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Hedingham Castle
  • Historic all-inclusive wedding venue
  • Glorious castle and country estate
  • Located in beautiful North Essex
  • Best-preserved Norman keep in England
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Marquee receptions for up to 200 guests
  • Ceremonies in Norman Banqueting Hall
  • Castle receptions for up to 70 guests
  • Exclusive-use of Bridal Cottage

Hedingham Castle is the best-preserved Norman keep in England. With 900 years of history, and set in over 160 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes, lawns and woodlands, Hedingham Castle stands as one of the most majestic and impressive wedding venues anywhere in England.

Weddings at Hedingham Castle take advantage of the estate's centuries of history, beginning with a civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall. Larger receptions commence with a drinks reception in the Georgian Mansion House. Formal wedding breakfasts and evening receptions with dancing and a fully stocked bar are held in the permanent Marquee on the Tulip Lawn. For weddings with up to 70 guests, the reception drinks, wedding breakfast and party can be held in the Tapestry Room of the Castle itself.

History

Aubrey de Vere I arrived in England in 1066 with his brother-in-law, William the Conqueror. He was granted lordship by William and started to build a castle on the site of Hedingham. His son began to build in stone and constructed the keep, which is the only remnant of the castle surviving today. His son, Aubrey III, was created Earl by Empress Matilda. Through successive inheritance, his family held the title 'Earl of Oxford' until 1702.

The warlike Earls of Oxford fought in conflicts from the Crusades to the Battle of the Boyne, and were closely involved with the accession of a number of monarchs to the throne.

The seventeenth Earl is possibly the most enigmatic example of the bunch; it is known that he had degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, and it is widely speculated in certain quarters that he was the true author of the works commonly attributed to William Shakespeare.

In 1713, Hedingham was purchased by Sir William Ashurst MP, who landscaped the grounds and erected a fine country house. The castle was passed to his granddaughter, and then stayed in the Majendie family for over 250 years, until it was left to the Honourable Thomas Lindsay, a descendant of the original De Veres, the family who constructed Hedingham centuries earlier. More conservation was carried out on the house and grounds, and in 1994 the castle and estate was passed to Jason and Demetra Lindsay who currently live here with their three children.

Facilities

The Banqueting Hall

Ceremonies take place in the majestic Banqueting Hall beneath a unique Norman arch. You'll feel like royalty as you exchange vows where Kings and Queens once held court.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 130 Guests

The Mansion House

(The following applies if your wedding breakfast/evening reception takes place in the marquee.)

A drinks reception follows your ceremony with guests making their way to the House across the Tudor Bridge, built in 1489 for the visit of Henry VII. Canapés are served in the Ashurst Room and Hall of the House, spilling out over the lawns of the formal garden leading down to the ornamental lake.

This venue can adapt to all seasons and all weathers; there is a beautiful decorative fountain on the lawn which is perfect for summer photographs, and a blazing log fire in the winter.

The Marquee

This permanent marquee, in the privacy of the Tulip Lawn, is equipped with a dancefloor, bar, toilets and heating. It offers classic elegance and style for the perfect way to celebrate your wedding and entertain your guests.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests

Evening Reception Capacity - 200 Guests

The Castle

(The following applies if your wedding breakfast/evening reception takes place on the Tapestry Floor.)

After your civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall, guests enjoy a drinks reception on the Garrison Floor and balcony which overlooks the ancient tilting lawns of the Castle. Then you'll move to the glorious Tapestry Floor for the wedding breakfast, and later, dancing.

Formal Reception Capacity - 70 Guests

Catering and Accommodation

All catering at Hedingham Castle is provided by their approved contractor. The chefs present typical wedding breakfast options, as well as alternative dining, using free-range seasonal produce. Bespoke dietary requirements and allergies are observed with extreme sensitivity, helped by the fact that they prepare everything from scratch. A range of delectable seasonal menus is offered, ensuring that the cuisine always perfectly complements the day.

Accommodation

In a corner of the Lord's Orchard, the secluded Garden Cottage serves as a bridal suite for preparation on the big day. A romantic hideaway, it is also provided for the bride and groom on their first night as newlyweds.

Just inside the castle entrance is a private self-contained Tudor Lodge. Sleeping up to 17 people, with its own sitting room and a dining area, it is perfect for small family groups.

The village and local area boast a number of B&Bs and hotels. Full details of the venue's recommendations are on the Hedingham Castle website.

For more information, or to book Hedingham Castle for your wedding, please get in touch using the contact options at the top and bottom of this page.

Reviews

  • Jayne and Trevor Jones - 03/12/2016

    We could have never imagined how magical our special day was going to be!
    It was simply perfect and completely magical <3
    Thank you all for making our day so special.

  • Serena and Ligia - 20/11/2016

    We still can’t believe this was real and not just a dream!!
    All of you gave us a lifetime worth of memories, the most magical moments that we will ever live and we couldn’t have pictured our wedding to be more perfect than it was. Thank you so much for that.

  • Holly and Charles - 18/09/2016

    Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. We loved every minute of it and we cannot thank you enough for the support throughout the planning process and throughout the day itself.
    Thank you again.

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