This is my guide to the leading Northumberland Wedding Venues
Inspired by the Duchess of Northumberland, Alnwick Gardens is a beautiful and contemporary natural space to be wed. The Garden’s centrepiece, known as the Grand Cascade, consists of a stunning and elegant water feature, perfect for those once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs. Larger wedding ceremonies can be held among the glass walls and high ceilings of the Pavilion room as it is suitable for up to 200 guests at your ceremony and up to 500 guests at your reception. Meanwhile, for a smaller and more intimate wedding, Alnwick Gardens offers the Treehouse – seating up to 65 guests at the ceremony, and 120 for the reception.
As one of Britain’s most iconic locations, Alnwick Castle, located in the North-East of England, is literally a movie-set venue waiting to host your big day. This eleventh-century castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England (after Windsor) and provided the backdrop for film sets such as Harry Potter’s flying lessons. Alnwick offers two magical venues to choose from – either The Guest Hall, with a carefully restored beamed roof and stone archways to match (suitable for up to 2000 guests for ceremonies and 160 for wedding breakfasts) or Hulne Abbey, a thirteenth-century Carmelite monastery (available March-September and suitable for up to 500 guests).
Boasting of their ability to cater for the grand or intimate, the stylish and fairy-tale, the unique and quirky, Brinkburn Wedding venue in Northumberland really does offer it all. The modern White Room offers space for up to 80 during a civil wedding ceremony and caters for up to 44 people dining. If you wish to add more space, tipis can be installed to add a further 76 seated members of family or friends. Alternatively, for the traditionalists among you, Brinkburn Priory could not be dreamier if it tried. Monks built the Priory in 1135 and found solitude in the nearby River Coquet. For a religious ceremony, the Priory accommodates up to 120 people. Finally, if none of these takes your fancy, you can choose to be married in the woodland or in the historic un-restored manor house. If your wedding guests wish to stay the night after, Brinkburn offers four chic rural residences for up to 20 guests in either The Stables, Bel House, Mullins House or Priory Cottage.
Located in Hawick, Northumberland, Branxholm Park offers a fairytale wedding venue with stunning grounds and a whimsical ceremonial pavilion to match. The perfect backdrop for those once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs. Overall, Branxholm Park is suited for up to 64 of your nearest and dearest. This venue offers packages suited for 3 nights of joy – including accommodation for all nights, exclusive use of leisure and spa facilities, a wedding meal, cake and a champagne fountain (to name a few perks included). Branxholm Park is not a licensed venue; however, this means you can save a lot of money by bringing your own alcohol – they do not charge a corkage fee and will serve the drinks for you.
Designed in 1668, Capheaton Hall is a gorgeous, spacious, and elegant, Grade I listed Jacobite country house located near to Newcastle Upon Tyne in Northumberland. Available for several days at a time, during downtime, guests at the West Wing (providing accommodation for up to 8 guests) can enjoy an extensive garden, woodland walks, fishing on the lake, and tennis courts should they want to relax. The largest reception room accommodates up to 60 seated while the neighbouring breakfast room seats a further 40. There is also the option of erecting marquees or tipis to enjoy your wedding festivities into the night.
Do you want to be married under what is guaranteed to be a starry night? The Grade II listed Georgian rural eccentric country house of Charlton Hall boasts a unique function room – the Looking Glass – complete with a star-lit ceiling and dazzling lights all around. Further, set within 150-acres of private land, and home to its own Lake, Charlton Hall overlooks the coast at Beadnell Bay and provides an ultimate experience like no other. Overall, Charlton Hall offers three reception areas, two bars, and six bedrooms, suitable for all requirements and budgets.
Located in the secluded College Valley, Cuddystone Hall is suitable for those seeking a remote and scenic location. The Hall seats 80 guests for a meal and 120 seated for the wedding ceremony. At only £360 for 1 day/ night rental (2018), it is a very affordable venue, ideally situated for those dreamy wedding photographs. At the head of the valley, you can stay at Mr and Mrs Letts Hethpool House and Cottage – there are five double bedrooms on offer.
