highclere castle


You enter the Park gates and drive through the undulating, spectacular landscape to arrive eventually in front of a romantic, Victorian Castle.

The Saloon, which lies in the heart of the Castle, is licensed for the civil ceremony. Brides can prepare for their wedding in a bedroom in the Castle. The music begins and the bride walks around the Gallery above the guests, before walking down the sweeping Oak Staircase.

Perhaps over 100 family and friends have been asked, or perhaps it is a small intimate family gathering. It is your dream and your wedding. Highclere Castle has a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help you plan the day and then to be there throughout the event. The Victorian Library seats 100 - 120 guests. Alternatively, a bride may wish to hold a small intimate wedding party in the Dining Room, and ask a few more friends to join for dancing afterwards.

Marquee Events

The Library in the Castle can seat up to 120 guests for a Wedding Breakfast. If you wish to invite more guests than is possible within the Castle, we can help you organise marquees adjacent to the Castle to accommodate up to 400 people. The Castle provides a wonderful setting for the wedding ceremony and reception drinks.

The State Rooms at Highclere Castle

The Library set for a Wedding Breakfast

The Castle's State Rooms are perfect for your wedding. They offer elegant reception rooms from the Saloon, with its stunning high vaulted ceiling where the wedding ceremony takes place, to the sumptuous Drawing Room and Smoking Room for wedding reception drinks and canapés. If the weather permits, the Castle lawns provide a beautiful setting for part of the reception. You may wish your guests to enjoy a guided tour of the Egyptian Antiquities Exhibition in the Castle Cellars during the reception.

Evening Buffet

Dancing to a disco or a small band can take place in the Saloon after supper. It is often possible to put up a dance marquee behind the Castle which gives you more space. The Highclere chefs can provide a late Evening buffet in the Dining Room during the dancing, which also provides a quieter space for your guests to relax during the evening.

The Castle provides all the catering for your wedding day by its own in-house team, from the Castle chefs to the Banqueting Managers. The choice of menus reflects the fine dining traditions of the Carnarvon family and dynamic creations from executive chef, Paul Brooke-Taylor.

Our staff will help with meticulous preparation, delicious canapés and food, and fine wines.

Staff at HighclereHead chef at Highclere



Wedding at Highclere

The Castle is ideally located, within easy reach of London, as well as being 50 minutes from Heathrow Airport.

There is a wide choice of accommodation nearby, from hotels and spas to charming pubs and bed and breakfasts.

The Castle is licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies.

A wedding at Highclere will leave you with memories to treasure and be a superb backdrop to all photography.

Personal Photography

Please note that, while personal photography is permitted inside and outside the Castle during wedding celebrations, any pictures taken this way can only be for personal use and may not be published in any way whatsoever.

Civil Ceremonies at Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle is licensed to hold civil ceremonies. Details of the registrars can be found on Hampshire Registration Service website: Hampshire Registration Service.

A civil wedding ceremony is basically a legally approved marriage ceremony that contains no religious aspects.

A civil ceremony is conducted by the superintendent registrar or deputy and must take place before 6pm but is subject to staffing arrangements at the Registrar's office.

Banqueting at Highclere

Banqueting at the Castle

Highclere Castle takes pride in a first class in-house permanent catering team. Working under Head Chef, Paul Brooke-Taylor, the team can boast many years of experience preparing cuisine at the highest levels. Catering for all events at the Castle can be provided by our team, who seek to unite exciting menus with the proud tradition for fine food which has been the hallmark of the Carnarvon family. (It is sometimes possible to bring in outside caterers for specific dietary requirements).

The Castle offers a wide range of menus. Traditional dishes are offered together with seasonal menus and specialties from the Victorian era. Lord and Lady Carnarvon discuss the balance of the menus with the chefs and are keen to buy and source local and seasonal produce. Vegetarian, vegan and other special requirements can also be catered for.

Exclusive Use Venue

The Castle and surrounding Gardens are available on an exclusive use basis for your special day with stunning views across the Capability Brown designed landscape, follies and parkland.

The venue fee is from £20,000 + VAT depending on the season and requirements.

To find out about dates available, please do call or e-mail the office. We would be delighted to see how we can help.

Please telephone the Castle office on 01635 253210 for more details or email theoffice@highclerecastle.co.uk

Castle Online Gift Shop

Why not visit the Castle Online Shop to choose a Special Gift for the Special Day? Shown here is one of three available designs of an enamel photo frame available from our Garden & Home range. Click here for more.