I love being a Warwickshire wedding photographer, it’s a beautiful county and home to some wonderfully unique and unusual venues for weddings and civil ceremonies. From art galleries, to country pubs to famous theatres – there’s something out there to suit everyone!
Gone are the days where you can only get married in a church or a hotel. Nowadays there are so many venues that are licensed for civil weddings that you don’t have to settle for the cookie cutter hotel wedding.
Unique Warwickshire Wedding Venues
I’m keeping it local for this particular article but if you’re looking for unique wedding venues and are happy to travel outside of Warwickshire, there are a wealth of alternative venues within an hour’s drive of the county.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my favourite ten unusual and quirky wedding venues in Warwickshire.
Lord Leycester Hospital
Not actually a medical establishment, this Grade I listed building uses the word ‘hospital’ in its ancient sense to mean a warm and welcoming establishment for the needy. Located in Warwick town centre, this charming group of timber framed buildings are steeped in history and character. There is a galleried courtyard where guests can enjoy drinks after the ceremony as well as a tiny tranquil garden hidden behind the Master’s House which is perfect for stealing a few moments away together for those all important couple portraits.
If you’re looking for an intimate and informal venue in which to say your ‘I do’s’ then this is one to check out. You can find more information on their website
Address: 60 High St, Warwick CV34 4BH
Hatton Village Hall
I love a village hall wedding! And this is not your average village hall. Unlike many, Hatton is licensed by Warwickshire County Council to hold civil ceremonies. This charming Victorian hall is just outside the county town of Warwick and is a gorgeous little venue. Although it doesn’t have grounds as such, there’s tonnes of photo opportunities with the surrounding fields and nearby canal
The high, wooden-beamed ceiling and arched windows give this large room its distinctive appearance and it’s perfect for a DIY wedding for couples who want to put their own stamp on it.
Address: Warwick Rd, Warwick CV35 7LR
Brand new for 2020! I was super lucky to be able to take a peek at this venue which opens it’s doors this coming August. It’s still undergoing renovation at the moment but it was still clear to see what an impressive, stunning venue it’s going to be.
I was totally blown away by the array of period features, the stunning bridal suite and the chapel will make the most awesome place to say your “I Do’s”. If I wasn’t already married, it would be very high up on my shortlisted venues. I’m super excited to have been selected to be a recommended supplier at the venue and I’m looking forward to shooting my first wedding there (I’m offering an exclusive discount for the first couples to book me for their Bourton Hall wedding…read more here!)
Address: Main Street, Bourton-on-Dunsmore CV23 9QZ
A renowned art gallery in a beautiful Grade I listed georgian mansion surrounded by 120 acres of picturesque Warwickshire parkland. Civil ceremonies can take place in the stunning Adam Hall with it’s marble floor and ornate ceiling, in one of the art galleries or outside beneath the pillared portico. For blessings, there is also the recently restored on-site Grade I listed chapel.
This really is a unique venue and one of my absolute faves in Warwickshire…just imagine sipping champagne and mingling with your guests amongst a world-class art collection!
Address: Compton Verney CV35 9HZ
Just outside Kenilworth amongst 690 acres of Grade II listed parkland is Stoneleigh Abbey. A striking stately home with historic charm and elegance, this Warwickshire venue offers a number of different, but equally unique, spaces to hold your wedding ceremony and reception.
There is the traditional Saloon with it’s grand chandeliers, marble pillars and 18th century plasterwork. If you prefer a modern vibe, exchange vows bathed in natural light in the restored Victorian Orangery overlooking the River Avon. For those favouring an intimate gathering, the magnificent Gilt Hall in the West Wing overlooks the Abbey cloisters and boasts an Elizabethan knot garden. Finally, the Riding School – an impressive gothic style Victorian Banqueting Hall – is perfect for larger receptions.
Whether you’re looking for history, grandeur, intimacy or a more contemporary celebration, Stoneleigh Abbey has got it all!
