Deciding on your ideal wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.
There is a huge choice of different venue types in East Anglia including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.
Check out these stunning wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.
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Just one mile from the city, this Cambridge gem offers a country setting with a blend of traditional charm and contemporary chic, including colourful, modern artwork adorning the inside spaces. A venue for all seasons, the Victorian mansion, with its open fire, provides a cosy welcome in the winter and in the summer, you and your guests can make the most of the three acres of landscaped gardens. You can tie the knot in the first floor Atlas/Calypso Suite which offers exclusive use of two interlinking rooms that can host up to 60 loved ones for a sit-down meal and 100 for the evening do. With beautiful views of the gardens from the bay window and its own bar, it's the prefect private space for your whole celebration. The original wooden staircase, with its large, arched picture window provides a great backdrop for those just-wed shots too.
Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire
Be king and queen for the day in your very own castle at this one-of-a-kind wedding venue. The earliest known castle in Kimbolton, it boasts a fascinating history. Some of the Tudor remains are still visible and the many outstanding features include a collection of fine Pellegrini murals. Approached by a winding tree-lined mall, the castle is set in 120 acres of parkland and fields, complete with a picturesque lake and pond. Wedding parties enjoy exclusive use of the four main state rooms. Ceremonies are held in The Saloon, which is then transformed for the evening reception with space for up to 250 loved ones. Wedding breakfasts for 125 friends and family are catered for in the White Hall
Murray Edwards College, Cambridgeshire
Located in a tranquil spot on the edge of the city centre, Murray Edwards College is a hidden gem. One of the more modern Cambridge colleges with wide, light-filled corridors, a magnificent main dining hall as well as smaller, more intimate spaces, it's a versatile venue for a city-chic reception. The Fountain Court Walkway is ideal for pre-dinner drinks and overlooks the fountains, a wow-factor feature lit up at night. With world-renowned works of art to admire inside the venue, the gardens are a major part of the Murray Edwards experience too. The Orchard Court lawn is ideal for marquees, inflatables and outdoor games and the secluded Fellows' Garden leads directly off the Fellows' Suite which includes a dining and drawing room; great as a wet-weather back up! Receptions for up to 210 guests can take place in the Dome Dining Hall, which boasts a dancefloor and bar. For more intimate affairs with up to 70 people, the Fellows' Suite furnished with colourful rugs, art and attractive furniture, is ideal.
Perched on the banks of the River Mel, Sheene Mill has been a landmark of the Cambridgeshire countryside for more than 400 years. With immaculate landscaped gardens and a beautiful wedding pavilion set on the riverbed, it's a fairytale setting that's hard to beat. Originally a flour mill, the traditional 16th-century building boasts a wealth of original features including open fireplaces and exposed beams. Licensed for ceremonies for up to 110 guests, you can tie the knot inside or out and take your pick from a choice of romantic backdrops. The heated outdoor pavilion can be fitted with a canopy so you can marry al fresco whatever the weather. The Banqueting Hall can cater for up to 120 loved ones for the wedding breakfast or the Garden Conservatory, with views across the lake, provides a setting for more intimate celebrations.
If you're on the hunt for a quintessential English country house setting for your big day, Anstey Hall ticks all the boxes. The family owned Grade I listed venue, oozes historic charm and character, with glorious grounds and a wealth of fabulous photo opportunities. You can have the whole place to yourself for your big day or enjoy a weekend-long wedding and make the most of the stunning spaces including the library, morning room, Venetian ballroom and billiards room. Less than two miles from the city and all its amenities, the hall is conveniently situated yet still retains all its rural character and charm. The hall's imposing facade provides a wow-factor backdrop at any time of year and in the summer the 10 acres of gardens and terrace really come into their own; perfect for al fresco drinks and canapés. The three licensed ceremony rooms can cater for everything from cosy intimate gatherings to grander affairs. The ballroom can host up to 120 guests to watch you say 'I do' and 90 for a sit-down wedding breakfast. For more lavish celebrations, the heated marquee is big enough for as many as 200 family and friends.
