6 of my favourite wedding venues in North East England - Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Are you recently engaged and looking for somewhere in the North East of England to get married? I have photographed weddings at dozens of venues all over Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham so I may be able to help narrow down the choice.
What is the best wedding venue in the North East?
That depends upon you and what you value most on your wedding day. I have included a wide selection of venues in this blog, from traditional country houses, to luxury boutique hotels, to Victorian seaside hotels, to modern urban spaces and even a treehouse!.
If you would like to know more about the weddings I photographed at each venue, please get in touch and I can share more photographs with you.
Newton Hall wedding venue
Newton Hall is on the North East coast, near Alnwick. It's tagline is 'Bold, Romantic and Fantastical.' It is the antidote to the traditional English country house wedding - it's a rambling 18th century Northumberland house, filled with quirky character.
Address: Newton by the Sea, B1340, Alnwick NE66 3DZ
Phone: 01665 576239
Malmaison wedding venue
The Newcastle Malmaison Hotel occupies a great position on the Quayside adjacent to the new Millennium Bridge and looking across the Tyne towards the Baltic and Sage on the Gateshead side. The Malmaison, with its elegant art nouveau entrance canopy, was a former Co-operative Society warehouse and is now a luxury boutique hotel.
Address: 104 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX
Phone: 0191 3898627
Grand Hotel Tynemouth wedding venue
The Grand Hotel Tynemouth was built in the nineteenth century. During its lifetime it has played host to innumerable colorful characters from the world of stage, cinema, politics and sport; it has survived two world wars; the 1930`s depression and a constant changing of ownership.
Since 1995, The Grand Hotel has been licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies and is a very popular North East wedding venue - providing the perfect romantic setting overlooking the stunning North East coastline.
Address: Grand Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4ER
Phone: 0191 293 6666
Laing Art Gallery wedding venue
The Laing Art Gallery opened in 1904 and houses an impressive collection of art and sculpture. There are paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Gauguin, and local artist Ralph Hedley, as well as many others, including my personal favourite John Martin. There is also an extensive collection of 18th and 19th-century watercolours and drawings, including work by Turner and Cotman. Its cabinets gleam with North East silver and glassware, and there is even sculpture by Henry Moore.
Address: New Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG
Phone: 0844 856 1074
Alnwick Treehouse wedding venue
Alnwick Garden is adjacent to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The first Duke of Northumberland employed the renowned Northumberland gardener Capability Brown to lay down the gardens. Under subsequent Dukes, the gardens grew in size and scope until the Second World War, when the garden was turned over to food production. The gardens fell into disrepair after the war.
The redevelopment of the gardens began in 1997 and cost £42 million. A large water cascade, the Grand Cascade, was built, the gardens reconstructed, and this was followed by the Treehouse in 2004. The poison garden followed in 2005, and the pavilion and visitor centre in 2006.
Address: The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU
Phone: 01665 511852
Ellingham Hall wedding venue
Ellingham Hall is an English country house in the county of Northumberland.
Ellingham Hall has had an interesting and varied history and this is reflected in its architecture. The hall was built in the 17th century by Sir John Haggerston. It was enlarged under the ownership of his successor, Edward Haggerston, but suffered severe damage in a fire that burned most of the East wing to the ground.
During the Second World War, the Ellingham estate was farmed by the Women's Land Army. They put the tennis courts into cultivation and used the reception rooms as a food storage centre. From 1955 to 1988 the hall was used a prep school for boys aged 5 to 18. After that it was bought by property developers but a plan to convert the building into residential flats fell through, leaving the hall standing empty and vulnerable to vandalism and the elements. It was bought in 1995 by Helen and Aidan Ruff, who restored and renovated it to serve as a country house venue for holiday rental, parties, weddings and corporate events. The refurbished building was reopened in 2003. In May 2010, the chapel was gutted by fire but it has since been restored.
Address: Ellingham Hall, Ellingham, Northumberland NE67 5EY
Phone: 01665 568118