Our friendly, helpful team and dedicated award winning wedding coordinators are on hand every step of the way to ensure everything runs smoothly.

With an exciting combination of heritage, extravagance and splendour, exquisite food and fantastic service, your special day at Lumley Castle is sure to be an unforgettable celebration.

• Historic 14th-century castle • Beautiful fairy-tale setting • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies with up to 132 guests • Wedding packages available to suit your needs • Dedicated wedding coordinators and helpful staff • 73 individually designed rooms, decorated to suit our Castle’s theme and 5 Incredible State Rooms to choose from

Facilities at Lumley Castle

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Large Hotel
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
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 :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
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

Lumley Castle Reviews (36)

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By Cheryl Adamson, on 16 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 22 Dec 2019

We found lumley as a venue quite by accident as it wasn't somewhere we had thought about. but from walking in the door we knew it was the venue for us! The castle is beautiful with an amazing atmosphere and it really was a dream venue to us! From the very start of the process the planning staff could not be more helpful. We always felt like our questions were welcomed and they were accommodating in every aspect. Our day went perfectly, the staff were amazing and the food was lovely. I can not recommend them enough. A massive thank you to Holly, Kim and all the staff who worked on the day xxx

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By Deborah Carey, on 03 Feb 2020Date of Wedding - 06 Dec 2019

We want to say a massive thanks to you and the rest of the Weddings Team, especially Emma and Alex. The day went superbly and we really couldn’t have asked for anything more, All of our guests, some of which had never been to Lumley Castle, were enchanted with it, and fell in love with its unique quirkiness. I don’t think Lily has ever had so many “hello’s”. We feel extremely blessed that we had such an professional team working hard to create the perfect day for us, and at the head of that team was you Holly. You are so good at your job. Efficiency personified, and a 1000 thank-yous are not enough. From sorting out our precise accommodation requests, the perfect menu and drinks, my never ending calls and emails regarding trivial little details, and you did it all with a perfect blend of calm and reassurance. As you may remember when we first met you, we said we have been visiting Lumley for the best part of 20 years and it is always our “No 1 go-to” place whenever we have a special occasion, birthday, anniversary, ... or even just a Wednesday! So much so, we are coming to stay this Monday for 2 nights. We’ve had a tricky January what with one thing and another, and just need a little getaway, and Lumley feels like a home from home to us. So again, please accept our heartfelt thanks for giving us such a memorable day, we will never forget it.

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By Joanna Smith, on 23 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 12 Oct 2019

From the moment we went to a wedding fair at Lumley we were so impressed by the staff, service and venue that they went straight to the top of our list! The organisation and support before the day was top notch and we felt very safe in the hands of the wedding and operations team. The day itself was a dream. The staff were friendly and welcoming to our guests. They took care of everything so all my husband and I had to do was enjoy the day. They were accommodating to our wishes so our guests enjoyed themselves too. The venue itself is stunning and made such a good impression on our guests. It also looked amazing in photos! We are incredibly pleased with our experience with Lumley Castle and genuinely cannot praise it highly enough.

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By Mark Daglish, on 23 Oct 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Oct 2019

Don't know where to start! We cannot thank yourself and Tony enough for giving us the day of our dreams. We really did have a fairytale. Everything was completely perfect. The only thing we picked up on was the DJs skills were a bit dated. He didn't know a lot of the songs people were requesting and the floor was a bit empty. However, we had enough entertainment elsewhere so it wasn't an issue. A big thank you to Tony who went above and beyond for us nothing was too much trouble.

Perfect Day
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By Camelia and James, on 07 Aug 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2019

We had a very intimate wedding with just the 2 of us and our daughter. Emma our wedding coordinator made sure that the package we choose was tailored right for us and kept us updated which was brill and we want to thank her for that. The King James suite was even better than the pics and the bed one of the most comfortable I have slept in. Massive thank you to Kim and Claire our witnesses. And a massive well done to Kim and her team: Sam, Sharon and Sarah for making our night in the restaurant perfect. Their customer service was of a high standard. Kim made sure that our evening meal was exactly as we expected it, on time, nothing was to much trouble for her. A real asset to the hotel. The food was also cooked beautifully and the quality was outstanding. So hats off to the Chefs. It was great to be looked after by very professional but still friendly staff. If you are at Lumley Castle and you feel the menu is quite basic for your taste, speak with the restaurant team, they will make an ordinary meal extraordinary. Thank you all for making our special day so special.

