What do you want from your dream Yorkshire wedding venue? If the answer is effortless splendour or interestingly unusual, these venues will be right up your aisle…
No two weddings are ever the same. Whether you want to say ‘I do’ in a large country manor or a quiet fairytale clearing in the woods, the most important thing is that your day feels as special as it is. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the coolest and most unusual wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer, all of which offer the chance to create memories for a lifetime.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
When you’re tying the knot, you want a wedding venue that takes your breath away, and Fountains Abbey leaves us genuinely speechless. One of only 27 World Heritage sites in the UK, the ancient abbey ruins and Georgian water gardens cover almost 900 years of history between them. Talk about a truly magnificent backdrop for your big day!
For an intimate ceremony, choose between The Oak Room, once the Queen Mother’s guest bedroom, or the Summer House, a quaint outdoor space near the babbling river and herb garden – both seat up to 20 people. Of course, you can always upscale to the Great Chamber, an enormous high-ceilinged ornate room with a 400-year-old stone fireplace that stretches to 80 lucky guests. The splendour doesn’t end there though, as you can raise a glass afterwards in the stunning walled Elizabethan garden surrounded by wisteria, lavender and roses.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
If you’re after a more unusual place to get married in Yorkshire, Fishlake Mill down in Doncaster ticks all the right boxes. This quirky 18th century corn mill has been carefully restored to keep its rural character, which means you’ll get all of the charm but oodles of comfort too.
The towering, historic windmill serves as both the bridal suite and an eye-catching backdrop for the day, with a spacious grassy knoll just behind, complete with ornamental pond, pagoda and even a jacuzzi. For the evening’s festivities, a large marquee seats up to 170 guests, along with a licensed bar, dance floor, stage and sound system. There’s even a resident peacock, to top off the unusual but totally magical nature of the whole experience.
Fishlake Mill, Eastfield Road, Fishlake, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 5LH.
They say size isn’t everything, but Denton Hall will make you question that. This sweeping 18th century Georgian country house is set in 2,500 acres of parkland, but it’s not just the views that make this one of Yorkshire’s most sought-after wedding venues, the real secret is how much bang you get for your buck.
Denton Hall only does one wedding a week, so it’s all yours. From 4pm Friday to noon on the Sunday, you have full rein of the Hall, the grounds and 24 luxury bedrooms. That gives you time to explore everything from the picturesque lake to the towering spiral staircase and genuine ‘Mouseman’ oak furniture. The one downside? The venue’s splendour and Michelin-star catering means it gets snapped up miles in advance, so book ahead if your heart is set on a sunny summer wedding.
Denton Hall, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0HH.
Waterton Park Hotel
What’s so special about Waterton Park Hotel, we hear you ask? Oh not much, it’s only an enormous Georgian island mansion surrounded by a 26-acre lake, accessible by a picture-perfect iron footbridge. In all seriousness, Waterton Park Hotel is one of the North’s coolest and most unusual wedding venues, recently voted ‘Yorkshire’s Most Romantic’ by the English Wedding Awards.
This isolated paradise has everything a loved-up couple could want for their big day, and the eye-watering vistas don’t stop at the water’s edge either. Once you’re back on dry land, the vivid green parkland stretches out as far as the eye can see. So after your picturesque wedding reception buffet or BBQ, feel free to take a wander back over the bridge and see what delights Waterton Park’s outer reaches have to offer.
Waterton Park Hotel, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6PW.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
It’s full steam ahead if you want a wedding setting unlike any other because you can tie the knot on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Ever since the first legal ‘I do’ on Platform 2 of Pickering Station back in July 2016, loved-up couples in search of a unique marriage ceremony have followed suit.
The Grade II listed building is surrounded by gleaming steel, burnished teak and the leafy Yorkshire scenery. Demand has been steadily growing thanks to word of mouth from this unusual but captivating setting. After your vows, enjoy drinks on the terrace and pictures on the footplate, before being whisked away on a private steam train to Grosmont. Afternoon tea and refreshments will be served onboard, so help yourself to a finger sandwich or freshly baked fruit scone as the panoramic vistas whisk past outside.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 12 Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ.
Raven Hall Country House Hotel
Picture yourself standing on the top of a cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the air rippling through your hair. 600 feet below, Robin Hood’s Bay stretches out into the North Sea. The camera clicks. It’s the most beautiful wedding photograph you’ll ever see.
Halfway between Whitby and Scarborough, Raven Hall Country House Hotel is perfectly placed in the North York Moor National Park. Not only do the stellar views attract guests seeking a panoramic cliff-top wedding, but the hotel’s facilities are perfect for entertaining a select group of wedding guests the day before. With a nine-hole cliff-side golf course, tennis courts and a heated indoor swimming pool, there’s plenty to keep you and yours fully active before your big day.
Raven Hall Country House Hotel, Ravenscar, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO 13 0ET.
Found in 15 acres of dazzlingly-green country grounds, this historic Edwardian setting oozes class from the moment you arrive. Distinguished guests over the years have included The Prince of Wales, The Queen Mother and various Prime Ministers, so it’s clearly a wedding venue for those who value luxury and elegance. Could that be you?
This is one of the only exclusive-use ‘one-a-day’ wedding venues in North Yorkshire, which means you’ll have the place to yourself. As Lord and Lady of the Manor, you can stroll through the Hall’s stunning grounds and admire the captivating views over the Leven Valley. It’s the perfect way to relax after the nerves of the ceremony, or build an appetite for the wedding breakfast.
