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August 2018. | Bridebook
30 of the best wedding venues in the UK
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30 of the best wedding venues in the UK, 2018
Is 2018 going to be the year you get engaged? Perhaps you already are engaged but are struggling to choose a wedding venue that ticks all the boxes.
Well fear not. Bridebook, the UK’s ultimate free wedding planning app, has scoured thousands of wedding venues from all over the UK and they’re delighted to bring to you the very best wedding venues our country has to offer.
Psst! If you see one that takes your fancy you can contact them directly from your Bridebook app.
Introducing the top 30 UK wedding venues 2018…
Holkham Hall is an exquisite 18th century Palladian house set in 25,000 acres of parkland on the Norfolk coast. Steeped in history, this grandiose Hall is recognised as being in the top ten most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Mid-week wedding packages start from just £4,700.
Just a stone’s throw from London, Hedsor House is a spectacular exclusive-use wedding venue set in over 100 acres of private parkland. This stunning Georgian mansion was voted Vogue’s Dream Wedding Venue and has played host to film production teams and celebrities such as Nicole Kidman. Exclusive venue hire prices start from just £3,250.
For lovers of Georgian architecture, stunning interiors and famous art, RSA House is a must see wedding venue. Located in central London with views of the Strand, this is the perfect wedding venue for those looking for simple, all inclusive packages as well as bespoke affairs for weddings of up to 150 guests.
Just a 5 minute walk from Buckingham Palace, DUKES LONDON is a prestigious historical venue ideal for those seeking an elegant, classic and refined city wedding that’s enchantingly British.
Situated in one of London’s most vibrant areas, Covent Garden, One Aldwych is a luxury 5 star boutique hotel which makes for a spectacular wedding venue. This contemporary space offers luxurious suites overlooking Waterloo Bridge, as well as world-class catering options.
Weddings at QMUL
For those seeking a beautiful, relaxed wedding day in a truly unique setting, QMUL (or Queen Mary University of London) is the perfect choice. Situated in the heart of London’s vibrant East End the impressive university building is the perfect venue for a traditional wedding. You could say its an educated choice.
Who doesn’t love a barn wedding? And barn weddings don’t come much more spectacular than this. Brookfield Barn is a contemporary wedding venue that perfectly emulates that rustic barn feel with views across stunning grounds and a lake. Choose between an outdoor or indoor ceremony and dance the night away in barn dance style under the night sky.
East Quay Venue
If sea views make you weak at the knees look no further than East Quay Venue; one of Whitstable Harbours oldest buildings which used to be an Oyster house. Expect relaxed shabby-chic beachfront style and an authentic seaside atmosphere.
Heaton House Farm
Heaton House Farm is a charming former dairy farm with a collection of stunning sandstone barns, beautifully blending rustic charm with contemporary chic. Owners Mick and Margaret Heath run the entire venue themselves. A perfect venue for a country wedding.
Celebrate the most magical day of your lives at Notley Abbey; Laurence Olivier’s former home. This award-winning country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire exudes historic charm and is simply a beautiful place to get married.
Leez Priory is a magnificent, red brick Tudor mansion set in stunning grounds and is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the country. Perhaps the best kept secret in Essex, Leez Priory is a three times winner of Wedding Ideas Magazines ‘Best Wedding Venue’ award.
Complete with free-roaming, bow-tie wearing Llama’s, Wellbeing Farm is a fun, relaxed and decidedly quirky wedding venue for couples looking for a truly unique and magical day.
Wood Hall Hotel and Spa
Surrounded by over 100 acres of woodland and manicured gardens, Wood Hall is a fairytale venue dating back to the 18th century; offering idyllic views and romantic tranquility.
The Imperial Tenby
Choose a coastal Welsh wedding with magnificent sea views at The Tenby Imperial, with exclusive venue hire costs starting at £3,000. A unique hotel venue set directly above the beach and sea which makes for stunning sunset photographs.
The Mansion Leeds
This 18th century Grade II listed stately home with park views is a show stopping venue guaranteed to make a lasting impression. A luxury wedding venue situated just 15 minutes from Leeds city centre.
Woodhill Hall is a luxury Northumberland wedding venue located on a private 100-acre estate near the picturesque village of Otterburn. Couples can enjoy a fully exclusive two-day wedding experience bursting with character, uniqueness, and style.
The Ritz London needs no introduction. For a 5 star, city centre, luxury wedding experience, there is no competition where this iconic hotel is concerned. One of the most magical and romantic London venues which makes for a truly memorable wedding.
This beautiful 750-year-old, grade II listed country house boasts English country gardens, a view of the Cotswolds and River Severn, and a quaint little church just one mile away. Elegant and quintessentially British for a classic and grand affair.
If the walls at Fulham Palace could talk they’d certainly have a lot to say. This unique, historic London wedding venue is situated in a beautiful riverside location with sumptuous gardens. You’ll be transported to another era…and you’ll forget you’re in London.
The magnificent Iscoyd Park is a romantic red brick country house and wedding venue surrounded by beautiful countryside. Design your wedding exactly the way you want it and enjoy the finest accommodation and setting of any country house in the region.
The unusually named Yogurt Rooms offers couples a blank canvas of a farm; enabling you to design your day exactly how you want it. A beautiful oak framed barn and 300 acres of farmland are at your disposal.
Beautiful rustic barns are surrounded by the impressive Quantock Hills overlooking serene lakes and approached by a grand tree-lined driveway. Voted The Number One Wedding Venue in Somerset, Quantock Lakes guarantees a unique and relaxed feel to your day.
This family-run, private hire wedding venue in Northamptonshire boasts 2 barns, 4 acres of grounds, a licensed bar and a courtyard garden. The award winning Dodmoor House is a stunning and romantic wedding venue perfect for those craving a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
This private family home is truly a hidden gem; catering to just 20 weddings each year to ensure that the family really gets to know each of their couples. Penton Park is the self-professed “house that likes to party” and is perfect for fun couples seeking a stunning Hampshire setting.
Coombe Trenchard is a beautifully decorated and immaculately presented Edwardian house and gardens, ideally suited to weddings. This is a country house wedding venue like no other. A stunning, characterful venue perfect for lovers of vintage charm and classic elegance.
Oxleaze Barn is a beautifully restored stone barn located in the heart of the picturesque English Cotswolds. If a rural venue offering breathtaking rustic charm and character set amid rolling countryside sounds like your idea of a dream wedding venue, this is the one for you.
The Monastery Manchester
The Monastery Manchester is a truly iconic setting made for a wedding. Spectacular high ceilings and visually stunning architecture makes for magical surroundings and breathtakingly romantic ceremonies. The Monastery guarantees newly engaged couples a day to remember.
The Vineyard is a 5 star Relais & Châteaux ‘wine-loving’ hotel and wedding venue boasting 32 suites and 17 bedrooms all named after iconic wines from around the world. This gorgeous venue is renowned for impeccable service, 3 AA Rosette restaurant & award winning 30,000 bottle wine cellar.
Busbridge Lakes is a space of exquisite natural beauty hidden in its own private valley. Boasting formal Heritage gardens and lakes, this venue provides a blank canvas for wedding planning couples. Choose a marquee facing the canal or opt for an elegant garden party or stylish picnic.
Moor Park Golf Club
The magnificent Moor Park Mansion is steeped in history and stands proudly within 300 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and golf courses. With an extensive collection of art and a reputation for high quality service, this elegant venue is the perfect place for a Herts wedding.
Get ahead of the game and discover your dream wedding venue for 2018 before someone else books there first!