Welcome to Wadhurst Castle
A Licensed Wedding Venue in Sussex for Civil Ceremonies and Receptions
A Licensed Wedding Venue in Sussex for Civil Ceremonies and Receptions
Exclusive and private Wedding & Civil Partnership Venue in Sussex
As featured in the season finale of 'The Crown', Wadhurst Castle is a very special venue. A hidden gem on the borders of the outstanding natural beauty of the Kent and Sussex countryside. A stunning venue that is exclusively yours on your special day. Wadhurst Castle is a beautiful Regency castle with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and magnificent gardens. The perfect setting for weddings and any other unforgettable celebration from a party of 2 up to 130 people. Our flexible and tailored approach means that we host receptions with or without a ceremony or the ceremony alone.
The castle is both a grand family house and a home from home. The stunning views create the perfect backdrop to your wedding experience. Guests can take advantage of the variety of licensed rooms from the Victorian charm of the Winter Garden with its exotic plants, to the grandeur of the castle's Drawing Room or the newly renovated and spacious Carriage Barn. In the summer our guests can enjoy open air ceremonies in the beautiful Walled Garden. However you plan your day, Wadhurst Castle, gardens and barn are exclusively yours for your special day.
Wadhurst Castle also offers the perfect setting for any other celebration or event, such as renewing your vows, naming your baby, or any special occasion with your family and friends.
You will have our friendly and professional team on hand to help guide you through your event journey and to manage everything for you on the special day.
All our events enjoy our no corkage policy should you choose to provide your own drinks but, of course, our Wadhurst Castle Wine Cellar can also provide a carefully chosen and competitive full wine list on an off licence basis.
Our castle wedding and events season runs Mid-May to Mid-December each year (including castle, gardens and Carriage Barn). Outside of the Castle Season, the Carriage Barn and Well Courtyard can be hired on an exclusive basis between Mid-January and Mid-May each year for daytime ceremonies, celebrations and small and intimate weddings.
For those who prefer a Small and Intimate Wedding
For up to 30 people we offer a special package for weddings taking place Monday-Thursday. With all the advantages of the same attention to detail and warm welcome but on a more intimate scale.
Our simple and flexible package includes the stunning venue for your ceremony and drinks reception as well as the 3 course wedding breakfast.
Our newly Restored Carriage Barn
Our beautifully and sympathetically restored Carriage Barn situated in its own Well Courtyard has, quite rightly, generated a huge level of interest and offers a new, light and spacious addition to Wadhurst Castle Estate.
Licensed for ceremonies and perfect for wedding breakfasts and receptions for up to 104 guests, the Carriage Barn will form part of the exclusive hire of the castle during the Castle Season Mid-May to Mid-December each year. The Carriage Barn can be extended with a Barn Marquee to accommodate 130 guests.
Outside of the Castle Season the Carriage Barn and Well Courtyard will be offered for exclusive hire Mid-January to Mid-May for small and intimate weddings, daytime events and functions.
Celebrations and events
If you are planning any event, celebration or party, Wadhurst Castle is the perfect venue for up to 100 people (130 people with a marquee on the lawn or marquee extension to the Carriage Barn). Each event is tailor made and carefully planned with our clients to ensure that every detail is perfect. A day both you and your guests will always remember.
The beautiful gardens make the perfect place for guests to mingle over drinks while the children play happily on the lawn.
We pride ourselves on the care and attention we take over every event from Naming Ceremonies for babies to the sad duty of hosting a reception following a funeral.
Our newly restored Carriage Barn is available all year for daytime events, special lunches, receptions and memorable and private wakes.
What better backdrop to your special anniversary, milestone birthday, engagement or family occasion. Enjoy the help and expertise of our team to create your perfect event.
"We wanted to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you for Saturday. I’m sure every bride and groom say it but it’s a day we’ll never forget. Everything in the run up to the event was so well organised and no request or question was too small, which really helped to put us at ease. As a result, I felt no nerves at all on the wedding day! So thank you for answering what felt like a hundred and one last minute emails and guiding me through the morning so calmly and with a smile always on your face."
"We just wanted to share a very large thank you for help to make our wedding such a special day at Wadhurst Castle. You literally managed everything seamlessly and were a fountain of enthusiasm for our whole day. It was faultless and we couldn’t have had such a amazing day without you. A real thanks! We enjoyed every moment and now wish we could do it all over!!"
