The Top 29 Historical Wedding Venues in the UK
There’s nothing better than finding your dream wedding venue – especially when it has hundreds of years of history to delve into! Here at Bridebook.co.uk, we love a historical wedding venue, and so we’ve made a list of some of our favourites!
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1. Stowe House, Buckinghamshire
Number one on our list has got to be Stowe House in the quaint countryside of Buckinghamshire. Set among extensive enchanting gardens, there is a Corinthian Arch and a series of temples – the most grand being Stowe House. Dating back to the 18th Century, this venue oozes history from every corner!
Fancy a fairy-tale wedding in a castle? The historic Warwick Castle could be yours for the day, where an endless amount of grand events have been held and where all the Earls of Warwick entertained their guests over the centuries. If only walls could speak!
The rather royal Ashridge House has previously been home to Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, so you and your guests can delve into it’s infinite past on your wedding day. Set in a 190 acre estate, you won’t be left feeling bored while you explore the breath-taking grounds.
Previously a convent, The Alverton Hotel is a Grade II listed building designed with stunning architecture and rich in history. It boasts a slate roof, it’s own bell tower and gorgeous archways finished off with a luxury 4-star sheen. You’ll be in total awe when you discover The Great Hall!
Lichfield’s Guildhall is a beautiful venue that tells a story of 600 years of local history. Make the most of the high roof and glorious stained glass windows with a traditional ceremony followed by a medieval banquet – or simply put your own spin on this historical venue.
Near the centre of the capital lies a gothic Victorian chapel that was built in 1862 and was founded in the late 1600’s. Despite it’s many years of history, Rosslyn Hill Chapel is one of very few places of worship to host same-sex weddings!
7. Castell Coch, Rhondda Cynon Taf
This 19th Century gothic revival castle is a Welsh wonder named Castell Coch. The first part of the castle dates back to 1081 and was built by the Normans – but nowadays the intricate decoration and luxury furnishings make this venue a stunning wedding setting with a great backstory.
8. Rothamsted Manor, Hertfordshire
Grade I listed Rothamsted Manor is set in idyllic gardens in the Hertfordshire countryside. But not only that – the Victorian interiors and absolutely stunning Great Drawing Room add plenty of character and charm to this grand historic house.
9. The Reading Room, Norfolk
Adjacent to the town church, an Old Rectory has been transformed into The Reading Room – a breath-taking venue sandwiched between the North Norfolk coast and plentiful countryside. You will find key features of it’s past combined with some gorgeous contemporary touches!
10. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Greater London
Don’t want your guests twiddling their thumbs on your big day? Dulwich Picture Gallery will keep everyone entertained with 200 years of history and masterful architecture. By having your wedding at the gallery, you’ll be supporting further exhibitions and education for years to come!
11. Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
Northumberland brings a unique venue with an industrial heritage focus to the forefront of history. Woodhorn Museum blends listed buildings with 21st Century finishes. Ride on the railway, peruse the exhibitions and have your photos taken in front of iconic industrial structures.
12. Aston Hall, West Midlands
The Jacobean Manor of Aston Hall dates back to 1635 offers lush lawns, gorgeous gardens and plentiful parkland while being closely situated near the centre of Birmingham. The most historic of rooms is The Great Hall, where an open fireplace and wooden panelling creates a homely ambience.
13. Cowdray House, West Sussex
Cowdray House is located on a magnificent estate over 16,000 acres in size and boasts a glorious baronial Buck Hall. Expect vaulted ceilings, rustic chandeliers and creative masterpieces to surround you while you celebrate the biggest day in history (for you, anyway!)
14. Hockwold Hall, Norfolk
Some areas of the incredible Hockwold Hall date back to the 16th Century. This majestic venue is ideally situated near the border of three counties and offers rooms that transport you back to the past. Enjoy a luxurious weekend retreat here alongside your wedding, too!