Absolutely Fantastic
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By Keely Ball, on 12 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Jul 2019

I don’t even know where to begin with this review - everything was absolutely fantastic from the first appointment with Emma to checking out the day after our wedding with Chloe at reception! I honestly can’t thank Lumley castle enough for providing us with the most perfect day ever. Every single one of my guest commented on how amazing it was. Emma in the wedding team helped me plan and organise the day. She was so attentive to my needs and very professional and friendly and from that moment I knew my day would be fantastic. Thank you Emma!! ... On the day of our wedding we were appointed Alison to look after us, now this lady is an absolute asset to the company, she is amazing at what she does, i honestly felt like she was one of my friends and knew I could rely on her for whatever I needed during the day. She ran back and forth for me and never once complained I honestly wish I could show her how appreciative we are of her! All the staff I came in to contact in the 2 days I spent at Lumley castle were so friendly polite and approachable, especially Chloe on reception!! Please say a big thank you to the chefs in the kitchen also as every single guest commented on how perfect the food was!! Thank you Lumley castle for making our day so perfect and we can’t wait to come back for a night away! ??????

Without a doubt the right venue
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By Natalie, on 04 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Jun 2019

Lumley Castle was without doubt the right venue for our wedding and we are really pleased we chose it. Everything ran smoothly on the day, it’s a venue with a lot of experience of weddings and they know what they are doing. David was our Co-ordinator on the day and he was great, helpful, nothing was too much trouble and it felt like he really cared about everything running smoothly. We booked the Scarbrough room for our ceremony and the Baron Suite for the reception. It was lovely to have the two options for the two elements of our day. The Baron Suite is really quirky - if you book it and go for table flowers I recommend utilising the candelabras, we did and they looked fab with trailing flowers arranged by our florist. Emma and Holly were excellent in terms of the planning, very helpful, knew their stuff and were very responsive. One of the things I found stressful with wedding planning was when suppliers didn’t get back very promptly but that was never an issue with Lumley. Always consistent in terms of communication. Price wise, we went with the sapphire package and it felt reasonable for what we got, our guests loved the food. There wasn’t much negotiation on price for things, some prices/pricing strategies were set in stone. So if you are looking for a lot of negotiation price wise then this may not be the venue for you. However I don’t know that other venues are big on negotiation either. If you want to get married somewhere that’s extremely picturesque for photos, quirky for guests and with staff who genuinely are lovely then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lumley Castle. We had a brilliant day and our chosen venue was definitely part of this.

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By Cheryl Canavan Swift, on 17 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Jun 2019

Thank you! Our wedding day was magnificent and we couldn't fault Lumley Castle or any of the staff at all, they all helped to enhance our special day. Thank you again for all your help leading up to our special day and again for the help on the day, the staff were fantastic.

Thank you
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By Angel Fletcher, on 12 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 23 May 2019

I recently had my wedding at Lumley Castle and I can honestly say it was the most perfect venue. It was stunning visually, the staff were amazing - particularly Holly in arranging before the day and Kimberley on the day of the wedding. The food was some of the best I've had - my husband and I were blown away by how friendly everyone was and how pretty our room was. I cannot recommend Lumley highly enough. We will definitely back x

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By Catherine Walker, on 12 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 18 May 2019

Would like to thank the whole team at Lumley castle especially David who took care of everything on our wedding day 18/5/19 it was amazingly perfect and everything we hoped for and more. The room looked wonderful the food was gorgeous. Thank you for making our day so amazing and a weekend to remember forever - Mr and Mrs Walker x

Vow Renewal
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By Julia Barron, on 12 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 11 May 2019

We recently renewed our vows at this wonderful castle. Staff were amazing particularly Holly and Sarah. The food was gorgeous for both the ceremony and the evening meal the following night. Really friendly people who made our special occasion even more special

Amazing Day
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By Karina Dawson, on 12 Jun 2019Date of Wedding - 11 May 2019

We had our wedding at Lumley Castle last Saturday. We had the most amazing day and cannot thank the staff at Lumley Castle enough for everything they did for us. In particular we would like to thank Holly and Emma for helping us plan our special day and David for organising everything on the actual day. David was amazing and made sure everything ran smoothly meaning we did not have to worry and could relax and enjoy our day. Our guests had a fantastic time and we have received lovely comments about both the venue and the outstanding food. Everyone we interacted with during our stay was friendly and went out of their way to help from the moment we checked in until the moment we left. We will definitely be back to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

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