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For a true fairytale wedding, you can't beat a castle or palace wedding venue. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of beautiful castles and exquisite palaces all of which make for magical wedding venues. Pick your favourites below:

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Couple holding hands and looking at Ashridge House, their wedding venue, on their wedding day.

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Ashridge House Weddings

Historic, Magical Stately Home and Gardens for Weddings

93 reviews

Hertfordshire, Berkhamsted

£19,710 - £24,660

90-350 guests

The Priests House

A truly historic venue in the Yorkshire Dales near Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire

22 reviews

North Yorkshire, Skipton

£1,000 - £10,000

85 guests

Farnham Castle Wedding Venue in Surrey

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Farnham Castle Wedding Venue

An Extraordinary Castle Wedding Venue in Surrey

88 reviews

Surrey, Farnham

£4,000 - £15,000

30-350 guests

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De Vere Horsley Estate Venues in Surrey

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De Vere Horsley Estate Wedding Venue

Looking for exclusive use of a fairy tale castle?

50 reviews

Surrey, East Horsley

£3,500 - £21,000

50-250 guests

Hengrave Hall

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Hengrave Hall Luxury Exclusive Use Wedding Venue

Exclusive use Grade 1* listed Tudor mansion in Suffolk

53 reviews

Suffolk, Bury St Edmonds

£POA

15-250 guests

Lumley Castle Hotel Venues in County Durham
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Lumley Castle Hotel Wedding Venue

Castle Wedding Venue

82 reviews

County Durham, Chester-le-Street

£2,500 - £7,550

6-500 guests

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Brympton House Wedding Venue

Exclusive Country House Weddings in Somerset

351 reviews

Bristol and Somerset, Odcombe

£3,575 - £40,000

20-228 guests

Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland. Venues in Northumberland

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Langley Castle Hotel Wedding Venue

A timeless, unique & fairytale wedding venue

1 review

Northumberland, Hexham

£2,000 - £20,000

4-150 guests

Colchester Weddings - Historic Venues

Make your Essex wedding dreams a reality at Colchester Weddings - historic venue, stunning settings & unforgettable memories

8 reviews

Essex, Colchester

£POA

120 guests

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As a country, the UK is famous for our historical buildings, and none of these is more magical than a castle or a palace. If you want a romantic fairytale wedding day, then a castle or a palace wedding venue is the perfect place to tie the knot. From gothic fortresses to ivy-covered towers and feasting halls, having a castle wedding is the ideal way to feel like royalty for a day. If you truly want to be a prince or princess on your wedding day then celebrate together in a beautiful palace.

Castle and palace wedding venues are perfect for you if:

  • You want a fairytale wedding
  • You're a big fan of history
  • You don't want to do a huge amount of decorating
  • You want some incredible photo opportunities
  • You're flexible with your ceremony times

Castle & Palace Wedding Venues FAQ

Couples marrying in Scotland and Northern Ireland can generally have a civil ceremony at castle venues because it is the officiant who is licensed, not the venue. For couples in England and Wales, most castle wedding venues will have a civil ceremony license, which will allow you to legally marry in one of their rooms or in the grounds. If your chosen castle venue doesn't have a civil ceremony license, then you can always enquire about holding your ceremony at a register office or having a celebrant-led ceremony, before hosting your wedding reception at the castle. Most castles have large spaces that are perfect for banquets and dances, so bigger weddings aren't often a problem.

Often, castles have their own chapel or church on site, which is where its inhabitants would have religious services. This means that you may be able to have a religious wedding ceremony without leaving the castle grounds! If there isn't a church or chapel on site, then there may be one close by. Be sure to ask your chosen venues when enquiring about religious ceremonies to find out if this is a possibility.

If a palace or castle is offering their space for weddings it is more than likely that they can hold civil ceremonies. As for religious ceremonies, you will want to check if they can accommodate cultural traditions like a Chuppah or a Hindu fire ceremony, if they can then the answer will be yes. For those wanting a church wedding, some of these venues even feature a church or chapel on site.

If you need a wheelchair friendly wedding venue, then you may be surprised by how accessible castle and palace venues can be! As many castles and palaces also act as tourist attractions for their local area, it's important that wheelchair users can be accommodated. However, there may be steep towers or areas where this isn't possible. Be sure to ask your venues ahead of time if accessibility is top of your priorities list.

You may be surprised at how affordable a castle wedding venue can be! Even huge palaces and historical monuments don't always need a royal wedding budget, so it's always worth enquiring. If you're on a tight budget and want to save money on your castle wedding, then opting for a midweek date or marrying on an off-peak season is a brilliant way to cut costs as you can often find an excellent wedding deal.

Castles and palaces are perfect for couples who don't want to do lots of decorating at their wedding venue. After all, they're often sumptuously decorated in the first place! With incredible artwork, hanging tapestries, candelabra and suits of armour, castle decor is hard to replicate. However, as they're often listed buildings, there may be restrictions as to how you can decorate. You may not be able to hang decorations or bunting, and many castles and palaces will only allow natural or biodegradable wedding confetti.

A classic fairytale wedding theme works wonderfully for a castle venue as well as a palace wedding venue. Think horse-drawn carriages, ball gown wedding dresses, roses and sparkling chandeliers and you have the perfect castle wedding theme. If you're a history lover, then a medieval wedding theme is also perfect for a castle. Castles often have recommended entertainers such a falconers and dancers that are ideal for this, and your wedding guests will love a delicious medieval banquet. We also find that Christmas is the perfect time to have a castle or palace wedding, as they are often richly decorated for Christmas with candles, trees and traditional touches. Take advantage and have a beautiful winter wedding in a castle or palace!