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Last update: May 2024

Situated in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, Scotland, Riddle’s Court is a unique hidden gem. This A-listed former merchant’s home nestled close to Edinburgh Castle has recently re-opened after extensive renovation. Now, it's offering stylish weddings in the heart of the historic city. From the moment you enter from the Royal Mile, the venue exudes character and charm with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Facilities and Capacity

Steeped in 400 years of history, the venue used to host banquets for royalty, and has since been enjoyed by couples on their own special days. The spacious rooms are perfect for wedding feasts and dances, and the lovely balconies provide a beautiful setting for photos. The venue can comfortably host up to 60 guests, making it ideal for smaller gatherings. After the festivities, couples can spend the night in the King's Chamber, a 16th-century apartment that makes a perfect honeymoon suite. Beautifully renovated to feature all modern comforts, this room was once used by King James VI of Scotland to host a dinner party.

Services Offered

The venue’s dedicated team will work with you to bring your ideas to life, creating the style and atmosphere that’s right for you. They can provide a range of catering and wedding event services to ensure a memorable occasion, and are happy to recommended suppliers based on your specifications. The best way to experience Riddle’s Court is to see it for yourself, and the venue welcomes you to schedule a virtual or onsite appointment. They look forward to hearing about your vision.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Historic
Landmark
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
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Reviews for Riddle's Court

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Sarah
Sarah N. Sent on 24/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful hidden gem of a venue

We had our Art Deco inspired wedding in June 2022 at Riddle's Court for 60 day/80 evening guests. It was everything that we could have imagined and more! The historic venue itself is truly stunning and unique, it tied in perfectly with the vintage feel of our wedding.

It was such a pleasure having Gail, Kirsty, Erin and the rest of the Riddle's Court team coordinate and work on our big day from the initial visit and planning stages, all the way through to the on-the-day event management.

Initially, our wedding had some early set-backs due to the pandemic, but Gail was very understanding and accommodating and supported us fully in our endeavours to get things back-on-track despite the several postponements.

The day itself went very seamlessly and was relaxed. The team were on hand to deal with any minor issues - no ask or query ever felt too much.

Our guests commented on what a beautiful day it was and everyone had a fantastic time. Thanks again to Riddle's Court for giving me the wedding of my dreams!
Louise
Louise L. Sent on 08/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful venue

We had our wedding reception at Riddles Court in April 2022. From the beginning of planning we were always drawn to Riddles Court. It is such a beautiful and unique building hidden away off the Royal Mile. Gail, Jenna and the rest of the team were fantastic throughout planning and on the day and thanks to them we had a brilliant wedding reception!
Lauren
Lauren N. Sent on 06/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous Historic Venue with Impeccable Service

Our wedding for around 30 people at Riddle’s Court was beyond what we could have ever imagined. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and unique and is centrally located off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Gail and her team created a detailed schedule, handled all set-up, and collaborated with our coordinator seamlessly to make sure our guests felt welcomed and everything ran smoothly. We felt so cared for. We would highly recommend Riddle’s Court to anyone!
Heather
Heather F. Sent on 04/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Bespoke wedding made easy!

From the first moment we contacted Riddle's Court to the end of the reception, our experience was perfectly tailored to our needs and budget. Gail and team were phenomenal on every detail. We had a micro wedding, planned from abroad, and the RC booklet made it easy to celebrate our Scottish heritage with close family and friends!
Lisa
Lisa B. Sent on 15/11/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Completely Perfect in every way

WE RECENTLY HAD OUR WEDDING AT RIDDLE'S COURT AND WE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER.

WE FIRST SAW THE VENUE ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO, BEING SHOWN ROUND BY SOMEONE WHO WAS SO ENTHUSIATIC ABOUT THE VENUE THAT YOU COULD SEE THE BEAUTY AND PASSION OF THIS HISTORIC BUILDING. WE INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PLACE. FROM THE VERY FIRST COMMUNICATION RIGHT UP UNTIL TODAY THE STAFF HAVE BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING. THEY HAVE BEEN THERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY; ANSWERING EVERY QUESTION WITH GREAT CARE AND DETAIL, AND SINCE THE COVID CRISIS, HAVE BEEN INCERDIBLY SUPPORTIVE. WE HAD TO CHANGE OUR WEDDING DATE, AND THEN WE LOST OUR CATERERS, BUT EVEN WITH FURLOUGHED STAFF THEY WERE THERE TO QUICKLY PUT OUR MINDS AT EASE AND HELP US WITH NOT ONLY NEW CATERING OPTIONS, BUT ALSO WHAT OUR OPTIONS WERE WITH EACH NEW RESTRICTION THAT WAS THEN ANNOUNCED.

