This is my guide to the leading North Yorkshire Wedding Venues
I’m a North Yorkshire Wedding Photographer and am fortunate to be able to work at some amazing wedding venues that are located throughout this beautiful county. I live in Eaglescliffe next to River Tees which straddles the border between North Yorkshire and County Durham. I’ve lived and worked in North Yorkshire off and on for many years. It’s a fantastic part of the world and one I am very fond of. The choice of wedding venues in the area is fantastic and we are spoiled for choice in many ways given the historic buildings and castles available. I combine spontaneous, candid and fun images with classic wedding photography to tell a story of your wedding day. I like to ensure every couple I work with is relaxed and has an enjoyable experience – whether you are someone who really loves being in front of the camera or are someone who is more reserved. I have put together a range of packages from a digital-only option to an inclusive package with a wedding album. You can visit my wedding photography page for details of my portfolio, prices and packages as well as about how I work. This includes details of wedding albums, video slideshows and a pre-wedding shoot which is great fun can be used to create an image for a signing-frames at the wedding reception. I am happy to provide a tailored package based on your requirements so let me know what you would like for your wedding photography.
This a question that I have been asked many times as a North Yorkshire Wedding Photographer. There are so many stunning locations for weddings in the county I can’t recommend any one individually. I have visited many over the years personally and know some of them very well. I have some favourites and I would certainly highlight the following venues to any couple who is still deciding where is best to get married in North Yorkshire.
Located 20 miles east of York, Birdsall House offers picturesque views over the Yorkshire Wolds. The beautifully furnished Grade II listed family home offers carefully decorated reception and function rooms. Alternatively, there are several scenic spots to pitch a marquee in its expansive gardens. From 20 guests for an al fresco lunch or up to 250 guests, if you choose a more formal wedding breakfast, a bespoke event will be created for you. To help seal the deal, St Mary’s Church of Birdsall is located just a short horse and carriage ride away and you would rather marry in a religious setting. To end the evening, a bridal suite with an ensuite bathroom and a dressing room, along with five other newly renovated suites, are available for you and your guests. For a totally unique experience, camping in the grounds of Birdsall House is also a possibility.
Are you seeking an alternative quirky wedding venue to provide an unforgettable experience? Look no further than Camp Kátur. Set within 250 acres of woodland and meadows, Camp Kátur is a camping and glamping village that offers unique accommodation options on the grounds of an eighteenth-century country manor estate. If you wish, you can opt for a magical Woodland Ceremony, the Orangery Pavilion, the Rustic Outer Barn or the Glamping meadowland. Once the wedding is over, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with your guests – including the use of an outdoor Eco spa, a Nordic BBQ cabin, and equestrian delights. With prices starting from £3,000, Camp Kátur caters for as little as 10 guests all the way up to a phenomenal 1,500 guests. Of course, wind down in the evening in a yurt, tipi, or Bedouin tents – just some of the various options on offer.
Hidden away amongst 250 acres of rural Yorkshire parkland, Carlton Towers is a Victorian Gothic-style country house home to Lord and Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard. Passing through an ornate stone pillar gateway, your wedding vehicle and guests will venture along a mysterious tree-lined avenue as its curves to reveal the striking grandeur of Carlton Towers. Perfect for that fairytale wedding. All of the State Rooms in Carlton Towers are licensed for weddings. The Venetian Drawing Room, with its double-panelled oak doors, holds 100 guests for breakfast or dinner and up to 150 for your reception. The Picture Gallery, adorned with original artworks, fits up to 200 people for a reception, or 150 seated for food. Finally, the smaller more intimate Card Room, located between the Venetian and Picture Gallery, suits 24 dining guests and up to 30 people otherwise. To complete the magic, guests can book one of 16 bedrooms, accommodating 31 people, individually designed by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard herself.
