Getting Married In Tyne & Wear?
This is my guide to the leading Tyne & Wear Wedding Venues
As You Like It
“Cool, quirky, and one of a kind.” As You Like It offers weddings of all sizes and tastes. Their private function room, Frangipani, is a separate space for you and your guests on your big day. It has its own secret garden, a private bar, bathroom, and waiting staff to look after you come day or night. Frangipani accommodates up to 200 guests if you opt for a buffet, or 120 guests at a more formal, seated event. Should the weather be kind, guests can also make use of The Terrace. As You Like It does not have accommodation on site but there is plenty nearby. They also have a license to serve alcohol until 2am so your party can go on until the early hours of the morning, should you wish.
The Biscuit Factory
The Biscuit Factory, located in Newcastle’s cultural quarter is the ideal wedding venue for couples seeking a unique, creative, and stylish backdrop for their big day. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft, and design gallery. Within the building, couples can choose to exchange their vows in either the gallery or their function suite (The Biscuit Room). This venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies with up to 120 guests but can cater for up to 250 guests at a wedding breakfast or evening reception.
Ten minutes from both Newcastle and Sunderland’s City Centre, The Clarion is an easily- accessible, modern, and luxurious wedding venue for your big day. Whether you are seeking a creative and quirky wedding or a more traditional big day, the wedding planners at The Clarion will assist you every step of the way. For the ceremony, you can choose from either an outside pavilion and courtyard area or a private suite within the hotel. The biggest package on offer allows you to have 60 catered afternoon guests and 120 evening guests. The hotel also offers a free dinner on your first wedding anniversary so you can return to enjoy the venue in which you said: “I do”!
The Grand Hotel
Once built for the Duchess of Northumberland in 1872, the Grand Hotel offers idyllic seaside views over the award-winning Longsands Beach. There are plenty of photographic opportunities nearby too as The Grand Hotel is close to Tynemouth Priory and St Mary’s Lighthouse. Perfect for those iconic shots of Northumberland’s beautiful coastline. The local registrar can perform your dreamy civil ceremony in one of two rooms: The Pearl Room (suited for up to 100 guests at the ceremony and up to 60 for a wedding breakfast) or The Orchid Suite (suited for up to 150 guests). Brides can also choose from three elegant bridal suites, complete with jacuzzi baths and steeped in history. Other guests can stay in one of the 46 bedrooms on offer on-site.
Holiday Inn Washington
The Holiday Inn, Washington, located in the North East of England provides convenient road links to surrounding areas and a perfect setting for your big day. The on-site wedding coordinator has years of experience hosting weddings with up to 500 guests in attendance. When it comes to venues within the Holiday Inn, the versatile Beamish Suite accommodates up to 100 guests for your civil ceremony and evening reception, and up to 80 guests for your wedding breakfast. Alternatively, Trader Restaurant accommodates up to 120 guests for your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast, and up to 150 guests for the evening reception, along with direct access to a peaceful Patio. The Holiday Inn also provides a special discount on their already affordable bedrooms for your wedding guests to spend the night, from £55 for a double room.
National Glass Centre
With a unique glass roof and contemporary art galleries, the National Glass Centre, located on the banks of the River Wear near to Sunderland, offers a number of unique photo opportunities. The Centre is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 120 guests in its Riverside Room. Alternatively, for a more intimate affair, The Pod overlooks both the Glass Yard and the River Wear, accommodating up to 50 guests for the ceremony and up to 30 for your wedding breakfast. Finally, the Glass Centre’s Glass Yard offers a wider panoramic view of the riverfront and, equipped with a built-in bar, is the perfect space for an evening reception to dance the night away with up to 150 of your nearest and dearest family and friends.
Newcastle United Football Club
Are you or your partner the biggest Newcastle United fans to ever walk the earth? Why not show your commitment to your team by holding your big day at St James’ Park! You can even add a tour of the grounds as a special treat for your guests. The stadium caters for both intimate gatherings (in the Joe Harvey suite) and some of the largest in the whole of North East. The Bamburg Suite, for example, seats up to 1,000 people for dinner! No more bickering over who can fit if you choose to hold your wedding here.
Dating back to 1080, Newcastle Castle is a medieval fortification that steered the course of history for centuries to come. The venue consists of two main structures – the Castle Keep, a fortified stone tower, and Black Gate, a fortified gatehouse. In the Castle Keep, you will find the intimate Garrison Room, ideal for drinks receptions, and the Great Hall, suitable for up to 70 guests for a drink’s reception or buffet. Meanwhile, in the Black Gate, you can find the Harbottle Suite, with a maximum capacity of 60 guests. Please note, the maximum capacity in attendance for a civil ceremony is capped at 60 guests.
