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: Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, Suffolk

Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, Suffolk

Enjoy a taste of the good life at Jimmy's Farm with bags of rustic charm, panoramic countryside views, free-roaming peacocks and more. A wonderful mix of contemporary yet natural spaces with an abundance of wildlife throughout the grounds, it's an idyllic setting for you and your guests to reconnect with the great outdoors. Take a stroll in the ancient woodland and admire the views, you can even treat your loved ones to an exclusive out-of-hours tour of the wildlife park; great for original fun photos. What's more there's the added bonus of five-star luxury glamping, so you can retire at the end of the evening under the magical Suffolk night sky.

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Venues: Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa, Suffolk

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.

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Venues: The Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk

The Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk

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.

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Venues: Dove Barn, Suffolk

Dove Barn, Suffolk

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.

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Venues: Orton Hall Hotel & Spa, Cambridgeshire

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

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Venues: The Grange Hotel, Suffolk

The Grange Hotel, Suffolk

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.

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Venues: Caley Hall Hotel, Norfolk

Caley Hall Hotel, Norfolk

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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Venues: Hales Hall & The Great Barn, Norfolk

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.

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Venues: Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk

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.

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Venues: Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Suffolk

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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Venues: Woodhall Manor, Sutton, Suffolk

Woodhall Manor, Sutton, Suffolk

Step inside Woodhall Manor and discover a romantic exclusive-use wedding venue steeped in history. Close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast, surrounded by beautiful grounds and countryside, your guests are sure to be impressed as they arrive down the sweeping drive. Full of character and charm, the stunning manor is set in nine acres of glorious gardens. With an experienced team on hand to help every step of the way, the versatile venue caters for everything from intimate weddings to grand celebrations with up to 200 guests. Licensed for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, you can be sure of a one-of-a-kind big day. The manor's mix of history, beauty and eclectic features offers something for everyone. Combined with the Blossom Bar, with its stage, comfy seating and dancefloor, it's great for a lavish evening party so you can dance the night away in style with your family and friends. Foodie heaven too; the award-winning chefs use only the freshest local ingredients for a feast to remember.

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Venues: Abbot’s Hall Weddings, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Abbot’s Hall Weddings, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Abbot's Hall Weddings, set within the grounds of the Museum of East Anglian Life, offers historic buildings galore. From the stunning Queen Anne-style architecture of Abbot's Hall, to the 13th-century Medieval Abbot's Hall Barn providing a stunning backdrop for wedding photos, it offers something to suit a whole host of different styles and themes. The impressive marquee on the back lawns of Abbot's Hall provides a blank canvas for the wedding breakfast with up to 200 guests and the stunning Medieval tithe barn is a wonderfully atmospheric setting for evening receptions. There's a variety of characterful ceremony spaces too, full of original features including Edgar's Medieval farmhouse, Abbot's Hall dining room, the Stable block for outdoor weddings and Gt Moulton Chapel, a tin tabernacle that still retains original features from when it was an active chapel.

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Venues: Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk

This iconic Ipswich landmark can't fail to impress. The mansion is a Tudor gem, with standout features at every twist and turn, so be prepared for plenty of stop-stare moments. Step inside and enter the Great Hall, a magnificent high-ceilinged room with a black and white chequered marble floor and an ornate fireplace. Numerous other period rooms and furniture as well as a large fine art collection add to its charm. The building has been altered over the years with classical columns and balustrade added in the 17th century. The picturesque grounds offer a wealth of photo opportunities, with rolling lawns, ponds and scenic woodland.

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Venues: Heacham Manor Hotel, Heacham, Norfolk

Heacham Manor Hotel, Heacham, Norfolk

If you're dreaming of a quintessentially English country house wedding, Heacham Manor Hotel is a must-see. Built from the region's earthy carrstone bricks in 1580, it oozes history and charm with period features inside and out. From the moment you arrive down the pretty driveway to catch your first glimpse of the gardens and picturesque duck pond, the magic begins. With two rivers winding through the parkland golf course, and four lakes, it's a photographer's dream. The peaceful grounds include garden areas with romantic arbours, ponds and hidden seating areas. What's more, it's only a mile-and-a-half away from the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton; great if you're planning to stay over to explore the surrounding coast and countryside.

