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Lumley Castle is an impressive wedding venue located in Great Lumley, England. This historic property has been standing proudly in Durham for over 630 years. It's nestled within nine acres of charming parkland and overlooks the River Wear. Today, the castle operates as a sophisticated, modern hotel with an award-winning master chef.
Facilities and Capacity
Lumley Castle is open to hosting ceremonies, receptions, and evening celebrations. Up to 132 guests can be comfortably accommodated in its idyllic surroundings. The castle is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, with couples invited to choose between indoor and outdoor settings. Wedding breakfasts and receptions, meanwhile, can be held in some of the castle's lush dining spaces, which offer dramatic features and high windows. Once the festivities have drawn to a close, couples and their guests can retire to the hotel's 73 individually designed rooms and 5 state rooms. The castle has an exclusive use policy, offering peace and privacy for your milestone celebrations. Car parking is available on-site for guests.
The team at Lumley Castle prides itself on their personal service and attention to detail from the moment couples start working with them. They offer a range of wedding packages that are designed around celebrations of different sizes. The castle's award-winning wedding coordinators are on hand to help ensure everything runs smoothly. Catering is taken care of by the in-house team. Couples will be able to choose between a variety of serving styles, depending on their vision, including a classic seated meal and a more informal buffet.
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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
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.
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.
A big thank you to Tony who went above and beyond for us nothing was too much trouble.
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.
Without a doubt the right venue
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.
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
Perfect Wedding Location
Our Wedding Day Was Perfect
From the start the wedding team were very helpful and guided us through the process of organising our prefect day. With regular emails and updates from the team to what needed to be done next and kept us informed at every stage of the process. Every question to the team was promptly responded to.
We got married at Lumley Castle on the 30th March 2019. The day itself was absolutely perfect, the events team, imparticular David made sure everything was just how we wanted it and made me feel confident that our day would be perfect for us. The day ran so smoothly and was very well organised thanks to Lumley's amazing staff.
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and ensured that all our guests had everything they needed. The wedding breakfast meal was fantastic, all of our guests commented how delicious the food was, every course was served and cleared very fluently. The wedding breakfast was lovely and relaxed.
Our wedding day was perfect from start to to finish, we could not have wanted anymore from our special day. The castle itself and reception rooms were the perfect setting for our day. It's such a beautiful place full of character and interest every where you look. Our guests where astonished with how wonderful Lumley Castle is and how attentive the staff were.
I would like to say a huge Thank You to Lumley Castle for giving us our perfect wedding day!
The wedding team are brilliant! Holly was so friendly and helpful, and always had great communication and efficiency with us, which made things so easy to organise. David who we met a few days before the wedding and who took care of everything on our entire day, was nothing short of fantastic. As soon as we arrived with our lists, vision and requests he put us at complete ease and took away any last minute stresses that you inevitably feel days before. He was marvellous at taking care of all the finer details and made everything run like clockwork on the day, meaning we could absolutely not worry about a thing, and just enjoy our wonderful day. All of the guests commented on how amazing not only the place looked but just how everything flowed so well, which was a credit to him and his team.
I’d say to anyone thinking about Lumley Castle for their special day, do it! I can’t praise it enough – beautiful grounds, beautiful rooms – the Scarbrough state room lovely for our ceremony, and the Garter room was stunning for our celebrations. The food delicious and the staff and wedding team are brilliant. You’ll have an overall fabulous time making lots of happy memories you can look back on.
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