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Set in a quiet quarter of the beautiful spa town of Harrogate, The Old Swan Hotel combines traditional charm with modern elegance and impeccable service. With grand architecture that dates back to 1840, peaceful manicured gardens as a backdrop for your photographs, a choice of beautiful function rooms, and 136 bedrooms and suites for your guests, The Old Swan Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding day.

Garden Weddings

At The Old Swan we can offer one of the only outdoor wedding venues in Yorkshire – a beautiful Wedding Pavilion in which to make your commitment to each other, surrounded by family and friends.
Set in the hotel’s private gardens, the Pavilion will accommodate you both, your witnesses, and the Registrar with guests able to watch your marriage ceremony seated on sashed chairs on the lawn.

Imagine Your Wedding at the Old Swan Hotel

As your wedding car arrives in front of the grand entrance, your photographer will have the perfect opportunity for beautiful pictures. Enter through impressive revolving doors into our fine hallway and the elegant atmosphere will lend an air of excitement and expectation.

The Old Swan Hotel has a variety of elegantly proportioned rooms that are licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can choose where you would like to take your vows, whether it is our intimate Rose Room, our stunning Garden Room or our gorgeous Garden Pavilion.

Your civil ceremony will be followed by reception drinks and canapes, on our front lawns or in our elegant Red Lounge, and of course those all-important photographs.

Our famous Garden Room is the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast. Surrounded by large windows, your wedding party will be able to take in our beautiful gardens, no matter what time of year you choose to get married, while enjoying a delicious three course wedding breakfast that you have selected from our choice of menus and fine wine to complement.

Our Garden Ballroom makes a wonderful space for lavish parties, with a permanent stage area for your DJ or band, and a large dancefloor so your guests can dance the night away! We have a selection of evening menus to choose from, from hot sandwiches, to a late-night BBQ on our front lawns.

At the end of the night, your guests can retire to one of our carefully furnished bedrooms, complete with generously sized beds, wide screen TVs, tea and coffee facilities, and of course en-suite bathrooms. You can then unwind in one of our large, elegant bridal suites, where you can reflect on all the memories of the day. You are welcome to invite your guests to join you for breakfast the following morning in our magnificent Wedgewood Suite with its fantastic glass-ceiling, before saying farewell.

Whether you are looking at a wedding for 4 or 400 guests, we have a variety of space and a selection of packages to help orchestrate your dream. We understand that your wedding day is the realisation of your dreams, so if there is anything that our packages do not cover, please get in touch and we’d be happy to put together a bespoke package for your special day.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Asian wedding
In the city
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for The Old Swan Hotel

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64 reviews
99% recommend it
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Shauna B. Sent on 07/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Venue

We got married at the Old Swan and it was a beautiful day.
Staff were helpful and polite; nothing was too much trouble.
The garden room is lovely and spacious for a wedding, we original booked the rose room but due to an unfortunate issue on the day we were moved rooms, this was done efficiently, and it was beautiful, the big glass windows and the doors opened out onto the lawn so all our guests could enjoy the sun.
We would recommend the hotel for other couples looking for somewhere to get married. The building may need updating n some people's eyes, but we loved the character.
Zoë A. Sent on 17/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A dream of a day

After fantastic service and communication from Elisa the wedding planner, we had the best day ever! Honestly - we could not have had a happier, more beautiful time. Our guests had a brilliantly time and keep saying how it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever attended and that they’ll remember it forever.
Charlotte Sent on 24/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect day

We got married at the Old Swan at the end of August and it was the most perfect day!

From the months of planning that went into it, to the day itself, the staff of Old Swan were so professional. A special mention to Elisha who took the time to answer my many emails in the planning stages! The Old Swan provided a very flexible and personal service.

The bridal suite was very spacious, which allowed myself and the bridesmaids to all get ready together. The Master of Ceremonies, Kate, was very friendly and helped the day run smoothly. The food was of a very high standard, and accommodated different dietary requirements (GF, vegetarian).

