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On Hitched.co.uk since 2020

Last update: May 2024

The Castle Westenhanger is a spectacular fairytale location for your wedding.

A scheduled ancient monument with a Grade I listed Manor House, it enjoys a rich history and has been connected to many notable figures, including Henry VIII & Queen Elizabeth I.

Convenient Location

The venue has excellent transport links and local accommodation options. It is located in the quaint village of Westenhanger between Ashford and Folkestone near the South Kent Coast, with Westenhanger train station a short walk away.

Suitable for Weddings of up to 300 Reception Guests

Suitable for both intimate and large weddings, with capacity for up to 120 ceremony guests.

For 2024 weddings, packages start from £8,150 based on 50-day guests and up to 200 evening guests. Packages include exclusive venue hire, a dedicated wedding coordinator, reception drinks, your wedding meal, wine for the guests, an evening buffet, a professional DJ, access to our exclusive online wedding planning tool, and much more.

Choice of Wedding Ceremony Areas

You will have a choice of three stunning licensed ceremony areas. These include the thatched gazebo on the castle lawn, the banqueting hall in the castle, or the bright and spacious marquee.

Sumptuous Wedding Breakfast

Toast your nuptials in the private bar before feasting on an unforgettable wedding breakfast in the marquee, with its views of the castle ruins and manor house. Our in-house chefs pride themselves on providing a first-class dining experience, using only the freshest ingredients for your wedding breakfast. They will collaborate with you to create a menu that will delight your guests, catering to all styles and culinary preferences. Enjoy a three-course feast, hog roast, or BBQ across a range of cuisines.

Unforgettable Venue

You’ll love the endless photo opportunities that can be found at The Castle Westenhanger, including the ornate medieval dovecote lit up by candlelight and the ruins of Rosamond’s Tower.

Dedicated Wedding Coordinator

Weddings at The Castle Westenhanger are run by our exceptional event planning team at Glow Events. It’s our mission to make your wedding planning journey as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, and we'll work with you to create the day of your dreams - just see our endless 5-star reviews.

You’ll be supported by a dedicated wedding coordinator who will be by your side throughout your planning journey, and you’ll be granted access to our exclusive online wedding planning tool.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Castle
Stately home
Historic
Landmark
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
Pet-friendly
Elephant baraat permitted
Horse baraat permitted
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Reviews for The Castle Westenhanger

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
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24 reviews
99% recommend it
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Megan S. Sent on 16/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Just Incredible!!

We had our special day here in April 2024 and all we can say is incredible!

The booking process was easy and so personal, the online planning system was so easy to use and the Westenhanger team were always at the end of an email if we needed anything at all - nothing was too much trouble.
The day went perfectly to plan thanks to the wonderful wedding coordinators, the food was amazing, the DJ was brilliant - genuinely there was nothing we would have changed.

We can’t thank the Westenhanger team enough for everything that they have done in making sure that our wedding day was perfect.
Ellen
Ellen B. Sent on 21/06/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

A magical gem.

This place is a gem and an absolutely stunning setting for special occasions. We had our daughter’s wedding there in June. The staff were attentive from the moment we first visited to look around, to the time we left having packed up everything the morning after the wedding. The food was delicious and generous portions the drinks were flowing. The castle is authentic and steeped in history which gives it a magical atmosphere.
Hayleigh
Hayleigh C. Sent on 10/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Magical Day

I can honestly say hand on heart that a typical ‘Wedding’ was not a bit of me. However, there is nothing Typical about Westernhanger.

The magic is created as soon as you walk in and even more so on my day as we had snow!! Transported into a winter wonderland with the most beautiful atmosphere and decorations.

The staff were honestly so incredible and I cannot even begin to thank you for guiding me through my day. You took everything out of my hands and I trusted you all. Your professionalism and expertise ensured that our day ran smoothly. Every single guest commented on how amazing the dinner service was and so professional. Also the food was stunning.

The evening DJ was great and although I took a turn for the worst, due to a sickness bug I couldn’t help but get up and boogie. The evening guests shared that the buffet was incredible.

On behalf of my Husband and I we would like to thank you all for creating and being a part of the most magical day. And if you’re anything like me and do not do ‘Typical’ this is the place for you. Westernhanger will always have a place in our hearts and we’ve made our own history in this incredible historical place.
Zach
Zach H. Sent on 02/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Viking wedding

All the staff from start to Finnish and after are amazing. From enquiries to information and service. Spectacular venue. If you’re looking for honestly care love and so much more. This is the venue. No faults here. Food is wonderful. Would highly recommend!! Zach and jo
Sarah
Sarah C. Sent on 01/08/2023
4.4 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue and great experience from start to finish!

From our first meeting, the staff were so welcoming, knowledgeable and responsive to any queries we had throughout the planning process. We had a lot of guests with dietary requirements, so the choice of menus was important to us when choosing a venue. There was a great selection of meals to choice from and the chefs were accommodating where we needed to tweak things!