Jesmond Dene House
Jesmond Dene House is a luxury hotel situated fifteen minutes from the centre of Newcastle. It has 5 different venues to choose from within its grounds. Most striking of all is The Great Hall. Embellished with lavish detail, including gothic windows, oak panelling, and a carved fireplace, it is a venue designed to impress all of your guests. For both the wedding ceremony and drinks reception, you can invite a maximum of 120 guests. For a seated meal, however, this figure drops to 100 guests. Above the Hall, there are six bedrooms for guests to book. Alternatively, you can book The Secret Garden (100 guests maximum for the ceremony and drinks reception), The John Dobson Terrace (40 guests at the ceremony, 34 seated for a meal, and 45 for a drinks reception), The Norman Shaw room (26 guests at the ceremony, 24 seated for a meal, and 30 for a drinks reception) or The Frank Rich Room (21 guests at the ceremony, 16 seated for a meal, and 25 for a drinks reception).
Newcastle Marriott Hotel Metro Centre
Located in Gateshead, The Marriott Hotel is perfectly located within Newcastle. Further, with a 250-guest capacity in The European Suite, the Marriot is the ideal venue for those extravagant weddings. It can also hold a smaller more intimate wedding as The European Suite can be sub-divided into three sections. Alternatively, you may choose to book the London Suite, suitable for up to 30 guests. To end the night, your guests can book one of several bedrooms and make the most of the fully-equipped gym and indoor swimming pool as well as a spa/ beauty treatment the next day.
As the international home for music in the North East, and one of the Independent’s top 50 wedding venues in the world, Sage Gateshead is an amazing and unique venue. Whether you want something lavish and grand, or small and intimate, several spaces are available for you. The Northern Rock Foundation Hall, for example, accommodates up to 220 for a civil partnership or ceremony, 150 for a seated banquet, and up to 200 for an evening reception. The Barbour Room meanwhile, accommodates up to 250 for a civil partnership and ceremony, 180 seated, and up to 220 for an evening reception. Finally, Sage One accommodates up to 1,700 guests (!!) while Sage Two accommodates up to 400 guests.
The Royal Station Hotel
Tie the knot in this magnificent Newcastle city-centre venue. With sweeping grand staircases and ornate chandeliers, this venue is picture perfect. The Victoria Suite caters for up to 130 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 200 people for a wedding reception with a private bar. Alternatively, The Collingwood Suite, with its original features and high ceilings, holds up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 160 guests for evening entertainment. For more intimate ceremonies, you can choose to hold your civil ceremony in the Balmoral, Dobson or Grainger Rooms. To end the night, The Royal Station Hotel has 144 en-suite bedrooms and two bridal suites. There is also a leisure club available with a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and steam room to relax and unwind.
The Mansion House https://newcastle.gov.uk/weddings/mansion-house
The Mansion House is a spectacular and grand Victorian manor house. Built in 1887, located within the grounds of its own beautifully designed landscaped gardens – perfect for those wedding photo opportunities. Having held weddings at the venue for over 60 years, the team based at the house offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to make your special day one to remember. The Mansion House comfortably accommodates up to 82 guests for the wedding breakfast and ceremony, extending to 130 in the evening. Holding your wedding here guarantees exclusive hire of the mansion. To end your night, you can also book one of its five bedrooms, each with their own unique features, to relax and enjoy the rest of your day.
- Grand Hotel Sunderland https://www.britanniahotels.com/hotels/grand-hotel-
The Grand Hotel Sunderland is positioned in a superb location, overlooking the beautiful
Seaburn beaches. Previously a Marriott Hotel, The Grand Hotel Sunderland is sure to make
your day an intimate and memorable affair. With the Hotel a couple miles away from the
city centre, an array of local attractions is within reach. However, the Hotel has a lot to offer
itself, with access to a modern leisure club and indoor swimming pool. On-site there is a
fantastic restaurant as well as 82 bedrooms available for guests. Castle Suite, the largest
space, accommodates up to 190 for a wedding breakfast, and 250 for an evening reception.
The Lowry Suite, alternatively, overlooking the coast, accommodates up to 60 guests for a
wedding breakfast and up to 80 for a civil ceremony. Lastly, The Boardroom accommodates
up to 40 guests for a small civil ceremony. Wedding packages can be customised to your
own taste and, importantly, budget.