Address: Stoneleigh, Kenilworth CV8 2LF
An exclusive use, countryside wedding venue near to Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon that is definitely worth viewing. Beautifully refurbished to a high standard, it is both elegant and contemporary. There’s a gorgeous banqueting hall where you hold your wedding breakfast and civil ceremony – it let’s in so much light and is so lovely to photograph! If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony, the attractive garden has a beautiful gazebo licensed for civil ceremonies. Warwick House is distinctive and impressive with it’s versatile reception rooms, beautiful arched windows and pretty landscaped terrace.
One of the most popular wedding venues in Warwickshire, it’s just on my doorstep and I absolutely love shooting here! You can see my photographs from Warwick House wedding here
Address: 10 Warwick Rd, Southam CV47 0HN
The Royal Shakespeare Company has been offering up it’s Stratford theatre as a ceremony venue since 2013. With over ten different licensed spaces, including theatre stages, art deco bars, rehearsal studios and reading rooms, it’s a truly unique place to host a wedding.
Say your ‘I do’s’ literally centre stage of the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre with your guests surrounding you on three levels. The Other Place seats up to 200 in it’s studio theatre for larger celebrations or for more intimate ceremonies, the Swan Theatre is perfect.
If none of this float your boats there are the art deco bars with views over the River Avon and Bancroft Gardens. Finally, for smaller ceremonies there is The Tower – an intimate space 100 feet above the Bard’s hometowns or the Round Room – a circular private room overlooking the River Avon.
Address: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB
The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
The most famous of several spa baths opened between the late 18th and mid 19th centuries, this Grade II listed building in Leamington Spa is a grand, regency style venue that is both traditional and elegant. Within the Royal Pump Rooms are two rooms available to hire for civil ceremonies. The Assembly Room retains many of it’s original features with it’s vaulted ceiling, ornate chandeliers, stage and minstrels gallery. The Conservatory is perfect for more intimate weddings.
The Royal Pump Rooms is Leamington Spa’s most famous historic building and tourist attraction. The central venue, located opposite Jephson Gardens, offers flexible space for up to 250 guests for weddings, civil ceremonies, gala dinners, AGMs, conferences and private parties. Two rooms are available to hire, with beautiful historic Regency architecture in both spaces. The traditional Assembly Room, with its vaulted ceilings, ornate chandeliers, stage and minstrels gallery, can accommodate up to 250 reception guests. The 100-capacity Conservatory, with its stained glass windows and French doors, makes a great spot for weddings and summer gatherings.
You can see Anna and Phil’s wedding at The Royal Pump Rooms here
Address: Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA
The Castle at Edgehill
This quirky little country pub venue offers something a bit different for weddings. It’s impressive and eccentric castle tower offers panoramic views over the historic Edgehill Battlefield. Although it has a Banbury postcode, the Castle at Edgehill is tucked just within the south Warwickshire border and is a short drive from Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa.
Revamped and reopened in 2014, civil ceremonies can take place in the dining room, library or glasshouse. With it’s large Victorian landscaped garden and views as far as the eye can see (sometimes as far as the Wrekin in Shropshire and the foothills of the Welsh mountains!), this is a beautifully unique 17th century wedding venue.
I’d love to shoot a wedding at this Warwickshire pub venue so if you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at the Castle at Edgehill I’d love to hear from you!
Address: Edge Hill, Ratley, Banbury OX15 6DJ
The Riverside Glasshouse in Jephson Gardens
With its floor to ceiling windows and expansive terrace overlooking the gardens and the River Leam, the Riverside Glasshouse is the perfect modern space for a contemporary wedding. Exchange vows in the Temperate House, a unique light-filled space which houses an abundance of tropical plants. Your guests will be vowed by the views over the award winning Jephson Gardens with it’s fountains, statues and sweeping lawns.
I love this venue because it’s absolutely perfect no matter what the weather. I’m lucky enough to have been the wedding photographer at a number of different Jephson Garden weddings and you can see more here
Address: Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA
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