Historical wedding venues from English Heritage
For a wedding venue with a real sense of history, look to English Heritage wedding venues. From 16th century castles to 18th century orangeries, these fairytale wedding venues make for a once-in-a-lifetime wedding day. Here are some of our favourite historical wedding venues, as well as upcoming wedding fairs for you to visit.
Eltham Palace is a gorgeous manor house wedding venue that exudes 1930s sophistication. It’s actually so popular that it won Bronze in the Best Wedding Venue category at the London Venue Awards 2018. The former home of millionaire socialites Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace can accommodate weddings of up to 200 guests.
There are so many beautiful rooms to choose from here, with a unique mix of Medieval and Art Deco. The Italian Drawing Room with its grand piano is the perfect location for your drinks reception or an intimate ceremony, while The Great Hall is the perfect room for larger weddings. The Dining Room is Art Deco in style, and features unique doors with life drawings of animals and birds at London Zoo, as is the stunning Entrance Hall. Depending on your style, you’ll feel like an English princess or a Hollywood starlet!
Visit Eltham Palace’s wedding showcase on 17th October 2019, 6pm to 8.30pm.
For historical wedding venues 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. Weddings of all sizes are welcome here, with options 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 sunlit Belvedere Terrace, in the Walled Garden, or even on the private beach! Indoors, you can choose from three incredible ceremony and reception spaces, including the India-inspired Durbar Room. There’s even an option for a marquee reception on the Durbar Lawn, with breathtaking views. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed amazing wedding photos!
Visit Osborne House’s wedding showcase on 17th November 2019, 11am to 3pm.
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, you can hire a marquee for the castle grounds. If you thought historical wedding venues didn’t exist on the coast, this amazing castle will prove you wrong!
Visit Pendennis Castle’s wedding showcase on 13th October 2019, 11am to 3pm.
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.
Visit Wrest Park’s wedding showcase on Sunday 29th September 2019, 11am-3pm.
This glamorous Georgian villa in Greenwich Park is the ideal wedding venue for art lovers. After all, 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.
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. This is because Kenwood House sits in acres the lush lawns and landscaped gardens. This neoclassical Georgian villa looks incredible as you approach, and the interiors are just as breathtaking. Ceremony and reception rooms include the ornate Orangery, Music Room and the Art Gallery. Can you imagine marrying amidst works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Turner? Perfect for weddings of up to 100 guests.
See more historical wedding venues from English Heritage here.
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