WE COULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS PLACE ENOUGH.

THE VENUE ITSELF IS BEAUTIFUL, FULL OF HISTORY AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HOW ANY OF OUR GUESTS WOULD GET THERE, OR WORRY HOW OUR MOBILITY IMPAIRED GUESTS WOULD GET AROUND; WITH GREAT VIEWS OVER EDINBURGH AND A CENTRAL LOCATION, IT'S A GREAT CHOICE. THE LOVELY ON SITE APARTMENT WAS PERFECT FOR THAT ROMANTIC PLACE TO STAY AND GET READY IN AS WELL.

THE DAY OF THE WEDDING WAS AMAZING; IF ANYTHING HAD GONE WRONG BEHIND SCENES WE WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN. RIDDLE'S COURT LOOKED STUNNING, AND DESPITE THE DAY NOT BEING EXACTLY AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED (THANKS COVID), IT WAS COMPLETLEY PERFECT. WE DIDN'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT A SINGLE THING, THE STAFF KEPT EVERYTHING RUNNING ON TIME, WERE ABLE TO HELP OUR GUESTS, AND IN GENERAL HELPED US HAVE A SMOOTH AND WONDERFUL DAY.

WE'D ALSO LIKE TO MENTION BOTH GAIL AND ROSEANNE FROM RIDDLE'S COURT, WITHOUT WHOM THE DAY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE SAME. THEY WERE BOTH THERE TO HELP US IN EVERYWAY, ALWAYS QUICK TO RESPOND, NO QUESTION TOO SMALL OR TOO DIFFICULT.

IN SUMMARY, IF YOU ARE THINKING OF HAVING YOUR WEDDING HERE, GO FOR IT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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Fara K. Sent on 26/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A simply stunning venue with a great team

Although they joined quite late in our process, the new team at Riddle’s Court of Maria and Erin really went out of their way to look after us and our guests and you could see that it was important to them that we had a great day. All things planned - and some things unplanned! - combined to make an unforgettable, emotional and joyful wedding day.

The food supplied by Scott’s Kitchen and cooked by their executive chef Brian was simply beyond our expectations and is a meal we will remember for the rest of our lives. We were also really happy that we had the menu tasting as part of our package as it was a meal worth appreciating in its own right.

We didn’t need to spend a fortune on wedding decorations as the venue speaks for itself and there are plenty of decorations on site that you can use.

We keep pinching ourselves that we had such a beautiful wedding in the heart of historic Edinburgh.
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Rachel Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Our Perfect Wedding

Honestly everything about the venue was perfect and we can't rate the staff highly enough. Other venues we looked at had 'packages' and a slight pressure to have the wedding a certain way. With Riddles Court we were able to have the small wedding we wanted and it was perfect.
Roseanne was really communicative and quick to reply to any queries Josh and had. Roseanne and team set up everything and communicated with our vendors which made the final two weeks before the wedding surprisingly relaxing!
Everything was set up and looking beautiful. The building is already a stunning venue but they did an amazing job setting up and moving the chairs downstairs for the dinner.
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Laura Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Stress Free Day

If you want something a bit different but very Scottish then this is the place. Such a gorgeous hidden venue and so close to the castle and the Royal Mile. It was exactly what we had imagined and it doesn’t need a lot of decor or flowers as the venue speaks for itself. The team accommodated all our needs, we had a lot of kids and they were amazing with them. They were there on hand should we have had any questions and were very organised. Made the day flow so easily! We had an amazing day, as did all our family and friends. Nothing was too much bother and our photographs of the day just show how gorgeous the venue is and how lovely it looked on the day. Everyone was talking about it and how they had never been before and how amazing it all was.
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V Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Old Town Atmosphere

