Venues The Reading Room
The Reading Room
  • Stunning Norfolk wedding venue
  • Charming building dating back to the 17th Century
  • Licenced for civil ceremonies
  • In close proximity to local churches
  • Stunning redbrick building and extensive gardens
  • Exclusive use of the venue until 12am
  • Set-up from 12pm the previous day
  • Fireworks, dry ice and sky lanterns not permitted

This enchanting wedding venue in the heart of rural Norfolk is the ideal location for historians and book lovers alike. The redbrick walls and expansive gardens make the venue perfect for a fairytale wedding.

Able to host 80 for a wedding ceremony, both indoors and in their stunning gardens, and 110 for a reception the venue is also in close proximity to a number of local churches.

About

Newly restored, The Reading Room is believed to date back to the 17th Century. It once served much as a local library, giving the locals access to books, news and lessons as well as being a place for games and socialisation.

Now the Room has been restored to its former glory and serves as an incredible wedding or reception venue. The church of St Ethelbert's towers above the venue, the perfect place for people looking to have a church wedding before moving over to The Reading Rooms for their reception.

Facilities

The Reading Room offers the option of marrying inside the room itself or in the grounds. Both options are equally stunning. The Room offers a traditional backdrop of a redbrick exterior, fresh white interior and rustic wooden accents across the arched windows and roof.

The garden offers a traditional English garden with colourful bordering flowerbeds and lovely fruit-trees. The venue is surrounded by enchanting woods perfect for giving your wedding photos a magical feel.

The venue does not offer packages but included within the standard hire price are: exclusive use of the venue, use of bar, tables and chairs and much much more.

Ceremony capacity - 80 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - 110 guests

Reception capacity - 110 guests

Catering

The venue does not have an onsite kitchen, though they are happy to provide tables and a catering marquee for your caterers to use. They are happy to either provide a list of trusted caterers or discuss plans with your chosen caterers.

In order to ensure the health and safety of all guests on the premises they do insist on any external caterers having a five star hygiene rating and insurance.

If you are interested why not get in touch to find out more? All you need to do is click the buttons below or to the side to reveal The Reading Room's contact details.

The Reading Room
Church Road
Alby
Norfolk
NR11 7HF

Reviews

  • Donna & James

    We got married at The Reading Rooms in August and could not have asked for a more perfect location. The Reading Rooms has been restored to a very high standard and looks amazing. It is a perfect, intimate location that allows you to put your own touch on it. Jo and Simon are fantastic hosts and couldn't do enough for us. Would highly recommend.

  • Bob & Dorota

    We got married at the Reading Room on the 22nd July 2017. The venue was perfect and the day was fantastic. It is a lovely, self-contained place with beautiful gardens that were ideal as the weather was good and everyone made the most of being outside. The building itself is wonderfully restored with great care and attention to detail.

    Jo and Simon are the perfect hosts, helping us to set up and decorate the day before, and making sure that the day itself ran smoothly.
    We can’t thank them enough for all their help and would highly recommend the Reading Room to any couples planning their big day.

  • Heather and Matt

    We had our wedding ceremony and reception here at the weekend, 2nd September and it is a real gem of a building set in beautiful grounds, just what we were looking for. Jo and Simon are lovely, really helpful and let you have the freedom to style the day and venue how you want it. When the sun is shining the gardens are a pure joy.
    I can't recommend it enough.
    Thank you so much!

  • Jode & Ollie

    Words cannot explain just how perfect the reading room was for our wedding. Every single guest commented on it and said how amazing the venue was. The grounds and gardens are lovely and the building itself was everything we could have wished for-you are spoilt for choice in terms of photo locations. Full credit to Jo and Simon for creating the perfect wedding venue. It doesn't even need a great deal of decorating, it's amazing just as it is.

  • Josh and Becky

    We got married on 4th November at this fantastic venue. From day one, Jo and Simon were brilliant, helping us with all of our questions along the way. This venue is stunning and requires only personalising touches, and Jo and Simon helped us get everything set up the day before. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how smoothly the day ran from the ceremony to the tables and the evening entertainment. We couldn't have found a perfect place to get married. Thank you so much, what a wonderful day.

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