The gardens provided a perfect backdrop for our wedding photos, which we will treasure forever :) there was no one else around, so we didn't feel overlooked whilst the photos were being taken.

We had such an enjoyable, stress-free day, and have to thank the Old swan staff for putting in all the hard work behind the scenes
Rebekah Sent on 19/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much!

We were so incredibly happy and impressed with everything the Old Swan offered. From the initial inquiries to the numerous e-mails asking for information and asking questions over an entire year that we planned, down to the in-person meetings and final decisions. With us living in the US and planning our wedding in a different country, I never once questioned or felt worried about anything. Though I came up with any question under the sun, I was always answered in a timely and helpful fashion.

When we met with you for the first time, just 4 months before the wedding, I knew I was in great hands. You had everything covered and were so accommodating to every question and request we had. Meeting Chris as well was great-- he was very thorough and it was so helpful to have someone like him in charge the day of the event.

The food was incredible, the bar service phenomenal, the room itself (we loved the makeover) and the set up was absolutely amazing. I could not have imagined a more perfect day! There were even some last minute things (information to guests, setting up photos, etc.) that y'all handled impeccably. Thank you again, from both Jamie and me, for an amazing wedding day!
Tomoko Sent on 19/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

My husband and I got married on March 24th at the Old Swan Hotel and we couldn’t have asked for anything better! The lead up to the wedding was greatly helped by our wedding co-ordinator Emily Aikman. Emily is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, kind and really takes the time to listen to what we wanted- from big to small details she made sure that everything was perfect, and the day truly was thanks to her big support. There have been many times where I would call Emily for advice and last-minute preparations and she would always take her time to give the best advice. It was such a pleasure to work with someone as passionate and caring as Emily and we are so grateful that we’ve had the opportunity to work with her.
The in house DJ, Howard Barnett (recommended photographer by the Old Swan and of course by us too!) and Chris the master of ceremony were also incredible – I did a surprise flashmob for my husband and they all were part of the process to ensure it went smoothly. I highly recommend contacting the Old Swan for their DJ and photographer too- I wouldn’t have changed a thing! The staff on the day of the wedding were quick and professional with serving food and accommodating our guests. One more small thing I remember is the receptionist (I can’t remember her name but she had short black hair) and she was calming me down right before I was going to the altar and while I was waiting for the car to arrive at the lobby- I remember her as the last person I saw before I walked down the isle and I just remember thinking how lovely and how good she was to me!
Emma Sent on 17/07/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Emma & Tony 24th June 2017

I just wanted to express how amazing our wedding was and to thank you both for everything you’ve done, it couldn’t have gone any better for us.
The Garden Room for the ceremony and reception looked beautiful. It was pretty much exactly as I had imagined it to be.

Sophie, the preparation you worked through with us was so evident on the day, thank you for all your hard work, it certainly paid off and we were lucky to have you! The Garden Room in the evening was so pretty and made me feel unbelievably special. Can’t wait for the official photos.
John Sent on 07/06/2016
4 out of 5 rating

Wedding May 2016

We had a wonderful day at our Wedding reception at the Old Swan in Harrogate. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and treated me and my Wife like royalty!
The drinks reception, wedding breakfast and the evening reception were all handled very well, and any minor issues were dealt with quickly. Special thanks to our Wedding Coordinator Georgina and our Master of Ceremonies Fatou who really helped make our day special.

