Bristol Wedding Venue Guide
Over the last 17 years, I have photographed many weddings in the Bristol area and across the South West. This is my Bristol wedding venue guide. Over the next few months, I will be writing about a lot more wedding venues in the Bristol area. If the wedding venue you are interested in is not here, let me know via the contact me page. I can then update this guide with your wedding venue. Click here to go back to home page.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Rookery Manor
Another wonderful wedding venue in the Bristol area to consider is Rookery Manor. With its stunning gardens, helpful staff and great accommodation, you are sure to fall in love with this wedding venue. I have photographed there many times over the years and have always left wanting to go back for some more. The gardens do not have a blade of grass out of place and the large pond, as well as the manor house, makes for a spectacular backdrop for your wedding photographs. With lots of accommodation onsite, you and your guests can party on late into the night.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Thornbury Castle
I am often asked by couples who are yet to set the date of their wedding if I have a favourite Bristol venue. This is such a difficult question to answer. I could never narrow it down to just one Bristol wedding venue, but I will start a list of some of my favourites.
So let’s make a start with Thornbury Castle, which is just north of Bristol. It’s a venue with character that really lends itself to wedding photography. The grounds are beautiful all year round and make a magical backdrop. Internally it is just as dramatic with its twisting spiral staircases and Tudor windows. If you want history, this is the place for you with a connection with a number of our Royals, the most famous of which have to be Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn who stayed at the castle. In fact, you can even stay in the very same bedroom as the Royal couple! So if you are looking for a wedding venue in the Bristol area, take a look at Thornbury Castle.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – The Grange Hotel
The Mercure Bristol North the Grange Hotel, to give it its full name, is a wedding venue on the edge of north Bristol. A large hotel with lots of character makes it a great choice at which to hold your wedding. There’s lots of room, both inside and out, so no matter what time of year you decide to get married, you’ll be sure to have a great time.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Wick Farm
Wick Farm isn’t far from Bristol, just south of the Roman city of Bath. The main barn has been tastefully transformed into a wonderful place at which to hold your wedding. The venue also has some lovely outbuildings which are always great to use in my wedding photography. I love venues that give me, as a wedding photographer, options and variety in places to take my photographs. Wick Farm certainly delivers and is a joy to photograph at.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Tracey Park
Tracey Park dates back to the 16th century and is so much more than just a golf course. It’s a great building for a wedding with lots of lovely stone cottages within a few short yards of the main venue. Within easy reach of Bristol, if you decide to go with this wedding venue, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Tortworth Court
Tortworth Court is a very well-known wedding venue in the Bristol area. It has recently been taken over by the De Vere hotel group, a name that goes hand-in-hand with quality. Since taking over, they have spent some money adding some very nice touches to the hotel, both inside and around the grounds. There are a number of rooms in which you can get married, including a wonderful orangery that makes a spectacular setting for any wedding. This can be seen in this montage in the photograph in the middle at the bottom.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Stonehouse Court Hotel
Yet another great venue for you to consider just a little way north of Bristol is Stonehouse Court Hotel. As you can see, it’s a great venue at which to have your wedding. The main hotel, finished in Cotswold stone, is just delightful and the grounds are a joy to take photographs in. It also has some lovely areas inside if the weather is not so nice. As you can see in this montage, it also has a beautiful stone built gazebo if you fancy getting married outside.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – St-Pierre
St. Pierre is within sight of the Severn Bridge. This wonderful venue is part of the Marriott chain ensuring you get the quality you undoubtedly want from your wedding day. The front of the hotel is almost castle-like in appearance making for a fantastic backdrop for some of your wedding photographs. The hotel has a very big room for your reception as well as smaller ones for the more intimate wedding. As you can see, if you are lucky, there is the opportunity for great sunset photographs on the edge of the golf course.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – St Audries Park
This is another spectacular wedding venue that I have included despite it being outside of Bristol. It makes my list as most of the couples I photograph here come from Bristol. St Audries Park is a spectacular wedding venue south of Bristol in Somerset. As you can see from these photographs, the venue is made up of a manor house which over the years has had many uses, along with the beautiful orangery. The grounds are equally spectacular giving you the complete package for your wedding venue.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – The Roman Baths
Now, this next venue is not in Bristol but next-door in Bath. I have included this in this Bristol wedding guide as so many couples that I photograph here come from Bristol. So, if you haven’t yet guessed it, this is the Roman Baths, a truly spectacular wedding venue as you can see from these wedding photographs. As well as the baths, they also have both large and small rooms for your reception. So, if you want to “wow” your guests, then this is one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – St Mary Redcliffe
