Wedding venue inspiration - Historic venues

Deciding on your ideal wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.

There is a huge choice of different venue types in Cheshire and Merseyside including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Check out these stunning wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.

Historic venues: Delamere Manor, Cuddington

Delamere Manor, Cuddington

On the other side of wrought-iron gates, at the end of a driveway flanked by lime trees, sits the award-winning Delamere Manor, one of Cheshire's most exclusive and luxurious wedding venues. Set in over 100 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside it overlooks a stunning six-acre lake and boasts a number of sensational options for your wedding ceremony and reception.


Historic venues: Knowsley Hall, Prescot

Knowsley Hall, Prescot

Knowsley Hall is a wedding venue steeped in history with original features that date back to the 14th century. From the moment you drive into the private estate, which is home to The Earl and Countess of Derby, you'll find yourselves captivated. The Hall provides a magical backdrop for your big day having welcomed royalty and distinguished guests since it opened its doors in 1495. Despite its grandeur, Knowsley Hall offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere facilitated by the dedicated staff who will ensure you have a big day full of memories to last a lifetime.


Historic venues: Talhenbont Hall, Gwynedd

Talhenbont Hall, Gwynedd

Talhenbont Hall is a privately run, family-owned estate nestled in the Welsh countryside on the Llyn Peninsula, and built in 1607 it's rich in history. The Hall was constructed by William Vaughan as a wedding present for his new wife Ann. The grounds are simply stunning, featuring an ancient woodland and formal garden, which couples get exclusive use of. The pergoda, where you can exchange vows with no limit on numbers, is positioned on the terrace overlooking the River Dwyfach, which flows through the estate. The position of this venue is certainly enviable, situated as it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, just two miles from the beach.


Historic venues: Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Chester

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Chester

From the opulent reception with its feature chandelier to the inspired design of 75 bedrooms, this four-star hotel wedding venue represents the height of modern elegance. The impressive red-brick exterior of the original building dates back to the late 19th-century, juxtaposed with the modernity of the sleek reception. The superbly romantic grounds include the beautiful Asian sensory Garden, the picturesque lake with a quaint wooden bridge and the charming thatched gazebo, all set against a backdrop of the charming Cheshire countryside. The Lakeside Gazebo is an ideal spot for romantic al fresco nuptials in the warmer months.


Historic venues: Leasowe Castle, Wirral

Leasowe Castle, Wirral

Overlooking the idyllic Wirral coastline this historic wedding venue, offers ample opportunity for some stunning wedding photographs. The venue's grounds also offer a luxurious setting with impressive sea views, and the beach just five minutes away. The fairytale 16th-century castle itself boasts grand furnishings alongside authentic, historical charm. It's ideal if you're looking to tie the knot in a picturesque location. Leasowe Castle is home to five different venues, including the Keep, Star Chamber and Castle Suite. The venue also boasts an in-house restaurant, Brasserie 1593, as well as Wreckers Bar, which serves a variety of signature cocktails.


Historic venues: Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich

Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich

Wedding venune Arley Hall and Gardens is a place of enormous character, charm and interest, immediately exuding the atmosphere of a cherished family home. The gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are celebrated for their vitality, variety and historical interest. Created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family, the gardens offer an unusual blend of traditional design paired with modern ideas. The double herbaceous border is the best-known feature, thought to be the first of its kind planted in England. This, along with the Quercus Illex columns, pleached lime avenue of trees and the furlong walk, make the most glorious of gardens. Exchange vows in The Hall, Cruck Barn or the gardens. The ensuing celebrations can also be held in The Hall or alternatively in the Olympia Building. The venue recommends a maximum capacity of 100 for a sit-down meal with round tables.


Historic venues: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

The Grade I listed Merseyside Maritime Museum boasts an impressive location on the Royal Albert Dock. This wedding venue is steeped in industrial history, making it an iconic landmark in Liverpool. Transformed from a storage warehouse where valuable shipping cargo was stored over 100 years ago, features of this characterful space include stylish exposed brick walls and large beautiful windows. Fascinating objects and artefacts are displayed in spacious galleries, which run throughout. The venue still boasts many of its original features, including stunning colonnades, which overlook the water. This outdoor space is an ideal area to enjoy drinks receptions, evening buffets and barbecues. It even offers you the opportunity to hop on a boat and sail off into the sunset.


Historic venues: Hillbark Hotel, Wirral

Hillbark Hotel, Wirral

The smallest five-star hotel in the UK, this Grade II listed Elizabethan-style mansion has 18 individually designed bedrooms and suites, a luxurious spa and Riviera Restaurant and is a wedding venue. Located in 250 acres of parkland in Royden Park on the Wirral, it overlooks the Welsh Hills, and the setting is overflowing with historic architecture and photo opportunities.


Historic venues: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Chester

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, Chester

This wedding venue, paired with the historic city of Chester, offers a fine combination for your wedding day in the region. Situated between the M53 and the city centre, it offers easy access to Manchester and Liverpool International Airports, as well as Chester railway station – ideal if you're welcoming guests from all over. With a stunning and lovingly restored 18th-century manor house, Grade II listed English Heritage conservatory, and a converted stable barn, you're ensured a special day that's both magical and memorable.


