5 luxury wedding venues you may not know about

From a 14th century tower to a magical new wedding venue that’s been hidden from view for the last 70 years… these luxury wedding venues North East and North West wide are idyllic.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 14.09.2023


Grand Parade, Tynemouth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE30 4ER

Once upon a time, the Grand Hotel Tynemouth was a summer residence for aristocracy. Today, this Grade II-listed, luxury wedding venue and hotel is an iconic landmark on the North East coastline, with panoramic sea views that encompass the award-winning Longsands Beach, Tynemouth Priory and St Mary’s Lighthouse.

Historic architecture and an elegant, sweeping staircase make the interiors of this luxury wedding venue just as enchanting as its surroundings, while their award-winning wedding coordinators are on hand to make your wedding day is entirely bespoke to you.

Better yet, you can your guests can stay over in style, with the bedrooms here epitomising refined luxury – meaning your celebrations can last over two days instead of one.

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Venues across Yorkshire and Lancashire 

If your dream wedding venue is one that combines character, history and romance, then a look at James’ Places wouldn’t go amiss.

A family of gorgeous, historic buildings occupying some of the most idyllic locations in the North West, James’ Places lay claim to five of the most popular and successful wedding venues Lancashire and Yorkshire have to offer.

From the exclusive use of Georgian country house Eaves Hall to the urban appeal of the restored Holmes Mill, the rustic charm of 17th century inn Shireburn Arms to the romantic, riverside bolthole Mitton Hall, and Victorian masterpiece Falcon Manor.

And James’ Places are set to expand their portfolio with their newest luxury wedding venue, Wennington Hall, opening soon. Having been hidden from view for the last 70 years, a wedding here would be as unique as it is magical.

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Preston, Chathill, Northumberland NE67 5DH

One of the newest Northumberland wedding venues lies next to one of the county’s oldest and most charismatic buildings.

The 14th century Preston Tower, near Alnwick, boasts medieval architecture amid landscaped grounds lined with ancient woodland and captivating countryside views – making it an unashamedly romantic, rural setting to make your own piece of history by being one of the first couples to tie the knot here.

An unforgettable outdoor wedding venue, the beautiful gardens are ideal for a marquee wedding reception – meaning you can create a personalised event that really reflects your style, with the freedom to hire your favourite suppliers and exclusive run of the venue on your big day.



Elton Moor Farm, Whinney Hill, Darlington Back Lane, Stockton on Tees TS21 1BQ

This enchanting, luxury wedding venue is set within 200 acres of breath-taking private grounds and countryside just outside of Stockton on Tees.

With pristinely manicured lawns, colourful flower beds and idyllic countryside as far as the eye can see, The Hidden Oak is a wedding venue in which you’ll be able to capture the most striking wedding photographs and create memories to last a lifetime.

Nestled between two tranquil lakes, couples will have exclusive run of the modern barn wedding venue and private courtyard here – which is perfect for rustic, romantic wedding breakfasts – and you can also erect marquees, tipis or yurts on the grounds for increased capacity.

Flooded with light through the day, once the sun goes down you and your guests can party long into the night indoors or dance under the stars.



Allensford, Country Durham DH8 9BB

Your big day deserves a special location and Derwent Manor offers one of the most romantic luxury wedding venues in the North East.

A contemporary boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Derwent Valley – surrounded by 20 acres of rolling countryside and views for days – Derwent Manor offers three different wedding suites, with wedding packages available for every budget.

Whether it’s a large gathering in The Grand Hall with its magnificent 15-foot chandelier, floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant décor, or an intimate ceremony in the Garden Room & Conservatory, flooded with natural light and centred around a magnificent fireplace – or perhaps something in the middle in the relaxed Allensford Suite, which serves as the epitome of country-chic – Derwent Manor has everything you need to make your wedding day one to cherish forever.

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