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6 historic venues to consider booking for your wedding

6 historic venues to consider booking for your wedding

Written by Katie Byrne

Find the perfect location for your wedding by exploring Historic Royal Palaces' six properties


Independent charity Historic Royal Palaces cares for six spectacular historic venues – the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. Each venue provides the perfect balance between elegance, luxury and history, which when combined provide the most romantic setting for a couple’s special day.

The Tower of London

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, the Tower is one of the world’s most famous fortresses. The White Tower is the ideal setting for engagement celebrations and pre-wedding receptions and dinners!

For a more intimate setting, the medieval palace’s Wakefield Tower and Wall Walk act as a stunning backdrop for a pre-wedding drinks reception. To add a special touch, guests can enjoy a private viewing of the Crown Jewels.

Capacity: up to 300 guests for a reception; and 240 guests for dinner.

Hampton Court Palace

For centuries this magnificent palace has hosted lavish parties and gala celebrations. Splendid formal gardens, elegant cobbled courtyards and magnificent Tudor and Baroque architecture make this 500-year-old treasure a spectacular scene for weddings.

weddings at Hampton Court Palace

The West Front, Hampton Court

The light and airy Garden Room is set in the beautiful Tiltyard Gardens with French doors opening onto paved terraces and manicured lawns reserved exclusively for the wedding party. The Little Banqueting House is set slightly away from the main palace. It offers a classic backdrop to a civil ceremony, reception or dinner for up to 50 guests. The private walled garden is perfect for drinks receptions or photographs and can be approached by river boat

Capacity: up to 400 guests for a reception; 200 guests for a ceremony; and 220 guests for dinner/dancing.

Banqueting House

Banqueting House, which was built for entertaining, has dazzled revellers and guests of the monarch since the early 17th century. Today, this architectural and artistic masterpiece remains as inspiring as ever. The Main Hall, with its priceless Rubens ceiling, has one of the capital’s largest capacities, but is equally well suited to smaller receptions.

weddings at the Banqueting House

The Main Hall, Banqueting House

The atmospheric Undercroft is where Stuart kings once retreated from public life. Today, this intimacy makes it a special space for an unforgettable evening.

Capacity: up to 400 guests (Main Hall) and 150 guests (Undercroft) for a ceremony; 380 guests for a reception; 350 guests for dinner; and 320 guests for dinner and dancing.

Kensington Palace

Few settings run as rich in allure and a vivid sense of history as Kensington Palace. Located within tranquil Kensington Gardens, the palace’s inspiring venues are some of the most beautiful in London. The palace’s state rooms offer elegant interiors while the Orangery’s palatial interior décor, Portland stone terrace and tranquil surroundings make it highly sought after for weddings. 

weddings at Kensington Palace

The King's Staircase, Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace’s East Front Gardens and Sunken Garden are ideal for outdoor drinks receptions in the summer months.

Capacity: up to 150 guests for a ceremony; 300 guests for a reception; and 180 guests for dinner/dancing

Kew Palace

This Grade I listed venue is both regal and intimate, reflecting its history as the family home of Georgian Royalty. Set within the fantastic Royal Botanic Gardens, this picturesque palace is an ideal location for summer weddings.

Capacity: up to 24 guests for ceremony; 60 guests for a reception; and 24 guests for a dinner

Hillsborough Castle

Today, this Georgian country house is the official residence of the Royal family in Northern Ireland.

weddings at Hillsborough Castle

Lady Alice’s Temple, Hillsborough Castle

Set within 98 acres of spectacular gardens, it’s the perfect location for a memorable, classic experience your guests will remember for years to come. The elegant rooms are popular for smaller weddings, while larger weddings can be accommodated using the state rooms and marquees

Capacity: up to 130 guests for a ceremony; 350 guests for a reception; and 350 guests for dinner and dancing.


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