12 Most Luxurious Castles To Get Married In
Lavish and luxurious, a castle wedding is the perfect way to say “I do”. Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her big day and nothing does this better than in a wedding location fit for a queen.
To get started on your wedding plans, try checking out one of these 12 luxurious castles.
1. Dalhousie Castle
Located in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dalhousie Castle is a decadent mix of history and design. Surrounded by acres of forest and riverside pastures, Dalhousie is an idyllic choice for any wedding. Close to the Edinburgh Airport, this medieval Scottish castle offers a romantic setting that was once played host to Mary Queen of Scots and Edward I. Charming and unique, the castle’s dramatic setting is next to the beautiful South Esk River. Exit the terrace doors of the chapel to see the beautiful view that awaits you. From wedding cakes to falconry wedding wing deliveries by owls to spa treatments, this castle offers an experience unlike any other.
2. Thornbury Castle
The only Tudor castle that is open as a hotel, this old English castle has a history spanning 500 years. Easily reached by London, Thornbury Castle boasts of over-the-top bedchambers and roaring fireplaces. Within the Superior Suite, the newlyweds can sleep in a 24 carat gold gilded bed and pure silk. Long ago, this chamber was slept in by King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
3. Ruthin Castle
The only Welsh castle on this list, Ruthin Castle dates back to the era of King Arthur. Once owned by Queen Elizabeth I and Henry VIII, Ruthin Castle uses only the freshest of local produce to create its award winning cuisine. Couples can take advantage of the medieval themed wedding options or rent out the entire castle.
4. Turin Castle
Step inside the giant oak doors and travel back in time to Medieval Ireland. Turin Castle is situated in the barony of Kilmaine just 46 kilometers from Galway. For a small, intimate wedding, the dining hall seats 16 guests. Surrounding the castle are a number of lakes, archaeological remains and quaint villages.
5. Ashford Castle
Spanning 350 acres, Ashford Castle in Ireland is outfitted with an award-winning gourmet restaurant. Honeymooners can enjoy afternoon tea in the Drawing Room or enjoy a drink in the Prince of Wales Cocktail Lounge. Elegant and gracious, Ashford Castle has space for 160 people. After the wedding is over, the castle has golfing, horseback riding and fishing options. At Ashford Castle, bagpipers greet visitors on arrival and dance band serenades as the night passes away. Take a little stress out of the wedding planning and allow the gourmet restaurant to feed your guests a delicious five course meal.
6. Clontarf Castle
Another Irish castle, Clontarf Castle is located close to Dublin. Completely redesigned, it subtly blends the future and the past. Outfitted with turrets and tapestries, the interior rooms are exceptionally modern. Staff members can help plan your event so that the wedding day is a vision of champagne, silver trays and fresh cut flowers.
Set in beautiful Highland Perthshire, Pitcastle sleeps 18 guests. For a private, intimate affair, no castle offers a better experience. Come and experience true Scottish hospitality within the elegant confines of this luxurious and magical Scottish castle.
8. Mansfield Castle
Amid 3.5 acres of countryside, Mansfield Castle stands as a testament to the past glory of the area. Paneled in solid oak throughout, Mansfield Castle gives visitors award winning cuisine. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area and interact with the wildlife. Visitors can take advantage of golf, swimming, walking, fishing and seal watching options that Mansfield Castle offers.
9. The Citadel
For a more comfortable, homey experience, visit the Citadel. This English castle was once home to Sir Rowland, first Lord Mayor of London. Today it is occupied by the Griffith family. The elegantly designed building grants guests a billiard room, dining room and the West Lounge. Tranquility is a hallmark of the Citadel with its gentle farmlands and the sleep town of Shropshire nearby. Surrounded by one of the few Grade 1 landscapes in the country, the Citadel is the ideal place for a more intimate experience.
10. Bovey Castle
Snugly placed within Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle was built in 1907 as a private residence for Viscount Hambledon. Luxurious and extravagant, the castle can arrange accommodation for any number of guests between 2 and 150. Bovey Castle is characterized by landscaped gardens, beautiful architecture and a championship golf course. Your wedding can encompass all of the ceremony, dining and entertaining options that the Bovey Castle staff offer. From the elegant Cathedral Room to the Summerhouse, Bovey Castle boasts of four different ceremony locations that are each more lavish than the last.
11. Inverlochy Castle
Step inside one of Scotland’s best castles. Inverlochy Castle is surrounded by verdant evergreen trees and a beautiful loch. As one of Scotland’s best hotels, it enjoys a beautiful location next to Scotland’s highest mountain. The gracious staff at Inverlochy Castle can tailor each ceremony to suit your specific needs. Reserve the Drawing Room or Great Hall for the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Afterwards, spend the evening relaxing at Inverlochy Castle’s dance floor.
12. Birkhill Castle
As the family home of the Earl and Countess of Dundee, Birkhill Castle offers an experience like no other. Pleasantly situated on the coast of North East Fife, it is just a short distance from St. Andrews. Built in 1780, the gorgeous facility is surrounded by rare plants and trees. For a romantic, private wedding, the elaborate Birkhill Castle is ideal. To make the day into your dream wedding, Birkhill Castle allows for as much customization as possible. Couples can bring their own champagne and arrange custom dining options. The castle allows people to pick between a buffet, grand banquet or evening dinner so your wedding is the way you wanted it to be. If entertainment is needed, it can be arranged by Birkhill Castle.
From intimate private settings to seating for hundreds of guests, a castle wedding can be the perfect answer to your search for the perfect wedding site.
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