The Reading Rooms

(36 reviews) 36 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 (36)

We had the time of our lives
Venue Service

By Natalya Johnson, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2018

Can’t express how amazing Jo and Simon were before and during our wedding day - they were so lovely, helpful and (most importantly) calm. They helped set up everything and were so accommodating with how we wanted to decorate the venue, and how we planned to carry out the ceremony/reception. The Reading Rooms itself is an absolutely stunning venue and lends to an atmosphere that is cosy, friendly and fun. We found that everyone was able to mingle easily, and new friendships were even made! We had the time of our lives and can’t imagine a better place for our wedding day. Thank you a million times again Jo and Simon! Best wishes, Natalya and Chris

Such an amazing day
Venue Service

By Ruth Clarke Mother of the Bride, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Aug 2018

We had such an amazing day, just completely relaxed and chilled from start to finish. We knew over a year ago when we first walked through the garden that this was the place for us all, such a beautiful venue and from the start hosts who walked us calmly and professionally through every step. Simon promised us the day would run like clockwork and we wouldn’t have a thing to concern ourselves with apart from enjoying every moment of our daughter’s special day. A promise that went above and beyond , The Reading Room and it’s hosts exceeded all our expectations. The recommended caterers also were just brilliant, attentive , happy , lovely people....and of course the food was to die for!! Would recommend this place in a heartbeat. Thank you Simon and Jo for absolutely everything! We hope we get to come back some day. Andy and Ruth Clarke

The Reading Room is a spectacular venue
Venue Service

By Fiona Hinton, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Aug 2018

What can I say - Thank you so much to Simon and Jo, you made our wedding day so so special. Nothing was to much effort, and you were such a calming and helpful pair, just what I needed as the stress before the wedding grew! The Reading Room is a spectacular venue, so many of our guests commented about how beautiful it was. But also you supported us to enable our vision for the day to be realised, so thank you again.

The most magical day
Venue Service

By Polly & Adam, on 07 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 04 Aug 2018

The most magical day made perfect with the help of Simon and Jo! We had our wedding here on the 4th August and it was perfect. The setting was amazing and everything ran smoothly, communication was brilliant from day one and they helped in everyone way they could! I would highly recommend this venue for a special event! Thanks again, Polly and Adam.

Venue Service

By Claire Devlin, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Jul 2018

Wow An wonderful wedding venue - our whole wedding was amazing ! Simon and Jo are fantastic and make all the arrangements run so smoothly with great attention to detail - nothing too much to ask !! Also definitely recommend Espresso as a caterer- works perfectly with the fab venue xx

Laura & Andys Wedding
Venue Service

By Andrew Woods, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Jul 2018

First a massive thank you to Simon and Jo. The venue was absolutely stunning and could not of imagined a more beautiful place to marry. The help and support leading up to the wedding and the big day itself was amazing from Simon and Jo. Thank you.

Nicola & Sams Wedding
Venue Service

By Nicola Smith, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Jun 2018

Thank you so much for everything Simon and Jo. We simply had the best day ever at Your beautiful Reading Rooms. Thank you for all your help and support before and on the day. A day and a special venue we will always remember. Thanks again xxx

Jean & Marks Wedding
Venue Service

By Jean Storey, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 31 May 2018

Mark and I married at The Reading Room on 31 May 2018. It is a really beautiful Venue which we thoroughly recommend. We have had so many positive comments from our guests and if we could do it all over again we would definitely choose the Reading Room. Many thanks are due to Simon and Jo for their very helpful advice and attention at all times. Rated 100% perfect!

Stuart & Karls Wedding
Venue Service

By Stuart Skate, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 19 May 2018

We write to give our sincere thanks for providing us with an absolutely fantastic venue for us to enjoy our very special day and to share with our guests. Simon and Jo helped us enormously with setting up tables, decorative lighting and even their two girls were happy to be involved with helping us make the small table flower decorations. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble and this enabled us to be totally confident that our arrangements were carried out meticulously. Such a lovely genuine couple with an absolutely stunning wedding venue, providing us with the magical, romantic ambience that we wanted and one that can sometimes be lost in a larger less intimate setting. We were fortunate enough with the weather to enjoy a duel ceremony, with our guests being seated outside, leaving the room set up with the flowers and decorations. The winding gravel pathway provided the perfect entrance for us the walk down to greet our guests accompanied by our two Œbest dogs¹. Both Simon and Jo were on hand the day before and also throughout the day, evening and also the following day. We wish them every success for the future as they deserve to do extremely well.

Julie & Simons Wedding
Venue Service

By Julie Moore, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 12 May 2018

Thank you so much Jo and Simon It was such a perfect day, everything went so well and the venue was just so beautiful, thank you to you both and to James Robinson and zest media who were just fantastic ?? xx

Emma & Georges Wedding
Venue Service

By Emma Lake, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 28 Apr 2018

This beautiful venue was a fantastic place to hold our reception. A wonderful space with natural light and lovely grounds to explore. Simon was very kind and ensured our day went without a hitch.

Becky & Joshs Wedding
Venue Service

By Josh Sutton, on 10 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 04 Nov 2017

We got married on 4th November at this fantastic venue. From day one, Jo and Simon were brilliant, helping us with all of our questions along the way. This venue is stunning and requires only personalising touches, and Jo and Simon helped us get everything set up the day before. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how smoothly the day ran from the ceremony to the tables and the evening entertainment. We couldn't have found a perfect place to get married. Thank you so much, what a wonderful day.

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