If you want to get married in the tallest church in Bristol then this is it. St Mary Redcliffe is an amazing church more akin to a cathedral. Not only is it stunning on the inside, it also has lots of open spaces in which to have your wedding photographs. Once you are married, you can then head off to one of Bristol’s top wedding venues, many of which you will find in this guide.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Old Down Manor
If you are having a big wedding and are looking to have your wedding in Bristol then I would recommend looking at Old Down Manor. They can seat 150 for your meal meaning they can cater for most weddings. Don’t be put off if you are having a smaller wedding as they also have two smaller rooms with stunning views for you to use. I first went to this venue many years ago before it even held weddings. Wow, how it has changed beyond recognition since then. They have spent millions on transforming this wonderful old building into a top wedding venue for Bristol. A great wedding venue in the sun, wind or rain as it’s so lovely inside and out with plenty of room inside if the weather is not so kind. A simply stunning wedding venue.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Orchardleigh
Orchardleigh is a very large mansion house a few miles south of Bristol near to Frome. It’s a venue that has everything you could possibly need for your wedding. They even have their own church within the grounds for you to get married in. It’s one of those venues where it does not matter what the English weather throws at us because it’s just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I have spent many a cold winter’s day photographing weddings at this great venue with the open log fires to keep me warm. With it being just outside of Bristol, it may not be a venue that you have considered but it you are looking for a grand venue then I would suggest adding it to your list to look at.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Priston Mill, The Barn
One of Bristol’s best-known venues is Priston Mill. They have two wedding venues side-by-side for you to choose from. The first I am showing you is the Barn, a fantastic wedding venue that I have been working at for many, many years. It has changed a little from when I first started working there with more room being made available inside for you and your guests. As an added bonus, it also means there is a lot more room inside if it’s cold or the weather is not so nice outside. As a wedding photographer, I always look at wedding venues from a photographer’s viewpoint. Does the venue have nice grounds? What if it rains? Is there room inside for photographs? Well, it’s a yes, yes and yes for this wonderful barn. The montage I have decided to show you below is from a winter wedding where most of the photographs were taken inside, including the large group one. As you can see, this worked perfectly, taken from up high to ensure we can see all the wedding guests.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Priston Mill, The Mill
The second wedding venue to show you at Priston is the Mill itself. A wonderful wedding venue just south of Bristol that’s full of character and charm. The gardens are a wonderful place in which to celebrate your wedding and if you are lucky with the weather, you can even get married outside. The Mill is split over three different levels and is full to the brim with history of this wonderful old mill. The water wheel can still be seen working on the middle level and, along with the stonework and exposed beams, makes for a great place chat with your guests whilst enjoying your big day. The staff, as you would expect from one of Bristol’s top venues, are professional and friendly from the moment you arrive until you are partying long and hard into the night on the dance floor.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Kingscote Barn
If you are looking to hold you wedding at a barn conversion then Kingscote is one to look at. As well as the barn, they also have some wonderful accommodation for you to stay in. Situated just north of Bristol, the barn looks out on a stunning views of rolling Cotswold countryside. The main barn has lots of wonderful natural light streaming in through some large windows making taking photographs of your wedding nice and easy. So, if you like barn conversions and don’t mind travelling just a few miles from Bristol, I would highly recommend you take a look at Kingscote Barn.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Leigh Park Hotel
Leigh Park Hotel is just south of Bristol near to Bradford-Upon-Avon. A wonderful Grade II listed building, the Georgian Country House is now part of the Best Western Hotel chain. The staff are always wonderful when I visit this great venue making sure all the weddings guests are looked after during the day. The hotel has lots of rooms so all of your friends and family can party long into the night without worrying about how to get home. I love the staircase that you can see in this montage as it makes a wonderful backdrop for a wedding photograph. Yet another wedding venue to put on your list to look at.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Mansion House Bristol
One of Bristol’s best-kept secrets is the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol, set in the heart of Clifton. The Mansion House integrates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era with the luxury, style and service you would expect from one of Bristol’s most prestigious addresses. I have photographed a number of events at this great venue, both wedding and corporate. It’s a wonderful venue at which to hold your wedding with great rooms inside and immaculate gardens outside for you and yours guests to enjoy. This may not be a venue you have heard of but it sure should be one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Kendleshire Golf Club
On the northern edge of Bristol you will find the Kendleshire Golf Club. Now, a golf club may not be your first thought when looking for a wedding venue but, as you can see, the Kendleshire has some stunning grounds to enjoy your wedding day in. Often after the meal the golf club will provide a large golf buggy and a driver from the pro shop to take us around the grounds. The driver knows all the great spots and he will make sure we stay out of the way of the players still out on the course. The Kendleshire Golf Club is one to check out
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Hotel Du Vin
