The Reading Rooms

(53 reviews) 53 5
Church Road Alby Norfolk NR11 7HF
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About The Reading Rooms

Church Road, Alby
Norfolk, NR11 7HF

Welcome to The Reading Room, a lovingly restored 17th century historic building located in the heart of the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. With its dramatic vaulted ceiling and chandelier, this bespoke venue will capture both your heart and imagination, and is exclusively yours for the day.

Easily accessible, we are located close to the stunning North Norfolk Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, just 15 miles from the centre of Norwich.

The Reading Room is an exclusive use venue that provides a unique atmosphere and intimacy for your special day. Licenced for Weddings and Civil partnership ceremonies, the venue seats 80 guests inside or in the garden as part of a duo ceremony, with additional guests welcome for the evening.

We are ideally situated next to the ancient Church of St Ethelberts, and just a stone’s throw from many other gorgeous Norfolk Churches.

Our magnificent walled gardens, surround The Reading Room with an abundance of old English flowers rich with wildlife. A meandering path through the woods leads to a pergola walkway covered in fragrant roses and honeysuckle. The lawns provide a perfect space for welcome drinks and canapes followed by fun garden games or just to sit and relax in the afternoon sun.

As a family run wedding venue, we are passionate about creating your 'happily ever after'. We work closely with our selected Norfolk caterers who will create a bespoke menu from table feasts, afternoon teas and street food to formal dining, delivering a first-class service.

The Reading Room creates a magical setting for your wedding day, with enchanting gardens and a truly special building full of history and character. 

To arrange a viewing or for more information, please do get in touch: 01263 761963 or

• Exclusive use of the venue for your day, perfect for intimate weddings • A hidden gem in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside • A family owned venue just 15 miles from Norwich City Centre • The Reading Room is licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies • Magical English country garden setting • Flexibility to truly create the wedding of your dreams with no packages or corkage charges

Facilities at The Reading Rooms

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Coastal Weddings
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

The Reading Rooms Reviews (53)

The Venue is absolutely spectacular
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By Rebecca & David, on 27 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 23 Nov 2019

Dear Simon & Jo A huge thank to you both for all your help leading up to our wedding on 23rd November 2019. Thank you so much for all your hard work around and on our wedding day, allowing it all to run as smoothly as possible. The venue is absolutely spectacular! We are so very pleased we chose to have our very special day there. Everyone enjoyed it very much, and we had the best day of our lives!

Such a beautiful, peaceful place
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By Alice & Neil, on 11 Dec 2019Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2019

What a wonderful wedding day we had at The Reading Room! It is such a beautiful, peaceful place! Simon and Jo were so helpful and accommodating, allowing me to decorate to my hearts content! Thank you so much!

We fell in love with The Reading Room
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By Zoe & Joe, on 21 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Oct 2019

Me & my husband Joe got married here on the 19th October at this amazing venue, the first & only venue we looked at as we fell in love with The Reading Room. Jo & Simon were very helpful throughout this as we planned our wedding in 4 months. They gave us lots of ideas & really helped to make this day our own. We were also so thankful they allowed our dog to come! The venue itself is beautiful, perfect for our small but intimate wedding day, we also loved how private it was. All of our guests loved the venue & really enjoyed our day. Overall we both would highly recommend The Reading Room because we really loved our big day here & wouldn't change any part of it. Thank you!

The most magical & special wedding venue
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By Joe & Katie, on 21 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 05 Oct 2019

One of the most magical and special wedding venues in Norfolk. Beautiful beyond belief and cared for by owners who have a passion for delivering first-class service. Simon and Jo have created a wonderful venue where you can create your own wedding and plan everything to fit exactly to your ideas. They are helpful, reliable and friendly, and very accommodating when it comes to planning something unique and personal. The communication, service and product are undeniably fantastic. Combine this with the beauty of the location and the special feeling that comes with pristine Norfolk countryside and you have a winning recipe. For anyone planning a wedding or celebration, visiting this gem is an absolute must. Cannot recommend highly enough!

The Reading Room a magical gem
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By Lesley & Derek, on 16 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2019

Had our wedding at The Reading Room on the 17th August 2019. A beautiful stunning venue we couldn’t have wished for a better place to have our wedding. Jo and Simon helped make our day absolutely perfect . Everybody keeps mentioning how wonderful The Reading Room and beautiful grounds are. Would highly recommend anybody looking for a venue to book here you wouldn’t be disappointed. What a magical gem The Reading Rooms are.

Our guests are still talking about our day!
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By Emma & Mark, on 21 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 11 Aug 2019

Wow. What can we say. Amazing from first time we met you and your stunning venue. Jo and simon were so helpful and dedicated to help make our memories so very special. We had such a fantastic day with vintage games. A band and crazy photographers. Our guests are still taking about our day x

Looks incredible!
Venue Service

By Sian & Ashley, on 23 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Aug 2019

Me and my new husband had a wonderful day at this beautiful venue. Jo and Simon were very accommodating and helpful from start to finish. From viewing the venue and seeing how stunning it looked to how smoothly the day ran thanks to their help. It is a venue which is picturesque in itself and so needs minimal decorating (even when empty it still looks incredible!). We were married outside, fortunately, in their beautiful gardens and guests commented on how special it was. We used Oyster Catcher Catering who we would also highly recommend! A perfect venue, thank you!

Best day EVER!!
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By Kirsty & Dale, on 01 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 03 Aug 2019

Thank you so so much to Simon and Jo we got married in your beautiful venue on the 3rd August and you made sure everything was just perfect. I can't recommend highly enough.. You have been so kind and helpful throughout and every single one of our guest were blown away at how beautiful the venue was. Thank you so much it really was the best day EVER!!! - Mr & Mrs Cishion :)

Our dream wedding
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By Yasmin & Bill, on 23 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 27 Jul 2019

We got married at The Reading Room in July 2019. It was such great venue - we couldn’t have asked for anywhere better! We had approx 60-70 guests and the venue was just the right size. There was plenty of space for people to enjoy themselves, but it still had a really intimate feeling. Jo and Simon are fantastic and support you every step of the way. They were really flexible and worked with us to help us achieve our dream wedding. Fully recommend The Reading Room as a venue!

More than we dreamed of
Venue Service

By Emma & Tom, on 01 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 20 Jul 2019

Dearest Jo & Simon, thank you so much for allowing us to have our wedding in such a special place. From the beginning you have been incredibly supporting and full of very helpful advice. It was more than we dreamed of and more importantly we had a blast!! Emma & Tom x

A beautiful venue.
Venue Service

By Ben & Amber, on 27 Jul 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Jul 2019

We celebrated our wedding and reception at The Reading Room. We had originally booked for a November wedding, but due to a family member's ill health, we decided to move it forward to July. Simon and Jo were exceptionally understanding and worked with us to find a date that worked. They genuinely made the whole process so seamless and were beyond helpful with the setup, the day itself and the pack up. All of our guests commented on what an amazing job we did of picking a beautiful venue. It really is such a great place, with an amazing team, I can't recommend it highly enough! Ben & Amber Taylor x

The most idyllic English country wedding
Venue Service

By Ellie & Nick, on 16 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 09 Jul 2019

Nick and I got married at the reading rooms on the 9th of July, it really was the most idyllic English country wedding. Simon and Jo are priceless and were there on hand to help wherever we needed it. Thank you so much for helping us achieve our dream wedding. Love Mr and Mrs Austin xx

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