Boasting beautiful scenery, glorious gardens and some of the most magnificent stately homes, castles and mansions, England offers a magical selection of settings for a quintessentially English big day. Whether you’re looking for a rural bash in the countryside or a sophisticated and intimate gathering in a big city, we’ve got the venue for you.
It’s impossible to pick the ‘best’ as every venue is fabulously unique in its own way, so here are 10 that we simply adore and think that you’ll fall in love with too.
1. Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
Located in Congleton, Sandhole Oak Barn is a beautifully designed oak wedding barn set in the rolling Cheshire countryside with stunning views over a lake. The venue seamlessly blends the best of an indoor and outdoor setting with a striking Medieval-inspired oak beamed barn, south-facing decked veranda, oak clock tower pagoda and luxury overnight accommodation. If you’re looking for charm and style in the heart of Cheshire, then this is the venue for you.
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2. Packington Moor, Staffordshire
An amazing 700-acre arable and livestock farm with two beautiful barns, Packington Moor is located just three miles from Litchfield in Staffordshire. Ideal for a modern country wedding with an authentic rural backdrop, the venue’s two lovingly restored barns are complemented by stunning farmland, woodland and countryside. There’s also a secret garden and romantic ‘wisteria walk’ through meandering pathways lined with fragrant wisteria enabling newlyweds to lose themselves for a few first moments as husband and wife.
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3. Lemore Manor, Herefordshire
Uncompromising luxury is at the heart of Lemore Manor, a picturesque venue in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside. Grand, yet comfortable and welcoming, Lemore Manor is a stunning 17th Century manor house set in 11 acres of grounds that provides the perfect location for an extended two day wedding celebration. By cleverly blending old and new, the venue offers charm, elegance and a nod to days gone by but with all the style, contemporary touches and modern day luxuries for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
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4. Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
Nostell Priory is a magnificent Palladian mansion on the outskirts of Wakefield in West Yorkshire which is part of the National Trust family. Surrounded by gardens, lakes and parkland, it's an idyllic spot for a special day and a wonderful backdrop for wedding photos. Brides and grooms can choose from the stunning Top Hall, with its amazing views, or the Orangery, which opens onto the colourful Rose Gardens, for the ceremony and then dine and dance with guests at the reception in the Riding School and Coach House.
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5. Slaugham Place, West Sussex
Elegant, grand and full of character, Slaugham Place is a romantic waterside wedding venue in West Sussex. A truly unique location, Slaugham Place is the Grade II listed ruins of an Elizabethan manor house set in breathtaking formal gardens and surrounded by a moat. Weddings take place in a luxury marque next to the three stone arches and the whole location looks sensational when atmospherically lit up at night.
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6. Kirtlington Park, near Oxford
Overlooking the famous Chiltern Hills, Kirtlington Park is a stunning 18th Century Grade I listed manor house set in historic parkland and is perfect for a classic English wedding celebration. Grand, imposing and elegant, the Palladian-style house stands proudly in perfectly manicured lawns and seemingly endless gardens that provide a glorious backdrop for photos. The house itself echoes a by-gone era instantly transporting guests back in time with its exquisite double mahogany staircase, arched front door and delightful reception and celebration rooms.
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9. Rivervale Barn, Hampshire
Nestled in the northeast corner of Hampshire, Rivervale Barn is an exciting and contemporary waterside venue that is set in the grounds of an historic former corn mill. Charming and full of character, it provides an idyllic setting for an enchanting waterside wedding. The Ceremony Barn has beautiful arched oak doorways that offer a dramatic entrance for the bride and huge cathedral windows that maximise light and space. Mature landscaped gardens surround the barn. Lovingly nurtured over many years to an extremely high standard, they complement the beautiful lake, sunken patio area, four-tiered waterfall and sweeping lawns, all of which provide endless opportunities for stunning photographs.
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10. Lympne Castle, Canterbury
Set high on a hill overlooking Romney Marshes, Lympne Castle is one of England’s most stunning castles and a boutique wedding venue. Full of grandeur and beauty, Lympne Castle occupies a proud position in the heart of the countryside and offers English charm and country splendour. The 13th Century castle transports you back to Medieval times with its enchanting features that include a secret Snug, traditional courtyard, bow window, turrets and stone and slate tiles. A venue with prestige, the wedding ceremony is usually held in the West Drawing Room as it boasts fabulous far reaching views. Four quaint English country cottages sit in the grounds and provide luxurious and charming overnight accommodation for the wedding party and guests.