Historic venues: Meols Hall Tithe Barn, Southport

Meols Hall Tithe Barn, Southport

The Tithe Barn wedding venue is situated amongst the stunning grounds of Meols Hall, Southport's historical manor house, which dates back to the 12th century. Full of rustic charm it has been sympathetically restored by local craftsmen using traditional methods, and features a gorgeous open-beamed ceiling. This 400-year-old candlelit space has a wonderful warm atmosphere and can host anywhere from 50 to 120 guests for your ceremony and dining, with 150 evening guests. Alongside the bar is the tastefully resorted original Coach House, with large French doors opening out onto the picturesque cobbled courtyard complete with patio tables, chairs and lanterns. This is an ideal spot for your drinks reception. What's more the venue can provide a complete package of catering, bar service, master of ceremonies and entertainment.


Historic venues: The Bridge, Prestbury

The Bridge, Prestbury

Situated in the pitcturesque village of Prestbury, The Bridge is a Grade II listed country pub and restaurant with luxurious accommodation that combines quirky décor and country comforts for your wedding venue. Its 26 bedrooms are split across the historic half-timbered part of the building and the Whiteside Wing, with six new signature suites.


Historic venues: Thornton Manor Estate & Gardens, Wirral

Thornton Manor Estate & Gardens, Wirral

Thornton Manor is a Grade II listed Elizabethan-style manor house wedding venue built in the middle of the 19th century. Located in the village of Thornton Hough, the historic estate is set amongst an oasis of rural calm and beautifully presented countryside, with gardens designed by Thomas Mawson. Originally built for Charles William Potts, and occupied by the late Lord Leverhulme, this grand venue exudes enchantment and charm.


Historic venues: The Racquet Club Hotel, Liverpool

The Racquet Club Hotel, Liverpool

Located in Liverpool's commercial district, the Racquet Club is perfectly positioned for local facilities. Close to the famous Liverpool Waterfront, it's a fabulous location for your wedding day. Built in 1859 by Sir James Picton it served as the headquarters for Sir William Brown, an American shipping merchant. It was designed in the style of an Italianate palazzo and has carved plaques above the windows including Isabella I who gave permission and funding for Columbus' voyage, Columbus, Spanish adventurer Bernejo, Vespucci, Cortez, Queen Anacoana and Fransisco Pizarro.


Historic venues: St Helens Town Hall, St Helens

St Helens Town Hall, St Helens

St Helens Town Hall is a beautiful building and wedding venue with stunning Victorian features. Whether you're looking to get married or form a civil partnership your ceremony here promises to be something special.


Historic venues: The Tabley House Collection, Knutsford

The Tabley House Collection, Knutsford

Tabley House is a beautiful and one-of-a-kind wedding venue. Built in 1767 by John Carr of York, the elegant, light Georgian state rooms display original paintings and furniture collected over the centuries by the Leicester Family, which will fill you with wonder. Artworks include some fine examples by Turner, Lawrence and Reynolds, while furniture by Gillow, Bullock and Chippendale is also on display.


Historic venues: Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, Nantwich

Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa, Nantwich

Constructed in 1816, this country house wedding venue has striking gothic features such as mullioned, arched windows, enchanting carved pillars and detailed stonework, and the French chateau style tower provides a stunning focal point as you approach. Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa is set within in 38 acres of lush Cheshire countryside and is reached by a long, private, tree-lined drive. The outdoor terrace has romantic views of a lawn fountain, set within manicured gardens – a beautiful setting for open-air reception drinks.


Historic venues: Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield

Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield

Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful, family-owned Jacobean stately home wedding venue, overlooking three lakes and stunning formal gardens. The intimate family chapel, set within the grounds, can also be used for wedding blessings. The rooms of the Main Hall have a boast a wealth of period features, including chandeliers, feature fireplaces, ornate Italian paintings and sculptures, creating a setting for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast that's nothing short of magnificent.


Historic venues: St George’s Hall, Liverpool

St George’s Hall, Liverpool

Recognised as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in the world, the Grade I listed wedding venue St George's Hall opened in 1854 as an outstanding expression of the confidence and ambition the Victorian's had for Liverpool. You have the difficult choice two spectacular spaces for your day. With its impressive chandeliers, huge bronze doors and marbled walls adorned with statues and stained-glass windows, the Great Hall simply oozes magnificence, leaving your weddings guests undoubtedly enthralled. It can host an impressive 800 loved ones for the "I dos" and 550 for the celebrations.


Historic venues: Tatton Park Old Hall, Knutsford

Tatton Park Old Hall, Knutsford

Wedding venue Tatton Park's Medieval Old Hall survives as its oldest building and is Grade II listed. Built at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries, the single storey Great Hall, hung with tapestries, and lit by tallow candle and flickering fire still retains the mysterious atmosphere of the Medieval and Tudor periods – a fabulous and dramatic backdrop for photos. If Tatton Park is a jewel in the crown of Cheshire, then the Old Hall is its hidden gem. The building stands tall within its own walled grounds, amongst a quiet wooded area complete with the ancient, thatched Cruck Barn, and plenty of space for tipis and marquee. The site itself is a scheduled ancient monument, and as such is considered an area of significant historical and archaeological importance in the North West.


Historic venues: Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Wedding venue the Titanic Hotel is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set on Liverpool's Stanley Dock, it's steeped in illustrious heritage. The grounds hark back to a previous era paired with contemporary luxury to provide one of the most spectacular wedding venues in the city. The luxury four-star hotel boasts views over the Mersey estuary and Tobacco Warehouse, complete with original exposed brick arches, reflecting the hotel's rich history.


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