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Amazing castles in the UK where you can get married - and they all have a royal link

Mirror logo Mirror 15/05/2018 Julie Delahaye
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No doubt brides and grooms will be taking note of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding celebrations this weekend for an extra dose of wedding prep inspiration.

While recreating the scale of the royal wedding might not be quite within your budget, there is an easy way to take a leaf out of the couple's book - by tying the knot in a castle!

Harry and Meghan will wed at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, but it's not easy to secure a ceremony there unless you're a royal/resident of Windsor Castle/a knight.

However, there are castles across the UK which you can hire for a wedding - and a host of them boast pretty impressive links to the British royals too.

From the home where Queen Victoria 's daughter got married ro royal residences, we take a look at some of the UK's prettiest castles with a royal link, where you can get married.

Happy wedding planning!

1. Highcliffe Castle, Dorset

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This grandiose Grade 1 listed building makes for a seriously spectacular backdrop for everything from your ceremony to the wedding photos.

The castle's breathtaking Wintergarden boasts high ceilings, opulent interiors and beautiful views of the estate.

As for the reception? Pick from the spectacular Grand Hall with its stained glass windows, or the intimate State Dining Room with candles and exposed brickwork for a fairytale-esque atmosphere.

Royal link: The mansion was inherited by Lady Waterford who welcomed the Prince and Princess of Wales, who went on to become King Edward and Queen Alexandra.

How much? Wedding-only ceremonies from £840, while castle hire starts from £4,895 for 80 guests. The venue also offers all-inclusive wedding packages. 

2. Lumley Castle, Durham

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The Lumley Castle hotel is an ideal setting for history buffs after a fairytale wedding setting.

The 600-year-old building boasts magnificent state rooms and opulent dining rooms for the ceremony, or if you're after an outdoor wedding there's the stunning Secret Baron's Garden to check out.

The historic setting means that even the wedding breakfast will leave you feeling like you're holding your own court.

Plus as the castle doubles up as a hotel, it can be convenient for guests travelling to your big day, as well as meaning stress-free morning prep for the bride who won't have to travel far!

Not to mention there's the King James Suite, a beautiful room that's a nod to the castle's most famous royal visitor.

Oh, and they even do a Royal Wedding package! 

Royal link: King James VI and I travelled from Edinburgh to London to take his new throne, stopping off at Lumley Castle as a guest.

How much? Lumley Castle offers wedding packages from £50pp (so approx £5,000 for a party of 100 guests). 

3. Pennsylvania Castle, Isle of Portland

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If it's breathtaking sea views, pristine gardens and luxurious accommodation you're after for your big day, then Pennsylvania fits the bill.

Catering to both intimate gatherings and big wedding, the castle offers a host of wedding packages to suit any bride and groom's needs.

There's a fully licensed bar, a plethora of beautiful rooms, fine dining offerings.. the list goes on!

Or for something truly magical, why not opt for one of their Twilight Wedding offerings with a ceremony at dusk followed by the night-long party?

Royal link: George III and Queen Charlotte held their wedding anniversary celebrations at Pennysylvania.

How much? Wedding packages start from £9,675 but you can also get ceremony-only offerings from £2,690. 

4. Osborne, Isle of Wight

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If you're after a venue with a strong royal link, then Osborne won't disappoint as it was the holiday home of one of Britain's greatest monarch; Queen Victoria.

You can get your very own horse and carriage for a royal entrance to your celebrations, host the ceremony in one of the lavish rooms, or even enjoy a luxury beach wedding!

The setting is pretty special thanks to the pricesless artwork, grandiose architecture and historic landmarks that make for a historic and yet modern backdrop.

Royal link: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made Osborne their holiday home, but it was also the setting for the wedding of their daughter Princess Alice who tied the knot in the Dining Room in Osborne.

How much? Venue hire from £1,500, with catering available from £84pp.

5. St Donat's Castle, South Wales

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Situated just a 40-minute drive from Cardiff, St Donat's Castle boasts colourful gardens and picturesque sea views for a pretty wedding backdrop.

It's owned by UWC Atlantic College meaning it's available outside of term times from mid June to mid August and is ideal for larger wedding parties.

You can hire out the castle to yourself and they only host one wedding a day so the whole day is focused on you.

Castle hire includes use of the Bradenstoke Hall, Rose, Blue and Beast gardens, Top Lawn (with sea views), Inner Courtyard, Great Hall and a designated changing room on the day of the wedding.

Royal link: The Queen and Prince Philip visited the college back in 2014,

How much? Contact the castle to find out about bespoke packages. 

6. Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire

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Ideal for smaller weddings, Pembroke Castle can accommodate for up to 60 guests at indoor weddings, offering up its beautiful Western Hall, The Great Keep or the Henry VII Tower for a venue seeping in history.

The perfect setting for marking your own milestone.

Not to mention that the castle grounds themselves make for some pretty epic photo opportunities for both the happy couple and their guests.

Royal link: Pembroke Castle was the birthplace of Henry VII which started the Tudor dynasty.

How much? Ceremonies start from £1,000, full wedding packages start from £5,500.

7. Borthwick Castle

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Borthwick Castle has hosted weddings since 1458 so you know you're in good hands!

The Castle has a specialist bridal team to host civil or religious ceremonies in the beautiful Garrison at the top of the keep, or in mysterious spots nestled throughout the castle and its grounds.

Get ready for some spectacular views of the Scottish landscape too.

Looking for a charming reception spot? The State Room makes for a pretty spectacular yet relaxed setting. Not to mention that there's fine dining to be had, as well as vintage champagne and fine wines on offer as part of the menu.

Royal link: It was at Borthwick Castle that Mary, Queen of Scots took refuge.

How much? Bespoke packages available. Exclusive private hire of Borthwick Castle for a 2018 wedding for up to 26 guests start from £54,000 for two nights.

8. Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

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Couples can say "I do" in the atmospheric circular Keep, surrounded by an outer wall and a secluded grassy Chemise.

You'll feel like you've stepped back in time thanks to the wooden benches and powder barrels that make up the isle - and with decorations from candles to fairylights it can make for a pretty magical setting.

As for the reception you'll have a plethora of eye-catching and elegant rooms to choose from whether you're hosting an intimate ceremony or looking to invite everyone you know for a party.

Royal link: The castle was built by Henry VIII as a coastal fortress and has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times.

How much? Venue hire starts from £450, wedding packages from £4,199.

9. Cardigan Castle, Wales

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Cardigan Castle offers up elegant regency lawns, a Georgian Mansion House, and plenty of historic architecture for a gorgeous setting.

There are plenty of beautiful rooms to choose from for the ceremony and reception, not to mention the pavilion is ideal for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

Not to mention that the 5-star accommodation is ideal for guests/brides and grooms wanting somewhere to get a decent night's rest after all of the excitement.

Royal link: Initially the home of King Edward I, it was passed on to Prince Henry, and eventually was received by Katherine of Aragon as part of her dowry. 

How much? Venue hire starts from £1,000 (lawns can be hired from £300).

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