Many of us have dreamed of that grand, fairy-tale wedding since we were young (thanks, Disney!), and for that true princess-worthy celebration, you simply have to tie the knot in a magnificent castle. We take a closer look at the most amazing castle wedding venues from all over the country so you can find the perfect venue and say ‘I do' in style!
1. Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
Tucked away in the Forest of Dean lies this highly sought-after and striking castle. For a day filled with opulence and grandeur, stunning reception spaces and unparalleled photo opportunities, Clearwell Castle is the wedding venue for you.
2. Wasing Park, Berkshire
Wasing Park combines a turreted castle façade with a stunning contemporary barn interior. The Castle Barn provides a romantic and rustic feel, while the light-filled Garden Room is a beautiful, neutral setting that will suit any wedding style. The luxurious Honeymoon Suite is the perfect place to unwind after a night of dancing too.
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3. Appleby Castle, Cumbria
With some parts of this imposing castle dating back to the 12th century, it's safe to say that there is a rich history that accompanies this wonderfully traditional venue. The castle boasts a number of ceremony and reception rooms, all with a grand and historical feel, that suit a wide range of party sizes, as well as a delightful rural setting between the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines.
4. Hensol Castle, Vale of Glamorgan
This remarkable Grade I Listed castle venue in South Wales retains many of its original features, giving a great sense of the history of the setting. A short drive from Cardiff and Swansea, yet in a tranquil, rural part of the country, the traditional Oak Room and breathtaking grounds of Hensol Castle are easy to reach and a highly popular venue in South Wales.
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5. Rowton Castle, Shropshire
A sweeping drive leads up to this spectacular red brick castle, which provides a traditional and prestigious venue for a wedding. For lovers of a gothic and classical style, this dramatic setting is one that really must be seen to be fully appreciated.
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6. Hodsock Priory, South Yorkshire
The stunning Tudor gatehouse at Hodsock Priory makes an instant impact when you and your guests arrive and provides a unique backdrop for wedding photos too. Featuring oak-panelled rooms adorned with impressive portraiture the interior is finished to a delightful traditional style, while the grounds are a wonderful place to explore and enjoy drinks in the sun.
7. Cooling Castle Barn, Kent
Two dramatic castle turrets mark the entrance to this impressive venue, and the magic doesn't stop there. The Tythe Barn is a wonderfully rustic setting for your wedding breakfast and reception, complete with stunning exposed beams and red brick walls. It's the ideal setting for an unforgettable celebration.
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8. Chiddingstone Castle, Kent
The majestic Chiddingstone Castle boasts a beautiful rural location yet is within easy reach of London, making it a grand country escape from the capital. The Tudor heritage of the Great Hall makes it a breathtaking setting for a wedding ceremony or take to the Orangery in the summer months for something a little bit different.
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9. Château Rhianfa, Anglesey
For elegance, romance and grandeur, Château Rhianfa on the Isle of Anglesey is a perfect choice. Offering exquisite views over the Menai Strait and a number of delightfully decorated rooms, it gives a touch of French class to the North Wales countryside.
10. Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
For a venue with an incredible history, Berkeley Castle is ideal. Dating back to 1153, this magnificent castle boasts a number of stately function rooms that offer a taste of the venue's past. The Great Hall, which has played host to kings and queens over the centuries, is spectacular and the real jewel in the crown of this amazing castle venue.
11. Ackergill Tower, Caithness
This striking castle in the rugged north of Scotland offers breathtaking sea views, and even has its own beach for couples to use as they wish. Opulence and grandeur await brides and grooms who can choose from no less than six impressive reception rooms. For something truly unique, couples can retire to the honeymoon suite, which just so happens to be Europe's largest treehouse!
12. Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
This magnificent castle exudes that real fairy-tale feeling and offers couples a choice of remarkable indoor and outdoor ceremony settings. The interior décor boasts a wealth of period features, artwork and suits of armour to create an impressive, traditional setting for all to enjoy.
And there it is! 12 incredible castle wedding venues that all offer something special for couples to fall in love with, especially those set on that classic fairy-tale wedding!