The venue itself is of course stunning and a real stand out feature is the space for both the bridal party and groomsmen to get ready for the big day! All the staff on the day made sure everything went smoothly and we were able to relax and enjoy the day!
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Abigail Sent on 21/11/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Best day :)

The team at Westenhanger were so warm and welcoming. We had travelled from up north to come down and looked at multiple venues. The castle was the only venue that we got emotional at. It is gorgeous. We had a huge numbers of friends and family travel down for the day, and many have said it's the best wedding they've ever been to. We did find that perhaps coordination was slightly lax for us, but that could be more of a criticism of ourselves. A really, really lovely team of people. Thank you!
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Becci G. Sent on 20/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Autumnal dream

Tania, Jackie and Bex are an absolutely amazing team. We had such a chill wedding day with everything running smoothly. The Castle grounds are beautiful and looked amazing in the October sunshine. The inside of the castle is perfect for the ceremony and the marquee is great for the reception. We really wanted photos in the dovecote and they turned out lovely.
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Josie I. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing fairytale castle

Westenhanger Castle is an absolutely amazing wedding venue! From the moment we set foot on the grounds, we were blown away by its beauty and historical charm. The staff at Westenhanger Castle couldn't have been more helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. They went above and beyond to ensure that our special day was perfect in every way.

The team at Westenhanger Castle was incredibly accommodating, helping us with every aspect of our wedding, from selecting the ideal ceremony location to assisting with catering and decorating decisions. Their professionalism and dedication to making our day unforgettable were truly remarkable.

Our guests were also captivated by the beauty of the venue and the warmth of the staff. We received numerous compliments about the exceptional service and the incredible ambiance throughout the day.

In conclusion, Westenhanger Castle is not just a wedding venue; it's a fairytale setting where dreams come true. We couldn't have asked for a better place to start our journey together, and we are immensely grateful for the exceptional support we received from the staff. If you're looking for a wedding venue that combines history, beauty, and exceptional service, Westenhanger Castle is the perfect choice
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Paul W. Sent on 12/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply the best

We cannot recommend The Castle at Westenhanger enough. Quite simply the best. A totally professional team who made our day so special. Everyone and everything was perfect and far exceeded our expectations. On top of this, the team really did make us feel more like friends than customers and really did seem as excited as we were about the day. From day one of planning to clearing up our things the day after, we were met with smiles and hugs and made to feel genuinely special. If you want good old fashioned professional service wrapped in the friendliest of company at a venue that looks stunning, then you have found the perfect venue in Westenhanger.
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Gemma Sent on 24/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Just amazing!

I honestly cannot recommend this venue enough. Tania and Mike are absolutely amazing people, after a turbulent year in 2020 we found this beautiful venue mid 2020 to have our long awaited wedding. As soon as we entered the Castle and were shown around by Tania we fell in love with it and the beautiful surroundings. The staff have been so so helpful, informative and understanding for couples, nothing is too much to ask. We never thought we would find a venue where we have so much support and understanding from the staff. I would recommend this venue to absolutely anyone! ?
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Claire H. Sent on 15/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t ask for more!

The team at Westenhanger have been nothing but supportive and flexible with regards to our wedding. We were originally due to be married in June 2020 but had to postpone, now planned for June 2021 and cannot wait to have our wedding in their beautiful grounds. Highly recommend.
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Julie Sent on 09/12/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our special day

We have just had our wedding at Westenhanger castle 07.12.2019. Not only is the place lovely, the staff are fantastic and we mean that from the bottom of our hearts, everyone was so polite friendly and wanting to make our day special.

The food was fantastic, in house DJ was great. It all run smoothly you didn’t really see or know that the staff were around. So organised.
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Anonymous Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from start to finish

We had the most amazing wedding day at Westenhanger. The team are amazing!! Our day was perfect from start to finish. Thank you so much!! Mr and Mrs Barton x
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Karen Sent on 04/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams

We had the most amazing wedding of our dreams at Westenhanger Castle. It’s the most perfect setting. Charlotte, Mike, Liz and all the team were brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you all so much for helping us have the most perfect day. Karen and Barry Browne x
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Beverley Sent on 29/03/2017
5 out of 5 rating

A Happy Mother of the bride

We held our daughter's Wedding reception at Westenhanger in August.
The setting is just beautiful. The carvery was delicious (still talking about it now!) Sarah is just so helpful and all the staff are lovely.
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Deals

Events

29 Sep
Open Door
  • Sunday 29 September 2024
  • 12 - 4 pm
  • The Castle Westenhanger, Stone Street, Westenhanger, Hythe, CT21 4HX

Explore their recently renovated dressing rooms, discover their unique ceremony areas and be inspired by the wedding styling.

Date: From 29/09/2024 to 29/09/2024 Schedule 12:00 - 16:00
Place: Stone Street, Lympne, Kent

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Stone Street CT21 4HX Lympne (Kent)
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