Wedding venue inspiration - Historic 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.