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On since 2021

Last update: May 2024

Situated in the charming market town of Hitchin, The Sun Hotel is a historic wedding venue in Hertfordshire, East England. This authentic coaching inn dates back to the sixteenth century and exudes traditional charm inside and out. Here, you can host an intimate wedding celebration for your loved ones in an idyllic setting. The hotel first rose to prominence in 1741, when a local family by the name of Kershaw set up a posting service between Hitchin and London. Today, the welcoming staff delights in bringing couples’ dreams to life at their classic establishment that is filled with character.

Facilities and Capacity

The Sun Hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests. You can exchange vows inside the hotel, where a function room is curated according to your tastes and theme. Afterwards, loved ones can sip bubbles in the bar and mingle on the outdoor terrace while you explore the grounds and village for photo opportunities. Wedding breakfasts are held in the main ballroom, a space characterised by a blend of traditional accents and modern interiors. For evening receptions, up to 150 friends and family members can join you for a night of relaxed dining and revelry. The ballroom features live entertainment and DJ facilities, with a dance floor made for partying into the night with those you love. This is a pet-friendly hotel with a private car park and complimentary WiFi for your convenience.

Services Offered

The in-house wedding coordinator at The Sun Hotel wants to bring your vision to life. They offer a number of packages to suit every couple’s tastes and preferences. Catering and beverages are supplied by the talented chefs and bartending team. Their cuisine takes inspiration from pub classics such as steaks and burgers, with the option of lighter bites available, too. They customise menus according to your requirements, from dietary restrictions to children’s dishes. The bar staff will pair your culinary selections with fine wines and classic ales for an authentic country pub experience. The seasoned personnel adheres to Covid-19 safety measures, practising social distancing and regular hand sanitising at all times.


There are 32 elegantly appointed guest rooms at The Sun Hotel, so your nearest and dearest can enjoy a restful stay in a number of single and double rooms. Each space features original structural details and has been refurbished with modern interiors and plush bedding. The next day, you can all gather in the dining hall for a delicious Full English Breakfast before exploring the amenities and shops of Hitchin.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Pub or restaurant

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
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:

Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Sun Hotel

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Shelley Sent on 01/02/2019
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Wedding 2013

We got married at the sun,as we wanted our home town and a place with a bit of history,looking around,the sun was one of the best value.
On the the day of the wedding I can not fault them on anything,the ceremony was beautiful with them big windows upstairs letting lots of light in,then afterwards everyone having fun at the bar,then back upstairs after they had set up for the meal and they had decorated just as we had dreamt,food was excellent and served quickly,no complaints there.the DJ did as was requested and was fun,the whole day was magical and I would do it all again at the sun for the following reasons-excellent value for money,you get a lot for your buck here and everyone is happy,the professionalism of the staff was spot on,the Venue is lovely,old world but cosy and nice,lots of large windows for natural light.we only had one problem the whole day,and that was parking is minimal.other than that,perfect day!!
Tripadvisor Sent on 14/02/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Via Tripadvisor

We booked our wedding with The Sun Hotel and couldn't have asked for a better day. They were helpful from start to finish with advice on catering, booking rooms for guests, table layouts, etc. We got married at the Sun Hotel (rather than registry office), in the beautiful Ballroom. The staff were great, the Manager came to get me when it was time for the ceremony, gave me a few minutes to gather myself/shed a few nervous tears before walking down the aisle. They really know their stuff.... I hardly noticed they were there and yet everything was done just as we'd asked. Arrival drinks were ready for the guests after the photos and in that time the Ballroom was set up for the wedding breakfast. Our wedding breakfast was delicious, we'd met & discussed with the chef and he helped us decide on a lovely menu. They sorted us out too when it came to speeches... they kept all the gifts/flowers cool on a hot day and brought them out when needed.

I'm glad our guests felt relaxed & enjoyed themselves, that's what it's all about :) We would have missed so many things if it weren't for the staff guiding us through our day. We loved our day so much, we didn't want to go to bed (!!) and stayed up to see all our guests off and then Sharon (the manager) was kind enough to make my husband and I a lovely cup of tea... a lovely end to the day :)

It was a really magical day, the perfect venue for us and I can't thank the staff enough for everything they did behind the scenes.
Tripadvisor Sent on 14/02/2014
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Via Tripadvisor

I've got to say I was very impressed, It was perfect! We took up the 'wedding for a grand' offer and it was fantastic value for money. The food was superb, all homemade fresh vegetables, yorkshire, and the cream of vegetable soup was to die for!
Sharon the organiser made sure everything ran smoothly. I didn't have to ask for anything she was completely on the ball, her service alone is worth the money! (Thank You Sharon) The resident DJ is very good got everybody up dancing and knew what to play to get everybody up dancing!

Would absolutley recommend to anybody on a budget, great venue. Perfect city centre position!
Ali Sent on 30/08/2005
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Absolutely fantastic!

Married at the Sun May 2004, couldn't fault anything about it! The staff were fantastic, day ran smoothly,food was great. We had the courtyard suite for the ceremony and reception which was fantastic and had a great atmosphere. Very reasonably priced too!
Jayne Sent on 24/02/2004
5 out of 5 rating

fantastic wedding modern venue with beautiful Ballroom

the standard of service and professional staff was exceptional, our wedding day was better that we expected all of the staff at the sun hotel made our day so special a day we wll never forget.

The ballroom is fantastic room that seats 100 and has large windows all around. The food was fab and they were able to cater for all our needs as we did have some fussy eaters.

I can highly reconmend the sun for any wedding.
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