Cedar Court Hotel is a stunning Grade II-listed seventeenth-century building, ideally located a short walk from Harrogate station. The venue itself overlooks 200 acres of stunning parkland to provide the perfect backdrop to the wedding of your dreams. A dedicated wedding coordinator will help you plan your special day, from deciding where in the elegant gardens would be ideal for the wedding photographs to helping you choose the room most suited for your ceremony, breakfast, or evening event. The Cedar Suite, for example, holds up to 320 guests while the Rowan Suite, with floor to ceiling windows and sparkling chandeliers, accommodates up to 160 guests. Finally, with 100 bedrooms, the Cedar Court Hotel can sleep all of your loved ones, meaning every guest can relax and enjoy the night.
Situated in beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with fountains and terraces, Crab Manor Hotel and Crab & Lobster Restaurant is an ideal venue for the perfect wedding day. Whether it is a small ceremony for you and your closest family, or a larger celebration, Crab & Lobster can cater for all, with dining options from 2 to 105 guests. To complete the evening, the eighteenth-century Georgian Manor Crab Manor Hotel has a range of 20 rooms. These rooms are not only found in the Manor but also nestled in the grounds in the form of thatched lodges, Scandinavian pine cabins, and beautiful garden rooms.
Once home to Lord and Lady Crathorne, Crathorne Hall is an elegant and quiet Edwardian country house set within 15 acres of perfectly manicured grounds and gardens overlooking the River Leven. The Edwardian Room, complete with stunning original features, suits up to 90 guests for a civil ceremony and up to 50 guests for both the wedding breakfast and evening reception. The Drawing room, on the other hand, complete with a feature fireplace and French doors, seats up to 100 guests for the wedding breakfast and 150 guests for an evening reception. Should neither of these take your fancy, the Presidents Lounge, located on the first floor and complete with a Juliet balcony, seats 30 for a civil ceremony and up to 26 guests for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Last but not least, the Yorkshire Room, located in the newly restored East Wing, is suited for a civil ceremony with up to 40 guests. When you wish to retire for the evening, you and your guests can make use of one of the 37 bedrooms within the Hotel.
In the early fourteenth century, the Latimer Family built Danby Castle as a family home. Situated close to the North York Moors, the Castle, filled with history and charm, has since been turned into a magnificent wedding venue surrounded by acres of natural beauty. Hiring the Castle guarantees exclusive use of its grounds. This includes the Court Room for your ceremony (with views over Esk Valley), The Jury Room, The Threshing Barn Bar, the newly renovated Barn, and access to the castle ruins. To help seal the deal, the wedding team at Danby Castle recently won a Gold Certificate of Excellence from BrideBook UK.
Built in the fifteenth-century, Dower House & Spa Hotel of Knaresborough is now a Grade II listed building and provides the perfect setting for your wedding day. The idyllic town of Knaresborough, with its ancient walkways, cobbled streets, and historic Yorkshire buildings, features some of the most beautiful scenery in the local area. Your own Wedding Planner will help you organize your special occasion, either from one of their designed bespoke wedding packages or by helping you build your own unique day. For an intimate affair, the Hotel offers rooms such as The Swaledale (up to 25 guests) and The Terrace (up to 30 guests). For a larger party, The Storm Restaurant holds up to 85 guests while The Nidderdale accommodates for up to 112 guests. Should you or your guests wish to spend the night, the hotel has 29 en-suite bedrooms of varying styles, including a private cottage hidden away in the gardens for the bride and groom to enjoy a moment of solitude in their special day. An on-site spa, featuring a swimming pool, jacuzzi, herb sauna and foot spa will also help you to relax before and after your big day.
Set within Cumbria’s enchanting Upper Eden Valley, the Eden Wedding Barn is a 200-year-old Westmorland stone building that radiates rustic elegance. The family that owns the barn first renovated it at the request of their daughter, for her own wedding day. Completed with exposed stone walls, giant chandeliers, and vaulted ceilings, the beauty of the barn became apparent. Fit for their own family, her parents decided to begin to host wedding events for others. The Barn itself is able to seat up to 140 guests during the day and up to 180 evening guests. The venue is also dog-friendly and allows your best friends to stay with you throughout your day. Though there is no accommodation on-site, their website provides a brochure with a list of suitable nearby recommendations.
