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Whether you are looking for a beautiful period setting for your special day, or a touch of the unusual, The Judge’s Lodging has something to offer you. With three stunningly restored rooms registered for ceremonies, this award-winning museum will do all it can to make your wedding a day to truly remember. The Building
itself was called 'The most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales’. by one of its original occupants and nothing much has changed in the way it stuns people, from HRH Prince of Wales' comments that it is 'Truly inspirational' to Lucy Worsley's 'WHAT a stunning place!'.
If you choose this museum as the setting for your wedding vows, there are three period rooms to choose from. The vast courtroom is grand, but also lends itself to those who like to present something quirky, whilst the sumptuous Dining Room or elegant Withdrawing Room provide more intimate settings. All are lit, stunningly, by period lighting. Staff will work very personally with you to create the right atmosphere for you.
Whichever room you choose, the others will be available for pre or post ceremony refreshments and the Dining Room is available for intimate evening dining for groups of up to 27. The museum can provide tours for your guests, help with accommodation in the area, suggest suppliers and generally work to make your day as special and easy for you as they can. If you are considering a ceremony at the building a complimentary tour is provided.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: Gabrielle Rivers
The Judge's Lodging is beautiful, quirky, fun and dedicated to making sure every visitor has a wonderful experince. We'd love the opportunity to share your special day and will work with you very closely and personally to create it.
Year Business Was Established
# Of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
Press and Awards (2)
World of Interiors, 2012
Country Life, 2000
Industry Awards (5)
Britain's Best Hidden Gem 2014, Hudson's Heritage Awards
Interpret Britain Award, 1998
Sandford Award for Heritage Education, 2015
Britain's Local Museum of the Year, 2000
Best of British Awards - Top Ten Historic Attraction
Location & Contact Details
Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD, Wales
Nearest Train Station
In Presteigne town centre. within easy reach of Hereford, Shrewsbury, Birmingham and Mid Wales.
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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
It's a toss up between the two police officers who got married in the dock and the one where 150 people were singing the Hippopotomus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud) to the newly-weds.
What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
We've never seen a wedding where something has not gone accordning to plan, be it dress mishaps or cars breaking down with the ushers in, but we've also never seen one that is not perfect in the end - just have fun and relax, everyone is there for you.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Our bust of Queen Victoria being dressed with a tiara belonging to one of the couple's family on her head!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Atmospheric, historic, sumptuous, relaxed, quirky
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
By a roaring fire in the Withdrawing Room.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
A couple, but we're a bit secret about them.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Anything recommended by Mrs Beeton!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Hot cocoa to drink in front of our open fires.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Period oil and gas lighting throughout.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Allowing people access to wander the period rooms at their leisure, touching things and truly immerse themselves in the Victorian atmosphere
Bridebook Special Offer: Free museum entry for guests