Towers, mazes and grand ballrooms – if you’re dreaming of a castle wedding, look no further than Yorkshire.
Everyone wants their wedding day to be magical and memorable, and what better way to make sure it’s remembered forever than with a castle wedding? From Whitby to Harrogate, you’ll be properly spoiled for choice in Yorkshire, with a whole array of incredible castles just waiting to host your special day. Whether you’re looking for a gothic masterpiece or a medieval fairytale, there’s something for every couple and every budget.
Veiled with climbing vines of ivy, Ripley Castle is a charming 700-year-old Yorkshire castle and soon-to-be wedding venue of your fairytale matrimony dreams. The epitome of romance, Ripley lies three miles north of Harrogate, boasting breathtaking views over the lake and lush gardens to amaze your guests.
They offer an extensive range of tailored packages to help you plan your special day. Whether you’re wanting an intimate affair for 50 or an elaborate celebration with 120, this venue can do it all. The lavish interior adds a touch of regal flair, with a winding staircase, stained-glass windows and gold finishings – just imagine the photos! It’s also the perfect venue for after a church wedding as the All Saints’ Church is right across the road.
Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY.
Nestled in the rolling Yorkshire Dales, the Grade-I listed Bolton Castle dates all the way back to the 14th century. It’s one of The Independent’s Top 20 Best Wedding Venues in the UK and somewhere you can become royals for the day – but not in Mary, Queen of Scots-style. She was held prisoner here for six months in 1568!
Just imagine stepping through the archway into the enchanting cobbled courtyard, before making your way into a candlelit room filled with up to 120 of your friends and family. Here, you can even have a barn owl fly your rings down the aisle Aurora-style. After the ceremony, a falconry spectacle will keep your guests entertained while you’re off posing in the picturesque maze and gardens. Come evening, the castle can fit an extra 120 guests to properly commemorate your nuptials at your evening bash.
Bolton Castle, North Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET.
Built in 1090, the Grade-I listed Skipton Castle has stood tall overlooking the Yorkshire market town for almost an entire century. This quirky venue is particularly ideal for an intimate wedding ceremony in an iconic piece of local history, before celebrating your big day at your reception venue of choice.
You can choose from the ancient Chapel or the Banqueting Hall, both of which can fit up to 80 guests. These beautifully minimalist spaces can be reimagined to fulfil all of your wedding wishes, complete with that all-important fairytale vibe. You can share your vows with all your loved ones, then treat your guests to champagne and canapés on the scenic front lawn, before heading off to your next destination to continue the party into the night.
Skipton Castle, The Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW.
Hazlewood Castle has been a family home for some 900 years, but it can be home to you and your loved ones for one special day. This breathtaking Yorkshire wedding venue sits in the outskirts of Tadcaster, surrounded by acres upon acres of gorgeous woodland. You can reserve the whole venue for your celebration and feel like real kings and/or queens of the castle for the day.
With plenty of options, you can make it truly your own. For the classic wedding, there’s an array of unique reception suites to choose from, including the Victoria Room, the Old Dining Room and the Great Hall. For those seeking an outdoor ceremony, there’s a woodland pagoda where you can live out all your rustic wedding fantasies with up to 100 guests. You’ll spend the evening dancing the night away in the ever-so-elegant Great Hall for a truly royal affair.
Hazlewood Castle, Paradise Lane, Leeds, Tadcaster, West Yorkshire, LS24 9NJ.
Among the North York Moors heather stands the ruins of Danby Castle. Built in the 14th century, it was once home to Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII. Today, one tower remains and a farmhouse has been added, creating a quirky wedding venue in stunning Yorkshire moorland surroundings.
Every wedding here is totally exclusive, so you can have it exactly how you want it. You’ll tie the knot in the Court Room, with exposed brick and luxurious chandeliers, the room seats 90 guests. The wedding meets the great outdoors at this unique venue and with views across the Esk Valley, it’s bound to be a truly memorable day. For the reception, the converted stone barn, with wooden beams overhead and long, regal tables, caters for 110 in the daytime and 140 for the evening festivities.
Danby Castle, Castle Lane, Whitby, East Yorkshire, YO21 2NP.
Allerton Castle is a show-stopping Yorkshire wedding venue in the Harrogate countryside, filled with historical flair and character. On the big day, its beautiful gardens and grand rooms will be exclusive to you, for a truly memorable occasion – at no extra cost. And it really doesn’t get much more majestic than this Grade-I 19th-century gothic beauty.
Get ready for your Cinderella moment because here, the aisle leads down the elaborate staircase and straight into the awe-inspiring Great Hall. Once you’re officially a married couple, it’s out to the garden for drinks and canapés with a hint of confetti (biodegradable, of course). You can have your wedding breakfast in the striking blue and white ballroom with up to 120 guests, while the Great Hall will be transformed in preparation for the evening-do.
Allerton Castle, Allerton Lane, Allerton Mauleverer, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SE.
Whitby is a whimsical seaside town full of Yorkshire charm and romance, so when Sneaton Castle opened for weddings in 2020 after a huge re-vamp, it quickly rose to wedding venue fame. Intimate and cosy with neutral decor, it’s the perfect canvas to design your day just how you always imagined it.
The Norman-style chapel can seat 200 guests and has a unique Renaissance-inspired dome ceiling. Add floral arrangements, blossom archways and plenty of tulle, and you’ve got yourself a truly magical, fairytale wedding. From the chapel, your guests will make their way to the renovated barn, complete with original oak beams and ambient lighting, for a stylish reception with ample space for seating up to 300 and of course, dancing.
Sneaton Castle, Whitby, East Yorkshire, YO21 3QN.Cover image: Victoria Baker