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Last update: February 2024

WEDDING OPEN DAY

2026 Diary Launch

Calling all 2026 couples! Come and see us on Sunday 17th March, from 12 nooon until 15:00. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco whilst looking around our beautiful venue. Couples attending on the day will receive priority to reserve 2026 dates before they are released later that week. No registration needed!

We look forwarded to seeing you all soon.

St Chad’s College is a wedding venue in Durham, England. This charming venue, which sits in the shadow of Durham Cathedral and fronts the medieval North Bailey street, is a place of peaceful serenity, where picture-perfect gardens stretch out to meet the wooded gorge of the mighty and majestic River Wear.

Facilities and Capacity

St Chad’s welcomes couples and their guests during Durham University's Easter and summer vacations. The College is licensed to host civil ceremonies. The glass-roofed Cassidy Quad and the lawned garden can seat 100 ceremony guests; the Senior Common Room is also available for couples planning a more intimate ceremony. Moulsdale Hall, which features tall, arched windows that afford a lovely view of Durham Cathedral, hosts wedding breakfasts for up to 120 guests. Cassidy Quad is also available for use in the evening and hosts after-ceremony celebrations of up to 140 people. The happy couple can also enjoy a complimentary stay in a garden-view or cathedral-view room on the night of their wedding. Competitively-priced overnight accommodation is also available for wedding guests.

Services Offered

St Chad’s hosts one wedding per day. The venue's staff is committed to providing professional, friendly, and caring service. The College's head chef and his team offer a selection of ready-made dining options, but they love creating bespoke menus to suit every palate, style, and budget. Couples can count on everyone at St Chad’s to go above and beyond to ensure that everything is perfect and ready for their special day. Viewings are available, and the team at St Chad’s looks forward to meeting you.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Historic
Landmark
In the city
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
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5.0 out of 5 rating
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100% Recommended by couples
Sam
Sam A. Sent on 24/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

PERFECT day from start to finish! Exceptional service from all the staff, delicious food, stunning venue!

St Chads gave us the best day of our lives! Our wedding was a truly amazing day. All of the staff went above & beyond, the service was exceptional throughout the whole day. The food was delicious, we had canapés, a 3 course wedding breakfast and the cold buffet on the evening. All of our guests had the best day & gave us so many lovely compliments about the venue. A special thank you to Lesley, Darryl & Sara for all the communication & organisation that made the whole process stress free. I would recommend St Chads to anyone getting married. Thank you so much, we’re eternally grateful to you all for giving us a wedding day better than we could have ever imagined it to be. Sam & Dean - Wedding 08.09.2023
Deborah
Deborah C. Sent on 14/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever!

We have attended many weddings, all beautiful, but for so many reasons this was literally the best day ever.
The staff were very helpful, we were put at ease each time we called up with a stupid question or a pointless panic about something
On the day, as well as in the run up, Darryl was amazing, the whole event (my daughter Amy’s wedding) flowed from start to finish, seamlessly!
Darryl and his team took care of everything, he kept saying “trust me, it will be perfect” and it was.
Couldn’t recommend this venue and it’s staff highly enough!
Sarah
Sarah M. Sent on 01/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue, stress free day

We booked Chad's as our reception venue and couldn't recommend it more for anyone wanting a beautiful wedding. The venue is the perfect place for a wedding reception, and all our guests were commenting on the picturesque surroundings. The quad and the garden particularly were brilliant spaces. The organisers were so slick and professional in the lead up to the wedding, that planning was so easy. They even gave us some great ideas like having a picture slide show of our family and friends. On the day, Darryl was the image of a man in control of the day, to the extent that as the bride and groom, we could just enjoy the day. We are so happy we booked Chad's for our wedding.
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Kimberley S. Sent on 27/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from start to finish

Our wedding day was perfect right from the start. It was a very early start 6am and straight away the staff put me at ease and couldn’t do enough for me. We had plenty of space to get ready and we certainly didn’t feel rushed. We ordered a continental breakfast to the room and it was great.
Everything went amazing at the church I finally married my sole mate!
When we arrived back to Chads Daryl met us with a big smile and a congratulation. We were then given 5 minutes to gather our thoughts before going to see our guests.
Even thought it rained pretty much all day we got the most incredible pictures inside of the Cassidy quad.
Food was delicious and there wasn’t many empty plates left. Guests told us how nice it was too!
Our whole day ran so smoothly leaving me and my husband to really enjoy every aspect of it.
I can’t thank the staff enough for everything they did for us to make the most perfect day. It’s a day we will never forget.
Sara for just taking over as wedding coordinator you did a great job and I’m so pleased we got to work with you.
Again thank you so much Daryl and Sara for a perfect day.
Eleanor
Eleanor P. Sent on 05/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect venue

Lesley & Darryl are a brilliant team and did an amazing job! We had an incredible day at the place we first met and really couldn't have had a better venue.
Nick
Nick Sent on 31/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

An incredible place to get married

Our wedding was better than we could have imagined. Everything was perfect on the day. Stunning venue, great food, and all the staff at the venue were very helpful and friendly in accomdating all of our ideas.

