Are you searching for a grand setting for your big day? Durham is home to some of the region's most unqiue, unusal and historic venues.

From ancient castles and magnificent museums, to waterfalls, luxury treehouses and more. You're certain to find the picture-perfect venue in our beautiful county. 

wedding at Beamish Museum and Brancepth Castle

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Treat your guests to a spot of time travel on your big day at Beamish Museum. Take your pick from beautiful historic venues across the museum, and your guests can even hop on board historic vehicles as they make their way to the ceremony. 

Brancepth Castle 

Arrange every aspect of your special day at Brancepth Castle. Take your pick of up to six reception rooms which you can decorate in your own style and the enclosed lawn courtyard makes for a picture perfect entrance. 

weddings at Crook Hall and Durham Castle

Crook Hall and Gardens 

No matter what the season, you’re guaranteed a magical wedding at Crook Hall and Gardens. Tucked away along the banks of the River Wear in Durham City, Crook Hall offers unforgettable weddings – whether you head outside amongst the flowers and fairy lights of the beautiful landscaped gardens, or head inside the atmospheric medieval hall. 

Durham Castle

Give your big day that extra WOW factor by getting married in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle’s magnificent Great Hall looks like something taken straight out of Hogwarts, and throughout the castle grounds you’ll find lots of quirky locations which make for brilliant wedding photo backdrops.   

weddings at Emirates Riverside and High Force Hotel

Emirates Riverside

Bowl your guests over with a pitch side wedding at the home of Durham Cricket. Enjoy stunning views of Durham Riverside from inside the elegant Castle Suite or take centre stage and hold your ceremony on the club’s expansive 4 acre pitch. 

High Force Waterfall and Hotel

We maybe biased, but we are pretty certain you’ll be hard pushed to find a more spectacular backdrop for your wedding photos than High Force Waterfall. The romantic High Force Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from one of England’s greatest natural sights, making it one of the county’s most unique wedding venues.   

weddings at Lumley Castle Hotel and Moor House Adventure Centre

Lumley Castle Hotel

Celebrate like King and Queen for the day , as you hold your own royal wedding in the elegant surroundings of Lumley Castle hotel. From grand weddings in the Barons Hall to intimate wedding receptions in The Gilt, you’ll find the perfect space within the castle’s 600 year old walls for your fairy tale wedding.   

Moor House Adventure Centre

Love the outdoors? Surrounded by trees and rolling fields, Moor House Adventure Centre has everything you need for a memorable outdoor wedding. Enjoy the peace and privacy of 22 acres of forests and fields, as you pitch up your quirky tipi for an unforgettable wedding.  You can even add a touch of adventure to your wedding and abseil in your wedding dress!  

Wedding venues Prince Bishop River Cruiser and Ramside Hall new luxury Treehouses

Prince Bishop River Cruiser

Looking for a quirky wedding reception venue? It doesn’t get any quirkier than treating your guests to a cruise along the River Wear with Prince Bishops River Cruiser. Take in the beautiful sights of historic Durham City and cathedral, as you dance the night away across the boat’s twin decks.  

Ramside Hall luxury Treehouses

You could be one of the first couples to get married in Ramside Hall’s new treehouses. These luxury treehouses are the perfect setting for intimate weddings, accommodating up to 30 guests and the happy couple can make use of the treehouses private hot tub on their wedding night. Choose from Peacock, Cuckoo and Woodpecker – three treehouses call with their own distinct style. 

weddings at Seaham Hall and The South Causey Inn

Seaham Hall Hotel

What could be more romantic than getting married in the same place that one of world’s most romantic poets got married?! Set on the rugged cliffs overlooking Durham’s heritage coast, Seaham Hall’s enchanted interiors and perfectly manicured gardens make this luxury hotel a great place to tie the knot. 

Happy couples can enjoy a luxurious stay in the very room Lord Bryon married the beautiful Annebella Milbank – now named the Ada Lovelace Suite, after the couple’s famous mathematician daughter. 

South Causey Inn

Whether you’re looking to host an intimate ceremony or an extravagant celebration – South Causey Inn has it all. Set in 100 acres of beautiful flower gardens, rolling fields, wild meadow and a stunning lake, you’ll definitely find the perfect picture spot at this truly unique wedding venue. 
wedding at St Chad's College and The Bowes Museum

St Chad's College 

Set in the shadow of Durham Cathedral, the historic St Chad’s (one of Durham’s oldest and most popular collages) offers a splendid wedding hideaway in the heart of bustling Durham City. Guests can enjoy drinks in the riverside gardens and hold your ceremony in the glass covered Cassidy Hall or splendid Moulsdale Hall.  

The Bowes Museum 

With beautiful rooms, elegant grounds and a world-class art collection – The Bowes Museum offers a grand setting for your big day. The Museum was created by John and Joséphine Bowes over 125 years ago to share their passion for art with the people of the North East. A timeless celebration of love and creativity – making the museum one of the county’s most romantic wedding venues. 

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