The Best Wedding Venues in the North West
We are so lucky in the North West to have some flipping awesome wedding venues. From mountain vistas in the Lake District to bespoke little venues, to chic city centre locations. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph over 200 weddings in some of the best wedding venues the area has to offer. If you’re on the hunt for your wedding venue in Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester or the Lake District then check out some of my favourites in this blog.
Quirky, Unique & Unusual Wedding Venues in the North West
All you lovely couples getting married right now – you lucky sausages. You don’t have to settle for traditional or run of the mill venues any longer. There are soooooooo many quirky, unusual and alternative wedding venues right on our doorstep. Quirky, unique and unusual wedding venues abound around the North West – there’s so many to choose from. If you’re looking for something different to the usual hotel wedding venue then this list is for you.
Pros and Cons:
Pros – with the range of alternative wedding venues with have in the North West you can be pretty sure you’ll find a venue that’s perfect for you. You’ll have a wedding that’s completely different to any you’ve ever attended. Cons – sometimes alternative wedding venues are not dedicated wedding venues which might mean you have to be more hands on with the planning rather than leaving things to the venue. This could mean decorating the venue yourself or being in charge of hiring in the caterers. For some people that might be an advantage but for others it just adds to the workload!
HOPE MILL THEATRE – MANCHESTER
Hope Mill shoots to the top of my favourites list! It’s a venue for couples looking for something totally different to the usual hotel venues. Based in an old cotton mill in Ancoats, Manchester – the space is used as a theatre and bar but can be hired out for weddings. It’s proper mancunian urban chic with lots of exposed brickwork and peeling paint doorways – I love it! You can see Ruth and Steve’s super cool urban wedding at Hope Mill Theatre right here…
THE OAK TREE OF PEOVER – CHESHIRE
When you look at the Oak Tree of Peover ‘golf course’ isn’t the first thing that comes to mind but that’s exactly what this place used to be! Needless to say it’s been pretty much transformed into the gorgeous wedding venue it now. The original building has been expanded to include a beautiful glass wedding breakfast room and a separate ceremony room. Wall to floor windows means light floods in all day long and makes it a glorious building to photograph in. If you’re lucky with the weather then there’s plenty of grounds to explore and so many spots for pictures. It really is one of my favourite wedding venues in Cheshire. You can see it in more detail by visiting Amy and Joe’s wedding here.
THE WELLBEING FARM – LANCASHIRE
I’m completely smitten with this wedding venue – it’s perfect for couples who want something relaxed, fun and just that little bit quirky. The wedding barn is a great blank canvas for DIY brides to be and animal lovers will get excited by the fact there are donkeys and llamas on site. Llama’s in bow-ties non the less! Another big tick in the box is the absolutely delicious food on offer from the venue – if you’re a foodie, then this is great venue to consider. Check out Bekah and Luke’s colourful Wellbeing Farm wedding here. It’s fully geared up for weddings so whilst it’s a totally alternative venue you still get the support of a dedicated wedding team.
CAMP AND FURNACE – LIVERPOOL
If you’re looking for a big party space, a completely different venue and you get excited about having your wedding pictures in a graffiti filled skatepark then you should definitely check out Camp and Furnace in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area. Better known for it’s club nights rather than weddings, the space offers something you don’t find anywhere else. It’s not for everyone for sure but for party loving couples with lots of guests it’s absolutely perfect! You can see some cracking images from Rachel and Danny’s Camp and Furnace wedding right here.
ABBEYWOOD ESTATE – CHESHIRE
Man alive this is a stunning venue. A little bit alternative and very relaxed! The huge glass greenhouse style conservatory will be the setting for your wedding breakfast. It’s light, bright and perfect for putting your own stamp on the decor. You have a choice of places to hold the venue – from the historic house, glass room or even outdoors. You’re literally spoilt for choice as to where to do your pictures too. In fact you’d be hard pressed to use all the locations in one day! You can see Grace and Oscar’s wedding at the gorgeous Abbeywood Estate right here. On non-wedding days the estate is open for visitors so you can head over to enjoy an afternoon tea in the cafe or visit the garden centre on site. It’s a wonderful local business and an amazing spot for a wedding in Cheshire.