Do not let the commercial name put you off this beautiful and bespoke venue. Located in Allensford, Northumberland, and overlooking Derwent Valley, you can enjoy 20-acres of land and celebrate with either a small or large crowd in an intimate or more formal venue. Derwent Manor offers 5 unique banqueting settings in which to host your big day and can cater for ceremonies from 10 to 200 guests while hosting evening receptions for up to 300 guests (depending on the chosen suite). To end the night, guests can choose from 48 spacious double bedrooms with breath-taking views over the British countryside.
Frolic around in 550 acres of rolling green fields in this picturesque bohemian Northumberland venue. Expertly combining grade II listed eighteenth-century stone and oak outbuildings with modern architecture, you can enjoy Threshing Hall (suited for up to 160 guests), The Great Barn (suited for up to 180 day guests and 250 evening guests), Cart Shed, and the Forge as they seamlessly link together and aid the flow of your big day. Doxford Barns are proud to offer the option of either a one-day or three-day wedding depending on your desire to enjoy the surrounding area and make the most of time spent with loved ones. Speaking of which, to conclude your night, Doxford Farm offers several cosy bespoke period cottages for you and 41 of your guests to stay a night or two. If you need any further accommodation, it is also possible to hire glamping pods for a further 20 guests.
A Georgian country mansion, covered in wisteria, and set within photogenic manicured gardens, Eshott Hall is the perfect Northumbrian wedding venue. There are many rooms within the Hall to choose from – a Reading room, Drawing Room, Library, or an outdoor venue such as the Victorian Fernery area and gazebo or deep within the Woodlands. The largest of which is the resplendent ballroom; it is magnificently decorated and comfortably seats up to 100 guests for a reception. To wind down, guests can book one of the seventeen bedrooms for the evening and enjoy their idyllic surroundings come morning time.
Located 45 minutes north of Newcastle, Ellingham Hall is a nineteenth-century stately home and hidden gem, a stone’s throw from castles, coastline, and north-eastern culture. Boasting extensive gardens and majestic woodland, Ellingham Hall provides perfect photo opportunities for your big day. With a minimum of 60 guests on Fridays and Sunday and a minimum of 80 guests on a Saturday, Ellingham Hall’s chapel caters for up to 140 people seated with a maximum capacity of 180 standing. Ellingham Hall also provides accommodation packages, offering up to 18 bedrooms for 33 guests within the Hall as well as nine charming stone cottages just outside.
Set in the countryside, Healey is located close to Corbridge in the Tyne Valley, Northumberland. Converted in 2015, the main Ceremony Room is a traditional barn turned into a chic, bright, and spacious wedding venue. Inside, Healey Barn is licensed for up to 144 guests for a civil wedding. Alternatively, you can invite up to 60 guests in the courtyard if you would rather an open-air civil ceremony. As the day progresses, move into The Oak Dining Room. Accommodating up to 144 people for dinner, enjoy feasting on food prepared on an 8-spit rotisserie. To wind up the evening, up to 34 guests can stay in 17 different rooms in Healey Hall, easily accessible at just a mile away from the Barn.
With over 1,300 years of rich history, Hexham Abbey is a perfect place to begin your married life with an act of Christian Worship. It must be noted though, that you have to have a connection to Hexham parish – either you or your parents have lived there for at least 6 months, have been baptised there, prepared for confirmation there, or have regularly come to normal church services at Hexham Abbey for at least 6 months. If you fit one of these criteria, you can ask for God’s blessing on your relationship in the presence of both family and friends in this historic setting. If you just wish to hold your reception at the Abbey, you do not have to be religious and can invite up to 200 friends and family to celebrate in one of the former Priory buildings.
