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The Gardens at National Trust Stowe

The Gardens at National Trust Stowe

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The Gardens at National Trust Stowe

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  • Gorgeous, historic landscaped gardens located north of Buckingham
  • Two temples licenced for civil ceremonies
  • Over 40 temples, monuments and sweeping lakes in the gardens
  • Picturesque location
  • Personal wedding planner dedicated to your day
  • Wedding breakfast and receptions are held in gardens
  • 750 acres of gardens to explore

The Gardens at Stowe National Trust have beautiful views stretching across 750 acres of Buckinghamshire countryside. There are two temples in the gardens licenced for civil ceremonies which can host up to 120 guests.

Managed by Cavendish Events, this venue gives you plenty of choice. Whether you say your vows under a temple steeped in history, or choose to celebrate under a marquee in the picturesque gardens, the venue's dedicated wedding planner and an in house catering team will ensure that you have nothing to worry about.


The gardens date back to the 18th century and were created by Lord Cobham and set out to reveal the politics and morality of the period.

Temple of Venus

In 1731 William Kent made his first creation for the estate and named it the Temple of Venus. The four busts that overlook the Eleven Acre Lake represent Cleopatra, Faustina, Nero and Vespasian, who were famous for their need for love and lust.

Concord and Victory

Lancelot Brown was an under-gardener to William Kent. He sculpted the Grecian Valley that held views out to the parkland. Concord and Victory was placed on a high point of the garden. He created a trick of the eye using hidden walls to keep the livestock out of the garden, whilst creating views that appeared as one ongoing scene.


Two of the temples in the gardens are licenced to host civil ceremonies, with chairs and tables provided.

The Temple of Concord and Victory

This is one of the largest temples that stand in the gardens and it's the most impressive. Situated in the Grecian Valley section, the quietest part of the garden, this gorgeous structure has high pillars and large steps leading up to it. There is room for a large marquee for your wedding breakfast and reception in the gardens beside it.

Civil ceremony capacity - 120 guests
Marquee capacity - 150 guests

Temple of Venus

Smaller of the two, but certainly no less grand, the Temple of Venus is perfect for an intimate ceremony. Situated in a secluded area of the gardens for privacy, this temple overlooks the Eleven Acre Lake. The coves in the structure are a perfect place for musicians.

Ceremony capacity - 40 guests

The Meadow at New Inn

If you want the gorgeous entrance of the gardens, but more of a relaxed and country feel, The Meadow just outside the New Inn is ideal. The garden in front of the 1717 building is made available for you to erect a marquee. The building makes for a wonderful backdrop for photos.


Cavendish Events provide catering however large or small your wedding is. They can supply you with a traditional wedding breakfast menu, or if you prefer, can create a bespoke menu. They also provide BBQs and hog roasts. See here for an example menu.

For more information or to book your wedding and The Gardens at Stowe, click the contact buttons above and below this listing.
Stowe House
Stowe Ave
MK18 5EQ
The Gardens at National Trust Stowe
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