Colchester Castle

England, CO1 1TJ, United Kingdom


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Colchester Castle Weddings

Step into a time warp and let history create the backdrop for your big day with Colchester Castle. Set in one of England’s oldest heritage sites, this castle wedding venue in Essex has been built on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius – when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain. 

With three unique spaces for your celebration, this grand venue is filled with light and charm that beckons you to explore its historical archways and chambers. You can customise your special occasion, whether it’s an intimate gathering or a larger celebration — by night, the castle becomes yours exclusively, providing you with an unforgettable experience that you’ll never forget.

The Scene at Colchester Castle Essex

The Castle of Colchester is a magical spot to celebrate your nuptials. Its towering Norman keep, built over the remains of a Roman temple, has been an iconic feature of the town since the 11th century. As if history itself giving its blessing on your marriage, you can choose from three locations for your special day. 

The Chapel is particularly romantic, with its white vaulted ceiling standing tall above you and your guests as you exchange vows. The setting will be sure to create unforgettable memories — and an exclusive tour of the castle awaits in the evening.

Colchester Castle Wedding Ceremonies

Hosting your wedding ceremony at Colchester Castle is an unforgettable experience that you and your guests will cherish for years to come. Whether celebrating in the enchanting Chapel or the hidden away Secret Chapel, guests can expect a romantic setting and timeless ambience. 

Colchester Castle Wedding Receptions

Celebrate your wedding day in truly spectacular style at Colchester Castle. With exclusive evening access, you can explore the historic walls, chambers and archways that have withstood the test of time over thousands of years.

From full décor packages featuring chair covers and sashes to a hot fork buffet with dessert included, you’ll be able to accommodate all your friends and family in true luxury. Of course, what would a wedding reception be without drinks for the whole group? At Colchester Castle, not to worry — they provide a full bar service run by experienced hospitality staff.

Wedding Photography at Colchester Castle Essex

As one of England’s best heritage sites, there is no shortage of photo opportunities all around the venue. Your wedding photographer will be spoilt for choice when scouting locations for your wedding photo shoot at Colchester Castle.

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standing Up to 150 Standing
dining Up to 70 Dining

Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Ceremony Only
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony Indoor


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available N/A
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces 40

Spaces At This Venue

  • Chapel At Colchester Castle Wedding

    The Chapel

    With stunning white ceilings vaulted to a breathtaking height, teamed with space for up to 80 guests, The Chapel is the ideal setting for your wedding at Colchester Castle.

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  • Secret Chapel At Colchester Castle Wedding

    The Secret Chapel

    This rooftop spot holds up to 38 guests and offers an exquisite setting with rustic stone flooring, exposed wooden beams and stained glass feature windows — all basking in gorgeous natural lighting from the glazed roof. What's more, you'll feel as though you've been invited into your own secret hideaway as you climb the spiral staircase to arrive at this unique location.

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Nearby attractions:

  • Highwoods Country Park
  • Cudmore Grove Country Park
  • Markshall Estate

Nearby hotels:

  • Talbooth House & Spa
  • North Hill Hotel
  • Premier Inn Colchester (A12) hotel

Venue Testimonials

Absolutely incredible! My daughter just had her wedding in the secret chapel, right on top of the castle. Wonderful setting and has wonderful staff!

Lloyd Y

Went here for a wedding reception. It was great to be able to walk around the exhibits during the celebration. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

Dean L

Went to a wedding in the Secret Chapel at Colchester Castle. Beautiful location for it. Definitely recommend.

Rob B

Frequently Asked Questions

Weddings at Colchester Castle start at £7,500.

For an intimate ceremony, The Secret Chapel can hold up to 38 guests.

If you have more guests, The Chapel can hold up to 80 people for a wedding ceremony.

The Charles Gray Room can be used for both a wedding ceremony and a reception with dining. It can hold 80 guests for the ceremony, 80 for the wedding breakfast and up to 150 for the evening reception.

Until midnight, with the option to extend.

With a full events team to help throughout the day and a historical backdrop — Colchester Castle is the perfect fairytale wedding venue. You can enjoy your wedding day from start to finish without worrying about the little details or logistics.

Colchester Castle is next to a number of wonderful hotels for wedding and event guests. Here are just a few:  

  • Premier Inn Colchester Town Centre
  • The George Hotel
  • Greyfriars Hotel and Restaurant

Yes, plenty of free parking is available on-site.

Colchester Castle provides an in-house catering service with plenty of delicious options.

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