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Top UK Wedding Destinations

Wednesday 17 April 2019

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Luxury Wedding Destinations in the UK

Wedding season is fast approaching, so what better time to have a look at the top UK wedding destinations. 

Want to say ‘I do’ in some serious style?

From stately country estates and glamorous hotels, to scenic beaches and historic castles; we’ll investigate some of the most luxurious UK wedding destinations that many of us can only dream about. Buy an Advance ticket with CrossCountry and visit any of these amazing destinations. We’ll also check out some alternative options for those with a more modest budget. 

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A close-up of a bride in a classic wedding dress and a groom using their hands to make two love hearts

Enjoy Seaside Backdrops With a Cornwall Wedding

Cornwall offers happy couples loads of natural landscapes to tie the knot in; choose from postcard-perfect beaches and its craggy coastline, historic castles and wooded wonderlands. Some of these impressive venues will require a millionaire’s bank balance, while others are more affordable for the average couple.

Dream Choice

Venue: Pendennis Castle  

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

Distance from train station: 27 miles

Are you dreaming of a fairy tale wedding? Welcome to Pendennis Castle, where magical weddings happen in a real-life castle! This dramatic venue packs a punch with its wow-factor and is perfect for romantics wanting to mark their special day in spectacular style. With sea views accompanied by a grassy area secluding guests from prying eyes; the circular castle is home to a range of rooms available for hire on your big day.  

A truly luxury wedding is a ‘shore’ thing at this fabulous Cornish wedding venue!

Smiling newlywed couple standing on the shoreline together with the sun reflecting off the sea

Affordable Choice

Venue: Trereife House

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

Distance from train station: 3.3 miles

If you have a more modest budget, check out Trereife House in Penzance. This 18th-century, Grade II listed manor house is the perfect venue if you’re searching for a striking location without having to take out a second mortgage. Outdoor ceremonies are popular in the beautiful manor grounds and this is why Cornwall is one of the top UK wedding destinations in the summer months. You can say your vows in the drawing room, pose for photos on the terraced lawn and enjoy a tipple or two in the walled garden area.

Book an Advance train ticket to Cornwall via our website or mobile app

The exterior of Trereife House stood in amongst the green grounds

Say ‘Why Aye, Man!’ in Newcastle

As one of the UK’s largest cities, it’s not surprising that many of us choose to get married in the ‘Toon’. Whether you’re searching for an opulent venue that only the elite can afford or something quirky and romantic, Newcastle offers something to all couples looking to make the ultimate commitment to each other.

Dream Choice

Venue: Matfen Hall

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Distance from train station: 18 miles

The crème de la crème of wedding venues in the North East; Matfen Hall is a 19th-century mansion famous for its aristocratic history. Declan Donnelly married his now wife at the hall in 2015 in a lavish ceremony, where no expense was spared. It can hold up to 250 guests in the theatrical space that boasts a sumptuous cocktail lounge, perfectly manicured gardens, luxury accommodation for guests and impressive vaulted oak ceilings.

The grand exterior of Matfen Hall, with the sweeping lawn leading up to the hall building with blue sky in the background

Affordable Choice

Venue: The County Hotel

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Distance from train station: 100 metres

Nestled in the heart of the city, the County Hotel is an equally impressive choice that won’t pull so hard on your purse strings! You can choose between different wedding packages to find one that suits your budget. The hotel itself is visually stunning and has retained much of its original Victorian features. The lofty ceilings are accompanied by large stained-glass windows in the Mozart Suite, while the Strauss Suite is ideal for those looking for a more intimate venue.

Book an Advance train ticket to Newcastle via our website or mobile app

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Tie the Knot in Wales

The city of Cardiff is a bustling urban centre that sits between a modern waterfront and a historical fort. There’s an undeniable buzz about Cardiff that goes further than its rugby roots and deeper than its entertainment venues. Beaches, castles, the famous valleys and the city itself contribute to its charm. And when it comes to UK wedding destinations, Cardiff is up there with the best.

Dream Choice

Venue: Cardiff Castle

Location: Cardiff

Distance from train station: 0.4 miles

If it’s good enough for the Beckhams, then it’s good enough for anyone! This grandiose castle is a place that us mere humans can only dream about. Couples can choose between bespoke wedding packages and numerous locations within the grounds, depending on your needs. The sprawling gardens make the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities, while the building lends an air of magnificence that is filled with all the mystery and magic of days gone by.

This luxurious Welsh castle is any bride and groom’s ultimate fantasy venue.

A newlywed couple standing on a green lawn in front of the grand exterior of Cardiff Castle .

Affordable Choice

Venue: Chapel 1877

Location: Cardiff City Centre

Distance from train station: 0.4 miles

“Voted One Of The Top Wedding Venues In The South Wales & Cardiff Area”

This unique wedding venue is a great way to celebrate your special day basking in luxury, minus the crippling price tag! Ideally located in the centre of the city and just a short walk or taxi ride from the train station, Chapel 1877 boasts four levels to choose from. They can provide you with your own personal wedding coordinator to help you to plan and serve tasty fresh food created by award-winning chefs. All of this can be enjoyed against a backdrop made up of deluxe furnishings and plush finishes.

Book an Advance train ticket to Cardiff via our website or mobile app

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Get Starry-eyed in Sheffield

Known for its green spaces, Sheffield is a wonderful destination to say ‘I do’ in. From the glitz and the glamour of a grand hall to an intimate venue in the heart of the metropolis, there are plenty of great places to get married in the city. There are plenty of attractions for your guests to explore, including the Millennium Galleries, the Peace Gardens and Victoria Quays. Finish the trip off with a romantic hand-in-hand stroll along the 8km-long path on the Five Weirs walk.

Dream Choice

Venue: Wortley Hall

Location: Sheffield

Distance from train station: 18 miles

You can organise your very own ultra-glamourous fairy tale wedding at the city’s premier wedding venue: Wortley Hall. Set in 26 acres of woodland and accommodation fit for a millionaire, this historical venue is the perfect place to turn all your wildest wedding dreams into a reality. Steeped in grandeur, guests can celebrate the happiest day of their lives with a special wedding breakfast. Head to the landscaped gardens to take your memorable photos, dine in style and party the night away before spending the night in the wedding suite.

The exterior of the grand Wortley Hall, surrounded by green grass, bushes and flowerbeds set against a blue sky background

Affordable Choice

Venue: Leopold Hotel

Location: Sheffield City Centre

Distance from train station: 0.6 miles

If hiring a grand hall isn’t part of your wedding budget, don’t worry as there are plenty of amazing wedding venues available nestled in the centre of the city. One of the most impressive is the Leopold Hotel, with its striking oak-panelled interior. You can book up to four intimate suites to celebrate your special occasion in. You and your guests will be treated to a sumptuous wedding day breakfast, plus you can choose between various packages to find one that suits your finances.

Book an Advance train ticket to Sheffield via our website or mobile app

 A closeup of a bride’s hand on a wooden table filled with plates, candles, flowers and a glass of white wine surrounded by guests.

You can get to many of the UK’s top wedding destinations with CrossCountry - a great benefit for your guests. Take advantage of great savings on your wedding travel costs with CrossCountry Advance train tickets, so you can spend every spare penny on your big day.

Written by Julia

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