Wedding venue inspiration - Venues

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.

Venues: Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire

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

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Venues: Murray Edwards College, Cambridgeshire

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.

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Venues: Sheene Mill, Cambridgeshire

Sheene Mill, Cambridgeshire

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.

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Venues: Anstey Hall, Cambridgeshire

Anstey Hall, Cambridgeshire

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.

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Venues: Jesus College, Cambridge

Jesus College, Cambridge

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.

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Venues: Hotel Felix, Cambridgeshire

Hotel Felix, Cambridgeshire

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.

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Venues: Park Farm Hotel, Norfolk

Park Farm Hotel, Norfolk

Set in 200 acres of Norfolk countryside, this inviting hotel has the charm of a rural retreat with all mod cons and the attractions of historic Norwich on the doorstep. A mix of old and new, the original Georgian country house has undergone extensive renovation and redevelopment. Boasting 52 individually designed rooms, there's plenty of space for friends and family to stay over and relax and unwind or explore the city the next day. Couples can tie the knot in the light and airy conservatory joined by 100 guests or the Ellingham Suite with up to 60 loved ones. Celebrate afterwards in the spacious and modern Colney Suite leading to the conservatory with its own bar and access to a private lawn. There's a host of other great features too, including the staircase in the Georgian house, the beautiful landscaped gardens, gazebo, fountain and a wealth of nooks and crannies for album-worthy photos.

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Venues: Thurning Hall, Norfolk

Thurning Hall, Norfolk

If you're on the hunt for a grand old house in the country for your big day, look no further. Thurning Hall is a beautiful 18th-century Georgian mansion, a privately owned family home full of warmth and original character, set in more than 30 acres of grounds. Think classical elegance meets boho spirit, with an eclectic mix of nooks and crannies and elegant spaces brimming with history. Outside discover a magical mix of wonderfully whimsical and romantic informal secret walled rose gardens, woodland and grass parkland leading to a small lake; a treasure trove of great photo opportunities. With two Victorian walled gardens as well, the first provides an idyllic setting for al fresco ceremonies, while the second and largest is ideal for creative marquee receptions.

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Venues: Mannington Estate, Norfolk

Mannington Estate, Norfolk

This hidden gem is located in an idyllic spot 20 miles north of Norwich and eight miles from the coast, nestled in beautiful rural surroundings. The gardens and moat provide a picture-picture setting with the impressive Medieval hall in the background. The hall is still a family home today and, although you can't marry here, there's plenty of space in the grounds for a magical marquee reception or you can hire the tearooms for a more intimate celebration.

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Venues: Norwich Castle, Norfolk

Norwich Castle, Norfolk

Be king and queen on your big day and tie the knot in an ancient castle. Built by the Normans more than 900 years ago, Norwich Castle is one of the city's most famous landmarks. With a multi-million-pound refurbishment programme underway, including restoration of the Keep, the castle serves not only as a popular public museum, but a one-of-a-kind private space for your 'I dos'. The Colman Gallery is home to many fine pieces from the Norwich School of Artists and can accommodate up to 75 guests for the ceremony. Post-vows you can pose on the bridge leading up to the castle and in the gardens, with panoramic views across Norwich; perfect for those all-important just-wed shots.

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Venues: Swynford Manor, Cambridgeshire

Swynford Manor, Cambridgeshire

Swynford Manor is a luxurious country house wedding venue offering a fusion of contemporary style and rural charm. Arrive down the gravel drive with plush lawns either side to catch your first glimpse of the distinctive timber-framed building. Step inside and the magic continues with a gleaming monochrome chequerboard floor in the hall and a huge crystal chandelier above the grand staircase; perfect for making a fairytale entrance. The rest of the rooms are dressed to match the chic black and white colour scheme with tactile touches including velvet wingback chairs and lush curtains.

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Venues: Isaacs on the Quay, Suffolk

Isaacs on the Quay, Suffolk

Isaacs on the Quay is a wedding venue full of character and charm with a wealth of original, historical features throughout. As well as exposed beams and vaulted ceilings, there are fascinating artefacts on display from the building's long and industrious past. A former wool merchants home and business it has been lovingly restored and some of the oldest sections of the Grade I and Grade II* listed building are thought to date back to between 1430 and 1550. Situated on the Ipswich waterfront, with picture-perfect views of the boats on the marina, it now provides a magical location for weddings. The ceremony room, formally known as the Sale Room, boasts magnificent exposed timber beams, a vaulted ceiling, beautiful décor and atmospheric lighting. A romantic setting for your 'I dos', it can accommodate up to 74 guests and there's a range of great spaces to celebrate afterwards.

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Venues: Barnham Broom Hotel, Norfolk

Barnham Broom Hotel, Norfolk

Conveniently located, just 20 minutes from the bustling city this four-star hotel is a year-round haven for weddings, ideal for those looking to enjoy an extended celebration. With 46 bedrooms, including the sumptuous Hill and Valley Suites, a luxury spa to unwind pre- or post-wedding, a health club with swimming pool, two 18-hole golf courses, restaurants, exclusive bars and a wide range of great dining options, there's something for everyone! The versatile venue caters for weddings of all sizes and styles and has a range of flexible spaces, including the beautifully refurbished Barford Suite. With fabulous views, outdoor terraces, lawn and a private bar, you can host your whole day here from the 'I dos' to the last dance with up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception. For larger celebrations a marquee can be set up next to the suite and the Barford lawn can be used for al fresco ceremonies too.