Horton Grange is an intimate Grade II listed Country House located 7 miles from the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne in the county of Northumberland. This venue perfectly mixes contemporary and traditional décor, situated with 4 acres of landscaped grounds. You can choose to hold your ceremony on the lawn in front of the Gazebo (suited for up to 120 guests) or hold a more intimate wedding in the Lounge (up to 60 for the ceremony and 40 dining). Alternatively, the Dining Room seats 96 for a wedding breakfast and ceremony, and up to 150 for an evening’s reception. When things wind down in the evening, guests can retire to one of five bedrooms in the main house or one of four garden rooms located on private grounds nearby.
Spread over ten acres of land, Langley Castle is a fourteenth-century fortified castle, well-known for its elegant, magnificent, fairytale weddings. With a maximum of 28 guests, the drawing-room is suitable for smaller intimate weddings. Alternatively, The Josephine Restaurant is suitable for up to 120 guests at your ceremony. Fascinatingly, located close to Hadrian’s Wall, Langley Castle offers a unique Game of Thrones-themed weddings too – complete with medieval surroundings, banquet tables, chandeliers, tapestries, and sweeping velvet curtains. There are nine guest bedrooms in the Castle itself and a further eighteen rooms in the grounds, ideal for a romantic end to your magical evening.
Priding itself on bringing French chic of the heart of Northumberland, Le Petit Château is located near to Otterburn. Within the Château, you can choose from several rooms. The Belle Epoque, for example, is a French chapel ceremony room named after the Golden Age of nineteenth-century France. Alternatively, should you wish to tie the knot outdoors, The Terrace offers a space regardless of what the British weather has in mind. Finally, you may choose to wed in The Ballroom – with its floor to ceiling windows, 16 ft. palm tree, fire on water feature, and boules court, food is served onto long banqueting tables fit for a King and Queen. When the evening comes to an end, your royal guests can choose to book one of 29 boutique bedroom and suites for a satisfying night’s sleep.
As a nineteenth-century country house set within 300 acres (including formal gardens), Matfen Hall is a stunning fairytale venue. Complete with a sweeping staircase, antique mirrors, gorgeous arches, and a feature fireplace, the Great Hall offers an elegant and sophisticated venue to exchange vows. After the wedding, move on to the Dutch Garden for a reception or stay by the roaring fire in the Great Hall. For dinner, the Terrace Room seats up to 120 guests and to end the night, there are 53 rooms available for guests to enjoy as well as a 4-room spa and a 27-hole golf course.
Newton Hall describes itself as: “Bold, Romantic u0026amp; Fantastical” and it is easy to see why. Specialising in outdoor weddings, four-legged friends are encouraged to join your big day. For weddings held outdoors, you can choose from either The Terrace (with a contractible roof), The Beach (since it is located right next to the seaside), or on Wedding Hill (with views over the luscious green Northumberland countryside to match). Newton Hall also offers three indoor locations: The Garden Suite, The Hall, or The Glass House, dependent on wedding party size. Finally, when it comes to accommodation, Newton Hall expertly blends French chic with Italian-style to offer 21 bedrooms for guests to spend the night.
Rustic and elegant, The Barn at Northside Farm provides a versatile space that is both quirky and romantic, perfect for a vintage-style wedding. Run by a husband and wife team, there are a few venues to choose from within The Barn. There is also the option of holding your ceremony on their grounds. Overall, the Barn has a ceremony capacity of 150 and a reception capacity of 250 guests. To top the day off, Northside Farm also offers onsite accommodation in cute wigwams for up to 50 of your nearest and dearest.
Once an elegant aristocratic Georgian Manor and Coaching House, the owners of Shotton Grange have transformed this historic venue into one of the Northeast’s most dreamy wedding venues. Located five miles north of Newcastle, Shotton Grange owns six acres of private grounds. As such, for a ceremony that your guests will remember, you can choose to hold your wedding in Shotton Grange’s idyllic gardens. Alternatively, your civil ceremony can take place in the Coaching House, capable of hosting up to 110 daytime guests and 200 evening guests. Shotton Grange also offers three-day wedding experiences too – guests can stay in one of eleven individually decorated bedrooms to be with you every step of the way. Perfect for your nearest and dearest.
