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On since 2022

Last update: April 2024

Set on the cliffs of Dorset's dramatic coastline in Portland, Pennsylvania Castle is a gorgeous wedding venue to host your memorable celebrations. Boasting stunning sea views, manicured grounds and unique accommodation options, this Estate provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and events all year round. The Estate team works with you and your partner to create the perfect day, providing a genuinely personalised experience with a seamless level of attention to detail. Your wedding at the Castle can be as individual as you are; relaxed or extravagant, traditional or extraordinary.

Facilities and Capacity

Moving through the grounds over sweeping manicured lawns, the Italian Garden and romantic English Rose Garden provide a secluded area to enjoy the best of the evening sunshine. You and your loved ones can enjoy dinner cocktails and garden games here, keeping guests entertained before night beckons. The Wedding Pagoda and several rooms within Pennsylvania Castle are licensed for indoor and outdoor ceremonies so that you can host the entire day on-site. Dining at the Castle is an integral part of the wedding event and where you choose to eat depends on your guest list and the time of year. The beautifully-appointed Dining Room seats up to 60 guests all year round. The Orangery is in place during the summer months, seating up to 100 guests.

Services Offered

The Pennsylvania Castle Estate team prides itself on offering bespoke services to deliver an event as you've imagined. You will be reassured by the wealth of knowledge and support from the event team, from initial viewing to the planning and the day itself. The Penn has cultivated excellent relationships with an outstanding selection of recommended caterers who offer a fantastic range of options. The onsite Floristry and Styling team can also take care of florals and styling for you, from large scale installations to smaller, more intimate offerings. The Estate also provides a selection of accommodation options. The Castle itself sleeps up to 20 guests and is a beautifully restored neo-gothic creation steeped in history but refurbished with a modern look and feel. Guests can also look to the Clifftops, Cove Lodge and Cove Park for additional luxury lodgings.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Coastal weddings
Outdoor license

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

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Orangery on site
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Reviews for Pennsylvania Castle

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Pippa R. Sent on 26/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

A dream wedding venue!

Getting married at Penn Castle was just a dream for us. Having got engaged during Covid-19 we were looking for the perfect, intimate destination feel wedding. Having grown up abroad, my dream was always to get married back home in Zambia, however we had to find somewhere in the UK due to travel restrictions. We came across Penn and I was reduced to tears when we first saw the venue, the castle is placed in the most idyllic coastal spot and it just felt magical- you could be anywhere!

Planning the wedding with Penn was great, communication was excellent and Tessa and the team really make sure your needs and requests are put first. Tessa was so at ease throughout the whole planning process, right through from booking people into accommodation to rehearsing with us the night before. The team made the day run like clockwork and somehow transformed everything on the day. We stayed at the castle for 2 nights which meant we were able to organise a family & friends relaxed BBQ the night before- this worked so well as we were able to spend time with guests before the day itself. Church Ope Cove is also a fantastic asset- guests swam on the morning of the wedding and we had some gorgeous photos on the cliffs. The whole day was magical and Penn made it special for us. Once we had our suppliers booked Tessa worked with them to get everything organised for the day- meaning we were able to focus on our day. The most incredible day in the most beautiful location!
Lauren Sent on 01/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding weekend venue

We got married at The Penn in December for a winter wedding weekend. A very last minute booking that turned out perfectly. The castle is stunning, the rooms are beautiful and interesting with plenty of space, views are fantastic and the facilities are well thought through and exactly what we needed. I worked with Tessa to plan the weekend and she was so helpful, provided good ideas and got the balance completely right in terms of being available when needed and giving us privacy and space for our weekend guests. Couldn’t be happier with how it all went and wish we could do it all over again. We look forward to going back one day!
Oliver W. Sent on 17/10/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

The first venue we saw was The Penn, we never bothered seeing another!

I used to film weddings and if there was one thing I learnt... it was your wedding day goes by in a flash! With this in mind, we knew we were looking for a two day event to enable us to enjoy the time with our friends and family and not feel it was all over too quickly. The first venue we looked at was The Penn.... we never looked at another!

