The 15 Best Wedding Venues in Gloucestershire
Author: Hollie Bond
With its captivating combination of Cotswolds rural charm and chic cosmopolitan towns, Gloucestershire is a picture-perfect setting for any style of wedding day.
If you’re looking for wedding venues in Gloucestershire then you’re in for a treat. This fabulous county has it all – stunning rural vistas dotted with charming cottages, smart towns lined with regency buildings and most importantly lots of amazing and varied wedding venues to choose from.
Whatever style of venue you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it in this lovely part of the country. There’s a huge choice of places to say “I do”, including stately homes, historic castles, rustic barns, and some cool and quirky venues too. There’s also a range of options for different budgets, with both luxury wedding venues and affordable wedding venues to choose from.
Sometimes all this choice can be a bit overwhelming, so to help you find the perfect venue for your big day, we’ve rounded up the very best wedding venues in Gloucestershire for all types of couples.
15 beautiful Gloucestershire wedding venues
Manor By The Lake, Cheltenham
The name says it all – Manor by the Lake is a gorgeous Victorian-era manor house in the heart of Cheltenham that offers the best of both worlds – seven acres of beautiful grounds around a stunning lake in a Regency spa town setting. This award-winning, exclusive-use house is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Gloucestershire thanks to its seductive combo of period features (think dramatic sweeping staircase, ornate wooden carved panels, stained glass windows, and grand marble fireplaces), and amazing outdoor spaces such as the beautiful Italian Garden and Pavilion with a natural woodland backdrop. Manor by the Lake is a wonderfully versatile venue too, with space for weddings up to 300 guests and an experienced team of wedding coordinators and chefs who will work with you to create your dream wedding day.
Homme House, Ledbury
If you love the idea of having the exclusive use of a stunning stately home for your wedding celebrations then this wonderful venue on the Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire border should be top of your to-visit list. The striking red brick mansion is nestled in 200 acres of glorious grounds and has views of the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds. There’s also a beautiful summerhouse in the walled garden, a woodland clearing, and a sweeping lawn for weddings in the warmer months. Inside is just as magical though, with plenty of space to create amazing memories with your loved ones. There are 14 bedrooms that sleep up to 32 guests, as well as 3 flexible ceremony and reception spaces – the paneled room, the dining room, and the hall. The best thing about this exclusive venue is that no two weddings are ever the same and you can work with the venue to create a truly unique event.
Your wedding is a truly special day and deserves a venue fit for royalty, and you can find just that in the heart of the Cotswolds at Sudeley Castle. The show-stopping venue is a really romantic choice and your big day will add to a rich history that spans over 1,000 years. You don’t have to have a huge guest list to get married here. The castle and its 1,200 acres might be vast, but it’s also a versatile option with plenty of spaces for all sizes of celebrations. You could choose to get married outside with the romantic ruins, landscaped grounds, and beautiful countryside as your backdrop. Or inside perhaps the historic banqueting hall will steal your heart, or maybe you’ll opt for the light-filled Pavilion? There’s even the option to erect a marquee on the private lawns overlooking the Tithe Barn. Whichever space you choose, your big day will feel like a fairytale at this venue.
Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury
This Gloucestershire wedding venue is perfect for brides and grooms looking for a gorgeous Cotswolds country setting for their wedding celebrations. This collection of former farm buildings works brilliantly for weddings with plenty of space for both the ceremony and reception as well as accommodation for up to 90 guests on-site, including a party-perfect Manor House to call your own for the duration of your wedding. The magnificent Grade II listed, 16th-century Tythe Barn with its beams and exposed brick walls is a wow-factor space to become a married couple, although the venue also has the option of getting married outside in the garden or in The Orangery. For rustic Cotswolds charm and the chance to hold your entire wedding and accommodate all your guests in one stunning place, you can’t beat this wedding venue.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration and if you choose this stunning wedding venue you’ll be able to make the most of it with a whole wedding weekend in a glorious exclusive hire Cotswolds Manor House. There’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter wedding at Owlpen Manor. Instead, the team will work with you to create a celebration that’s as unique as your love story at this honey-stone beauty. Whether you’re after a country house vibe for your ceremony or a more rustic theme there’s a space to suit, with both a Great Hall and drawing room in the main house, as well as an atmospheric and character-filled 15th-century Cyder Barn on site. For your reception, there’s a brand new Pole Barn, built using timber from the Owlpen Estate and traditional construction methods. With holiday cottages that sleep up to 40 guests and the chance to glamp or camp on the estate, you can make the celebrations last a little bit longer.
Ingleside House, Cirencester
This unique venue in Cirencester will wow your guests and make sure your wedding stands out as a stylish, fun, and fabulous affair. There’s nothing bland or boring about this wedding venue. Instead, you’ll find a stately Grade II-listed building filled to the brim with Gatsby-Esque interiors, bold wallpapers, and eye-catching furniture, as well as 11 boutique hotel rooms for your guests. When it comes to the wedding day itself, there’s room for guest lists from 15 to 150 guests (with an on-site pavilion for large weddings) and a choice of spaces to make your own. Foodie couples will be in seventh heaven with the chance to work with award-winning chefs and design a personal menu using seasonal and local ingredients.
