When it comes to culture and history, few destinations have quite the heritage of the UK. Steeped in cultural and historical buildings and landscapes, Britain boasts everything from the castles of Scotland to the sweeping countryside of the Welsh hills, to the stunning waters of the lake district.
As a result, the UK is a popular tourist destination for those looking to enjoy the rich cultural heritage and long history of its buildings and countryside, and it’s also an extremely popular choice for the makers of film and television shows looking to imbue the screen with some of these stunning destinations. In fact, some of the UK’s most prized buildings have made regular appearances on both the big and small screen, including internationally successful titles like Harry Potter, Skyfall, Les Miserables, Downton Abbey, Notting Hill and scores of others.
But did you know you can actually get married in many of these iconic buildings from film and television? With a bit of planning (and a reasonable budget), you could be saying ‘I do’ in the country estate from Downton Abbey, or tying the knot in the castle from Harry Potter. To show you just what’s on offer, we’ve taken inspiration from a wonderful infographic from The Best Man Speech to give you five of the most iconic and beautiful wedding venues from film and TV:
1. Old Royal Naval College
Sometimes referred to as the most popular filming location on Earth, the Old Royal Naval College in London is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an absolutely stunning place to get married. It’s been featured in scores of famous film and television shows, from Skyfall to Pirates of the Caribbean. Couples looking to say their vows in this beautiful building have a choice of two locations, either the Admiral’s House for smaller events, or for those with more guests you can opt for the Painted Hall.
2. Kenwood House
Located in Hampstead, London, this English Heritage Site will be familiar with fans of Notting Hill and Mansfield Park. A gorgeous and quintessentially British country mansion, they offer wedding ceremonies in the stunning Orangery, as well as outdoor receptions in the Flower Garden.
3. Highclere Castle
This iconic and rather imposing castle in Berkshire will be immediately familiar to fans of Downton Abbey, although it’s also been features in scores of other films and TV shows over the years. If you’ve got the budget, you can rent the entire castle for your big day, enjoying the iconic interior and the 5,000 acres of beautiful gardens wonderful British countryside.
4. Durham Castle
The go-to option for Harry Potter fans, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been featured in several of the hugely popular films. You can get married in several different parts of the Grade I Listed castle, and they’re set up for both big and small ceremonies with in-house caterers and luxury accommodation.
5. Somerset House
One of the most famous buildings in London, Somerset house has appeared in a huge number of films and TV shows, from Goldeneye to Love Actually. This absolutely stunning venue overlooking the River Thames can be hired for ceremonies from 80-1,500 people, with a wide range of rooms, wings and outdoor spaces available.