We fell in love with The Penn the first time we visited and every subsequent moment we've been the there we have smiles on our face's. Tessa and her team were amazing, they looked after us and catered for every aspect of the weekend, every detail covered wonderfully. If you want a memorable wedding in a stunning venue with a gorgeous view and a fantastic team to make it perfect.... look no further!
Lauren Sent on 01/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredible day

I cannot recommend the team at Penn Castle enough! From the very first show round right through to the big day itself and after the event, Cat absolutely nailed the balance between being a true event professional with a fantastic sense of humour and immense ability to keep us calm. Planning our big day from abroad added a level of stress that she managed perfectly and she helped us keep this to a minimum by showing us time and time again that she knew exactly what she was doing and that everything was under control. We are planning to revisit the castle and relive our special day in years to come. Thank you so much once again - it really was the best day of our lives.
Lau Sent on 15/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

It was an absolute dream come true to get married

A beautiful, magical castle, set on a cliff with stunning views of the ocean. It was an absolute dream come true to get married in such a breathtaking place. Cat was absolutely fantastic! A true professional in organising our wedding day the way that we wanted it. She is such a lovely person inside and out. Thank you so much for helping us to have the best wedding we could of ever imagined
Kimberley Sent on 29/11/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our twilight wedding was an absolute dream

"I just want to say a huge thank you to the wonderful Cat and team, for all you have done for our wedding - in both the lead up and the day itself. Our twilight wedding was an absolute dream and it wouldn't have been possible without your amazing venue and assistance. All our guests were complimentary of the beauty and unique wedding set up! We really could not have wished for a better day. With best wishes, Mr and Mrs Srivastava"
Tracy Sent on 16/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our best decision was to get married at The Penn.

Without doubt our best decision was to have our wedding at the Pennsylvania Castle.
From the time we contacted the Castle enquiring about our wedding, to the day we left, our experience was an absolute joy.
Catherine’s suggestions advice and expert management on the day made the wedding for us, everything went so smoothly. All the staff were so helpful and courteous.
The Castle is in the perfect location overlooking the well-manicured gardens and spectacular views of the coast and sea.
All our guests commented on the en-suite bedrooms being beautiful, comfortable and spacious. The whole Castle was impeccably clean and faultless.
The flexibility the property offers allowed everyone to find their own space or alternately was accommodating enough for everyone to gather and celebrate together
The surrounding areas are exciting too, walking down to the quaint Cove and exploring the remains of 13th Century Cemetery. It was like a scene from an Enid Blyton novel.
On the day of our wedding 2nd June 2018 we were overwhelmed with just how Catherine took control, we didn’t need to worry about anything, she was there sorting out and taking care of every detail, large or small. We really can’t express how grateful we are.
We knew our wedding was going to be a lovely day regardless, how could it not be in such a gorgeous location but didn’t quite expect just how perfect when it all came together.
We all had a magical day, and memories, which will last our lifetime.
Kim Sent on 19/01/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Winter Wedding

I want to do a shout out to Chris, Cat and Team for all their help. We met with Cat a few times before the wedding to go over the plans, and on the day she was brilliant at keeping calm and checking all was okay with me and my husband. Cat also made sure my husband and I were where we were meant to be!
Thank you again for all your hard work in making our wedding day truly special.
Kimberley and Freddie xx
Mark Sent on 19/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Very Magical

Had the most fabulous wedding day, very magical. Stayed the weekend and could not have asked for more.
Jo Sent on 19/03/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Setting

The location of our wedding! It was everything we could have dreamt of + more!! The perfect setting that we will never forget... cannot wait to be back!
Kirsty Sent on 19/03/2018
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Thank you for everything you have done to make our wedding day amazing. We could not have asked for anything more.
H Sent on 17/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating

May 2014

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help in organising our big day. You have made this a very easy and enjoyable process for us, and we are very grateful of your help. Lots of Love H and O xxx
S Sent on 17/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Dear Jo and Kat,
Thank you both so much for helping to make our special day perfect. We both had an amazing day and couldn't have wished for more.
Our friends and family have been full of praise for the amazing venue and how smoothly everything went.
We always knew we'd have a lovely day but never thought it would be as amazing and perfect as it was!
Thank you so much, S and H x
Anonymous Sent on 17/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Weekend Wedding

We have had the most incredible weekend and could not have picked a better venue to host our wedding. The team have been fantastic and the surroundings breath taking. Thank you so much!!
Anonymous Sent on 17/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating


We have had the best day – absolutely perfect wedding. Such a fantastic place with amazing views – it couldn’t have been any better. Thanks to all the staff!
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