Gisborough Hall Hotel is one of the most romantic English country houses in North Yorkshire. Set against the backdrop of Guisborough Forest and the Cleveland Hills, it is the perfect location whatever season it may be. There are blossom trees in the spring, rose gardens in the summer, burnt red ivy surroundings in the autumn and log fires lit throughout winter. The beautiful Madoc Suite Ballroom and Conservatory are both licensed for civil ceremonies. The Ballroom, with its sweeping staircases and high ceilings, seats between 30 and 300 guests. Alternatively, the more intimate Conservatory, overlooking the rose garden, seats up to 65 guests. For the most intimate setting possible, the Longhull Room seats 30 guests and offers beautiful views of the terrace and lawn. To end the night, Gisborough Hall has 71 beautiful ensuite bedrooms, many overlooking the hotel grounds and scenic Cleveland Hills. Finally, it is worth noting the ground floor rooms welcome your four-legged friends to make sure no-one misses out on your special day!
Cradled between the North York Moors and the North East coast, the highlights of North Yorkshire county surround Grinkle Park Hotel. An elegant baronial mansion, Grinkle Park Hotel comes with 35 acres of its own parkland. The sweeping driveway and dramatic landscape will provide a truly romantic backdrop to your big day. Choose between the Palmer Suite (for up to 150 guests) or the more intimate Camellia Suite with views of the gardens. Weather-dependent, your guests can also use the beautiful terrace overlooking the perfectly maintained garden as they pose for pictures. To wind down in the evening, Grinkle Park Hotel has several rooms to choose from, each complete with their own unique character.
Lying on the edge of the North York Moors, close to the seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby, Hackness Grange Hotel provides a stunning backdrop to your dream day. The traditional nineteenth-century Georgian Manor house, set in 17 acres of private ground, includes a lake and provides a classy setting for your wedding day. The Johnstone Suite, with views over the grounds, holds up to 170 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 200 in the evening. There are also two licensed venues within Hackness Grange for you to hold your ceremony. Alternatively, there is a local church nearby if you would prefer. Once the celebrations have drawn to an end, you and your guests can choose to book one of 28 beautiful en-suite rooms that offer spectacular views over the grounds. Hackness Grange Hotel promises to be everything you dreamt of and more.
Just 15 minutes from the historic city of York, Howsham Hall is a Grade I listed Jacobean-style venue nestled in a secluded valley among 80 acres of land. Howsham Hall, ever eager to please, offers the opportunity to turn your special day into a whole weekend of celebrations. The Great Hall, with its original polished wood flooring, leads into the Drawing Room where up to 160 guests can be accommodated for formal dining. This can be increased to 250 guests in a marquee. For a more intimate setting, The Morning Room accommodates up to 20 guests and pre-ceremony drinks may be held in a room such as The Billiard Room. To end the evening, you and your guests can enjoy a stay in one of the 12 en-suite bedrooms, including one of Europe’s largest Bridal Suites!
As the world’s largest railway museum, The National Railway Museum in Yorkshire offers a unique and quirky venue for any wedding. Transporting guests back to the luxurious era of European rail travel, couples can wed in Station Hall. Complete with the museum’s royal carriage collection, Station Hall holds up to 250 guests for your ceremony, and up to 500 for the reception. Alternatively, really intimate receptions can be held at the Countess of York, a painstakingly restored Pullman-style carriage suited for up to 12 guests at the ceremony and 30 during the day and evening. The individuality of this space is something guests will remember for decades to come.
