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Durham University

Event Durham: Durham Castle

Wedding Receptions

Durham Castle is one of the premier venues for wedding receptions in the North East. The magnificent Great Hall, which dates from 1284, can take wedding breakfasts of up to 200, with guests able to enjoy an arrival drinks reception in the Courtyard of the Castle or the Tunstall Gallery. For smaller occasions the more intimate Bishop's Dining Room can take up to 40.

The Castle has two Suites, the Bishop's Suite and the Chaplain's Suite, as well as en suite and standard (with shared bathrooms) bedrooms which can be available for you and your guests

The staff at Durham Castle would like to help you prepare for your special day and will do all they can to ensure you enjoy it to the full. Whatever style of wedding you are thinking of we would be happy to discuss it with you.

Included in your Wedding Package are the following:
  • The use of the Tunstall Gallery or Courtyard for drinks reception
  • An overnight stay in the Bishop Suite, including breakfast for the newly weds (for wedding receptions in the Great Hall, subject to availability)
  • An overnight stay in the Chaplain Suite, including breakfast for your chosen guests (for wedding receptions in the Great Hall, subject to availability)
  • Our courtesy room for changing and storing of gifts
  • The services of an experienced Master of Ceremonies to guide you through the day
  • Advice on the choice of menus and wines
  • Provision of table plan, menus and place cards
  • Use of cake stand and knife
  • PA system to use for speeches
  • Finest quality white linen table cloths and napkins
  • Dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator

Facility Fee - £1,500

Larger weddings are available during University Vacations, although we can offer smaller, more intimate, gatherings throughout the year. For receptions on Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays we would require a minimum of 80 guests taking both a wedding breakfast during the day and minimum of 100 guests in the evening taking a buffet. On all other days, numbers are more flexible. We do guarantee that there will be only one wedding reception per day.

The award winning staff at the Castle have a wealth of experience in catering for the most prestigious events, ensuring that the quality of service will match the unrivalled setting.


Special Wedding Packages - Selected Dates

Available for 60 day guests, and 80 evening guests.

Wedding Packages