10 fairytale UK wedding venues
13 May 2016
Live happily ever after and take a look at these enchanting wedding venues fit for a princess
Wishing for a fairytale wedding? Make all your dreams come true with ten of the top venues straight out of a storybook.
1. Castell Coch, South Wales
Available for a civil ceremony, this magical castle set amidst the treetops overlooks the Welsh valleys. Constructed as a rural retreat by William Burges to complement his main residence at Cardiff Castle in the 19th century, Castell Coch is steeped in history. Presenting grandiose Gothic architecture, the vaulted drawing room offers a breathtaking space for ceremonies which can hold up to 30 people.
2. Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
An exclusive wedding venue waiting to create your very own fairytale. Say “I do” in the beautiful ballroom with leaded windows and raised dais. Dine in style with freshly prepared dishes by the team of in-house chefs and dance the night away in the newly refurbished Cellar Bar, before resting your weary head in one of the luxury bedroom suites.
3. Mount Stuart, Scotland
A romantic Victorian Gothic mansion on the idyllic Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart is a truly magical place to celebrate the most important day of your life. Set in 300 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens and grounds, and home to both the magnificent Marble Chapel and Marble Hall, the house is a unique venue that epitomises both quality and luxury. The stunning interiors and grounds offer a choice of seven different locations to celebrate your fairytale wedding.
4. Augill Castle, Cumbria
Set in the countryside between The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales, Augill Castle is a multi award-winning venue that offers authentic hospitality and 20 acres of stunning grounds. Laid back shabby chic characterises the various rooms which include six bedrooms, dining and ceremony rooms. Catering for smaller, more intimate affairs through to larger lavish ceremonies, Augill Castle can be hired exclusively to cement the special nature of your day.
5. Kensington Palace, London
Feel like royalty on your big day in one of the homes of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Bought as a homely country mansion by William III and Queen Mary in 1689, Kensington Palace retains its royal heritage to this day. Offering various areas in which to wed – from the Orangery to Kensington Gardens, each area has varying capacities for receptions from 80-1000. A dedicated events team will help you to plan each aspect of your wedding, to ensure you get the most out of this truly charming venue.
6. Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
Belvoir Castle, near Grantham is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. The castle is awash with history, dating back to the early 1800s. The French name Belvoir – meaning beautiful view – was given to the castle because of its stunning location sitting proudly on a hill in the Leicestershire countryside, offering the perfect fairytale setting for a wedding. The site also has the option to host your wedding reception in the beautiful lakeside marquee.
7. Notley Abbey, Buckinghamshire
Notley Abbey is an enchanting wedding venue located on the border of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Managed by Bijou Wedding Venues and available on an exclusive hire basis throughout the year, this historic venue oozes charm and character and was once the home of the actor, Laurence Olivier. The truly magnificent driveway leading up to the wedding venue was planted by his wife, Vivien Leigh, and provides couples with a one-of-a-kind backdrop to their wedding day photography.
8. Rowton Castle, Shropshire
This prestigious wedding venue in the heart of the Shropshire countryside boasts 17 acres of tranquil grounds, featuring quintessential English walled gardens, woodland walks and hidden pools; a perfect backdrop for your big day. Impeccable service and exquisite food characterise the service at this 17th century castle where you can enjoy your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.
9. The Langham, London
For a fairytale wedding in the heart of capital city, The Langham hotel on Regent’s Street in London adds a touch of luxury to proceedings. With a remarkable attention to detail, The Langham features various licensed ceremony rooms including the dramatic Grand Ballroom which can accommodate parties of up to 200. Weddings can also benefit from the multiple facilities on offer such as the tranquil Chuan Spa and the heavenly Palm Court.
10. The Lakeside, Carlton Towers, Yorkshire
Nestled in the parkland of the quintessentially English Carlton Towers Estate, this wonderful location offers a fantastic combination of a natural countryside setting with the most luxurious facilities. Overlooking the historic 11 acre lake which takes in views of the water lilies, the lakeside marquee site offers the perfect fairytale location. The flexibility of a marquee wedding gives a blank canvas for couples to make their own mark and also allows them to invite a larger number of guests.