Located on the site of a Benedictine Nunnery, Jesus College boasts some of the oldest buildings in Cambridge dating from Norman times. Here history combines with modern award-winning architecture and beautiful grounds to provide an impressive big-day setting. The versatile venue caters for weddings large or small with a choice of traditional and historic rooms and spaces for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts joined by up to 130 family and friends. In contrast the modern Brewery Room is the ideal setting for the evening reception, complete with a party room, upstairs seating and a private bar, you can celebrate your new married status with up to 160 loved ones. The grounds, gardens and historic buildings provide the quintessential Cambridge backdrop for a chilled drinks reception and the wedding photographs. Garden furniture is available too, so your guests can sit out on the lawns and soak up the atmosphere. If you're looking for an outdoor setting, you can get married at the thatched Cricket Pavilion built in 1924 with the college grounds in the background. In case of rain, the Hall would also be reserved for you.
Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa, Suffolk
Seckford Hall has all the credentials for a storybook wedding – an ivy-clad Tudor red-brick building, 34 acres of grounds and mature woodland, sweeping lawns, a private lake, beautiful walled garden and more. All you need is your Prince Charming and a happy ever after. The 16th-century listed country house offers the ideal mix of comfort and luxury steeped in Tudor history. The Great Hall oozes character and charm with its oak panelling, high ceilings, huge open fireplace and fabulous views. Overlooking the lake and gardens, you can tie the knot here and host a reception for 180 guests or up to 250 teamed with the beautiful marquee dining space in the adjacent garden pavilion. The hall has a separate entrance from the hotel as well as its own bar, toilets and cloakroom, so you and your loved ones can celebrate in style, comfort and privacy.
If you're dreaming of a romantic, fairytale wedding in a grand setting this splendid 18th-century stately home is sure to wow. Surrounded by 1,800 acres of parkland, be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments from the moment you set eyes on the breathtaking grounds and building. The hotel retains its historic charm and grandeur with all the modern comforts you'd expect from a luxury country house hotel. There are a host of stand-out features including an Italianate garden and acres of far-reaching parkland views, providing the perfect backdrop for a stylish wedding. With a range of luxurious and elegant rooms licensed for weddings, the only problem is which one to choose – the Library, Boardroom or the Garden Room in The Lodge overlooking the private gardens? Think high ceilings, tall windows, wood panelling, traditional chandelier and more. And if you're looking to push the boat out post-vows, you can host up to 200 reception guests in a marquee in the grounds of The Lodge.
Dove Barn is ideal if you're on the hunt for a blank canvas to call your own. Divided into two large spaces, one for the ceremony and wedding breakfast and the other for drinks and dancing, this classic Suffolk barn offers a versatile relaxed space that lends itself to a host of different styles and themes. Tucked away in a quiet corner of south Suffolk, just outside the village of Boxford, it's set in the grounds of the elegant Castlings Hall, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for those all-important photos. You can say 'I do' in the Ceremony Barn and celebrate afterwards with a wedding breakfast for up to 110 guests. With beautiful exposed oak beams and a minstrels' gallery overlooking the main room, the informal terrace at the back is ideal for the drinks reception when the weather's fine or hanging out later in the evening. The wedding meadow beyond is an idyllic spot for a children's play area or bar and from February 2022 it will be used for chilled celebrant-led ceremonies.
Orton Hall Hotel & Spa, Cambridgeshire
Steeped in history Orton Hall Hotel offers an impressive wedding venue. Surrounded by mature parkland, the hotel combines impressive architecture and elegant rooms with fine food and great service. A treasure trove of photo opportunities, you'll be spoilt for choice for where to pose. Whether you want a traditional setting for your wedding or something more modern, there's something to suit a range of tastes. The majestic Great Room has impressive high ceilings and breathtaking views; perfect for the ceremony followed by a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast. For a more contemporary feel, the Orton Suite is also licensed for ceremonies and and can host larger gatherings with up to 140 guests. And if it's a relaxed, cosy feel you're after, the venue caters for that too. The Huntly Restaurant has intricately carved wood panelling and a lovely warm atmosphere for an intimate receptio
For traditional country charm, check out this picturesque hotel. One of Bury St Edmunds' best kept secrets, set in its own private garden and surrounded by countryside, it's a romantic setting. Built in 1895, the Tudor-manor style building, with its wooden door and balcony over the entrance, makes a lasting impression. Inside, the tall ceilings, rich colours, original staircase and windows add to the charming atmosphere. You can tie the knot in the versatile Banquet Room which is big enough for 150 ceremony guests, 110 for a sit-down meal and as many as 300 for the evening reception. For more intimate affairs, the Coffee Room is licensed for up to 20 loved ones, while the Adam Room can cater for 40 seated diners.
