Discover the famously decadent venue Meghan Markle has chosen for the night before her royal wedding, the award-winning hotel recreation of the most famous cruise liner of all time, and the floating spa hotel in the middle of the sea. Sumptuous surroundings with elegant suites, ornate architecture or incredible views, these luxurious wedding venues in the UK all have one thing in common – the wow factor. Like these top Stately Home Wedding Venues, each has its very own distinctive sense of style and luxury.
1. 30 James Street, Liverpool
Winner of the Best Hotel in the UK by the Travel Republic Hotel Awards 2018 and one of Liverpool’s most unique and luxurious wedding venues, this is the Home of the Titanic. A stunning Grade II* listed building that was once the headquarters of the White Star Line shipping company. The hotel now impressively recreates the opulence and splendour of first class passengers aboard the world’s premier cruise liner. Built in 1896 and reopened as a hotel in 2014, it is situated in the heart of the city centre opposite the famous Albert Dock. It really is unsinkable…
2. Gosfield Hall, Essex
An elegant Georgian manor overlooking a lake in the Essex countryside with a variety of grand reception rooms, including The Queen’s Gallery with its one hundred and twenty foot long aisle for a show-stopping bride’s entrance! The ornate Ballroom features glittering chandeliers and there is space for over a hundred guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to two hundred and fifty for an evening reception. You will feel like a character in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Gosfield Hall, Essex
3. Ackergill Tower, Scotland
A former winner of ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’, and one of Scotland’s most interesting and luxurious wedding venues, this is absolute splendour by the sea. A grand fifteenth century castle set in a private 3,000 acre estate with a romantic heart-shaped garden and sundial lawn. Now a five-star hotel with breathtaking views across seven glorious miles of private beach. There is even a lavishly furnished treehouse in the grounds complete with a giant round bed and amazing glass ceiling, from which you can sometimes see the Northern lights in the night sky above you.
4. One Great George Street, London
A prestigious wedding venue in the heart of London’s Westminster, with jaw-dropping decor and a choice of seven licensed function rooms for your wedding, including the stunning main foyer with its incredible high ceilings and natural light. Intimate weddings or lavish celebrations for over two hundred guests are catered for and beautiful St James Park is just across the road for stunning outdoor wedding photos in the capital.
5. St. Pancras Rennaissance Hotel, London
A truly grand Victorian masterpiece, restored with breathtaking decor, featuring an extraordinary double staircase that is considered to be the finest in existence. Offering a choice of ten different function rooms for up to two hundred and eighty guests, it was built in 1873 and was reopened in 2011 in all it’s stunning historic grandeur. Sir John Betjeman famously called this Gothic treasure “too beautiful and too romantic to survive” – and yet it does still, with more beauty and romance than ever before.
6. Spitbank Fort, Hampshire
Spitbank Fort is an iconic five-star wedding venue and spa in the Solent, off Portsmouth. A fascinating floating Victorian museum, this is an alternative luxury venue with accommodation for sixteen, with three function rooms for up to sixty guests, plus three bars, including the impressive Laurent Perrier Champagne bar. There are hot tubs and a large fire pit, open-air pool, sauna and sundecks. Access to the forts is only by boat or helicopter, which makes it feel even more exciting!
7. Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
A luxurious 5 AA Red Star hotel, country club and spa with elegant chandeliers, a dramatic sweeping Georgian staircase and forty nine exquisite bedrooms and suites. Featuring a choice of function rooms, including the Fountain Room, overlooking the south-facing terrace, fountain and gardens, an indoor swimming pool, children’s creche and games room. The Pennsylvania Suite, with its four poster bed and sunken marble bath is immortalised in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary.
8. Clivedon House, Berkshire
One of the UK’s most famous and luxurious wedding venues and the place Meghan Markle has chosen to spend the night before her royal wedding to Prince Harry. A Grade I stately home with sculpted gardens, an opulent and intriguing history and a glamorous guest-list of former visitors. There is a choice of lavishly decorated function rooms for up to sixty guests, including the French Dining Room with its intricate gilded panelling and beautiful views overlooking the river. Made famous in the swinging sixties by the Profumo affair, captured in the film Scandal.
9. Aviator Hotel, Hampshire
A striking contemporary venue that cleverly combines architecturally stunning spaces and the timeless glamour of aviation. Featuring a variety of versatile function rooms, including the Wright Room with spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows and private access to the Terrace and Lawn. There is capacity for up to ninety guests plus one hundred and sixty nine contemporary bedrooms and suites with a complimentary movie and music library and high-speed WIFI.
10. The Elvetham, Hampshire
One of England’s oldest luxurious wedding venues, dating back to 1086. Set within thirty five acres of landscaped gardens it features many original features from grand open fireplaces and rich oak panelled walls to historic stained glass windows. There are five flexible event spaces, including The Oak Room which can hold up to one hundred and twenty guests for a wedding ceremony and the Summerhouse for outdoor weddings. In 1535, this was the place where King Henry VIII first met, and later married, his third, and most beloved wife, Jane Seymour.
11. De Vere Horsley Estate, Guildord, Surrey
A grand nineteenth century mansion house with its own classical chapel, beautifully tiled cloisters, distinctive architecture and lakeside lawns set amidst acres of Surrey parkland. There is a choice of functon rooms, including the very grand Great Hall, with its vaulted ceiling and oak-panelled walls. Once the ancestral home of the Lovelace family, it was designed and built in 1820 by Sir Charles Barry; the architect of the Houses of Parliament.
12. Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey
A spectacular fairytale castle on the island of Anglesey, just off Wales, on the banks of the Menai Strait. Built as a French inspired Chateau in 1849 by Sir John Hay Williams, as a gift of love for his wife, Lady Sarah, it has breathtaking views over the Welsh Snowdonia mountain range. There is a choice of function rooms, including the Terrace, featuring uninterrupted views of the mountains over the water, or get married outside under the pretty garden pagoda.
13. Shangri-La at The Shard, London
If it’s contemporary luxury with breathtaking city views you’re looking for then the Shangri-La Hotel at London’s iconic Shard is original and inspiring. The very best of Asian hospitality beside floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views over the capital, a grand staircase and the finest locally sourced cuisine. London’s highest wedding venue is on the thirty fourth floor of this incredible skyscraper and can host bespoke weddings, civil ceremonies and receptions for over a hundred guests. The views are legendary.