Choose a stunning historical castle for your wedding
With 66 castles, 27 forts and 7 palaces across our historic collection you could say that English Heritage are the experts in castles, as such we have chosen eight of our very best to present to you the perfect castle wedding venues. With atmospheric great halls, boutique coastal castles with panoramic views, and romantic ruins, the English Heritage castle wedding venue collection contains something inspiring for every couple. Imagine your own castle for the day, with rooms that require no dressing above a few flowers or lights, unique photo locations, and an impressive space in which to wine and dine your guests. Our castles often come with 'added extras' no other wedding venue can boast, such as a stunning beach for that romantic photo opportunity, a perfectly recreated Elizabethan garden, a cannon fire salute, and even a 1930s Art Deco palace.
Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Who could fail to be wooed by Kenilworth's romantic ruin and beautifully recreated Elizabethan gardens? Robert Dudley originally commissioned the gardens to woo his Queen, and now returned to their former glory they provide a glorious setting for the perfect wedding at Kenilworth Castle.
Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Pendennis boasts both a 16th Century castle keep and attractive barracks, both of which are perfect for wedding receptions and ceremonies. The castle is set on a grand headland with far reaching views over to St Mawes and across the Fal Estuary. Ceremonies can be held in the castle keep and receptions can be hosted in the exclusive event suites within the barracks. With a dedicated events kitchen, exclusive private events entrance and views out across the castle, you can really get the party started.
Portland Castle, Dorset
Perfectly set right at the water's edge Portland Castle is an atmospheric and romantic venue that appeals to those looking for an intimate castle they can call their own. With a stunning and sheltered marquee site the castle can host weddings for up to 150 guests.
Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire
If you are looking for that romantic ruin of a castle with idyllic tumbledown walls but enough perfectly preserved window and door openings to let the sunlight stream through then Wardour is for you. Originally inspired by the designs of French Chateaus, Old Wardour's six sided ruin is the perfect fairy tale setting. You can choose to marry within the ruined castle itself on in an 18th Century pavilion by the lake. With a past appearance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves castle wedding venues really don't come any more romantic than Old Wardour Castle.
St Mawes Castle, Cornwall
St Mawes is set on breath-taking heritage coastline in the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall. Dating from the mid 16th Century St Mawes is the most attractive and best preserved of Henry VIII's string of coastal castles. The views are spectacular, sweeping from the Roseland Peninsula, across the open sea and over to the Fal estuary. St Mawes is available for exclusive use and there is also a beautiful marquee site available in the gardens.
Here's some of our other impressive settings for you to say 'I do'.
Eltham Palace, London
A hybrid of Art Deco elegance and medieval castle, Eltham Palace, is a venue truly fit for a modern princess. If you are looking for a castle venue you can easily fall in love with Eltham's Great Hall. Possibly the most spectacular wedding breakfast venue in the entire English Heritage collection; the Great Hall was built for Edward IV in the 1470s. With its stunning hammer beam roof, which sits high above you, you might be forgiven for forgetting that the Palace is also the epitome of 1930s luxury. The Great Hall therefore boasts under floor heating and is surrounded by Eltham's 19 acres of beautiful gardens. Hidden away in South London Eltham Palace is easily accessible from London and the South East, with accommodation options in nearby Blackheath and Bromley.
With its pretty gatehouse and lush green surrounding countryside Cleeve Abbey presents the picture perfect wedding venues. Within its romantic ruins are four ancient rooms and a cloister which can be exclusively yours for the day. A marquee space is also available to allow you to plan your whole day at Cleeve Abbey and celebrate your wedding within the romantic surrounds of the Abbey.
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