Merchant Taylors’ Hall, originally built in 1415, is a romantic medieval venue nestled within the ancient walls of the City of York. With a roaring fire, medieval beams, and steeped in centuries of tradition, the Hall is an unforgettable location to host your big day. A choice of spaces means you can fit anywhere between 40 and 120 guests to enjoy either your ceremony and reception or just the reception alone if need be. There is also a pretty garden available to hold your drinks reception and offers an opportunity to take wonderful photos in front of the historic venue. With the train station a short walk away, and free parking on site, it also easy for guests to get away after the night has ended.
Located opposite the cathedral in the beautiful old market town of Ripon, The Old Deanery is situated close to both the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. This grade II red star listed building is guaranteed to be yours exclusively for the duration of your wedding day. Your very own wedding coordinator will handle your celebrations for you, taking the stress out of your day. To ensure that your wedding is entirely bespoke and suited to you, you can decorate The Old Deanery as you wish, including painting the walls! The elegant Cathedral Dining Room, and Dean’s Dining Room can seat up to 80 guests each. For a more intimate celebration, the Garden Room seats up to 20 people. Alternatively, the bar/ lounge and airy Sanctuary Room are also licensed to hold civil ceremonies should you wish.
Priory Barn & Cottages offers a perfect setting within the dramatic and idyllic setting of North Yorkshire. Located in the centre of the golden triangle of Leeds, Harrogate, and York, this family-run business ensures your special day has a personal touch. The Barn area seats up to 60-day guests, or the marquee, for larger weddings, seats up to 150 guests. The whole barn and all the cottages will become yours for your celebrations. With each wedding package you can include two nights in one of the seven luxurious but cosy self-catered cottages surrounding a serene courtyard on-site.
Rudby Hall is one of Yorkshire’s finest stately homes, located just off North York Moors National Park. With only a limited number of weddings hosted each year, the wedding team ensure a completely personal and bespoke service. Whether you choose to marry in a church, or in the historic Rudby Hall, the Rudby Hall wedding experience includes a two-day retreat within its stunning grounds. Arrive the day before your wedding for a pamper and a dinner party with your loved ones, before spending the night in their Bridal Suite. Loved ones, meanwhile, can choose from one of thirteen luxurious bedrooms for the next two nights. The stunning celebration rooms and gardens are yours for a romantic ceremony and allow you to dance the night away before enjoying a farewell brunch with your guests.
On the outskirts of York, the breathtaking venue of Sandburn Hall offers a fresh approach to your special day. One function room, the wonderful oak-framed Grand Function Hall, provides incredibly romantic views across the golf course, fountains and lakes. This Hall accommodates 80-160 guests for your wedding breakfast, and up to 220 for your evening celebrations. For a more intimate party, the Sanderson Room holds 30-60 guests to dine, and up to 80 in the evening. Alternatively, why not opt for an outdoor wedding? For a truly magical moment, you can choose to wed under the folly in the White Rose Garden. To end the night, Griffen Forest Lodges offers accommodation for you and your guests. Located in the heart of 100-acres of peaceful woodland, it is an eight-minute lit path walk from Sandburn Hall.
Secret Seaview Chapel is a unique wedding venue perched on the end of the seawall in the idyllic setting of Robin Hood Bay, one of North Yorkshire’s most popular destinations. With the acoustic sounds of a former concert hall, the Chapel is a wonderful location for a civil ceremony for up to 100 people. After the ceremony, the unobstructed views over the sea and cliffs provide the ideal location for wedding photographs you once only dreamt of. Following this, you can choose to have a wedding breakfast with up to 60 people in the stylish café bar located beneath the chapel, or, a small afternoon tea for 20 of your closest loved ones on the Seaview terrace as you soak up the (hopefully) sunny weather.
