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On since 2023

Last update: May 2024

Sheriff Hutton Castle is a historic wedding venue in York, North Yorkshire. Dating back to the 14th century, this was once a favourite residence of the monarchy, frequented by Richard III and Henry VIII. Now, the castle is available to host weddings, vow renewals, and other celebrations. Set just 25 minutes outside of York, this is a private and peaceful escape from everyday life.

Facilities and Capacity

The sounding hall, lovingly preserved within the remains of the castle, is licensed for civil ceremonies only (celebrant ceremonies welcome) of up to 56 guests. The stonework is laced with ivy and dappled with fairy lights, providing a romantic atmosphere. Couples walk down an aisle adorned with candles to say ‘I Do’.

The courtyard can be used for drinks and canapes from a caterer of the couple’s choice after the service with no corkage fee. The castle provides a stunning backdrop for photography. Guests can shower the couple with biodegradable confetti to wish them good luck in their newlywed life.


Sheriff Hutton Castle has three private lodgings that couples and their guests can use throughout the wedding. The Shepherd’s Hut is located inside the courtyard, and two other properties have stunning views of the castle and surrounding rural scenery. These cosy hideaways are a perfect base for guests who wish to stay longer. The local area has multiple picturesque walks, and the common area has a fire pit to relax and stargaze when night falls. Sheriff Hutton Castle also warmly welcomes pets and has ample space for them to roam safely.

Services Offered

Wedding parties can enjoy exclusive use of this intimate venue for their celebrations. Hosts Natasia and Pat are renowned for their kind and helpful attitude. They provide consistent and clear communication for all bookings, allowing couples to add personal touches to the Sheriff Hutton Castle for their special occasion.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Private catering allowed

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Sheriff Hutton Castle

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Amy D. Sent on 15/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique. Absolutely beautiful.

From the moment we walked into the hall we knew this venue was perfect for us. Unlike anything we'd seen before, it was absolutely breathtaking. Not only the hall but the grounds itself with the beautiful castle ruins you can have exclusive use of for you and your guests. You have the freedom to really make it your own, so no two events will be the same. The accommodation is beautifully finished with lots to choose from. The location is perfect, just outside York in the beautiful countryside. Natasia and Pat went above and beyond to make our day special, from providing us with a full length mirror to feeding the lambs! Communication was fantastic throughout. I cannot recommend Sheriff Hutton Castle enough!
Paulina H. Sent on 15/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Wedding Venue

When my partner and I got engaged, we were going to opt in for a council office wedding + reception at a museum, however things changed when we accidentally found that Sheriff Hutton Castle was nearby and affordable - we were curious to have a look.
The moment we saw the venue we fell in love with it and decided to have our ceremony there. The room felt like a little chapel, romantic and cosy. The owners were lovely and responsive, we managed to get it booked quickly and smoothly.
Sadly, Covid hit and lots of events had to be rescheduled - we were very lucky that Sheriff Hutton Castle were happy to re-arrange with us without any additional costs.
We had the most lovely day when we finally got to tie the knot. The weather was lovely and the scenery was breath-taking! I often look at our wedding pictures remembering how lucky we felt to find a place like that!
Emily B. Sent on 06/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A wedding venue like no other

I loved the venue as soon as i saw it, its so different to other venues.  The ruins of the castle provide a dramatic and romantic backdrop, full of history, set within the gorgeous yorkshire countryside. 

The venue owners, Tash and Pat, were so helpful and straight forward to deal with, they gave us way more flexibility than others offered which allowed us to create our perfect day.  They're a small family business not a big company churning out weddings, so its more personal and no hidden costs or agendas.

I cant recommend this venue highly enough. It was the best decision we made in planning our wedding.  People still talk about how great our wedding was years later.
Stephanie W. Sent on 13/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fairytale wedding

My daughter arranged her wedding at Sherrif Hutton castle in less than 6 weeks. This meant we were emailing very frequently in order to get everything arranged in such a short space of time. We had excellent responses from Natasia. Always prompt and helpful, even giving us recommendations and pointers to ensure our day ran smoothly.
We had an amazing time at the castle and some of our guests ate still telling us how perfect it was. We used the candles in the castle and decorated it with flowers. It looked truly like a fairly tale seeing.
I can't recommend highly enough.
Stephanie Wood
Mother of the bride.
Caroline J. Sent on 15/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Phenomenal Venue

Sheriff Hutton Castle was more than we could have ever hoped for as a wedding venue. The grounds are beautifully kept by Natasia and Pat and the communication throughout was fantastic. We visited the venue on a few occasions prior to the wedding day and Natasia and Pat were always very accommodating. They also allowed us a day either side of the wedding to set up and clear away and this was fantastic at taking the pressure off us on the day of the wedding. The venue speaks for itself. We did very little to the hall as we were keen for everyone to see the castle for its history and character and it did not disappoint. The ambience of the sounding hall and the relaxed feel of the grounds made for the most incredible day. Guests were also commenting throughout the day about how wonderful the Castle was and how special it was to have as a wedding venue. Everything about the venue was perfect and Natasia and Pat looked after us on the day, even delivering cold drinks to guests after the ceremony. The day was more than we could have ever hoped for and we are incredibly grateful for Natasia and Pat for allowing us to use their home for our wedding and create such special memories that we will cherish forever. We simply couldn't have wished for a better venue.
Toby J. Sent on 16/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique and flexible venue

My partner and I held our ceremony at Sheriff Hutton castle and we’re so happy with the venue. It is unique in itself and had flexible options for numbers of guests, layouts etc.
Natasia was warm and welcoming throughout the whole process.
Kaisha P. Sent on 13/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day of our lives

Obviously your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life but Sheriff Hutton Castle feels so special that it is impossible for it not to be! The castle itself is stunning and the sounding hall with fairy lights and candles feels magical. If you want to impress your guests with no effort at all, the castle is what you want!
We only had our ceremony there and used the accommodation for ourselves and our wedding party. We loved our stay and all of the accommodation is unique which really adds to the venue.
Natasia and Pat are so welcoming and easy going which is what you need on your wedding day! We always got a really quick response and nothing was too much trouble.
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