Location: Kent
Venues Westenhanger Castle
Westenhanger Castle
  • Unique historic wedding venue in Kent
  • Splendid Tudor castle in lovely grounds
  • Once owned by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
  • Georgian manor attached to castle ruins
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Marquee receptions for up to 300 guests
  • Exclusive use of castle and grounds
  • Outdoor ceremonies in beautiful gazebo
  • Exclusive to TWS - free reception drinks

Westenhanger Castle is a marvellous fusion of over 5 centuries of history seen in its unique edifice, a Grade I-listed Georgian Manor House constructed to incorporate the remains of a late medieval castle. The striking building, surrounded by 14 acres of lush meadows dotted with medieval barns, is now an ancient monument, a superb backdrop for stunning romantic weddings.

The regal aura of Westenhanger Castle is unavoidable as you stroll around the grounds, and quite rightly so; both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were once in ownership of the property. Given exclusive use of the grounds for a day, brides and grooms are welcome to share the noble legacy of the previous residents. The castle and its grounds present various sub-venue wedding options, a fabulous in-house chef and a luxurious bridal suite, catering for all your needs and ensuring an unforgettable day.

History

There is some evidence of Roman and Saxon occupation on the site of Westenhanger, but the defensive towers and high curtain wall were not built until around 1400, then reinforced to guard against an anticipated French attack in the 15th century.

In 1509 Sir Edward Poynings began to construct a new castle, which passed into the dynastic Tudor ownership of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I, who used it as a command centre for the troops of Kent who fought the Spanish Armada. In 1788 the Georgian manor house was built and adapted so as to incorporate part of the castle ruins, thereby creating the fantastic merging of history presented at Westenhanger today.

Facilities

Westenhanger Castle offers a number of sub-venue options.

Gazebo

For couples seeking a timelessly romantic outdoor ceremony in a breathtaking setting, the Gazebo is perfect. With the chance to walk up to the altar on a red carpet, and enjoy the beautiful surrounding gardens for a champagne reception afterwards, a ceremony at the Gazebo is an ideal start to your wedding day.

As English weather can be volatile, the staff can offer an area of the marquee for sheltered ceremonies as an alternative. So you can rest assured that whatever the weather decides to do, a stunning ceremony will be arranged at Westenhanger Castle.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 200 Guests

Marquee

Grandeur is epitomised in the lush marquee, which features a starlight ceiling and chandeliers. Speakers and a staging area mean that it is fantastically facilitated whatever entertainment choice you make. The capacious dancefloor means that you are welcome to bring in your own DJ and a band if you wish.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 200 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 300 Guests

Queen Elizabeth I Rooms

Named after one of the castle's most illustrious residents, these rooms are situated in the manor house and provide a charming indoor wedding alternative at Westenhanger. The Ground Floor can host a ceremony with up to 100 guests (if the dancefloor is used), then a wedding breakfast for up to 60 on round tables. The First Floor will hold up to 70 guests for ceremonies, 50 for wedding breakfasts, or up to 100 for evening reception parties.

Ground loor

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 100 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 60 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 100 Guests

First Floor

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 70 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 50 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 100 Guests

Catering And Accommodation

The fantastic in-house chef can prepare and serve standard options or work with you to construct a bespoke, personalised menu for your wedding breakfast, evening buffet and canap├ęs.

For an extra special way to start your magical day, the manor's bridal suite offers a luxury area for the bride to prepare herself in ultimate privacy. Subtly lit, the beautiful room is decorated to complement exclusive wedding party preparation photographs.

Accommodation

Although the venue does not currently offer overnight facilities other than the wonderful bridal suite, there are plenty of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in the area, some offering discounts for wedding parties from Westenhanger Castle. The site has good transport links to London via the M20, Folkestone or Dover for continental ferries and Ashford International for the Eurostar.

Address
Westenhanger Castle
Stone Street
Westenhanger
Hythe
Kent
CT21 4HX

Reviews

  • Mandy - 12/08/2016

    Our Daughter and new Son in Law were married at Western Hanger Castle yesterday, 11th of August 2016....WOW! What a day!

    The fantastic setting of the vast castle grounds, the old ancient ship in dry dock on the front lawn, the outside ceremony on the main lawn, the wonderful marquee with a great atmosphere and huge dance floor....the Staff were extremely professional, courteous, helpful, and friendly.

  • Matt and Rachel - 04/09/2016

    Outstanding venue with outstanding service!! From day one Sarah was our fairy godmother making our dream wedding come to life! The food was exquisite and the staff were very friendly and worked flat out! Thank you so much for the most perfect of days!

  • Hayley - 02/07/2016

    WOW!!!

    If you want a venue with someone who really goes the extra mile... Westenhanger castle is for you! Sarah is beyond brilliant! From start to finish nothing was too much trouble, any questions were answered straight away, any requests were sorted. The venue on its own is simply beautiful but Sarah just makes it. She took all the stress away and helped us with everything! The loveliest lady you will ever meet, she is truly passionate about what she does and you won't get that with any other venue! Xx

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