Thank you!
Anonymous Sent on 11/01/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Wedding Experience

We wanted a wedding that was unique to us .
Georgina the wedding co ordinater at The Swan made that not just possible but happen on 22/12/15
From our first meeting right through the planning and the day nothing was to much trouble and anything was possible.
On the day the venue was amazing . The staff all absolutely fantastic .
Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves saying the food and service from the staff was first class
The whole event was stress free and well run leaving us with nothing to do but enjoy our day and guests.
The bridal suite was lovely and finishing touches added to the occasion.
Our guests who stayed at the hotel enjoyed hearty breakfasts and their rooms were of a good standard .
We would recommend checking this venue and meeting Georgina very highly. If you want your wedding day to be stress and hastle free this is the place to be.
Anonymous Sent on 07/11/2015
5 out of 5 rating


Had such an amazing wedding day on 10/10/15. The hotel looked fantastic, the do had everyone dancing from start to finish and the food was lovely. Everything ran smoothly and the guests all commented about how relaxed and enjoy rank the day was. Georgina (wedding coordinator) was brilliant at putting us at ease. The honeymoon suite was beautiful and the all the wedding guests that stayed, said there rooms were lovely. It was also really special to have a private area to share breakfast with our guests the morning after. BRILLIANT!
Abby Sent on 26/09/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Day!

My Husband and I got married at The Old Swan on 5th September 2015. We had a fabulous day! Our wedding Co-ordinator, Georgina was great, leading up to the big day she really put our minds at ease and helped with the organisation of everything, she was so helpful and kept in touch with us constantly. We had a bit of a nightmare with the chair covers (We used an external company) and Georgina came to the rescue and contacted their resident chair cover contact for new covers and Georgina even put the new ones on the morning of the wedding!The Master Of Ceremonies, Matthew was also fantastic, we met Matthew a week before the Wedding Day and he went through everything with a fine toothed comb, from the order of the day to how we wanted the serviettes folding! The day ran so smoothly and we are so grateful to everyone who made our day so special. Thank you!
David Sent on 16/09/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding 1st September 2015

After viewing several wedding venues we decided on The Old Swan. We found it the perfect venue for such a important day. From day one the various meetings we had with the staff went very well and they couldn't have been more helpful. The day its self went to plan, the staff continued with their help from early morning till late at night. Our guests had nothing but praise for the whole occasion.
Sam Sent on 20/05/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding - 7th March 2015

We were impressed with the service from our first visit to the Old Swan, other venues delayed in replying or didn't bother at all and this was never the case here. We felt we could trust them to help organise and ensure the day went smoothly and that stayed true. We had a fantastic day in this lovely venue and would recommend to anyone considering having their wedding here. Can't thank them enough.
Alyssa Sent on 14/04/2015
5 out of 5 rating

wedding 7/12/14

My now hubbie and I thoroughly enjoyed our wedding day. All staff alwasy helpful and friendly.
Tracy Sent on 07/01/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Venue & Service

We had our wedding reception at The Old Swan on 29th November 2014. We had an amazing day and couldn't fault the service we received on the day as well as all the support and help in the preparations leading up to the big day.
Fiona Sent on 14/11/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding Venue

We had our wedding at the Old Swan hotel on 1st November 2014 and it was just fantastic. All the staff were wonderful, and Kevin who ran the day was absolutely superb. Can't recommend the hotel enough as a wedding venue, thank you so much for making our day stress free and extremely special.
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22 Sep
Open Door

Whatever time of year you’d love to marry, The Old Swan is the perfect venue - from warm summer weddings with guests spilling out onto their lawns to sparkling winter celebrations. Come and meet the team, discover the choice of packages they have to offer, look round their reception rooms and dedicated Garden Room, and then let’s start planning your perfect day.

Free entry | Drinks and canapes | Free car parking.

Date: From 22/09/2024 to 22/09/2024 Schedule 17:00 - 20:00
Place: Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
20 Feb
Open Door

Whatever time of year you’d love to marry, The Old Swan is the perfect venue - from warm summer weddings with guests spilling out onto their lawns to sparkling winter celebrations. Come and meet the team, discover the choice of packages they have to offer, look round their reception rooms and dedicated Garden Room, and then let’s start planning your perfect day.

Free entry | Drinks and canapés | 5 - 8 pm | Free car parking

Please RSVP by email or phone.

Date: From 20/02/2025 to 20/02/2025 Schedule 17:00 - 20:00
Place: Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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