Matara Centre, Tetbury
Asia meets The Cotswolds at this unique wedding venue in Gloucestershire. The Matara Centre is a magical blend of styles with 28 acres of private grounds as well as an Asian-inspired cloistered courtyard, and many wonderful spaces to celebrate including a banquet and dance hall with a glass dome at its center, as well as five anterooms. If you like a lot of choices and the chance to make your wedding completely personal then this is the perfect venue for you. There are an amazing six spaces licensed for your civil ceremony, including three outdoor spaces, so you can make the most of the outstanding natural beauty that this area is known for. The icing on the cake is the on-site accommodation that sleeps up to 28 people and includes a gorgeous honeymoon lodge.
The Barn at Upcote, Withington
Embrace the rural charm of Gloucestershire with all the modern luxuries your hearts could desire at this recently renovated and light-filled stone barn venue, set around a smart lawned courtyard. You’ll fall in love with the wonderful backdrop from the moment you arrive down the long private drive, and the choice of stylish spaces will seal the deal. There are several barns to choose from with dedicated spaces for your civil ceremony (indoor and outdoor) and wedding breakfast, as well as a bar area, and a dance floor. There’s also a beautiful bridal suite, and accommodation for up to eight guests. With honey-hued stone, high beamed ceilings and lots of twinkling fairy lights, The Barn at Upcote is a romantic and unforgettable country wedding venue.
If you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding in a castle fit for a king or queen then Berkeley Castle could be the wedding venue in Gloucestershire for you. This centuries-old castle is one of the most stunning wedding venues in the county with its pretty warm pink stone that glows as the sun sets over the rolling hills. If you choose this wedding venue for your big day you’ll have the entire castle and grounds to yourselves with a wedding coordinator on hand to help you make the celebrations memorable and personal. There are so many unique spaces to enjoy here, with a 14th Century Great Hall for your wedding breakfast, beautiful Elizabethan terraced gardens, acres of meadows, a medieval Deer Park, and accommodation for up to 40 guests. Wherever you choose to celebrate, you’ll feel like royalty on your wedding day.
The Old Lodge, Stroud
With lovely views over Minchinhampton Common and the rolling hills beyond, The Old Lodge is a charming and historic wedding venue with smart modern interiors and a choice of spaces for civil ceremonies, including a pretty outdoor pagoda, and wedding breakfasts for up to 100. Wedding planning can sometimes feel like a full-time job, so the beauty of this venue is that they will take the load off and can arrange everything from the food and drink to the decorations, allowing you to enjoy the run-up to your day without any stress. With bed and breakfast on site too, you can keep the celebrations going the next day.
Kingscote Barn, Tetbury
Kingscote Barn is in the perfect location for those all-important wedding photos, nestled in the Cotswold Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can enjoy this tranquil and private spot in spring and summer from the sweeping lawn and rose garden with bucolic views over The Cotswolds. In colder months you can cosy up in the characterful 17th-century stone barn that looks seriously romantic with twinkling fairy lights and candles. With space for 50 guests to stay over in a collection of cottages, eco pods, woodland lodges, a shepherd’s hut and an amazing Tree House Suite, this is a one-of-a-kind countryside venue.
Hatherley Manor Hotel
This 17th-century manor house is the ideal venue if you’re looking for a countryside setting close to both Cheltenham and Gloucester. The manor house has a choice of brilliant wedding packages and can accommodate weddings of nearly all sizes from small gatherings of 30 up to larger weddings of 400 in a number of rooms, including three different function suites. For civil ceremonies in summer, there’s an outdoor pagoda in the lovely walled gardens and there’s plenty of space on-site for your guests to stay with 56 bedrooms and a choice of two honeymoon suites. There’s even a relaxing spa at the hotel, which is the perfect place for some pre and post-wedding pampering.
Upper Court has to be one of the prettiest manor houses in Gloucestershire with its perfect proportions, wisteria-covered Cotswold stone façade, idyllic lakeside setting and acres of manicured grounds. You can create a quintessential exclusive use English country garden wedding day here by holding your ceremony in the picture-perfect parish church accessed through a latch gate in the gardens, or with a civil ceremony inside the manor house. When it comes to your wedding breakfast, it doesn’t get much better than celebrating with your family and friends in a marquee overlooking the lake or a smaller wedding breakfast inside the house.
Gloucestershire is peppered with wow-factor castles and one of the best for a special day that will exceed all expectations is Thornbury Castle. The medieval architecture, impressive Tudor Hall, luxurious bedrooms and idyllic grounds combine to make this a dream wedding venue. With space for weddings from 2 people up to 100, and operating on an exclusive use basis, you’ll be able to create a day that fulfils all your wedding dreams. Plus, Thornbury Castle is well known for its standout catering, so you can rest assured that your wedding breakfast will be a memorable and delicious experience.
There are two parts to Elmore Court – the imposing 750-year-old Grade II* listed country house packed with period features and with amazing views over the Cotswolds, as well as a new, romantic and sustainable event space ‘The Gillyflower’. So whatever style of space you like, modern or historic, there’s something to suit. Your civil ceremony and wedding celebrations can take place in a number of locations, including The Hall (for up to 150 seated guests), three smaller reception rooms or in award-winning Gillyflower that can hold up to 200 guests. As well as these versatile spaces, the pretty English country gardens will be yours to enjoy for your drinks reception, plus up to 40 guests can stay in the main house with a dedicated Coach House for the bridal preparations and celebrations the night before the big day.
Found your dream wedding venue? Now it’s time to start your suppliers and start your wedding planning in earnest! Not sure where to start? Read our ultimate guide to wedding planning here.