Venue Fact File: English Heritage

23 Jun 2016

From grandiose spaces to more intimate settings, the English Heritage portfolio of wedding venues is both extensive and exquisite

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With a venue to suit every couple’s style and taste, English Heritage offers something for everyone. Boasting venues in London and the South of England, the English Heritage portfolio features a wide selection of locations in which to wed.

Eltham Palace and Gardens, London

Art deco and medieval splendour awaits you at Eltham Palace and Gardens in Eltham. The childhood home of Henry VIII in the early 16th century, Eltham Palace offers a selection of stunning features and breathtaking rooms in which to host the ceremony and reception. Catering to wedding parties of various sizes, Eltham Palace houses the art deco Entrance Hall – boasting wood panelling and glass dome ceiling; Italian Drawing Room – resplendent in burnt orange, ochre and blues; the Great Hall – a larger space, complete with minstrels’ gallery; and the gardens comprising 19 acres of land.

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Osborne, Isle of Wight

The favourite retreat of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children, Osborne is a splendid setting for a coastal wedding. Characterful rooms include the Indian-inspired Durbar Room – which contains treasures gifted to Queen Victoria, the elegant Victoria Hall and adjoining Orangery; all of which add to the unique character and charm of this delightful venue. From the garden terraces bursting with flora to the expansive lawns and private beach, it is clear to see why this was Queen Victoria’s favoured sanctuary.

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Kenwood, Hampstead Heath, London

Hampstead Heath provides a glorious green backdrop to the elegant venue of Kenwood. 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.

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Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

Embrace a fairytale wedding with this iconic Cornish landmark, built by King Henry VIII in the 16th century. Couples are afforded a choice of contemporary rooms in the recently refurbished Edwardian Royal Artillery Barracks and historical rooms in the castle - including the octagonal Lower Gun Room. For couples looking to celebrate outside, the lawn offers space for marquee events. The castle can even be illuminated in the evening for captivating photography opportunities.

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St Mawes Castle, Cornwall

Romantic and magical, St Mawes Castle was also built by Henry VIII. Gargoyles, Tudor roses and fleurs-de-lys adorn the interior, which hosts three circular rooms linked by a stone staircase. Set overlooking the mouth of the River Fal, the views offer a mesmerising backdrop from the open decked terrace, while tiered gardens deliver access to the rugged shore.

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire

Presenting a truly beautiful recreated Elizabethan garden, civil wedding ceremonies will delight in the interior and exterior offerings of this romantic castle. Marriages take place in the octagonal gatehouse, built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, as a grand entrance for Queen Elizabeth I for her visit in 1575, before guests are invited to enjoy the bejewelled aviary, fountain, obelisks, statuary and flowers of the grounds. A complementing parterre garden, lined with topiary and displaying an abundant array of flora, can also be used for the drinks reception. 

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Ranger’s House, Blackheath, London

This Georgian villa which stands tall on the edge of Greenwich Park is steeped in history and culture. Over 700 works of art amassed by diamond magnate, Sir Julius Wernher, joins a staggering collection of medieval and Renaissance silver, jewellery and porcelain. Bursting with character, Ranger’s House comprises several beautifully bold features such as the chandeliers, statues and high bay windows of the Gallery – a popular space for wedding dining. A private walled garden offers intimacy and exclusivity within this inviting and homely residence.

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Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

Inspired by the  grand French mansions, Wrest Park features 90 acres of spectacular grounds which emit connotations of a French chateaux. Expanses of water, lawns and woodland, peppered with fountains, statues and ornate Baroque buildings offer magnificence at every angle. Couples can enjoy exclusive use of the venue, which also houses a 19th century Orangery, wide terrace and five inter-connecting rooms – two of which are licensed for civil ceremonies. 

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Other venues from English Heritage:

  • Portland Castle, Dorset – Unusual fan-shaped architecture lends to the magnificence of this venue built by Henry VIII, which features superb sea views, a contemporary garden and various rooms for a civil ceremony which include the Old Kitchen and Upper Hall.

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  • Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire – A six-sided castle inspired by French chateaux, the medieval ruins, lake and wooded grounds provide a captivating environment for civil ceremonies and drinks receptions.

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  • Marble Hill House, Twickenham – Overlooking the River Thames, the 18th century former home of Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk and mistress of King George II, presents wooded parkland and a black and white Tetrastyle Hall to the house’s glorious grounds.

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  • Cleeve Abbey, Somerset – Five beautifully preserved ceremony rooms including the Refectory Hall and Chapter House, comprise one of the best-preserved monastic sites in the country.

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www.english-heritage.org.uk/weddings

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