When it comes to romance, nothing beats a castle for that highly-charged atmosphere of history and occasion. Not surprisingly, castles are the most popular venues for weddings, not just in Scotland which has them in abundance, but also Ireland, England and Wales.
They come in all shapes and sizes and there are many castles with their own chapels within the castle or in the grounds. Here a few to choose from...
For an intimate Scottish Highland wedding, Forter Castle has it all...the location, the history and an exceptional refurbishment to the highest of standards. Forter was built in 1560 but laid ruin for most of its life. The castle has its very own beautiful little chapel, which can squeeze up to 12 people inside; it’s cosy! To make for an extra special, unique wedding, since you are up in the Highlands of Scotland, tartan and a bag-piper are a must! The castle will sleep up to 16 people.
The private chapel at the heart of the castle is a magnificent backdrop for your wedding. Cluny Castle has its very own unique, perfectly formed chapel attached to the castle, complete with its own private courtyard entrance for your guests’ arrival. The stunningly beautiful stained glass windows, dark oak pews and seating for up to 100 guests creates the most wonderfully romantic atmosphere and truly magical setting in which to exchange a few ‘I Do’s! What’s more, you can hold a religious or humanist ceremony in the chapel.
If you want the full fairytale wedding, then this property is the real deal, set against the backdrop of scenic, rural Irish countryside. Turin Castle offers a unique wedding venue in the heart of the West of Ireland. This unique Medieval castle has a dedicated ceremony room within the grounds of the castle, which is approved for civil ceremonies.
The great hall, complete with authentic armour and weapons, can host up to 20 people, plus there are expansive grounds for the overspill of guests. The castle sleeps just 12 people, however, there is suitable accommodation of all types in the locality for most guests' needs.
This impressive castle on the West Coast of Ireland is a stunning Gothic-style landmark, set in the heart of the County Sligo countryside. The chapel at Markree is lined with dark wood panelling, beautiful stained glass windows and an original church organ; this is an intimate but impressive room for your wedding ceremony. With its warm colours and light and airy feel, the chapel is a lovely space inside the castle.
The castle sleeps 60 people, but if you a planning larger guest numbers for your wedding, The Grand Golden Ballroom can seat up to 170 guests. After dinner, why not get down beneath the castle’s vaulted ceilings for a bop?!
This is a small property with just three bedrooms, but can host wedding for up to 34 guests. This home, alleged to be the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, has its own Catholic chapel and a licence for civil ceremonies. You can be married in the main house itself or in some of the magical areas within the grounds, such as Cupid's Garden, The Traquair Maze and The Yew Tree Circle.
Langley Castle Hotel
This is the only chapel in England at the top of a tower; it was restored to its former glory in 2006 and renamed the Cadwallader Bates Memorial Room. For small intimate parties the chapel will hold a maximum of 30 guests and it is a unique venue for a blessing or renewal of vows. This 14th-century fortified castle hides in a Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne and is ideal for romantic breaks and fairytale weddings. From the roof of the castle, the views go all the way to Hadrian’s Wall.
Deep down in Devon, well not that deep, just south of Tiverton, this castle chapel has documentary evidence of its existence circa AD600, probably before the Saxons arrived circa AD 660, with further documentary reference to it being a chapel circa AD800s. It is old and has loads of character and is often cited as the oldest complete building in Devon. The chapel is located is just across from the main castle building itself, which boasts an amazing Tudor bedroom for the bride and groom!
This exclusive house-party wedding venue, with luxurious accommodation for up to 30 people and dining for 60, offers a rather large ‘wow’ factor. It would be the perfect spot to turn your wedding day into a wedding weekend! The first evidence of Mass being delivered at Broughton Hall is when the Archbishop of York granted a licence in April 1453. The chapel was first built in the mid-18th century by Stephen Tempest VI. From the outside, the chapel is indistinguishable from the rest of Broughton Hall so as to keep its Catholic worship low-profile at a time of persecution and heavy fines for Catholics in England. In 1780 the chapel was redecorated in a Georgian-Gothic style with a rib-vaulted ceiling. You can still get married in this very ornate chapel.