Located in the heart of Bolton Abbey Estate within the Yorkshire Dales, The Cavendish Pavilion is an inspirational venue where entertainment meets nature. With the River Wharfe flowing at your side, and a traditional fireplace inside, it is the perfect place for you and your guests to celebrate your special evening. Exclusive access to the venue starts at 6:30pm for a moonlit evening of festivities. From a four-course dinner to a buffet, the Cavendish Pavilion aims to meet all requests. Catering staff at this venue can accommodate between 80 and 120 guests seated and you can invite up to 200 guests to dance the night away after.
This list is not exhaustive by any means and you may have already chosen your perfect venue for your wedding. There could easily be 100 North Yorkshire Wedding venues listed here of course which would make a perfect backdrop for your wedding photography.
For one of the most unique wedding venues in the North East of England, why not opt to marry in ‘The Deep’? As Hull’s award-winning aquarium, The Deep is licensed for civil ceremonies in the Observatory itself and throughout its main exhibitions. You can choose to wed in front of your favourite tank window so long as the surrounding area accommodates your chosen number of guests. Each wedding is individually designed, and the wedding team pride themselves on their attention to detail. One couple wrote: “Our wedding was beyond beautiful, the aquatic life created the most serene and unique backdrop, unlike any hotel could offer”. Of course, wedding in front of sharks, rays, or even penguins can never be forgotten. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your guests to enjoy.
Standing in nearly three acres of land, The Old Lodge is a seventeenth-century Tudor Mansion in the heart of Malton, North Yorkshire. Their dedicated wedding team are passionate about providing the best service possible and will endeavour to make your special day as personal as possible. Licenses for both indoor and outdoor spaces mean the choice is yours. For your first meal as husband and wife, ’The Only Place’ is a modern, chic restaurant space seating up to 90 guests (120 in the evening). Alternatively, the more traditional, atmospheric Jacobean Hall, built in 1604, can accommodate up to 60 guests (this can be your impressive entrance hall if you choose to be married elsewhere). For overnight accommodation, The Old Lodge offers twenty-eight ensuite bedrooms, all individually designed and decorated. The honeymoon suite also offers beautiful bay windows overlooking the spectacular gardens, adding that final romantic touch to end your big day.
Just six miles from York, The Parsonage Hotel and Spa is situated in three acres of carefully curated gardens and woodlands. As such, The Parsonage offers an idyllic backdrop for your wedding photographs. The Crystal Suite function room offers panoramic views of the garden, has its own private bar, and is suited for up to 150 seated guests for dinner. The Suite, Conservatory and gardens are also all yours for your own personal special day. For the ultimate indulgence, you can hire out the entire Parsonage Hotel and Spa for exclusive use. Two smaller rooms are further available for more intimate affairs: The Wedlock Room seats up to 20 guests while The Pirus, situated in the coach house, is a more modern affair for up to 80 guests. To end the evening there is a selection of 50 beautiful rooms for you and your guests to stay in, including a selection of standard, superior and four-poster rooms. The on-site spa includes five treatment rooms, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and aromatherapy salt room so you can wind down and relax before your big day, or get your honeymoon off to a calming start!
Situated right in the heart of one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, York Castle Museum is built upon the former site of York Castle. A unique Grade I listed venue, York Castle Museum is housed in an old debtors’ prison and has its own re-created Victorian street named Kirkgate. This offers the most magical surroundings for a beautiful vintage wedding as the venue includes authentic Victorian shops packed with historic goods on a beautiful cobbled York street. With tables arranged on the main street, Kirkgate can host a seated banquet for up to 70 guests or a buffet reception for a larger number of guests. A unique and charming venue for all to enjoy.
Located under a mile from the centre of York, the extensive grounds and stunning facilities of York Racecourse offer the perfect location for your big day. With private dining for up to 1,400 people across the whole venue and a wide range of modern or traditional banqueting suites, there are options to suit every kind of wedding. The on-site award-winning catering team will ensure your wedding breakfast is completely taken care of, using some of the best local produce from North Yorkshire. To make it even easier for you, York Racecourse offers Silver, Gold and Platinum wedding packages so you and your guests can dance the night away stress-free.
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