- Antler http://antlernewcastle.co.uk/
The Antler is truly one of Tyne & Wears most unique weddings venues. Inspired by the
peaceful and warming ski lodges of Austria and Switzerland, the Antler sits at the heart of
Newcastle-upon-Tyne and boasts impressive views of the city. Your photographer can
capture your special day just as you step outside onto decking in front of the river. The
Antler can host up to an impressive 645 guests while maintaining the perfect ambience for
your big day. The restaurant also has an outstanding menu of Bavarian-themed food as well
as a delicious cocktail bar allowing you to celebrate late into the night. The Antler’s perfect
location, cosy feel, and dedicated team of wedding planners will ensure any wedding you
have there will surely be one to remember.
- Spanish City https://spanishcity.co.uk/
The Spanish City is an extravagant and beautiful venue located along the Northumbrian
coast, in the seaside town of Whitley Bay. Originally built in 1910, the venue has recently
undergone a vast refurbishment and re-opened in 2018 with more grandeur and elegance
than ever before. The St Mary’s Lighthouse Suite is the largest available and can
comfortably hold 150 guests for a wedding ceremony. Alternatively, the 1910 suite
accommodates up to 90 guests and boasts impressive panoramic views of the sea, with
quick easy access to the champagne bar. The Spanish City also offers the option hosting
receptions on its roof, showcasing its impressive dome and idyllic seaside location. It is easy
to see, therefore, how it is often regarded as the most iconic venue in the North East.
- Village Hotel Club Newcastle https://www.village-
The Village Hotel Club Newcastle is ideally located between the city centre and the sandy
beaches of Longsands and Whitley Bay. With a popular local nature reserve on its doorstep,
the location certainly has a lot to offer. The Hotel is well equipped with a gym, spa and
restaurant all available on site. There are a variety of different spaces available to hire for
your big day. The largest room, The Inspiration Suite, offers space for up to 240 guests. For a
more intimate experience, there are smaller yet just as impressive suites available making it
the perfect location for any wedding reception you have in mind. There are also 157 en-
suite rooms available for guests who choose to stay the night.
- Blackfriars Restaurant https://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/
The Blackfriars is truly a unique, picturesque, and historic venue. First established in 1239,
The Blackfriars has since been described as the jewel within Newcastle’s medieval crown.
The Restaurant is located within the grounds of the Grade I listed building and has held an
AA rosette for over two decades. One option for your wedding is within the medieval
Banquet Hall. Boasting impressive stained-glass windows, and distinctive antler chandeliers,
this Hall can accommodate up to 50 seated or 65 standing guests. The magnificent outdoors
courtyard is also available for weddings and can accommodate up to 50 guests. To ensure
your day is one to remember, the award-winning restaurant offers a variety of services,
including medieval banquets, as well as themed dinners, and a more traditional British five-
- The Vermont Hotel https://www.vermont-hotel.com/
The five-star Vermont Hotel gleams with contemporary elegance and timeless luxury. The
venue is perfectly located to explore Newcastle and all that the Tyne & Wear area has to
offer. The Hotel boasts four spectacular function rooms. The Sky Lounge and its Terrace,
situated high above the rooftops of Newcastle, holds anywhere between 20 and 80 guests.
Meanwhile, The Ballroom, with its recently renovated oak panels and sweeping chandeliers,
accommodates between 40 and 180 guests. The Gold Room, located on the third floor,
radiates late 1920s glamour and holds between 80 and 180 guests. Finally, The Redwood
Bar is an intimate whisky lounge overlooking Newcastle Keep and holds between 50 and 100
guests. To help seal the deal, their wedding coordinators have been publicly voted as
wedding coordinators of the year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This is thanks to the special
touches they add on your big day – for example, having a Roll’s Royce’s chauffeur you too
and from your wedding!
- BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art https://www.hirebaltic.com/weddings/
Recently listed as one of the most breath-taking modern wedding venues in the UK, the
BALTIC is positioned along the historic banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead and is one the
most recognised landmarks in the North East. Boasting an ever-changing array of exhibitions
and events, the BALTIC houses several dramatic spaces. The River Terrace, for example, can
hold up to 180 guests for the ceremony and up to 400 for a reception when including its
outdoor terrace. Alternatively, the rooftop restaurant, offering panoramic views of the city
is available for up to 200 guests for the reception and 130 guests dining.
- Mercure George Washington Hotel, Golf, & Spa
The Mercure George Washington Hotel is nestled within 280 acres of Tyne and Wear
woodland, a stunning and picturesque setting for your wedding. Function rooms within the
hotel such as The Orangery, the Washington Suite or the Clinton Suite, can accommodate
for up to 200 guests. Alternatively, a charming outdoor pavilion is available for more
intimate weddings of up to 50 guests. Overall, the resort offers a wide variety of bridal
packages to suit your every wedding need. The George Washington also boasts an
impressive amount of facilities including an 18-hole championship golf course, an intimate
spa, and 125 rooms for your guests, with a luxurious suite for the special couple.