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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 Senate Room can take up to 40.

The Castle has two Suites, the Bishop's Suite and the Chaplain's Suite, as well as another 47 en suite and 29 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 Bride and Groom (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

Weddings are available during University Vacations. 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.

Wedding Open Days 2018

Sunday 8th April and Sunday 29th July - from 12noon to 3pm - free entry.

Durham Castle is ready to welcome you to one of our Wedding Open Days, no need to book in advance. See the Great Hall dressed for a wedding breakfast, and view our inside and outside areas for civil ceremonies. Meet the Event Durham Team to answer your queries and discuss your individual requirements. Some local, trusted suppliers will also be available.

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 Package for 2018 - Selected Dates

Just £4,995 for 60 day guests, and 80 evening guests.


Special Wedding Package for 2019 - Selected Dates

Just £5,495 for 60 day guests, and 80 evening guests.