"We had a fairy tale wedding at Wadhurst Castle. We literally could not have asked for more. From the initial visit we knew it was the right venue for us as it is so intimate but not too small. It has a genuine castle feel without the huge hollowness of those really large castles but more with an atmosphere of class, coziness and the potential to make it your very own for the day. The grounds absolutely captivated us from the word go. It’s the classic English country garden, with so many little areas and corners where flowers are beautifully displayed. Above all, the venue manager Susan was at the core of it all and she was spectacular in the way she helped to bring all our plans together. On the day she was amazing and there is no way we would have had such a perfect day if she was not there coordinating everything in such a friendly and calm manner. We had our wedding outside in the walled garden with the capri tent. It was magical... not to mention the reception, the meal and then the party later that evening which were perfect in every way. I don’t think we could have matched this event in a hotel set up as it just felt so private and almost like it was our castle for the day. The party was awesome and no-one wanted to go home at the end of the night. We were receiving texts and comments for weeks after saying what a fab time people had. We will be forever grateful for such a dream wedding and could not rate the staff and management at the castle more highly."
"My husband and I would like to thank yourself and Fiona for all your expertise and help on our daughter’s wedding day. We all agree we had the most wonderful day... everything went so smoothly and even the sun shone for us enabling the ceremony to take place in the walled garden which was Amy’s wish. Your help with all the finer details... positioning of flowers on lapels, order of entrance into walled garden, setting out all the accessories and so much more was greatly appreciated. From the day we first viewed Wadhurst Castle we knew it was right for us and so perfect in every way... the Castle itself has an amazing warm and homely feel and the views and gardens are stunning!
We have had so many compliments about our special day from family and friends and are still chatting about the events of the day and enjoying the treasured memories and photographs. We really appreciate all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make such an event so successful. One day we hope to return to the Castle for someone else’s ‘Special day’ and see you both again but until then to you and Fiona a great big.... ‘THANK YOU’"
"Firstly, a huge thank you to the entire team for helping to make our day so utterly perfect on Saturday! The amount of compliments we got on the venue was staggering - but they were right, there is no place like it. A particular thanks for the seamless way in which a mini crisis was dealt with. You are all miracle workers!"
"As you know, from the first moment that I visited the Castle back in October, I immediately fell in love with it and on the day it looked absolutely stunning – I know it is a cliché but it really was our perfect day and we would not have changed a single thing. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the Castle and gardens were and everything as you suggested went perfectly and with no issues at all, to the quick move indoors when the rain arrived to our tables, flowers and the décor.
I wanted to personally thank you also for being there throughout the whole process and answering all our questions and even those last minute panics I had, putting them all at rest, and helping me just before I went into the room. All of our recommendations, from the music to our wedding stationary were absolutely perfect and thank you for also making sure that Ian and I managed to get those precious moments alone too.
The whole day went perfectly and neither of us can find any faults with anything. All of the staff on the day were brilliant, nothing was too much for them to do - you all did such an excellent job and it was the perfect place for us to start our new lives together!"
"We contacted Wadhurst Castle as a possible venue for our 50th Wedding Anniversary Luncheon. We met the event's manager, Susan Terrell, who showed us the Castle and the three delightful rooms where the event would take place. The decision was made but, at that point, we did not realise that not only had we decided on the venue but with that decision came Susan Terrell! From that day forth Susan was at our side guiding us with every detail and request. Susan was able to recommend the caterer (Super Events), the florist, the invitations and even find us a piper who could pipe us to our table! Susan was at our side with every decision and with plenty of reassurance which we seemed to need on many occasions. Any query was answered instantly even late on a Saturday night while Susan was responsible for another event.
When the day arrived everything was perfect. Susan supervised the Luncheon with her quiet efficiency. She introduced our grand-children when they were stepping forward to entertain us. She made sure the men changed table after each course and she even took many informal photographs during the five hours of entertaining.
Our 50th Wedding Luncheon will be a memory for the rest of our lives and one that we can look back on with only praise and no criticism. Wadhurst Castle is a wonderful setting whether it be for a wedding or an informal luncheon and all we wish to say is a huge thank you for making our anniversary such a success and without Susan Terrell it would not have happened.
A first class venue and a first class Event Manager."