Judges at Kirklevington Yorkshire wedding venue

I was introduced to Judges at Kirklevington by Rachel and Chris. It has quickly established itself as one of my favourite Yorkshire wedding venues.

 The main entrance to Judges at Kirklevington glimpsed through the trees

The main entrance to Judges at Kirklevington glimpsed through the trees

History

Situated on the border between the Borough of Stockton upon Tees and North Yorkshire, Judges Country House Hotel was built in 1881 as a family residence for the Richardsons of Hartlepool. They made their fortune from shipbuilding and coal mining.

During World War II it was the secret command centre for the North East of England. In the 1970s the building was transformed into a country lodging for circuit court judges in Middlesbrough which is where the Judges part of its name originated.

 Brass sign at Judges at Kirklevington Hall

Brass sign at Judges at Kirklevington Hall

The carefully restored house, replete with glossy Victorian woodwork, has a comfortable, clubby atmosphere. The extensive 31 acre gardens, with their sunny terraces, Victorian walled garden where fruit and vegetables are grown for the kitchens, and extensive woodland walkways, are a large part of the venue’s charm.

Judges Country House is now a 4 star hotel and wedding venue. Judges Country House Hotel is a terrific base for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors and the Cleveland Hills.

 The entrance to the Courtyard Suite

The entrance to the Courtyard Suite

Weddings at Judges at Kirklevington

Although Judges at Kirklevington is not an exclusive wedding venue, they only allow one wedding per day despite having multiple rooms licensed. It means you don’t have exclusive use of the entire hotel, so you may bump into hotel guests on your wedding day, but you are guaranteed not to bump into another bride and groom!

Most weddings take place in the Courtyard Suite which can seat up to 200 people. These buildings are converted Victorian stables, decorated in the same style as the Hall, with a private garden, two bars, separate lounge and reception areas and a private wedding suite.

 The Courtyard Suite set up for a wedding breakfast

The Courtyard Suite set up for a wedding breakfast

Increasingly popular since 2016, though, is the Gazebo. You can have your wedding ceremony outdoors, weather permitting, for up to 75 guests.

There are a number of rooms such as the Lounge and the Garden room which are suitable for more intimate wedding ceremonies.

There are 21 guest rooms which are available to wedding guests at a discounted rate.

 The Gazebo set up for an outdoor wedding

The Gazebo set up for an outdoor wedding

Wedding photography at Judges at Kirklevington

The idyllic and varied gardens of Judges at Kirklevington hall are the main draw for wedding photographers. From manicured lawns to woodland, immaculately kept flower beds to the small meandering river, replete with bridges and waterfalls, this is an outdoor wedding photographer’s dream. I particularly liked all of the details in the gardens such as the wrought ironwork gates, stone statues and old brickwork.

 The grounds of Judges at Kirklevington are stunning

The grounds of Judges at Kirklevington are stunning

A fifteen minute walk with the married couple around the grounds will give you a massive variety of backdrops. There is even a hidden waterfall!

 The hidden grotto and waterfall at Judges at Kirklevington Hall

The hidden grotto and waterfall at Judges at Kirklevington Hall

It’s also a real treat to photograph a wedding ceremony outdoors, although the Gazebo will give you some technical issues (putting the couple’s heads in particular in deep shadow on an otherwise sunny day). If the weather is poor the ceremony takes place in the Courtyard Suite instead with the call being made earlier in the day.

 The tiny river has numerous bridges and waterfalls

The tiny river has numerous bridges and waterfalls

Pros

  • You can have your whole wedding day in one spot, without having to trail yourselves and your guests around. Bridal prep, ceremony, reception, photos and then accommodation is all onsite.

  • The grounds are simply stunning. They are vast and have a massive variety of potential backdrops. A great place for you and your guests explore on the day and a gift for your wedding photographer.

 A short walk around the grounds offers countless portrait opportunities

A short walk around the grounds offers countless portrait opportunities

Cons

  • You may bump into other hotel guests or conference attendees on your wedding day, as the whole hotel is not exclusive.

  • The Hall interiors are quite traditional, so if you are looking for a contemporary wedding venue this might not be your ideal choice.

 Expansive lawns leading up to the Hall

Expansive lawns leading up to the Hall

Contact

Address: Thirsk Rd, Kirklevington, Yarm TS15 9LW

Phone: 01642 792472

Email: events@judgeshotel.co.uk

If you’d like to read more reviews of Yorkshire wedding venues, or see more real Yorkshire weddings, please take a look at my Yorkshire weddings page.

 The main hall dates back to 1884

The main hall dates back to 1884

 The interiors of Judges at Kirklevington are very traditional

The interiors of Judges at Kirklevington are very traditional

 I love the juxtaposition of beautiful flowers and rough wall textures

I love the juxtaposition of beautiful flowers and rough wall textures

 You can seat up to 70 guests for outdoor ceremonies

You can seat up to 70 guests for outdoor ceremonies

 The Courtyard Suite set up for the evening reception

The Courtyard Suite set up for the evening reception

 A riot of colour in the Judges at Kirklevington grounds

A riot of colour in the Judges at Kirklevington grounds

 Thanks to the lovely Rachel and Chris for inviting me to Judges at Kirklevington to photograph their wedding

Thanks to the lovely Rachel and Chris for inviting me to Judges at Kirklevington to photograph their wedding