The main quadrant looks lovely and light during the day, but once it was lit up in the evening it looked truly amazing. Having the gardens was fantastic both for pictures and a place to chat with friends in the sunshine. Lots of lovely spots nearby for wonderful photos including the spectacular Durham Cathedral. The whole package was really good value for money. If we could do it all again we wouldn't change a thing. We had the best day!
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Miss J. Sent on 11/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue

As soon as we viewed the venue we knew. St chads looked perfect for our wedding. The courtyard in so beautiful it barely needs any extra decorations. Staff very easy to communicate with. Set up a beautiful table (and side tables) with genius little hacks to make it all look extra nice (such as found a nice box for the handfans to be displayed in). When the speaker system broke (after having worked that same morning) they found alternative speakers to use. Guests did not notice the problem. Already recommending St Chads to everyone.
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Emily G. Sent on 28/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely amazing, cannot recommend highly enough!

Our wedding day at St Chad's College was the best day of our lives. I honestly can't praise all the venue staff highly enough for everything! We were nervous about some of the elements of our wedding, but nothing was too much trouble for Sara, Darryl, Lesley and the team at Chad's - they were so responsive to all our queries and even let us pop into the venue (more than once!) to make sure everything would be ready.

On the day itself, they took care of everything - liaising with suppliers to make sure the venue was beautifully decorated, ensuring all our guests were comfortable and were in the right place, making sure the evening band got in and set up OK - we didn't have to worry about a single thing and it all went without a hitch. The food was also excellent and the catering for guests with allergies and dietary requirements was great. Every single detail was attended to.

St Chad's is an absolutely beautiful venue and in such an amazing location. All our guests loved it, we can't recommend it highly enough for anyone looking for a north east wedding. Thank you to all the staff at St Chad's college!
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Katherine Sent on 23/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

PERFECT day, gorgeous setting, incredible food, great staff

Chads is such a beautiful venue, we loved every second of our day and the food was just incredible. We had asked for featherblade of beef for the meat main and if was just melt in your mouth! The choc brownie for dessert was divine. Our vegan (butternut squash dish) and veggie (veggie chilli) friends enjoyed their meals too.
Staff were very helpful and accomodating. Tables were decorated just as we'd asked for in our diagram.
(Teeny tiny downside is the toll charge to get dropped at the door if before 4pm. And the minibus drivers not willing/bale to drive to the door. ) But please don't let it put you off -there are work arounds!
A wonderful venue, but all the more satisfying for being such a good price!!!
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Kate B. Sent on 30/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique venue

We cannot recommend St Chad’s enough! If you are looking for a unique venue in the heart of Durham with character then this is the place for you! It's great how everything for the day is contained in one place but there are plenty of little rooms and the gardens for people to explore. The team here are so friendly and helpful as well, we had to worry about nothing on the day as they had it all sorted! Thank you so much again to the St Chad's team!
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Chloe Sent on 08/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent venue with great service

Great venue, fantastic food, excellent organisation and staff flexibility. We had the best day celebrating at St Chads
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Ruth G. Sent on 08/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Unique Wedding Venue!

We cannot recommend St Chad’s as a wedding venue enough. It really is beautiful but unique, with the stunning glass roofed quad being the real wow factor! Not to mention being opposite Durham Cathedral!
Lesley, Darryl and the team were so helpful from day 1 of the planning process, they are clearly experienced with events and really put us at ease. The day ran without a hitch and we were made to feel so special. A perfect day all round!
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Dawn W. Sent on 06/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wow best day of our lives.. can we do it again!

Wow just wow! From start to finish Leslie and Darryl just made everything perfect for us 😊
Beautiful location and quaint unusual setting with another wow factor couldn’t of asked anymore .. had a good weather so could use the garden .. presentation food all top class
Thank you so much 😊
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Will C. Sent on 06/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic!

We had the best best day ever. No exaggeration. The venue looked amazing, the team at Chad's were so friendly, helpful and professional both on the day and in the run up.

We had a fantastic time, as did all our guests.
We did not stopped talking about our wedding for days, with huge smiles on our faces.

The venue looked great, all the staff were friendly and helpful and the transitions between rooms/ parts of the day were seamless.

All the guests commented on how amazing the venue was, both inside and out.

The food was delicious.

The team were so responsive by email and phone which made organising the event so much easier, being hundreds of miles away.

We couldn't recommend St Chad's more highly!
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D E J. Sent on 08/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Atmospheric, great location, assistance and food

As Father of Bride I was involved from the start. They were excellent in explaining things and listening and organising with us before the wedding and the day was perfect. The place is old and atmospheric and in a wonderful location. Parking is an issue but they can sort out congestion charge permission and, let’s face it - it is next to a Wonder of the medieval world in the cathedral so who cares. The available spaces work really well for a wedding reception. We had good weather so the garden was well used and helped for kids games as well is sitting out for a drink. The ‘quiet room’ was lovely for us oldies to get away from the music. The meal was in the Hall and they organised it splendidly without over controlling things and we thought the food was superb. Some guests who eat out a lot praised it very highly and many said it was the best they had had at a wedding. For the evening we were all moved seamlessly into the covered quad and, again, they organised the drinks for the extra guests and everything else without fuss. My daughter and son in law loved the whole thing and I cannot praise St Chad’s and its staff enough.
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