10 wedding venues from TV and film
12 Jan 2017
From the small screen to the silver screen, here are 10 venues used as TV or film sets which you can hire for your wedding day
1. Darling Buds Farm, Kent - The Darling Buds of May
Situated in the heart of Kent’s beautiful countryside, and recently licensed, the stunning location of ITV’s The Darling Buds of May can now be the ’perfick’ setting for your special day. The magnificent Tudor barn provides the elegant location for your ceremony for up to 80 guests, and together with the original 'Larkins' Farmhouse, Oast House, and Cart Lodge, all set in 35 acres of breathtaking landscape, the Darling Buds Farm presents the ideal canvas for you to paint your lasting memories.
2. Leez Priory, Essex - Say Yes to the Dress UK
Leez Priory is a popular choice for brides appearing on Say Yes to the Dress UK and it is easy to see why. An exclusive-use Tudor manor house with 40 acres of manicured lawns, seven options for your ceremony, two dining options and luxurious overnight accommodation are just some of the reasons that couples are saying 'yes' to the venue as well as the dress.
3. Old Royal Naval College, London - Skyfall and Les Misérables
The Old Royal Naval College in London's Greenwich has offered the set for a host of Hollywood blockbusters and it can even provide the set for your wedding day. Featuring two settings in which to hold your special day, couples can choose from the opulent Painted Hall and the intimate Admiral's House.
Image: Jeff Oliver Photography
Image: Gomes Photography
4. Eltham Palace and Gardens, London - The Crown
Art deco and medieval splendour awaits you at English Heritage venue, Eltham Palace and Gardens in Eltham. The set of season one of TV series The Crown, Eltham Palace was the childhood home of Henry VIII in the early 16th century. Catering to wedding parties of various sizes, Eltham Palace houses the art deco Entrance Hall; Italian Drawing Room – resplendent in burnt orange, ochre and blues; the Great Hall – complete with minstrels’ gallery; and the gardens, which comprise 19 acres of land.
5. Valentines Mansion, Essex - Great British Bake Off
A historic yet contemporary venue, Valentines Mansion was built in 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following restoration, Redbridge council and Heritage Lottery funds, alongside strong community support, Valentines Mansion is the stunning venue that we know today - made even more familiar by the popularity of the BBC's Great British Bake Off.
6. Kenwood House, London - Notting Hill, Mansfield Park
Hampstead Heath provides a glorious green backdrop to the elegant venue of Kenwood - another English Heritage venue. Licensed for ceremonies up to 100, a world renowned art collection and parkland setting make this venue one to be remembered. A stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the city, Kenwood House provides spectacular views of London's iconic skyline - the perfect setting for Notting Hill and Mansfield Park.
7. Highclere Castle, Newbury - Downton Abbey
In a beautiful and dramatic setting such as Highclere Castle, your wedding day could be a real life experience as glamorous and magical as any depicted on Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle has a dedicated team of friendly and professional staff who are attentive to every little last detail. Enjoy stunning wedding photograph opportunities inside and out, including in the folly, on the lawns or in the state rooms.
8. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire - Harry Potter, Spectre and Hamlet
A masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace offered the ideal environment for scenes in Harry Potter, Spectre and Hamlet. The magnificent Orangery and stunning Marlborough Room give couples the choice of where to hold their wedding ceremony, while the Great Hall and Saloon provide majestic settings for the reception.
9. Leeds Castle, Kent - Elizabeth
Leeds Castle in Kent has been described as “the loveliest castle in the world” and the venue exudes romance. The state rooms within the castle are both magical and majestic, while the Maiden's Tower provides an alternative self-contained venue. Garden party weddings are also accommodated for by the expansive, walled lawns.
10. Osterley Park, London - Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Doctor Thorne, Miss Potter, Mr Selfridge, The Duchess
Located in the London Borough of Hounslow, Osterley Park is a popular filming location. Set amid gardens, park and farmland, Osterley Park presents a tranquil retreat for your wedding day. A National Trust venue and one of the last surviving country estates in London, Osterley was once described by Horace Walpole as the 'palace of palaces' and was created in the 18th century by architect Robert Adam for the Child family.
Image: National Trust / Lyndsey Feeney