8 cultural wedding venues across the North East

From castle weddings to tying the knot in an art gallery, gastronomical gatherings, rustic retreats and marriages in museums, if you’re searching for a wedding venue with history, artistic prowess or foodie fame then look no further…

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 14.02.2022

Brinkburn Northumberland, Morpeth

No ordinary place to gather and get together.   

A 12th century priory and manor house, an elegant tipi, a Grade II-listed stables block and six country cottages, all nestled within a looping river and enchanting woodland – Brinkburn is your own rustic paradise, perfectly designed for once-in-a-lifetime weddings.

Specialising in 3-day weddings packages, this haven of secluded bliss won’t fail to enchant your wedding guests.



The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle  

This former Victorian warehouse has evocative architecture, a flexible selection of rooms and contemporary artwork from hundreds of independent artists adoring its walls – not to mention an enviable location within the Ouseburn Valley, right in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter.

With the versatility to host as few as 40 guests during the day and as many as 300 in the evening, a wedding day at The Biscuit Factory will never look the same as any other couple, thanks to the ever-changing backdrop of their gallery.



Langley Castle, Hexham

Langley Castle could have stepped right out of a fairy tale. This majestic medieval castle, surrounded by 10-acre woodland and beautifully landscaped gardens, exudes grandeur and offers you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become kings and queens for the day as you sip Champagne from the battlements.

From traditional white weddings to rustic woodland gatherings, magnificent marquee celebrations to Game of Thrones-themed ceremonies, Langley Castle can grant all your big day wishes. Or, if your dream day involves a smaller ceremony, pick one of their more intimate marriage occasions – including their hugely popular Weddings For Two package.



Kielder Waterside, Kielder

Home in the heart of the scenic Northumberland countryside, this calm oasis feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life – with a tipi wedding here set against an unparalleled backdrop of woodland and water, making it a uniquely special, secluded spot for saying your ‘I do’s.’

Whether you’re after a laidback, bohemian wedding with a flair of festival chic, or if rustic, traditional and timeless celebrations are more what you’ve got planned, let the friendly team here go head over heels to make your dream day a reality.



Blackfriars, Newcastle

This former Dominican friary remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s medieval crown. Whilst its horseshoe of stone buildings surround a sheltered courtyard, the bliss and tranquillity of its ceremony rooms belie a hidden location right in the heart of the city.

Housed within a Grade I-listed building and a scheduled ancient monument, Blackfriars is renowned for its AA-Rosette restaurant, recommended by the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide. So, you can rest assured a wedding breakfast in the ornate Banquet Hall here will be truly unforgettable for you and your guests.



The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

This magnificent, French-style chateau – set within the rolling landscape of the Durham Dales, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and filled with an internationally-renowned collection of art – was built on a foundation of the love between its creators.

Steeped in history and set within 21 acres of parkland, ‘the V&A of the North’ boasts a very special entrance, rolling stone staircases and a stunning gallery space, along with a manicured parterre garden and tree-lined walkways, exuding a classic, romantic feel throughout.



High House Barn, Matfen

This bespoke, rural wedding venue, set within a traditional English farm, has soft wooden furnishings, exposed beams, flagstones polished by time and provincial architecture, all surrounded by rolling fields and the dramatic Northumberland landscape beyond.

Forget following a timetable or picking a package; at this intimate venue, they recognise that every marriage is different and welcome the chance to help you design your unique wedding day – from décor to dancing, table settings to tasting menus and favours to flowers.



Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street

Create your own love story at Lumley Castle; from an elegant, intimate soirée to all-out opulence and grandeur, your wedding day is the start of your own fairy tale and Lumley Castle are here to help you write it.

The spectacle and elegance of castle weddings are often seen as being second to none, and what’s exceptional about Lumley Castle is the sheer variety of packages available to make sure anyone can celebrate their wedding in magical, medieval fashion. Just imagine saying your vows surrounded by tall, feature windows, high ceilings and walls adorned by 16th century stuccoed decorations…


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