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Lumley Castle Hotel

Lumley Castle Hotel

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Chester-Le-Street, Durham,
We all have a story of how we met. But what about the next amazing chapter? At Lumley we believe your story is just about to get a whole lot more exciting!


For more than 630 years the magnificent spectacle of Lumley Castle has dominated the County Durham landsacpe. Set within nine acres of parkland overlooking the River Wear makes Lumley Castle Hotel the perfect wedding venue.

Within our magical castle setting, you’ll discover a host of spectacular rooms for entertaining your guests, award-winning architecture for those once-in-a-lifetime wedding photographs, expansive castle grounds and 70 unique courtyard and castle bedrooms for the perfect wedding accommodation. An exciting blend of heritage and splendor, superb food and outstanding service will make you special day one to cherish and remember forever. 

Our experienced team is on hand to support you through your planning process and turn your ideas into a reality. Submit your enquiry and begin creating your story in history today. 

Venue Type

  • Hotel
  • Castle
  • Historical
  • Exclusive Use


  • Unusual
  • Luxe


  • Parking
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Civil License
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fully Accessible
  • Outdoor Ceremony

Meet the Dream Maker

Lindsey Clarke
Lindsey Clarke
Wedding and Events Supervisor
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What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 46 reviews
Danielle &. Mike Watson
wedding on Sat, 25th of November, 2023
Just want to write a huge thank you to entire team at Lumley Castle who made our wedding day such a magical and beautiful day. The run up to the wedding was smooth and supportive. The team was accommodating to our very specific vision. But words can not even begin to express how perfect the day

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was. Everything was beautiful, immaculate and ran so smoothly. Keith our master of ceremony , in particular has an eye for detail and perfection. He looked after single small detail we wanted. The day ran without a hitch and we can thank Keith and the rest of the team for ensuring that was the case.

Thank you so much for making it’s so special and delivering the exact vision we imagined our day would be. The venue is just stunning and magical, that both adults and children were in awe of its beauty. It was decorated stunning for Christmas which just added to the magic. The ceremony room ( barons ) was romantic and charming, a really stunning setting. We headed on to the garter suite for the wedding breakfast and evening reception, which was outstandingly beautiful and the white decor makes it a very versatile room for colour themes. We had so many guests comment on the gorgeous canapés ( believe the tart was everyone’s fave) .

The meal was beautiful also. But the main thank you really does go to the team, we can’t believe how bespoke, kind and accommodating everyone was. They made it so perfect and even had a few guests tell us it was the best wedding they be been too! But a final thank you for Keith ( master of ceremony) he just understood myself and Mikes eye for perfection and helped deliver our dream with a truly outstanding service. Thank you, cant wait to come back for an evening and relive our memories at a very unique and special venue.

Review submitted on Sun, 21st of January, 2024
Danni Wardle
wedding on Thu, 26th of October, 2023
We had a medieval themed wedding at Lumley Castle and it was the best experience of our lives. The team really went out of their way to make sure our day was perfect. The decor looked incredible, the staff were always friendly and helpful and the entertainment was superb. We had the red carpet

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rolled out in the Barron’s hall to walk down the aisle to and we were married under a beautiful tree arch with candles, hanging tealights and beautiful scenery. It looked like something from a fairytale. We then were entertained by a Court Jester during our drinks reception in the atmospheric dungeon bar and had a five course theatrical banquet. The staff went out of their way to set the theme- with a sword fight, handfasting, a personalised presentation on the story of our relationship and live music. Our master of ceremonies really entertained our guests and there was an exciting part where the lights went out “to go back in time” it was a really fun surprise. The food was lovely- really filling- so much so that we had to force the hog roast down on the night. Ben, the ops manager ran our day really efficiently and made sure we were happy throughout the day. We really felt like VIPs. Lindsey, Heidi, Ben, Mike and the rest of the wedding/entertainment team are a credit to Lumley Castle and we cannot thank them enough. The staff in the restaurant also really went out of their way to cater for allergies and were more than happy to arrange a lovely breakfast sent to our honeymoon suite. We stayed in the King James suite and it was fit for royalty with a jacuzzi, four poster bed, sitting area and some really quirky features. I cannot recommend them as a venue enough and we would choose them again and again. So many of our guests commented saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to and how personalised it was.

Review submitted on Tue, 7th of November, 2023
Ian Taylor
wedding on Sat, 22nd of July, 2023
Absolutely nothing to say except amazing!
The preparation was made super easy, especially as we live aboard and were organising from the Middle East.
We had guests from all over the world and everyone cannot believe the friendliness, professionalism and overall desire to keep the guests happy

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from the staff.

The venue is spectacular and the addition of having the rooms for all the guests to stay in one place was superb also - meant the entire weekend was intimate and special only for us.

Huge thanks to the wedding and catering team for everything they did, not one person complained about anything !

Bar staff, well having a lot of rugby friends, your work was cut out but nothing was too much and you excelled!

Truly special place with amazing staff and I would give Lumley Castle a 6 star rating out of 5 if I could!

Thank you for making our day / weekend so special.

Review submitted on Wed, 16th of August, 2023
Alex & Kirsten Cousins
wedding on Sat, 5th of August, 2023
Lumley Castle is the most beautiful wedding venue. The Baron's Hall was the perfect location for our day - incredibly atmospheric and absolutely stunning. Every guest commented about the venue, all noting how beautiful the castle was.

All of the staff were fantastic and they were so kind and

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attentive (from those behind the bar, to those serving our meal, to the wedding coordinators). They made every single guest feel welcome and were a vital cog in the perfection of the day itself.

The food was superb. Catering at large occasions such as this typically requires a compromise in either quantity or quality. However, this was not the case at Lumley where the wedding breakfast was both incredibly delicious and the serving sizes were perfect.

Many thanks for making our wedding day perfect.

Review submitted on Wed, 9th of August, 2023
Kayleigh West
wedding on Fri, 9th of June, 2023
Best venue for weddings!!

We had our wedding here just last Friday. (09.06.23)

Where do I start!

From the original booking two years ago, it wasn’t a great start with wedding coordinators coming and going.. however in the last 6 months Lindsay took over and she was brilliant. Skip forward

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to our wedding day.. and wow. Staff and venue were phenomenal. Keith looked after us on the big day and he is an absolute credit to the company, I could write a whole review on Keith alone. We really didn’t feel a single bit of stress or worry as he took it all away. Reception staff (Dean and Andrew) amazing! Smiled and friendly for the 3 days we were there! The venue was breath taking and all of our guests were blew away. I would 100% recommend Lumley Castle for any occasion! We just can’t commend the staff enough. Kayleigh and Sam

Review submitted on Tue, 20th of June, 2023

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