With over 1,000 acres of Northumberland countryside, Slaley Hall is one of the largest wedding venues in the North East of England and can host up to 1,000 guests. It will come as no surprise that there is also a fantastic health club and spa on site as well as two 18-hole golf courses and fine dining restaurants for your guests to enjoy. Nearby, guests can also enjoy shooting, archery, Segway’s, or even quad biking. Should they wish to stay the night, the hotel has 400 car parking spaces and over 140 vast bedrooms to choose from.
Located both on the coast and in the country, The Barn on the Bay offers it all. Each Spring, staff at The Barn on the Bay transform their working-barn into an idyllic and rustic wedding venue in which to host the most beautiful and unique ceremonies in the Northumberland area. It is a stone’s throw from a 7-mile stretch of sandy beach known as Druridge Bay and offers a vast space to host your wedding. Alternatively, if you wish for something smaller, the venue can be separated into different areas to make it the size you wish. The Barn comes furnished with tables and chairs for up to 150 guests, but more can be added if you want a larger celebration. To keep guests’ cosy through the night, next to the bar you can find an old horsebox converted into a drinks venue offering blankets, boozy coffee, and spiked hot chocolate/ marshmallow kits.
Located in Northumberland National Park, Europe’s largest dark sky park, The Comb is pleased to offer an exclusive venue for a 2-night wedding event. With accommodation for up to 20 guests and 60 acres of grounds to explore, you can create the event of your dreams. As it is not a full-time wedding venue, they only host a number of weddings each year, so you are guaranteed to have their undivided attention. For the ceremony itself, choose from either the Comb building for more intimate weddings or the dark sky barn, suitable for up to 200 guests and even more for an evening party.
Despite feeling like your very own secluded oasis, The Parlour, located on Blagdon Estate is conveniently situated a mere 10 minutes from Newcastle. Once a smithy, this renovated building can only be described as rustic, charming, and shabby-chic. The Willow Room, where ceremonies are held and the food is served, holds a maximum of 90 daytime guests and 175 evening guests. Though accommodation is not available at the Parlour, you can stay nearby at Shotton Grange, a 200-year-old Georgian home. Please note, this is self-catered and requires a minimum of two nights.
Located in the historic market town of Alnwick in the North-East of England, The Plough, as a former coaching inn, is a wonderful display of 1896 Georgian architecture restored excellently with a contemporary flair. To celebrate your big day, you can choose from either Restaurant Amelie (licensed for 35 guests for a civil ceremony and dining) or The Coach House (licensed for 85 for the ceremony and 110 for the wedding breakfast). There are also 7 boutique and individually designed bedrooms available for you and your guests, including a sanctuary-like bridal suite for pre-wedding celebrations and post-wedding glee.
Located in the historic market town of Alnwick, The White Swan Hotel is a 300-year-old Coaching Inn and comes with its own piece of fascinating history. The magnificent Olympic Suite includes a license for ceremonies with up to 140 guests and caters for up to 180 people at your evening function. Why is it called The Olympic? Well, the Titanic’s sister ship was called the RMS Olympic. Though more successful than the Titanic, it was uneconomical and eventually scrapped in 1937. Before it was dismantled completely, many of the artworks and fittings were auctioned off. The Swan’s owner bought the Olympics’ dining room and transported it back to the hotel and reconstructed it within. What a quirky and unique venue! Once the night’s festivities have ended, The White Swan offers 56 bedrooms for guests to choose from.
Located near the picturesque village of Otterburn, the Georgian manor house of Woodhill Hall lies on a private 100-acre estate. With a surprise around every corner, it is one of the North-East’s more bespoke wedding venues and offers 16 lavish bedrooms for guests to relax after the day’s festivities. You can choose to hold your ceremony in either the Orangery (suited for civil ceremonies of up to 120 guests and 80 seated for a wedding breakfast) or outdoors on the estate – perhaps the courtyard, woodlands, or terrace. Alternatively, Woodhill Hall offers fairy-tale tepees full of rustic charm and perfect for a party atmosphere of up to 120 guests at a wedding breakfast and 180 for evening receptions.