8 iconic wedding venues in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

With so many incredible wedding venues across the county, SoGlos has found eight of the most iconic places for those special celebrations; from grand castles to lovely local landmarks.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Plan the perfect wedding at one of our region's most iconic venues.
Plan the perfect wedding at one of our region's most iconic venues.

Happy couples searching for their perfect wedding venue will be inspired by SoGlos’s latest feature, finding eight iconic settings across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Whether brides- and-grooms-to-be want to walk in the steps of royalty, or to tie the knot at a famous attraction, these eight venues promise a celebration that’s truly memorable.

1. Berkeley Castle

A majestic venue that’s welcomed royalty over the years, Berkeley Castle allows couples to play king and queen of the castle on their big day. Steeped in history, the medieval fortress definitely has the wow factor, from its glorious grounds to the tapestry-adorned walls.

Brides and grooms can say their vows in the magnificent Great Hall or intimate Long Drawing Room, sip on Champagne on the Gun Terrace, and settle down by the roaring log fire during the colder months.

2. Pittville Pump Room

One of Cheltenham’s most famous sights, Pittville Pump Room is a magnificent grade I-listed building that boasts sweeping views across the surrounding lawns and lakes. With an ornate domed ceiling and original crystal chandelier, the venue provides a truly stunning setting for weddings.

Surrounded by majestic columns, the Regency building provides a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. Promising elegance and opulence, the venue literally rolls out the red carpet for couples tying the knot.

3. Cheltenham Racecourse

A truly iconic setting that plays host to world-famous race meets, Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the county’s largest wedding venues. Whether it’s a party of 80 or 800, the happy couple can look forward to a memorable celebration at one of Gloucestershire’s most famous landmarks.

With a breath-taking backdrop of Cleeve Hill, the racecourse is conveniently situated close to the town’s hotels, can complement a wide range of wedding themes, and offers dedicated event management for the budding bride and groom.

4. Cheltenham Town Hall

A grade II-listed building which overlooks the pretty Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham Town Hall is an iconic and versatile venue. Located in the centre of town, the grand building offers a setting that’s both convenient and characterful.

With a number of spaces for the ceremony and celebrations, the venue welcomes wedding parties of up to 800; the Corinthian-style columns, intricately-decorated ceiling and beautiful balconies all create a striking spectacle, and brilliant backdrop for photographs.

5. Lygon Arms Hotel

Sitting in the heart of Broadway, the Lygon Arms Hotel is a luxurious venue with a rich history. Exuding Cotswold charm, the 16th-century coaching inn boasts lovely period features which are complemented by contemporary styling.

With intimate lounges, bright modern rooms, and gorgeous gardens to boot, the hotel allows flexibility for couples; from larger dos in a majestic marquee to small celebrations in a traditional lounge, the venue is ideal for a quintessential Cotswold wedding.

6. Blenheim Palace

With space for a whopping 2,000 guests, Blenheim Palace is an incredible setting for wedding celebrations; stunning Baroque architecture, acres of formal gardens, and opulent interiors combine to create a beautiful backdrop.

There’s a range of venue options to choose from, including The Long Library which is home to 10,000 books and a spectacular Willis Organ; The Saloon with walls and ceilings painted by French decorative artist Louis Laguerre; and The Great Hall.

7. Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle has been described as the ‘most romantic place in the Cotswolds’, and is thus perfect for a wedding to remember. With 1,000 years of history and royal connections, it’s one of the county’s most famous attractions.

With spaces including The Banqueting Hall with an open fire, The Terrace Pavilion with stunning views of the Cotswold hills, as well as picturesque lawns and gardens, the castle welcomes couples to become part of its history.

8. Gloucester Cathedral

One of Gloucestershire’s most recognisable landmarks, Gloucester Cathedral is a historic venue that’s also been used as a filming location numerous times; most famously, doubling as the corridors of Hogwarts.

An impressive setting for wedding ceremonies, the cathedral has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1,300 years. From the awe-inspiring stain glass windows, to the stunning architecture, the building promises to be a unique backdrop for weddings.

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