Historical wedding venues from English Heritage
For a wedding venue with a real sense of history, look to the stunning venues looked after by English Heritage.
With them, you could tie the knot in a 16th century castle or an 18th century orangery, and enjoy your wedding breakfast in banqueting halls graced by English kings and queens, before dancing the night away in an incredible art gallery. The choices are endless, but we’ve picked out some of our favourite historical wedding venues from English Heritage…
The stunning former home of millionaire socialites Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is a gorgeous manor house that exudes 1930s sophistication. In fact, it’s so popular that it recently won Bronze in the Best Wedding Venue category at the London Venue Awards! Tie the knot in one of the elegant Art Deco rooms such as the circular Entrance Hall, and enjoy a wedding breakfast in the medieval Great Hall. This grand wedding venue can accommodate both ceremonies and receptions of up to 200 guests, so it’s ideal for larger weddings.
Although this 18th century stately home isn’t far from the hustle and bustle of London, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the secluded countryside thanks to the lush lawns and landscaped lawns surrounding Kenwood House. This neoclassical Georgian villa with its stunning white facade looks incredible as you approach, and the interiors are just as breathtaking, with ceremony and reception rooms including the ornate Orangery, Music Room and Art Gallery featuring Rembrandt, Vermeer and Turner. Perfect for weddings of up to 100 guests.
For a historical wedding venue in the Isle of Wight, you can’t get more glamorous than Osborne House. The former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Osborne House is an award-winning wedding venue that boasts everything from a tree-lined private beach to its own chapel on site, and can cater for anything from 30 to 150 guests. If you’re looking for an outdoor wedding ceremony, you’ll be spoiled for choice – you can marry on the beach, on the sunlit Belvedere Terrace or in the Walled Garden. Indoors, you can choose from three incredible ceremony and reception spaces, including the India-inspired Durbar Room.
Looking for a seaside wedding venue? This romantic Tudor castle is set on the Cornish coast overlooking Falmouth, making it an impressive backdrop to your wedding photographs. Say your wedding vows in a candlelit ceremony in the ancient Keep, before heading out onto the green lawns of the castle Chemise for an elegant drinks reception within the ramparts. Finally, enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast in the banqueting suite of the Royal Artillery Barracks. For weddings of over 150 guests, a marquee can easily be set up the castle grounds.
This glamorous Georgian villa in Greenwich Park is the ideal wedding venue for art lovers, as it houses the famous Wernher Collection of over 700 pieces of art. With its wooden flooring, bay window and fine antique furnishings, the Art Gallery makes the perfect location for a wedding ceremony of up to 80 guests, or a wedding breakfast of up to 60. For larger weddings, the Walled Garden provides the perfect space for a marquee holding up to 100 guests for drinks and dining.
One of the most picturesque wedding venues in the country, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire combines incredible French chateau-style architecture with remarkable landscaping and gardens. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to wedding ceremony spaces; you could tie the knot in the elegant blue Drawing Room with its painted ceiling, the Library (which features stunning views through the floor-to-ceiling windows) or the grand garden Orangery. Your guests can enjoy drinks in the Ante Library and step onto the Terrace, to fully appreciate Wrest Park’s lawns, flower gardens, fountains and statues.
If you’re interested in an English Heritage wedding venue, simply get in touch, or check them out online.
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