15. The Foundling Museum, Greater London
London’s St Pancras area is home to The Foundling Museum, which tells visitors about the Foundling Hospital and the Capital’s first children’s charity along with an impressive art gallery. Let your guests explore and learn the stories of the venue’s interesting past.
16. The Guildhall Chichester, West Sussex
Chichester’s Guildhall is set in the heart of the city and is a romantic 13th Century building – perfect as a fairy-tale backdrop! Full to the brim with historic features and adjacent to an idyllic park setting, you’ll have the ideal mix of history and natural beauty on your big day.
You can’t get more historic than the childhood home of iconic poet William Wordsworth, can you? Wordsworth House & Garden, dating back to the 1770’s, boasts a Georgian kitchen, traditional interiors and the award-winning garden that inspired the works of the man himself.
18. The Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glasgow
At The Trades Hall of Glasgow, you can expect late Victorian décor, six unique function rooms and baroque chandeliers that take you right back to the past. Restored stained glass and a marble fireplace finish off this traditional venue with a stylish historical touch.
The dramatic black and white medieval venue of Samlesbury Hall is steeped in history and grandeur. From your journey down the sweeping driveway to the soak in the Gatehouse’s luxurious roll top bath, this venue will provide you with all you need – and surrounded by ancient woodland.
20. Belfast Castle, Belfast
With a past dating back to the 12th Century, there’s a lot of history to learn at Belfast Castle! Whether you want to rein act a traditional banquet for a King and Queen or plan out your own fairy-tale day, the Irish charm of this venue is sure to have you stunned!
The upper and lower halls of the University of St Andrews are a magnificent backdrop for your romantic wedding. Not only does this venue have TWO nearby chapels and some beautiful function rooms, but it also holds the key to 600 years of incredible Scottish history.
22. Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire
Boasting 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds, Eynsham Hall is a breath-taking Jacobean-style mansion that is a pretty picturesque backdrop for a wedding! It’s just down the road from the city of Oxford and offers plenty of historical charm. Can you imagine tying the knot here?
23. Stationers Hall & Garden, Greater London
If you’re looking for the ultimate historic reception venue just a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, Stationers Hall & Garden is the one! In the hustle and bustle of the UK’s capital, yet with a secluded garden and magnificent rooms lined with armorial shields, this venue is sure to make your jaw drop.
24. Lumley Castle Hotel, County Durham
Lumley Castle Hotel displays over 600 years of history against the glorious backdrop of County Durham. With a focus on heritage and mouth-watering food, you can delve into the past while enjoying your day in these totally splendid surroundings!
Named the finest medieval hall in the country, St Mary’s Hall Complex boasts gloriously stained glass window and traditional features to wow your guests. Telling stories of its 700 year past, you’ll learn that this venue has had Shakespeare on its stage!
Dating back to the 15th Century, The Guildhall Newport caters for intimate weddings in its cosy historic building. Follow the traditional décor inside and out to the herb garden for a simply stunning reception where you can clink glasses with your closest loved ones.
27. The Olde Bell, Berkshire
The Olde Bell offers a Victorian Malthouse and rustic Tudor barn within it’s Grade II-listed splendour. Plan your perfect day around this quintessential English country venue, where you’ll learn about the history of this now-luxury coaching inn. We’re totally in love!
28. Saint Nicolas Place, West Midlands
Saint Nicolas Place is Birmingham’s largest collection of buildings from the Tudor period and has over 900 years of rich heritage. You can expect five restored rooms with timber frames, and you can explore the ancient church, medieval school and a whole host of other historical buildings.
29. Shepherd Neame Brewery, Kent
Britain’s oldest brewer can be found in Kent’s medieval market town of Faversham. Shepherd Neame Brewery dates back to 1698 and features rustic décor alongside the more contemporary visitor centre, where you can learn all about how the award-winning beer is made.
We have just fallen in love with all of these venues! You really can’t beat a great historical backdrop.
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