Riddle's Court is just a lovely venue for a wedding, and Louise and the rest of the team were fantastic on the day as well as beforehand. The building has an amazing Old Town Edinburgh atmosphere, with its size making it cosy and welcoming, but features like the painted ceiling and the chandeliers bringing some magic. The on-site apartment is absolutely great for getting ready (you can see the guests arrive in the courtyard which is fun!) and both stylish and convenient for the wedding night. We can't recommend Riddle's Court enough!
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Kendall Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Intimate Wedding Venue

A fantastic, intimate venue perfect for our small wedding. After looking around at many locations in Edinburgh, we settled on Riddle's Court after falling in love with the aesthetic and architecture of the place. We are a Canadian couple and weren't able to see the venue in-person until the day before the wedding. Sp Riddle's was perfect because it was already so beautiful, it didn't need a lot of decor to make it shine and we wanted to keep it simple coming from overseas. Our contact, Louise, was extremely helpful in getting us the information we needed to make decisions from afar. As the bride, I chose to stay overnight in the King's Chambers, and it was such a good idea to be that close! Everything ran so smoothly day-of, Our wedding party of 16 people couldn't stop talking about the amazing location we chose!
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Wesun Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Historic Wedding Venue

Riddles Court is a fantastic choice for history lovers, aesthetes or people looking for an alternative from the usual...Big thank you to the staff at this venue: wedding planning was not stressful in the slightest due to their friendly and easy manner.
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Alison Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Unique Edinburgh Wedding

We are so happy that we chose Riddles Court for our wedding in October 2019. We knew that we wanted to get married in Edinburgh City Centre, however we were struggling to find a venue that wasn't too small or too big, then we stumbled across Riddles Court by chance and our numbers fit in perfectly. We visited and fell in love with the history, architecture and the overall feel of Riddles Court.

From our first meeting, through to planning, the actual day itself and even afterwards, the events coordinators were a pleasure to work with. Always very communicative and happy to help. We were offered a lot of flexibility so that the day could be exactly how we imagined!

The day itself was so relaxed and everything seemed to flow seamlessly! All our guests remarked on what a beautiful and unique venue it was.

All in all, we would highly recommend Riddles Court to anyone looking for a truly special venue in the heart of Edinburgh!
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Catherine Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

A Stunning Day!

My husband, Neil, and I got married in June 2019 in the beautiful Riddle's Court. We had the most wonderful day with all our friends and family, and Riddle's Court played a huge part in making it so special.

In the run up to our wedding, Gail and Louise, the events coordinators at Riddle's Court, allowed us the flexibility to plan our day as we envisioned, and were always eager to accommodate our wishes. On the day, their help and support was key in helping the day flow seamlessly (from our point of view anyway!), which meant we were able to fully enjoy the time with our friends and family.

Riddle's Court is an absolutely stunning venue (all our guests thought so too!) and we feel so lucky to have hosted our wedding in its historic rooms. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Riddle's Court to anyone considering having their wedding there.
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Katy Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Day

We had the best wedding at Riddle's Court last month. It's a beautiful historic venue, right in the heart of Edinburgh and has been wonderfully restored. Our day ran like clockwork and we couldn't have dreamt of a more perfect wedding.

A big part of what made it all so perfect, was the wonderful team at Riddle's. Gail and Louise were so helpful and accommodating in the run up to our special day, always willing to chat to us and have us in to see the venue when we needed to. On the day itself, all of the team were great - helpful and around whenever we needed anything, but not at all intrusive. Finally, since the day Louise and Gail have been in touch to help us deal with post-wedding pick ups etc - nothing has ever been too much trouble.

We couldn't recommend Riddle's Court any more highly. If you want a romantic, stress-free wedding in the heart of Edinburgh, it's definitely the spot for you.
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Helen Sent on 19/05/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Historic Wedding Venue

We loved the Patrick Geddes Centre at Riddles Court from the moment we saw it and we knew we wanted our wedding ceremony to be held there.
Our first meeting with Louise until our ceremony was professional, efficient and friendly. We had quite a few specific requirements for our special day but nothing was too much trouble or a problem.
On the day everything exceeded myself and my husband's expectations, it was wonderful and many of our guests commented on how amazing the venue was.
I would highly recommend the Patrick Geddes Centre for your wedding or event. It's in a beautiful historic area of Edinburgh, the venue is stunning and the service is top class.
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