Fall in love with Durham

durham landscape If you're searching for a romantic setting for your big day, look no further than Durham. This beautiful county boasts idyllic countryside, a stunning coastline and an enchanting city, where a host of historic, modern and unique wedding venues are waiting to welcome you and your guests.

Live out the fairytale
For the ultimate fairytale wedding, it will be love at first sight when you encounter one of Durham's magical castles. At Durham Castle itself you can tie the knot at the heart of Durham City's UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the beautifully situated Lumley Castle is a monument to a bygone age. Historic Walworth Castle dates back to the 12th century and is surrounded by 18 acres of gardens and woodland. And at Brancepeth Castle, brides and grooms have the freedom to arrange every aspect of their special day.

A venue for everyone
Those seeking style, luxury and country charm are also spoilt for choice in Durham. Whether you want the grandeur of a country house, the tranquillity of a spa retreat, the comfort of a rural inn or the elegance of a boutique hotel, you will have no trouble finding your perfect match. From Durham City's Radisson Blu on the banks of the River Wear and Ramside Hall Hotel with its award-winning spa, to the stunning Morritt Hotel, Headlam Hall Hotel and the Lord Crewe Arms in the Durham Dales, there is a picture-perfect setting for you. Over in the Vale of Durham, there are even more romantic venues to discover - Beamish Hall Country Hotel, Hall Garth Hotel, Lambton Estate, Hallgarth the Manor House, Redworth Hall, Thomas Wright House, Hardwick Hall and the Black Horse at Beamish - to name but a few.

Something a little bit different
If you have your heart set on a location as unique as you, Durham will not disappoint. The county is home to many quirky venues, including amazing attractions such as Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, where you can travel back in time for a wedding to remember. At The Bowes Museum, magnificent works of art create a backdrop like no other, while Durham Cricket's Seat Unique Riverside Ground is sure to bowl you over.

For a taste of the Mediterranean, treat yourself and your guests to Balearic beauty in the heart of the Durham Dales at Runa Farm, or for an intimate ceremony in a secluded setting, choose Ramside Hall's stunning tree house or Coghlan's Classical Tearoom on the Barningham Estate. To make nature a big part of your big day, a waterfall wedding at High Force Hotel and Waterfall definitely delivers the wow factor.

Or be one of the first to tie the knot at The Story at Mount Oswald, an exciting heritage and culture development that is transforming a Grade II listed manor house on the outskirts of Durham City. Once complete, The Story will house a new register office and stunning wedding ceremony venue.

Discover your dream wedding at: thisisdurham.com/weddings

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