If you're on the hunt for a coastal wedding venue for your big day, this charming hotel is a must-see. Just a ten-minute walk from the glorious beach at Old Hunstanton, it's the perfect spot for a chilled celebration and toes-in-the-sand photos post vows. Fresh and bright, it's tastefully decorated and the recently refurbished public spaces create a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere with a country-chic feel. Think wooden beams, beautifully dressed long tables with crisp white cloths and hessian runners. Whatever your taste or style, it's a great venue for a stylish wedding. Set around the original ivy-clad manor house, which dates back to 1648, the hotel boasts 38 chalet-style bedrooms, a stylish bar and lounge and an award-winning restaurant which can host up to 80 people for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, plus a further 50 for the evening celebration. For intimate ceremonies the Old Barn is ideal and when the weather's fine, the patio areas are the perfect place to mix and mingle post-vows or just for taking time out to relax in the sun.
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Hales Hall & The Great Barn, Norfolk
If a historic barn with a vaulted thatched roof and exposed timbers are part of your ideal wedding story; read on! Hales Hall has all this and more, the magnificent Medieval estate is set in the heart of the Norfolk countryside surrounded by breathtaking formal gardens and wild meadows providing a magical setting for your whole celebration. You can marry in The Great Barn joined by up to 180 seated guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. The largest surviving brick-built barn of its kind in the country, it can host 300 or more for the evening reception. The upstairs Gallery provides a lovely cosy space; great as a chill-out area, complete with comfy sofas, fairylights and additional seating. It can also be used for intimate ceremonies or for the legal bit before or after an al fresco service on the front lawn. The grounds provide a wealth of fabulous photo opportunities, complete with a moated area and fountain, topiary and floral avenue. Friends and family can relax on the sun-kissed terrace, there's a pergola and outdoor seating and the lush lawns are ideal for drinks and garden games post-vows.
If you're on the hunt for a wedding venue with a difference Tuddenham Mill could be the one. Set in a picturesque rural location, the converted historic mill oozes character and charm with beamed ceilings and open brickwork. Beautifully converted with contemporary flair, it's surrounded by 12 acres of Suffolk countryside. The idyllic setting and rustic chic surroundings provide a wonderfully romantic big-day backdrop. The venue is licensed for ceremonies and the Terrace Room with wooden beams and a private balcony is ideal for intimate weddings for up to 36 people. The stylish restaurant is full of character with its beamed ceiling, mill-wheel cogs and views over the mill pond and can host 60 loved ones for your celebrations.
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Suffolk
This four red star luxury hotel oozes character and charm inside and out. The ideal blend of old and new it's surrounded by three acres of secluded gardens, next door to some of the most famous paddocks and horse training stables in the world. The elegant white stucco building dates back to the 17th century and the grounds offer a wealth of great photo opportunities. With meticulously kept lawns, herbs and plants surrounding the hotel, it's a riot of colour and fragrance in the summer. Ceremonies are held in the Derby Room, which seats a maximum of 80 guests or 120 with the St Leger Room. The beautiful rose gardens provide the ideal backdrop for a chilled drinks reception post-vows and there's a private garden for weddings where couples can relax and mingle. For larger affairs the Classics Suite can accommodate 150 for your 'I dos' and is available for exclusive hire for your whole day. Chandeliers and cornices add to the elegance and grandeur and you can host your wedding breakfast and evening reception here too. There's a private bar area and the versatile space can be partitioned to provide two smaller rooms to suit the style and scale of your celebration.
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