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Venues: Holmewood Hall, Cambridgeshire

Holmewood Hall, Cambridgeshire

Nestled in a quaint Fenland village, there's plenty to capture the imagination at this impressive wedding venue. Surrounded by 10 acres of grounds including a lake with a water fountain, a manicured croquet lawn and woodland, it's a photographer's dream. There's a whole host of great backdrops inside the manor house too. Full of character, the Great Hall never fails to impress with its original wood panelling and turning staircase. Step through the double doors at the top on to the rear balcony and you can pose for just-wed shots while looking down on your guests below. The Library has its own quirky window seat with dual aspect windows overlooking the grounds and every reception room exudes its own homely style.

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Venues: Alpheton Hall Barns, Suffolk

Alpheton Hall Barns, Suffolk

Alpheton Hall Barns offers the perfect mix of ancient and vintage farm buildings; perfect for a rustic chic theme. Think Medieval honey-coloured oak beams, lime plaster walls, big barn doors and corrugated tin roofs, with all the comforts of modern heating, as well as high-tech lighting and sound systems. Bursting with character, the black featherboarded barns are surrounded by fields, next to Alpheton Church. There are plenty of outdoor areas for fabulous photos, drinks receptions, entertainment and al fresco catering for the evening. The Wedding Garden has its own brick terrace and space for garden games and there's a courtyard complete with a wood-fired pizza oven.

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Venues: Number 47, Norfolk

Number 47, Norfolk

Wedding venue Number 47, is a historic treasure located on St Giles Street in the heart of Norwich. Step inside the impressive Grade II listed Georgian building to discover a range of versatile spaces, each with its own distinctive character and charm. With three rooms licensed for ceremonies you can take your pick to suit the style and scale of your wedding. With its high ceilings and chandeliers the grand Bishop Bowers Temple has a wonderfully opulent feel and can seat up to 110 guests to watch you say 'I do'. The Le Strange Temple is a more historical setting, suitable for up to 20 ceremony guests or you can tie the knot in the Garden Room with 30 of your nearest and dearest. The light and airy space looks out over the pretty courtyard garden, a private landscaped area with wooden tables and seating; ideal for the wedding photos, a barbecue or buffet reception.

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Venues: Hengrave Hall, Suffolk

Hengrave Hall, Suffolk

This wedding venue is a must-see if you're looking for a breathtakingly beautiful setting for your big day. It's got it all, a fascinating history, its own idyllic chapel, glorious gardens and more. Enter through the iron gates and make your way down the tree-lined drive to catch your first glimpse of the magnificent Tudor mansion. Exclusively yours, you can create your dream wedding and make the most of the indoor and outdoor spaces. With four different rooms licensed for ceremonies, you'll be spoilt for choice. You can tie the knot in the grand Banqueting Hall with 140 guests or for more intimate 'I dos', the Library is ideal and can seat up to 20 loved ones. The sun-kissed West Terrace is great for al fresco drinks receptions and the Long Gallery, with its white timber panelling and crystal chandeliers, is a popular choice for the wedding breakfast. Come the evening, throw open the doors to the Banqueting hall and take to the dazzling black and white dancefloor for a party to remember. There's a separate bar, a chill-out area and even a fully equipped playroom for the little ones.

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Venues: Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk

You can celebrate in style at this versatile wedding venue. With its own dedicated event space to make your own, you can party the night away joined by up to 300 of your family and friends. The Hangar is a spectacular setting, designed with state-of-the-art lighting to create a romantic atmosphere. Set back from the Milsoms Kesgrave Hall Hotel on the edge of the landscaped grounds, the exclusive, self-contained space has its own turning area for guests to arrive, a welcoming reception with comfy sofas as well as its own private kitchen and facilities. The star-clothed interior includes a dancefloor and stage; the perfect blank canvas to style your day, your way. Licensed for ceremonies you can tie the knot joined by up to 120 loved ones, host a sumptuous wedding breakfast afterwards and invite as many as 180 more for the evening reception.

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Venues: Dragon Hall, Norfolk

Dragon Hall, Norfolk

The 15th-century Dragon Hall, home to the National Centre for Writing, is a magnificent timbered trading hall right in the heart of Norwich. Easily accessible from the city-centre hotels and train station, it's licensed for ceremonies and is available for exclusive use so you can celebrate your whole day under one roof. The oak-beamed Great Hall provides a stunning backdrop and there's room for up to 120 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Afterwards, get out your dancing shoes and celebrate in the Foyle Gallery with its contemporary glass wall.

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Venues: The Athenaeum, Suffolk

The Athenaeum, Suffolk

Set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, The Athenaeum is a well-known local landmark. Purpose-built in the 18th century as the Assembly Rooms it was renamed in 1854. The Grade I listed building boasts a range of different and versatile spaces for weddings large or small. The first-floor Reading Room and Lounge are ideal for intimate affairs, while for larger gatherings, the ornate Ballroom provides a wow-factor backdrop for your whole celebration. You can exchange vows here, watched by up to 180 loved ones, and host a sumptuous wedding breakfast afterwards before dancing the night away in style. The walled Water Garden, within the Abbey ruins, provide the perfect spot for photos and a chilled drinks reception.

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