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Riddle's Court

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Rating 5.0 out of 5
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Menus from £45
2 to 60 Guests

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Situated in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, Riddle’s Court is a unique hidden gem. The A-listed former merchant’s home nestled close to Edinburgh Castle has recently re-opened after extensive renovation and is now 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, away from the bustle of city life

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.

Our experienced team will work with you to bring your ideas to life creating the style and atmosphere that’s right for you. We can provide a range of catering and wedding event services to ensure a wonderful occasion and we’re happy to help source your wedding suppliers.

The best way to experience Riddle’s Court, is to see it for yourself! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange an appointment. We are offering both virtual and onsite appointments. We look forward to hearing about your special day.

  • An intimate and romantic setting right in the heart of Edinburgh’s beautiful Old Town
  • A wonderful variety of historically indulgent rooms
  • We can accommodate your wedding party from 2 to 60 guests
  • Enjoy your wedding night at the Kings Chamber our beautiful luxurious apartment
  • An experienced wedding team, some of whom held their own wedding here will discretely coordinate proceedings according to your wishes
  • A range of outstanding partnership with caterers, florists, entertainers and other services to suit your budget and make your occasion memorable

Please feel free to browse our new website: https://weddings.shbt.org.uk/riddles-court/

  • Woman-owned

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Exclusive Use
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Landmark
Civil Ceremony Licence
In the City
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
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Buffet Meal Facilities

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DJ Facilities

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Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple

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Wedding Coordinator

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    Sarah N. Married on 17/06/2022
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    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!
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    Lauren N. Married on 29/05/2022
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    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!

    Riddle's Court's reply:

    Hi Lauren,

    It was lovely to finally meet you all. We're so glad your experience at Riddle's Court met all expectations.

    We hope your guests enjoyed being piped down The Royal Mile to Wedgewood and that everyone left with fond memories of their time here in Edinburgh.

    The Team at Riddle's Court
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    Heather F. Married on 27/05/2022
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    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!

    Riddle's Court's reply:

    Hi Heather,

    Thanks for the kind words. It was such a lovely afternoon. We were glad to have been able to share it with you all.
    We hope your travels go well and wish you a safe return to Hong Kong when the time comes.

    The Team at Riddle's Court
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    Louise L. Married on 09/04/2022
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    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!

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    Louise , it was such a great day. As for your first dance, we'll never forget it - beautiful! Thanks for choosing Riddle's Court . We're looking forward to seeing your pics.
    The Team at Riddle's Court
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    Lisa B. Married on 31/10/2020
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    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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    Laura Married on 13/03/2020
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    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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    Rachel Married on 29/02/2020
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    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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    Wesun Married on 30/11/2019
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    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 Married on 12/10/2019
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    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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    V Married on 04/10/2019
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    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 Married on 19/09/2019
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    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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    Catherine Married on 01/06/2019
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    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 Married on 04/05/2019
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    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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    Alex Married on 15/11/2018
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    Elopement at Riddles Court

    We are from the United States, and decided to get married in Edinburgh after planning our vacation there. Riddle's Court was the perfect venue for our elopement. The Seton room was intimate and personal, with absolutely beautiful architecture. There were so many great places for photos, and it is conveniently located on the Royal Mile in the Old Town, so we could walk from our hotel. To go along with the scenery, the staff were very friendly. They let us look around the day before and wanted our wedding to be perfect as much as we did. Eloping was definitely the right decision for us and we cannot recommend Riddle's Court highly enough.

    Thanks again for helping to make our wedding day perfect!
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    Rebecca Married on 26/10/2018
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    Character Venue

    Riddles court was a perfect venue for our late October wedding. We wanted somewhere with character and warmth, and Riddles court provided this and more. Open fires in every room, unique and unusual heritage features provided character and atmosphere to a lovely venue perfect for an autumn/winter celebration.

    The customer service was great, and the team where very accommodating to our every request. The list of preferred suppliers was very good and we were able to decorate the venue to our taste, making for the most beautiful of days.

    We stayed in the attached apartment which was not only very beautifully decorated but convenient. I stayed the night before so I was able to get ready with my bridesmaids and just walk across the courtyard to the venue. We had 56 guests at our ceremony which I have to say was a bit of squeeze but with two rooms to choose from we more than made use of the larger room in the evening to accommodate around 100. In summary, the venue and team at riddles add to what can only be described as the happiest of days.

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At Riddle's Court we have a range of dates available in 2022 and 2023, whether you're looking at a full wedding from midday to midnight, a small and intimate ceremony or something inbetween.

The Events Team at Riddle's Court has experience planning weddings from anywhere over two years to a turnaround in 6 weeks. If you need any advice or support with the planning process, we're there to help!

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At Riddle's Court we still have a range of late availability options for 2022 and 2023. Whether you're looking for an intimate weekday ceremony and drinks, a big wedding at the weekend or something inbetween, get in touch with the Events Team for more information on availability.

Worried about planning your wedding with short notice? Our team have experience planning weddings from over two years to under six weeks! Let us know if we can offer advice or assistance to make the planning process as straightforward and stress free as possible.

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