Right in the heart of Bristol, you will find the Hotel Du Vin, a wedding venue with no gardens or grounds but with so much to offer. The inside is a maze of rooms, many of which I can use for my wedding photography. As you can see from this montage, there is also a courtyard with beautiful lights to use day and night. So, if a stylish boutique-style hotel is top on your list and you want to marry in the centre of Bristol then the Hotel Du Vin is one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Hare and Hounds
The Hare and Hounds is another venue a couple miles north of Bristol. It’s a venue with some fond memories for me as I have photographed some amazing weddings at this great hotel. If you are looking for a Bristol wedding venue that has it all then you should consider the Hare and Hounds. As you can see, the hotel is beautiful with great character and grounds to match. The room you get married in is stunning, which is matched by another large room for your reception. As you would expect from a hotel, it has lots of rooms for your wedding guests both in the hotel and in some wonderful cottages within the grounds.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Egypt Mill
Egypt Mill is just north of Bristol near Stroud, a gorgeous wedding venue full of character. There is a lovely stream running through the grounds with a pond on one side which is great to use in your photographs. In the wedding shown, the weather had not been great during the day but it does highlight what is possible as the light starts to fade. It’s a lovely place for you and your family to celebrate your wedding.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Eastwood Park
Eastwood Park is a wedding venue just on the edge of Bristol. With amazing views of the valley, it’s a great place to relax on your wedding day. The house is large with lots of rooms for you and your guests. A wedding venue I have worked at many times over the years, it’s now better than ever. The gardens are always stunning, making a great backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Eastington Park
Another great wedding venue just north of Bristol is Eastington Park. It’s so good for weddings inside or outside in the sun. The gardens are also a wonderful place to have your wedding photographs taken. As you can see, there is even a river running through the grounds. The main house has lots of room for you and your guests with a large room for the reception. I love the spiral staircase that you can see in this montage, a favourite with wedding couples. Certainly, a wedding venue to consider if you don’t mind traveling a few miles out of Bristol.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Coombe Lodge
If you live in Bristol and you have been to a local wedding then there is a good chance you will know this next wedding venue. Coombe Lodge is, without question, one of the busiest wedding venues in the Bristol and south-west areas. An amazing place for any couple to get married in, with fantastic grounds and wonderful accommodation for both you and your guests. It’s also a great venue if the weather isn’t great on your wedding day as there are lots of photographic opportunities inside to ensure you end up with amazing wedding photographs.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Clevedon Pier
OK, so Clevedon Pier is not a wedding venue but it is a place where I often take couples for photographs when in the area. That’s why I have included it in my Bristol wedding venue guide. As you can see, it’s a great place to grab something a little different on your wedding day. You have to make sure you leave enough time on your day to get down there but I hope you agree that it’s worth it.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Clevedon Hall
This next wedding venue just south of Bristol has had some serious money spent on it over the recent years. This has transformed it into one of Bristol’s top wedding venues. Clevedon Hall, as the name would suggest, has a wonderful great hall for you to get married in. With its double height ceiling and wonderful glass roof, it truly is spectacular. I also love the room you have your reception in which is great for wedding photographs. If the weather is nice, the grounds match up to the splendour of the inside. The lake at the bottom is always a favourite with couples and makes for a great reflection shot. Clevedon Hall has spent a lot of money on the rooms for you and your guests to stay in and are done to the very highest standards. So, if you are from Bristol and are looking for a wedding venue, I would highly recommend having a look at Clevedon Hall.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Castle Coombe
Castle Coombe is another great wedding venue if you are willing to travel just a little outside of Bristol. The main house has some truly wonderful grounds to explore for your wedding photographs. There is even an idyllic bridge over a river which just had to be used for this wedding. You can get married at the venue or, if you wish, there is a church just a short walk away. The bandstand you can see in the photographs is another option for your wedding if you are lucky enough with the weather.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Cadbury House
Now, for the next venue, I’m popping just south of Bristol to Cadbury House which is capable of holding large weddings with enough accommodation for all of your wedding guests. As you can see from these photographs, I don’t just stick the couple in front of the hotel to take my wedding photographs. No, we explore the grounds and make use of every angle. In the photo top left, the couple are actually stood on the road but the lower angle means it’s hidden from view. If you think the photo bottom left with the two doves was a fluke, you would be wrong, it all comes down to good planning. A great venue for weddings, big and small.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Bristol Zoo
If you want a seal lion in your wedding photographs, well there really is only one place in Bristol to book. You may have been to Bristol Zoo many times and yet not know they have a fantastic room to hold your wedding in. As you can see from the image, top middle, the main room upstairs really is a special place. Once married, you can make your way out into the grounds for your wedding photographs. Once the large group shots are done, your wedding guests can then explore the beauty of the zoo and all its animals whilst we capture the romantic photographs of the happy couple.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – The Registry Office
