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Great Northern Hotel

Great Northern Hotel

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Great Northern Hotel

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  • Stunning hotel in the centre of Peterborough
  • Conveniently located near the main station
  • Founded in 1852 with a rich history
  • Licenced for civil ceremonies
  • Maximum ceremony capacity of 70
  • Maximum reception capacity of 200
  • 40 guestrooms and bridal suite available for hire
  • Scrumptious, locally sourced, in-house catering

A hotel with a vast and interesting history, the Great Northern Hotel is located in the heart of Peterborough, right by the train station, and gives you easy access to the town.

The hotel has a civil ceremony licence, or, if you're looking for something a bit more traditional, the stunning Peterborough Cathedral is located only a short walk away.


The Great Northern Hotel was founded in 1852 as a railway hotel and was originally owned by the GNR. It has a rich and vibrant history. In 1847 American novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne (author of The Scarlett Letter) stayed the night here. Throughout the period of 1939-1943 the hotel was closed to host London members of the GNR and provide shelter for VIPs fleeing the London Blitz.


The hotel is all-inclusive - with a Civil Ceremony licence and facilities for both an incredible wedding breakfast and stunning reception, whether you're looking for a small intimate party in the Garden Room or something grand and luxurious in The Ballroom.

The venue is also located close to Peterborough Cathedral and the local train station - making it easy for you to marry in Peterborough and then head on over to the Hotel for your wedding breakfast or reception. Rooms may vary depending on the size and suitability.

Ceremony capacity - 70 Guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - 150 Guests

Reception capacity - 200 Guests


The Hotel offers a choice of three possible packages for you to choose from. Each comes with use of the bridal suite, your own Master of Ceremony and half a bottle of wine per person.

Intercity Wedding Package - This package comes with use of the ballroom, sparkling wine to toast and a three course wedding breakfast.

Flying Scotsman Wedding Package - This package comes with use of the ballroom, sparkling wine to toast and a carved hog roast.

Orient Express Wedding Package - This package includes use of the ballroom, champagne to toast and a four course wedding breakfast including coffee, tea and petit fours.


The kitchen team aim to create delicious and inventive dishes for your guests to enjoy. The Head-Chef has created a range of canapé, wedding breakfast and evening buffet menus for you to choose from. These are designed for a variety of budgets and dietary requirements and based around locally sourced seasonal ingredients. For those of you looking for a specific, bespoke menu, get in touch to discuss your options with their wedding coordinator.


The hotel has 40 guestrooms available for hire - not including the luxurious bridal suite - so you and your guests can relax and enjoy the night without having to worry about who's paying for the taxi.

All rooms are en-suite and designed for comfort in an elegant, classical style, while still providing all the modern amenities and perks that you might expect from your stay.

To find out more, click below to head on over to their website, or just get in touch.

Great Northern Hotel
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  • Proud Parents

    Our son's wedding and reception were held here at the great northern on Saturday and what a superb weekend it was, from the moment we checked in on the lunchtime Saturday to the buffet breakfast on Sunday at 10.15 everything was first class, the food, service, drinks , entertainment,the decor and atmosphere were really memorable, would certainly recommend this as a wedding venue to future potential couples.
    Rooms were fantastic with everything you require, very clean and tidy, full marks to the household team, all the staff and i mean all, looked after us very well.
    My wife's gluten free food requirements were taken care of superbly, all the food was piping hot and plentiful with first class service, a big thank you to the wonderful staff both in the kitchen and out front.
    Thank you Great Northern and all concerned

  • Mr and Mrs H

    We had our wedding day here in May. Me and the bridesmaids stayed the night before and met with Natalie who was going to be with us the whole of our wedding day! Wow what a lovely lady she put us all at ease even stayed over her shift to make sure we was comfortable with how our day was gonna go! She ran through everything step by step! Our day was perfect! Her and Tracy, who I believe was head waitress couldn't have done enough for me and my husband from the minute we arrived right to the moment we left! They both went above and beyond to make sure it was a day to remember. The venue was perfect as we had family from abroad and from out of town staying. Easy location plenty of parking! The building is beautiful!

  • Happy Anniversary

    Me and wife couldn't wait to come back here and celebrate our first wedding anniversary !

    We we received an email earlier on on the year informing us that we have been invited back to the hotel for a complimentary stay and dinner for our anniversary and couldn't refuse.
    It was great to see so many of the faces that made our day so special, There was a table ready for us in the garden room which made it even more special as that's were put ceremony took place.
    The the three course meal was something else! The presentation of every dish was immaculate, and tasted just as good as it looked! Our server/waiter called Paige (I'm unsure of the correct spelling of his name) was fantastic, so polite and friendly absolute credit to the hotel! The Parisian suite was great so bright and airy with a lovely breeze coming through the huge windows.
    We can't Thank you enough for everything

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