From Elizabethan manor houses to romantic medieval castles and Victorian Gothic country houses, Great Britain is rich in significant historic wedding venues dating back centuries. Castles are perhaps the most popular of these with a wealth of history still showing within their stone walls. Museums, old court houses, town halls and even London’s Natural History Museum are now all historic wedding venues that can be hired for your big day. Westminster Abbey (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and St Paul’s Cathedral are two more famous places where some of history’s best known royal weddings took place. Not everyone is allowed to hold their wedding at these amazing landmarks but you can marry at Westminster Abbey if you’re related to the royal family, members of the Order of the Bath (or their children) or you live within the precincts of the abbey. It’s incredible to think you could marry in the same place as kings and queens have done centuries before you.
Many historic wedding venues such as ancient priories feature spectacular architecture and acres of well-kept gardens and grounds, some even have their own church or chapel on site while others are not even on land Many very old historic wedding venues have been refurbished to such high standards of luxury, they mix the very best of old with cutting edge new. Swanky high-tech bathrooms fitted into majestic bathrooms with high-ceilings and spectacular views make for a very interesting stay!
Race courses, sports stadiums and arenas are alternative historic wedding venues that offer a very different type of venue space to anything else and ideal for sports fans. These often have so much outdoor space and VIP box areas they’re make for a very different type of celebration to the traditional classic wedding.
The UK boasts an incredible variety of historic wedding venues including floating museums and even an unusual collection of Victorian sea forts that now feature a luxury hotel and spa set out in the middle of the Solent, off Portsmouth, only reachable by boat.