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On since 2022

Last update: January 2024

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.

Services Offered

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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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
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Reviews for Lumley Castle

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Deborah Sent on 03/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating
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.
Cheryl Sent on 16/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
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
Mark Sent on 23/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating
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.
Joanna Sent on 23/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating
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.
Natalie Sent on 04/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Without a doubt the right venue

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.
Camelia Sent on 07/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

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.
Peter Sent on 23/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Elizabethan Banquet Wedding

We got married on the 7th July 2018 at Lumley Castle, The weather was sunny and the venue is beautiful. Due to the number of guests attending, we had our Marriage ceremony in the Barons Hall.
As it was 2nd time around for both my wife and I, we decided to break convention and went with the Elizabethan banquet instead of the traditional wedding breakfast.
Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment that went with it. The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful. There are also some lovely areas in the grounds for some great photographs to look back upon the memories of the day.
I highly recommend Lumley Castle.
Stephanie Sent on 19/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond Perfect

Our wedding here was beyond perfect. Right from our first visit we knew we’d made the right decision. The staff were attentive and so knowledgable. The venue speaks for itself, we love being able to tell our little boy “mammy & daddy we’re married in a castle!”.
The food was another huge highlight, the wedding breakfast was delicious as was the evening buffet.
Our guests' highlights were how the day flowed so well and also... the sausage rolls?! Apparently they were to die for!? They still get talked about to this day!
We would definitely say, if you’re looking for a stand out venue where nothing is too much trouble, take a look at Lumley
Cheryl Sent on 17/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating


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.
Keely Sent on 12/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Fantastic

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! ??????
Angel Sent on 12/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

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
Joanne Sent on 12/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Lumley Castle

What can I say about our experience at Lumley Castle for our wedding! It was outstanding from start to finish and we had the most wonderful day ever with our friends and family, which will stay with us always.

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.
Liam Sent on 12/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding Location

We got married at Lumley Castle in April 2019. From booking 18 months prior the Weddings team made every effort to ensure nothing was too much trouble and were very easy to contact when required. When we visited the Castle we were made to feel very welcome and they ensured the planning was stress free! The wedding day itself ran like clockwork and all the staff were so hard working to made our dream day exactly what we had imagined. The Castle and the grounds are beautiful and a perfect location for any wedding
Catherine Sent on 12/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating


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
Julia Sent on 12/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Vow Renewal

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
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