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Last update: June 2024

Samlesbury Hall is a stately mansion wedding venue in Preston, Lancashire, that plays host to weddings and other special occasions. Known as one of Lancashire's most magical wedding venues, Samlesbury Hall offers the majestic setting of a historic estate with an exquisite menu that will tantalize your guests' palate.

Facilities and capacity

Among the facilities found at Samlesbury Hall, you can find splendid gardens, chapels and banquet halls with centuries of history that includes witchcraft, ghosts and more. The Whittaker Room offers beautiful carved panelling and was once originally a private chapel. It has the capacity for up to 90 guests and serves as a great ceremony location.

The Great Hall is used for wedding breakfasts or receptions but can also be transformed into a ceremony site which can accommodate up to 120 guests. The Parlour is perfect for small, intimate weddings or reception drinks and is licensed to accommodate up to 25 guests.

Services offered

Samlesbury Hall offers couples the following services for their big day:

  • Banquet
  • Ceremony
  • Music
  • Catering
  • Drinks and beverages


The cuisine found at this Tudor venue include dishes created with the finest ingredients and locally sourced whenever possible. The expert culinary team can cater to 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 250 for an evening reception. Bespoke dishes are available upon request.


This venue offers exclusive accommodation for you and your guests to relax after your wedding day. It includes Shepherd's Huts and The Lodge. Shepherd's Huts are a unique option to traditional guest rooms with a rustic yet luxurious setting and great amenities. The Lodge is a 4-star accommodation which includes a double bedroom, dressing room with full length mirrors and bathroom with a double shower.

Other facilities

The other facilities you can find at this venue include:

  • Gift shop
  • Restaurant
  • Dottie's Wafflery
  • Ice cream parlour
  • Heritage centre
  • Mayflower playground
  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Stately home
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
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

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Samlesbury Hall

4.9 out of 5 rating
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4.9 out of 5 rating
12 reviews
98% recommend it
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Sophie L. Sent on 17/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique location with premium services

Our guests raved about this venue. The team were amazing planners, and provided excellent proactive support on the day. Highly recommend.
Jodie A. Sent on 04/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

They made our day perfect

Due to the pandemic our original wedding with Samlesbury Hall was cancelled and rebooked, of course we didn't know we'd still be in lockdown by then. With our 30 guest wedding Samlesbury Hall made it the most beautiful, perfect day possible, helping us to still have an amazing outdoor, COVID safe reception. Nothing was too much for them and if you were in those grounds that day, it felt like everything was normal again. I have the most beautiful memories and I can never thank them enough. They are so accommodating, kind, thoughtful and organised. I've put the pricing as what we originally paid, as when the wedding had to be changed we distributed the costs into things like accomodation for everyone and a donation to the Hall rather than accepting the refund they offered.
Lauren C. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day

We had our wedding here during covid and had to move our day to September 2020 from a lockdown in May. I can quite simply say we had the best day, better than I could ever have imagined. The food was incredible - because we could only have a sit down meal at the time we make sure to feed our 30 allowed guests well! Everyone still tells me how good the food was. The atmosphere with the candlelit rooms and roaring log fires, with my own personal music playing and everyone I love in one room is hard to even describe. I can't thank Rebecca the wedding manager enough for how well we were looked after on the day.
Afterwards we were able to retreat up to the amazing Shepherds Huts and stay cosy by the firepits
Quite simply the best day and I will cherish every second forever
Sarah S. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Lovely venue

Samlesbury Hall was the perfect setting for our small wedding of only 12 people. The wedding team were incredibley responsive and professional so we were able to organise everything in 3 months. The ceremony room was beautiful and we had the wedding breakfast in the heritage cafe which was relaxed but still felt very special. There was hardly any stress on our side as the wedding team did everything to make sure all ran smoothly and we can't thank them enough.
Rebekah93 Sent on 05/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Fairytale Wedding at Samlesbury Hall - A Day to Remember