When the centre of Bristol was reshaped with Cabot Circus, the Registry Office had to move. The council decided to conduct their weddings inside their offices at the top of Corn Street. Outside is very limited with you exiting the building at the top of Corn Street in the middle of a busy market. Inside, you do have the option to get married in two different rooms. The smaller but more spectacular has to be the Lantern Room you can see photographed here. It really is a spectacular room to get married in, as you can see. After the wedding, and if the weather is good, you always have the option to go to Castle Park which is only a short walk away.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Berwick Lodge
Berwick Lodge is another wedding venue in Bristol that you may not know exists unless you have been there for a wedding. It’s tucked away from view down a long winding private road. As you round the corner, it comes into view in all its splendour. As you can see, it’s a wonderful country house set in fantastic grounds. It’s a great place at which to hold your wedding with some amazing places for me to photograph your wedding both inside and around the grounds. I love the little summer house that you can see in this montage and if the weather is OK, it always makes it into the album.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Berkeley Square Hotel
Berkeley Square Hotel is situated in the heart of Bristol in the Clifton area. This is a very modern boutique hotel full of charm and a great place for the smaller wedding. Inside, every little detail has been thought about so you will be surrounded with style on your wedding day. If the weather is kind to you and you have the chance to get outside, you can have some wedding photographs in the wonderful surroundings with Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower only a short walk away.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Berkley Castle
Just on the edge of Bristol is the stunning Berkley Castle, a real gem at which to hold your wedding. The castle’s origins date back to the 11th century and it has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. The main hall is nothing short of spectacular and an amazing place for your wedding reception. The grounds, as you would expect, are also wonderful, making Berkley Castle one to consider.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Ashton Court
One of Bristol’s more famous venues is Ashton Court. Well-known for the balloon festival, it’s also a great place to get married. If you have your wedding at the right time of year, you’re in for a treat. They may not last long but the bluebells are stunning and if they are out, we always make a dash for the woods. You also have the wonderful sunken gardens and the mansion itself is a fabulous backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Leigh Court
If you want to make a spectacular entrance to your wedding in Bristol, look no further than Leigh Court and its spectacular staircase. I have photographed many wedding in this spectacular wedding venue. It’s great twelve months of the year with great photographic opportunities both inside and out. It also sits in some of Bristol’s most beautiful grounds so if the weather is kind, you have the opportunity to grab some wonderful outdoor wedding photographs.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – SS Great Britain
For my second venue, I have chosen one of Bristol’s most famous landmarks, the SS Great Britain. If you are after something a little different for your wedding in Bristol, this great ship has to be on your shortlist. It makes a spectacular backdrop you for you to get married in. The staff are wonderful and will make sure you are well looked after on your wedding day. As an added bonus, it’s in the centre of Bristol within easy reach of local hotels for you and your guests. If you want to arrive in style, you can take a boat all the way from the city centre to the dock holding the SS Great Britain. So, if you are looking for a wedding venue in Bristol that’s a little different then look no further than the SS Great Britain.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Aldwick Farm & Vineyard
This stunning venue is set in beautiful countryside just south of Bristol. Surrounded by its own Vineyard it’s a wonderful setting for any couple to hold their wedding. The main building has two large rooms that are tastefully laid out. One to get married in and one for your wedding reception/evening party. It’s not just inside that’s beautiful the gardens are also lovely and let’s not forget the vineyard which you are allowed to use for your wedding photographs.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Kings Weston House
Kings Weston House is a grade one listed building built in 1719 only ten minutes from the heart of Bristol. The stunning house is a wedding photographers dream with lots of wonderful light entering the amazing rooms. The House is set in some wonderful grounds so if you are lucky with the weather there is plenty of opportunities to get outside. A great venue both inside and out.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – The Barn at Berkley
We are spoilt for choice in Bristol if you are looking for a barn for your wedding. This is the barn at Barkley just north of Bristol. As you can see from the photographs, at this wedding, the rain fell from dawn to dusk. This did not stop the fun and did not stop me grabbing some wonderful photographs. They have a lovely room that’s surprisingly big upstairs for the wedding ceremony. I remember saying “Wow” when I first walked into to it many years ago. They also have a lovely private walled garden for you and your guests to enjoy the sun.
Bristol Wedding Venue Guide – Great Tythe Barn Tetbury
This Barn is located just north of Bristol on the outskirts of Tetbury. It has been turned into a stunning wedding venue with no expense spared. There are some beautiful rooms for you and your guests to stay in, all within a stone’s throw of the barn. I’m always impressed with the colourful gardens when I visit this venue. Compliments must go to their gardener for his excellent work making the grounds lovely to take photographs in.