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Address: Castle Hedingham, Bayley Street, CO9 3DJ, Braintree

Telephone: 01787 460 261

Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle is set in 160 acres of private formal gardens, lakes and woodland, the home of the Lindsay family, descendants of the Earls of Oxford, who built the Castle in 1133.

Ceremonies are held in the Banqueting Hall of the 900 year old Norman keep, beneath one of the finest unsupported arches in Northern Europe, and where King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I once dined. 100 guests can be seated in the Hall, with another 30 looking down from the Minstrels’ Gallery. Surrounded by candles, it is a place of joyful yet solemn majesty.

For receptions in the Marquee, guests leave the keep and make their way over the Tudor bridge to the early Georgian Mansion House for drinks in the Hall overlooking the lawns leading down to the ornamental lake. In colder weather, a fire burns brightly in the hearth. From there, the bride and groom lead their guests through a covered walkway to the new Marquee, where 160 can dine in comfort, with space for another 40 evening guests if desired.

The Marquee, set in the timeless beauty of the Tulip Lawn, has a bar and a dancefloor. Carriages are at midnight.

Now available, after extensive restoration work, it is possible for couples to hold their entire day within the Norman Keep. Following the Ceremony, guests will descend one floor for the drinks reception on the Garrison Floor, where a newly constructed platform above the tilting lawn provides a wonderful space for photographs. The wedding breakfast is served on the Tapestry Floor, which can be dressed to reflect many different moods and styles. After dinner, with a maximum capacity of 70, guests return to the Garrison Floor for a bar and dancing. Carriages are at midnight.

After the last dance, the newly married couple make their way down the floodlit, tree-lined drive to the Garden Cottage, which is theirs for their first night together as man and wife.