Wedding venue inspiration - Venues

Deciding on your ideal wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.

There is a huge choice of different venue types in the North East including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Check out these stunning wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.

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The Palm, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Break free from the city centre to wedding venue The Palm's palm tree-filled tropical garden hot spot, which is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and celebrations. Dressed to impress, you certainly get the wow factor as you approach the brightly lit venue, with its tree-lined paths, massive torch flames and large archways. There's cosy seating around the fire pits, or your guests can choose fun and games while dancing the night away under the strings of stylish festoon lighting.

Webster’s Ropery, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Webster's Ropery is a unique 18th-century Grade II listed wedding venue that was once the world's largest rope house. Set on the bank of the River Wear, it has a large outside space with seating and exceptional views over the river. Sensitively decorated and tastefully restored, it retains the building's original beams, exposed brickwork and stonework, along with its brass handrails and open fireplace.

Rainton Arena, Houghton le Spring, Durham

Rainton Arena is one of the most popular multi-cultural wedding venues in the North East of England, hosting up to 1,500 guests. If couples are looking for a premise that caters for their faith, the arena has the expertise needed. The in-house multi-cultural specialist wedding planners can take care of all of the requirements to the highest standards, whether it is an Asian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Indian, Pakistani or Chinese wedding. The venue offers endless possibilities for interior designing, with lovebirds able to add their stamp relating to their wedding theme.

Northside Farm, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Northside Farm is an exclusive-use wedding venue nestled in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside comprising a converted barn, a gin gang ceremony room surrounded by 70 acres of land, lakes and woodland. The luxurious glamping site consists of 10 timber pods each with a firepit, four whimsical fairy-tale style cottages, fully functioning luxury amenities and space for an additional tent or wigwam pitches.

Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa, Darlington, County Durham

Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa is a wedding venue located in the beautiful countryside of lower Teesdale, just between Barnard Castle and Darlington overlooking the rolling farmland estate. The superb 17th -century Jacobean country manor is nestled on four acres and looks impressive from any angle. The grounds are beautifully kept, with a manicured lawn, and a pond with a romantic bridge.

The Grand Hotel Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

The Grand Hotel Sunderland is a wedding venue perfectly located by the sea, as well as the picturesque Roker Park. Inside the hotel's light and modern reception area showcases the venue's grand staircase, providing the perfect spot for pictures. Choose from five rooms, all licensed for civil ceremonies, including some that benefit from stunning sea views.

Slaley Hall Hotel, Hexham, Northumberland

Discover the extraordinary experience of wedding at Slaley Hall Hotel, a magnificent hotel set in 1,000 acres of gorgeous Northumberland countryside. The four-star hotel offers a complete escape from everyday life with every moment being about having fun. Whether lovebirds want to plan every detail, or just let the team take care of everything while enjoying the day, they can relax knowing that they're in safe hands. From table decorations to the menu and suppliers, the premises will help as much or as little as desired.

Quayside Exchange, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

The Quayside Exchange is a historic Grade II listed wedding venue located close to the heart of Sunderland city centre. Boasting large Georgian windows with beautiful views over the River Wear, the front of the building is tastefully decorated with colourful plants and benefits from a large arched glass entrance. Outside, at the back of the venue, you'll also discover a spacious private terrace.

Rockliffe Hall, Darlington, County Durham

Rockliffe Hall is a five red star hotel, golf and spa resort set within 375 acres of a beautiful woodland estate on the banks of the River Tees, just outside the pretty village of Hurworth-on-Tees. This wedding venue is one of the UK's most beautiful sites at which to celebrate with a string of accolades to its name including VisitEngland's Large Hotel of the Year and Pride of Britain's Hotel of the Year.

Roker Hotel, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

With outstanding views of Roker coastline and its calming seaside exterior, wedding venue the Roker Hotel offers contemporary unique interior decor with a tempting choice of food and drink. Quirky and different, their motto is to never host two weddings the same. From huge celebrations in its grand ballroom to intimate ceremonies in its boutique bistro, the Roker can make it happen.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter, Tyne and Wear

Located in Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter, Crowne Plaza Newcastle is the perfect Newcastle city-centre venue. Situated at the top of forth banks in an area steeped in history, the hotel looks out over the surrounding area and is just a five-minute walk from the Quayside and its historical bridges.

The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

The Grand Hotel is a perfectly situated wedding venue overlooking one of the most picturesque locations in the North East: Longsands Beach. Tynemouth Priory and St Mary's Lighthouse are both a short distance from this historic hotel, which was built in 1872 as a summer residence for the Duchess of Northumberland. Traditionally Victorian with a modern twist, the grand sweeping staircase showcases the magnificence of the building, while the roof-top terrace is a hidden gem – think a beautiful outdoor space where your guests can enjoy drinks while taking in the sea view.

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Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Set within the leafy suburb of Jesmond, wedding venue Jesmond Dene House is a Grade II listed boutique hotel with 40 bedrooms, a restaurant, three private dining rooms and The Great Hall. Inside, you'll find a mix of traditional features, with wood panelling, oak ceilings and feature fireplaces merged with a modern yet homely feel. Outside, you're surrounded by the vast woodland of Jesmond Dene itself, complete with waterfalls and quaint bridges. You'll feel a thousand miles away from the city centre – when, in fact, it's only a few minutes!

Lumley Castle Hotel, Durham

Located between the historic cities of Durham and Newcastle, Lumley Castle is a Grade I listed, 630-year-old incredible wedding venue! Within the castle, you'll discover spectacular architecture, extraordinary décor and original features, from the 16th-century stuccoed ceiling in The Garter Suite to the ornate fireplace in The Barons Hall. Situated among nine acres of Durham parkland, its award-winning grounds provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photography.

Rivers Hotel, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Located in Gateshead, the Rivers Hotel is a 28-bedroom boutique wedding venue space with an American diner and bar and a newly refurbished function suite. A hidden gem situated on the banks of the River Tyne, the hotel's outside decked area is the perfect spot for a picturesque drinks reception. The American diner bus is also a great talking point if you're looking for a slightly different way to impress your guests.