6 unique North East wedding venues for every type of couple

From an urban, enchanting heritage building to a 4-day weekend wedding celebration complete with Nordic tipis in Northumberland, we’ve rounded up some unique wedding venues in and around our region.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 12.10.2022


If you’re a modern couple looking for somewhere unique and urban, then look no further. This enchanting heritage building in the heart of the city is a wedding venue in Newcastle that’s proud to call its own and a quirky setting for an unforgettable celebration.

Housed within this ornate Grade II-listed building that was the city’s historic Mining Institute, you have the choice of three spaces available for hire, all fully licensed for weddings and civil partnerships and each bursting with character. So, whether you’re looking to begin married life by exchanging intimate vows in one of their smaller spaces or celebrate in heritage style in the grand Lecture Theatre or Wood Hall, The Common Room could play as big a role in your history as you will in theirs.

All this and we haven’t even mentioned the fact that you’ll work with the in-house catering team here to curate your own bespoke wedding menus – with the option of harnessing everything from three-course dining experiences to street food extravaganzas.



If it’s a totally unique, wildly romantic wedding that you’re after, then look no further.

With an unrivalled backdrop of woodland and water, this calm oasis – right in the heart of Northumberland – Kielder Waterside is the perfect place to tie the knot.

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, the spectacular Nordic tipis are nestled beneath a woodland canopy right by the water and are a perfect black canvas to make your special down your own.

Kielder Waterside offer a unique wedding package as distinctive as you.

Enjoy a celebratory drink after the ceremony with up to 120 family and friends in your own private courtyard, before dancing the night away under fairy lights and stars in the darkest skies in the country.

HLN TOP TIP: Why not make your wedding a whole weekend’s worth of celebrations? Treat yourself to a package that includes a three or four-night stay in one of Kielder Waterside’s luxurious lodges (complete with hot tubs). 

Image credit: Emilie May Photography



Okay, so this venue isn’t in the North East but is perfect for couples who want to go further afield to tie the knot. And we don’t blame you it’s so worth the journey, especially to Askham Hall. With 1000 years in the making, this enchanting Grade II listed wedding venue is nestled in the tranquil Lake District and is just waiting for you to celeberate your happily ever after.

Expect a backdrop of an ancient, fairy tale tower set high above a gentle river and acres of ornamental gardens, approached by majestic parklands that give way to northern fellscapes and Michelin-starred food accompanied by an award-winning wine cellar, you’ll definitely feel like royalty on your special day.

But what makes this wedding venue unique is that Askham Hall is yours for the duration of your celebrations. Yes, that’s right all 18 acres, 19 rooms, three dining rooms, one medieval hall, a Grade II listed wedding barn and a grand piano…oh, and a team of 30 highly trained, personable staff dedicated to making sure it all goes off without a hitch.



You can’t get any more unique than getting married inside an art gallery, right? This former Victorian warehouse has evocative architecture, a flexible selection of rooms and contemporary artwork from hundreds of independent artists adorning 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.



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.



This former Dominican friary remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s medieval crown. Whilst its horseshoe of stone buildings surrounds 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.

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