Venues Groombridge Place
Groombridge Place
  • Moated manor house near Tunbridge Wells
  • Almost 800 years of fascinating history
  • 1662 mansion, Christopher Wren design
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Award-winning walled gardens, vineyard
  • Choice of ceremony and reception areas
  • Space for a large marquee in the grounds
  • Formal receptions for up to 200 guests

This moated manor house is situated in Groombridge, close to Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It is steeped in history and showcases delightful award-winning walled gardens, vineyards and a birds of prey sanctuary. The house featured in a 2005 film version of Jane Austen's novel 'Pride And Prejudice' as the family home of the Bennets. With gorgeous flowers and charming landscaped gardens, as well as authentic architecture, Groombridge Place is a most elegant and extremely beautiful Kent wedding venue.

The Baronial Hall is available to host civil wedding ceremonies, and with a choice of either indoor or outdoor areas suitable to accommodate receptions, Groombridge Place is a fantastically unique and versatile place for a wedding celebration. There are three standard packages, each of which can be easily adapted and personalised to suit each couple's individual requirements.


The earliest record of a manor house on the estate is of 1239, when the Lordship of Groombridge was granted to one William Russell, who built a moated castle there. Henry III later granted him a charter to construct a chantry. The estate was eventually sold to Thomas Waller of Lamberhurst in the middle of the 14th century and it remained in that family for more than 200 years.

Sir Thomas Sackville, who was the first Earl of Dorset and the Lord Treasurer of England, bought the estate in 1604 and also built houses in Groombridge town. In 1618 the estate was sold to John Packer, who was a hugely devout and religious man, and was a major influence in the building of St John's Church.

The house later passed to Philip Packer who, with Christopher Wren, saw the construction of the current house. After Philip's death in 1686 the house lay empty for 20 years; this was when the notorious Groombridge Gang began smuggling. As legend has it, they utilised a tunnel that led from Groombridge Place to the Crown Inn; however, no such tunnel has (yet) been found.

After its brief notoriety, Groombridge lay untouched for a while, but was restored over the last century. It is now a private home.


Baronial Hall

This is the principal ceremonial space at Groombridge Place, and boasts a high-beamed ceiling, stained glass windows and a minstrels' gallery, and leads out onto the private courtyard.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 100 Guests

The Orchard Hall

This large and airy room boasts two large private terraces and formal gardens. It has its own bar and offers disabled access.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 100 Guests

The Marquee Lawn

The lawn is the ideal space for a marquee which overlooks the manor house and surrounding countryside. Sizable marquees which accommodate up to 200 wedding guests can be erected.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 200 Guests


Groombridge Place boasts three packages, entitled The White Garden, The Knot Garden, or The Secret Garden. These each introduce different elements to the wedding day and are readily adaptable to the bride and groom's specific requirement. Extra features can easily be added to any of the packages if desired.


Groombridge Place offers customers the option either to enjoy their in-house wedding cuisine or to bring in external caterers. Their team of chefs serve both traditional wedding breakfasts and alternative options like barbecues, buffets and hog-roasts.


There is no accommodation on site, but plenty to be found in the local area. The Crown Inn B&B is located just up the road and is a popular accommodation choice with wedding parties.

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