It’s not surprising that so many people want to get married in the beautiful northern English county of Yorkshire. With dramatic scenery and even more dramatic weather, Yorkshire is a county with personality by the bucket load and the sort of rich cultural heritage that lends itself well to romance. Precisely because of its popularity as a wedding venue, there are now so many wedding venues in the area that it can be difficult to choose just one. To give you a little inspiration, I picked three of what I think are the best wedding venues Yorkshire has to offer.
Harewood House is one of the most impressive venues in the county. An 18th century mansion house that was originally commissioned by Edwin Lascelles with money that was made by his father in the West Indian sugar trade, today Harewood House is not just a wedding venue but also a museum and exhibition centre. Only certain areas are available for rental as a wedding venue, the Pavilion, the Courtyard, the Victorian Terrace and the Grounds, but these are hugely expansive and easily provide space for several hundreds of guests. Harewood House doesn’t provide accommodation, but the surrounding area doesn’t lack in luxury accommodation options so that shouldn’t be an issue. The only problem with Harewood House is its popularity; you may have to book well in advance.
At £2000 a night, Carr Hall Castle certainly isn’t cheap in terms of accommodation, but you’d find it difficult to find a better hotel Yorkshire wide for a wedding party. For £2000 a night, you can rent the whole of the castle including five spacious double bedrooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, steam room, hot tub, private woodlands and a lake with a romantic wooden wheel. During the day, the grounds of the castle could be the site for the wedding itself, while drinks could be held in the reception rooms later. Afterwards, the castle would function as a truly unique and unbeatably luxurious honeymoon venue. Of course, it could be used for the wedding night only (at such a price), with the lucky couple heading off elsewhere afterwards.
Carlton Towers is another mansion hotel available as a wedding venue in the Yorkshire region, this time with gothic styling. The hotel has sixteen uniquely designed bedroom suites which are perfect for wedding guests, and a majestic bridal suite with a grand four-poster bed and a beautiful free-standing copper bath. If you’re looking for a venue to truly impress your guests, there is no doubt that the Carlton Towers Hotel in Yorkshire will hit the mark.
However, there are also many charming alternative wedding venues on offer at many a hotel Yorkshire wide. The Hill Top Farm, for example, is perfectly kitted out for picturesque rustic weddings. It comes with farm animals including horses, ducklings and piglets, for something just a little extra special. Weddings here usually involve a marquee set up in one of the fields, with some wooden boards for some good old fashioned wedding dancing. The Hill Top Farm is not just a farm, of course; it also offers a luxury bridal suite designed in traditional rural style.