Location: Bournemouth & Poole
Venues Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle
  • Magnificent Grade I-listed castle located just outside the town of Christchurch
  • Easy access to/from Bournemouth International Airport, the New Forest and Southampton
  • Civil ceremony capacity - up to 100 guests
  • Wedding breakfast capacity - up to 110 guests
  • Evening reception capacity - up to 200 guests

Situated on the outskirts of the quiet Highcliffe Village, this glorious castle is a brilliant example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture. Its clifftop location and surrounding 14 acres of parkland and landscaped gardens make it a truly beautiful spot for wedding photographs. There's even a footpath that takes you to a gorgeous sandy beach.

Several rooms are available for your wedding, all of which offer a completely different, yet equally beautiful look. At Highcliffe you'll be treated to little extras such as three large floral arrangements for your ceremony in the Wintergarden and use of a baby grand piano. The Highcliffe team will also help you select the right caterer, doing all they can to ensure that your wedding is perfect.


Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade I-listed property with a rich history. The distinguished diplomat Lord Stuart de Rothesay Build commissioned the building of this castle, a project he had dreamt about during his childhood visits to this clifftop overlooking Christchurch Bay. The castle was built during the early 1830s using Norman and Renaissance carved stone. Highcliffe is certainly an impressive building, with Gothic revival features and amazing stained glass.

After undergoing two fires in the 1960s, several enormous repairs were completed in the 1990s and 2008, resulting in the beautiful wedding venue that exists today.

The Facilities

The Wintergarden

The light and spacious Wintergarden is the perfect room for elegant wedding ceremonies. Walk down the aisle towards stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and enjoy three fresh floral arrangements provided by Highcliffe Castle. A baby grand piano is also available to set the mood at your ceremony.

  • Ceremony only weddings are held at 11am and 1pm.
  • 3:30pm ceremonies will be followed by receptions at Highcliffe Castle.
  • Winter weddings between November and February: 12pm ceremony only, 2:30pm ceremony followed by reception at Highcliffe Castle.

Formal ceremony capacity - up to 100 guests

Drawing Room

If you're planning a smaller ceremony, the Drawing Room is brilliant. Also, during your evening reception, this beautiful room combines with the excellent Castle Bar to provide a brilliant space for drinks and dancing.

Formal ceremony capacity - up to 40 guests

Evening reception capacity - up to 110 guests

State Dining Room

This room is full of historic character, with exposed brick walls adding a wonderfully rustic twist to your elegant wedding décor. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of the Isle of Wight Needles.

Wedding breakfast capacity - up to 80 guests

Evening reception capacity - up to 150 guests

Great Hall

The magnificent Great Hall boasts an impressive 30ft high stained glass Jesse Window. This is a truly breath-taking space in which to hold your wedding breakfast and/or evening reception.

Wedding breakfast capacity - up to 110 guests

Evening reception capacity - up to 200 guests

The Castle Bar

This bar will be available to you and your guests from 5pm and will remain open until 15 minutes before the end of your hire. You can run a tab or have guests pay for their own drinks.

Catering and Accommodation


Choosing the right caterers for your wedding breakfast is an important decision. Highcliffe have taken the time to handpick a selection of outstanding caterers for you to choose from. The Highcliffe Castle team will even help you choose which caterer is right for your tastes and budget.


Highcliffe Castle give you the option to bring in your own drinks to be enjoyed after the ceremony, during the wedding breakfast and throughout the speeches. A small corkage charge per head covers the following services:

  • Receiving and storing your drinks
  • Chilling
  • Glassware and service
  • Recycling empties
  • Repacking un-opened bottles
  • Storage of bottles for up to three working days after your ceremony has ended (collection by arrangement only)
  • The following drinks are not permitted: beer, lager, cider, spirits

Alternatively, you can purchase drinks from Highcliffe Castle.


While you cannot stay at the castle itself, there are several accommodation options within the nearby Highcliffe Village and the town of Christchurch. Additionally, the venue is within easy reach of Bournemouth International Airport, the New Forest and Southampton.

For more information, or if you'd like to book Highcliffe Castle for your wedding, please get in touch using the contact options at the top and bottom of this page.

Highcliffe Castle
Rothesay Drive
United Kingdom
BH23 4LE


  • Marcus and Lucy - 09/09/2016

    Lucy and I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for everyone's help in the build up and on the big day! We really couldn't have asked for a better wedding, everything (even all our decoration requests) were perfect, and it all ran so smoothly - we really do appreciate all the hard work that went in from your side to make it such a special day!

    We hope we weren't too difficult to work with, and thank you again for what was a very memorable day for us both!

  • Rob and Natalie Smith - 11/10/2016

    Hey Lianne, Natalie and I would just like to say a huge thank you to your and our team for making our wedding so amazing. We can't say enough, every one of our guests loved the castle and all had an amazing time. If there is anywhere you would like us to write a review we would love to give you an amazing one.

    Again just wanted to say thank you for everything that you did to work with us.

  • Melissa Carvell-Clark - 08/08/2016

    My husband and I married here in July. We took a long time to pick a place to hold our ceremony, visiting a multitude of places, but once we stepped into the front of the gardens we knew that this was the perfect place for us. The staff have been exceptional, even after the ceremony we received a beautiful letter and brochure for the castle which we thought went above and beyond. But in general the volunteers' knowledge and passion for the history of the castle speaks volumes and adds to each experience. The grounds are truly breathtaking and the walk down to the beach indescribable. The most beautiful room in the castle for me is the winter garden where we wed, it is so light and airy, you could marry in a thunderstorm and it would still be exquisite. It will forever hold the best of memories for us and we cannot wait to come back again and relive them soon.

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