Our wedding day at Samlesbury Hall on December 2, 2023, was nothing short of a fairytale. This stunning, black and white medieval house, dating back to 1325, provided a breathtaking backdrop for our special day. Despite the cold, frosty weather, the sun shone brilliantly, adding to the magical atmosphere. The star of our experience was Sharon, our wedding coordinator and manager of the hall. From the very first meeting, her warmth, passion, and dedication were evident. She ensured that every detail was perfect, making us feel that our day was as important to her as it was to us. Her high standards and meticulous attention to detail were mirrored by her team, leaving no room for error. Rebecca, Sharon's second-in-command, was a behind-the-scenes miracle worker. Her seamless orchestration of the day's events made her our guardian angel. Chester, the night manager, was exceptional, especially when he adeptly moved our first dance forward for my husband's grandmother. His attentiveness and care were evident throughout the evening. Special mentions go to Jenny, who was instrumental in the lead-up to the wedding, and Maria, who brought life and laughter to the early morning preparations. Lynn's ever-smiling presence in the office was also greatly appreciated. The food and drink were another highlight. Everything was served promptly, hot, and delicious, with the staff continuously refilling glasses. The venue's facilities, including ample parking and the cozy gatehouse accommodation and on-site huts, added to the overall comfort of our guests and us. What sets Samlesbury Hall apart is its exclusivity on your wedding day, combined with its vibrant daily activities like fairs, cafes, and tours. This means we can revisit and relive our memories, which is a rare feature for wedding venues. In summary, Samlesbury Hall is a venue where the unpredictable English weather doesn't dampen the spirit of a wedding. With its exquisite indoor spaces and stunning outdoor backdrop, it's perfect for any weather conditions. We wholeheartedly recommend Samlesbury Hall to anyone looking for a venue that offers beauty, history, and impeccable service.
Emma S. Sent on 04/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day!

Jenny and the team could not do more for us. They were great in the lead up to it in relation to communication and support with our ideas. Then, on the day everything ran so smoothly. The food was amazing! We had lots of compliments from our guests about how gorgeous and unique the hall was. The grounds are stunning for photos too. Everyone also enjoyed the shepherds hut and breakfast in the cafe in the morning. We honestly had the best day possible at Samlesbury Hall.
Iain C. Sent on 01/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Samlesbury Hall Heritage Cafe

After our church ceremony, we used Samlesbury Hall Heritage Cafe for the reception and evening event.
The venue is perfect for small weddings (we had 40 day guests and 70 evening guests in total), with great decorations and beautiful gardens at the back.
The wedding team and the venue were fantastic before, during & after the day. We were very happy and would highly recommend them.
Joanne H. Sent on 18/11/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Samlesbury Hall

We got married at Samlesbury Hall and what an amazing venue! We had a a amazing day! The staff (Rebecca, Jenny and Chester) couldn’t have looked after us enough on the day and made us feel very special!
J Barnes Sent on 02/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

May Wedding 2022

We had an absolutely wonderful wedding day! The team at Samlesbury Hall were amazing from our first enquiry back in 2019 through to our magical day in 2022. The team were so helpful with our postponement due to Covid-19, incredibly flexible and accommodating to all our requests and ideas. We couldn't have wished for a better day; everything went so smoothly thanks to the professionalism of the team, the quality of the suppliers recommended and the attention to detail from everyone involved!
Emma H. Sent on 31/05/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Perfect in every single way…

The moment we visited Samlesbury hall we knew it was the one for us. The staff were super helpful from planning to the actual big day nothing was too much trouble (a special mention to Sasha who on the day was amazing) guests have asked if we could do our wedding day all again which speaks for itself!
Emma Z. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding 10th November 2018

Absolutely perfect day in the most gorgeous venue! 100% recommend to anyone looking for an intimate, picturesque wedding that doesn't cost the earth! We were made to feel so special by all the staff, food was delicious, venue is beautiful inside and out, and just wish we could do it all again!
Bryony B. Sent on 26/03/2023
4.4 out of 5 rating

Lovely historic venue for wedding

We booked Samlesbury Hall after viewing it and falling in love with the hall steeped in such rich history. Overall, we were very impressed with how everything turned out on the day. Due to change in members of staff from when we originally booked to the big day, communication was a little mismatched. However, everything turned out great. The food was great and guests who stayed in the Shepherd Hut liked them.
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Preston New Road, Samlesbury PR5 0UP Preston (Lancashire)
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