Crathorne Hall, Crathorne, Yarm, North Yorkshire, TS15 0AR.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
We all know weddings can get a little wild, but not usually this wild. If you’re looking for unusual wedding venues, Yorkshire Wildlife Park is just the place. By partnering up with the four-star Crown Hotel in nearby Bawtry, you can tie the knot surrounded by wildlife.
Set against the park’s stunning backdrop, you’ll start your magical day in the park’s panoramic Outlook Suite. Once the ceremony’s finished, it’s time to get up close and personal with the animals, with photos at one of their wildlife reserves – visit the giraffes, the lemurs, the tiger walkway or the polar exhibit. You and your guests will get the run of the park for two full hours, before the evening’s food and festivities continue in the Outlook Suite or shift into the Tsavo Lodge marquee – the choice is yours.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Brockholes Lane, Branton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6TB.
A dream wedding is every couple’s fantasy, but what if we told you the ultimate fantasy wedding is waiting for you in God’s Own Country? That’s the aim of North Shire, a picture-perfect family farm set in six acres of rolling countryside. Their big secret is the grass-roofed Hobbit house that acts as the bridal suite – North Yorkshire becomes Middle Earth.
That’s not all though, the wedding itself takes on a fairytale enchantment, with fireworks, music and even fire-breathers available to delight and dazzle the wedding party. Once the party’s over, your guests can pick from gypsy caravans, shepherd huts or even bell tents for their accommodation, while you head back to the Shire House for a cosy night in a Hobbit hole under the stars.
North Shire, Liverton, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS13 4TJ.
The Priest’s House
Combining classic architecture and sweeping scenery, the Priest’s House in Skipton ticks all the boxes anyone could want for a traditional Yorkshire wedding. From log beams to open fireplaces, the Grade I listed building has kept its historical splendour – it was was originally a chapel in the 1600s, so the ceremony should be a doddle.
Choose from the Old Chapel for smaller ceremonies, or the House itself for bigger groups, where the ceremony room dazzles with floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. The grounds are for your own private use throughout your big day, so make sure you explore every inch of this medieval marvel. With grand banquet halls, lush gardens and views over the Wharfedale Valley, the Priest’s House has earned its spot as one of Yorkshire’s most sought-after wedding venues.
The Priests House, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AS.
From the grand Georgian architecture and towering cast-iron gates to the incredible sweeping central staircase that ties the whole building together, you’ll be instantly bowled over by the elegance of Bowcliffe Hall. It was originally home to one of history’s greatest Yorkshiremen, Robert Blackburn, the man responsible for creating the UK’s first scheduled air service.
What truly sets Bowcliffe Hall are the wedding options they give you. With only a very limited number of weddings per year, you’ll be the envy of everyone if you walk down the aisle here. Want to tap into Bowcliffe’s aviation history? The multi-award-winning Blackburn Wing is a 2,000 square foot copper and glass ceremony treehouse in the shape of a tree. Fancy something more reserved? From the Drivers Club, inspired by the Golden Age of motoring, to the central ballroom with a 23.5 carat gold-embossed ceiling, your wedding will be unique to you, and you alone.
Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham, Wetherby, Leeds, North Yorkshire, LS23 6LP.
Wold Top Brewery
If it’s something unusual you’re after, why not make your wedding venue a Yorkshire brewery? Thanks to the ingenious people behind Humanby Grange, you can do just that. It’s home to Wold Top Brewery, and as the name suggests, you’ll enjoy your big day looking out over knockout views of East Riding’s Yorkshire Wolds, before the chance to pose for photos and explore the cavernous brewery shed next to the guest marquee.
The beer theme doesn’t stop there, though. What adds the finishing touch to a Wold Top Brewery wedding is a signature beer label and personalised pump clip, which means you can toast your good health with your very own bottles of beer. If that doesn’t get the conversation started, we don’t know what will!
Wold Top Brewery, Hunmanby Grange, Wold Newton, East Riding, YO25 3HS.
Escrick Park Estate
If a woodland wedding is more your style, Yorkshire has more romantic rural settings than you can shake a stick at. One of the county’s finest has to be the rustic charms of Escrick Park Estate. Whether you want open green parkland or a hidden woodland dell, you’ll find it all here on this sprawling, eco-friendly estate, which has been owned by the same family for over 300 years.
If your heart is set on a garden wedding, Skipwith Hall’s intimate Kitchen gardens within the estate provide the perfect setting, with colourful borders and manicured lawns. Prefer a woodland ceremony? A tranquil ancient oak clearing is just a short walk away, with rustic benches or hay bales for up to 150 guests and a beautiful archway crafted from dried oak branches to provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding vows.
Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO19 6EA.
Alternative weddings are all the rage at the moment, and this all-in-one glamping and camping village at Camp Katur fits the bill in spectacular fashion. Set in the grounds of the scenic 250-acre Camp Hill Country Manor Estate, take your pick of bonkers accommodation, from safari tents to tipis, yurts and even hobbit pods.
It’s not just the accommodation that’s truly unique though, the evening activities are too. Start things off in traditional fashion with a romantic woodland walk through the enchanting scenery, before treating yourself to a relaxing hot tub or sauna with a visit in the outdoor eco spa. If you’re hungry, the Nordic-style BBQ pod can cook up a smorgasbord of meat or a cheese fondue, followed by board games, musical instruments and singing round the campfire while sipping mulled wine and roasting marshmallows.
The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS.Featured image credit: Joel Skingle Photography