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Venues: Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Wind your way down the tree-lined drive to discover this historic gem of a wedding venue. Surrounded by peaceful mature gardens, the outside of the hall has a Georgian façade and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. You can tie the knot in a choice of distinctive rooms to suit weddings large or small. The Georgian-style Salon can host up to 100 guests and boasts an impressive chandelier and ornate gold-leaf ceiling while for more intimate 'I dos' with up to 20 loved ones, The Justice on the ground-floor overlooks the back lawns and has a charm all of its own. There are three beautiful function rooms including The Salon which with the adjacent Parlour is big enough for 135 family and friends. There are three lounges to relax in and at the end of the night staying guests can retire to the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, all individually designed and many with original timber beams.

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Venues: Knights Hill Hotel & Spa, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Knights Hill Hotel & Spa, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Dating back at least 300 years, Knights Barn has two interconnecting barns with exposed stonewalls and massive beams. Ideally situated at one of West Norfolk's highest points, the venue offers easy access and a wealth of great features. The imposing carrstone Knights Barn complex sits on the edge of 11 acres of grounds with open views of the surrounding countryside it provides a breathtaking setting for your whole day. The Small Barn is licensed for ceremonies for up to 75 people and interconnects with the Great Barn creating a versatile space. There's room for up to 180 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and as many as 250 family and friends for the reception. You can also marry in the Admirals Room within the main hotel, ideal for intimate gatherings, or in the Garden Brasserie and Bar overlooking the beautiful wall garden.

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Venues: Shire Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Shire Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Say 'I do' immersed in history at the Shire Hall Council Chamber in Woodbridge. The magnificent Grade I listed redbrick building is a local landmark with its impressive black-iron railing, stone steps and balcony. Originally built by Thomas Seckford around 1575, the arched entrance doors stand proudly overlooking Market Hill and its historic neighbours. The fabric of the building has undergone many changes over the centuries, and the upper part was formerly used for judicial purposes while the ground floor served as an open corn market. Today it provides an intimate and romantic space for wedding ceremonies. With a wealth of stunning features including six large candelabra hanging from the tall ceiling and panelled walls, ceremonies take place in the Council Chamber, a large airy room which can hold up to 69 people seated, including the wedding par

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Venues: The Bull Hotel, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

The Bull Hotel, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Dating back to the 17th century, this Grade II listed building has been carefully renovated to its original glory. The Bull Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western is located in Westgate, in the heart of the historic city of Peterborough and offers a range of great wedding spaces. You can tie the knot in the Cardinal and romantic Lincoln Suites, both ideal for intimate weddings. For larger affairs, the spacious Broadway Suite, adds a sense of grandeur to the occasion. Lavishly furnished, complete with a stage, traditional paintings, chandeliers and soft lighting, you can say 'I do' and celebrate afterwards with a reception for 140 guests and evening celebration for up to 200 family and friends. It has its own bar too, so you can party in private.

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Venues: Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Enjoy a romantic big day at this magical wedding venue location. Cley Windmill is a local landmark on the north Norfolk coast, surrounded by reeds and marshland with the sea in the distance, it's an idyllic setting for those in search of an original venue with bags of charm. You can take over the whole place for your big day, tie the knot in the cosy candlelit dining room with up to 25 of your nearest and dearest and celebrate afterwards with an intimate wedding breakfast. Full of character, the round, beamed sitting room at the bottom of the tower provides a welcoming space, complete with a roaring open fire in the winter and comfy sofas for your guests to relax and unwind. There's space for up to 16 people in the windmill's fabulously quirky bedrooms with extra accommadtion available in the self-catering cottage and The Old Cart Shed on site.

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Venues: Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Situated just a few minutes' walk from the beach, this seaside wedding venue is a front-runner in the wedding stakes; great for horse racing fans and for those looking for a coastal location. Set in vast grounds, it offers flexibility and a wide choice of rooms and suites for weddings of all sizes. The Lord Nelson Grandstand boasts modern suites licensed for weddings, there's a wealth of standout photo opportunities, views across the track and out to sea, plus several on-site marquees with private lawns so you can make the most of the setting. Available for exclusive use, you can invite as many as 250 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and up to 400 for a buffet-style evening do. What's more weddings can also be held on race days so your guests can enjoy all the thrills of the sport. Just a stroll away from the popular resort's main entertainment and attractions, there's also plenty of accommodation nearby for those looking to enjoy a weekend-long celebration.

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