SEFTON PALM HOUSE – LIVERPOOL
There is literally no other venue like this in the North West! If you’re looking for something completely different then the Palm House at Sefton should be on your list of venues to check out. I love it because it’s light light light! Filled with gorgeous tropical plants, a massive space with glass that soars over your head and you’re smack bang in the middle of a beautiful park too! You can hold your ceremony and reception at the Palm House and dance the night away under the stars!
BARN AND FARM WEDDINGS IN THE NORTH WEST
BASHALL BARN – LANCASHIRE
Bashall Barn is one of my absolutely favourite venues in the North West. If you’ve got your heart set on a barn or farm venue then this ticks both boxes. The team at Bashall have been working hard for the past few years to really develop the venue into an outstanding wedding venue. I love the light and bright ceremony room with views over the Ribble Valley and the quirky and unique portrait opportunities it offers. The great news is that the venue has recently finished some new accommodation meaning you can now get ready on site too! Matt and Amber’s wedding day at Bashall Barn is over on the blog here.
THE OUTBARN- CLOUGH BOTTOM – LANCASHIRE
Not surprisingly this venue has become a firm favourite with Lancashire couples. A converted barn with an amazing glass fronted extension overlooking Pendle Hill. The only downside to this venue is the country lane you have to drive along to reach it – guests may need signposts so they can find you – but that only means that there’s no neighbours to disturb when the party kicks off. This place looks amazing at night. More good news is that the venue can now host the ceremony too! Choose from a range of caterers to provide your food – all of whom are amazing! (excuse me for a moment whilst I relive that shephards pie). There’s a sweet little cottage in the grounds for the bride and groom to stay in and more accomdation being renovated at the moment too. There’s also the option for your guests to camp in the field next to the venue – festival themed wedding anyone?
BROWSHOLME HALL AND THE TITHE BARN
You’ve got the best of both world’s in this venue. A beautiful historic house set in stunning grounds, surrounded by some of the most jaw dropping scenery. If you’re having a smaller wedding you can choose to host the ceremony in the house itself or for bigger groups, the barn is perfect. Enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard with your guests and later on head down to the lake for some sunset pictures. If you’re brave you can even take a little trip on the boat! Alex and Catriona’s wedding at Browsholme Hall is one of my all time favourite – and you can see it here.
COTE HOW – THE LAKE DISTRICT
Up to the Lake Distrcit for the next of my favourite wedding venues. Cote How is a little hidden bit of Lake District loveliness. A small and intimate wedding venue, it combines an elegant house with rooms for bridal prep and ceremony with a party barn – perfect for decorating with your own touches. Space is quite limited so this is one for those smaller wedding groups. Outside, you’re a short walk away from a stunning Lake which makes the perfect backdrop for portraits and group pictures if you’ve got an adventurous wedding party. See Victoria and David’s beautiful spring wedding right here.
STOCK FARM – CHESHIRE
Part of the Tatton family, Stock Farm is a newish barn wedding in the North West and it’s a cracker. The barn itself is HUGE which is perfect if you’ve got a big guest list. If you’re lucky with the weather there’s the option of holding your ceremony in the farmhouse garden surrounded by apple trees – it’s pretty beautiful! There’s tonnes of option for photos too and the chance to bring all your own favourite suppliers on board. All in all a bloody awesome venue. Caroline and James had a lovely doggy friendly wedding at Stock Farm in August 2018 – click here to have a nosy
THORNSETT FIELDS FARM – THE PEAK DISTRICT
If you want a genuine farm wedding. Like a proper, there’s still cows in the field type of farm wedding then you should definitely check out Thornsett Fields Farm. It ticks all the obvious farm wedding boxes – gorgeous setting, outdoor space and that rustic feel but takes it one step further. The wedding barn spends part of the year as the lambing shed and the resident cows on close by if you want to say hello. There’s a great space outside if you’d like an outdoor, celebrant led, ceremony and there’s even a huge field where your guests can choose to camp! Jenny and Jordan organised a cracking sumer wedding at Thornsett Field Farm and you can check it out here…
Ethical and ‘Good Cause’ Wedding Venues in the North West
Your venue is probably your biggest wedding outlay so lots of couples love the idea that their wedding dollar is going towards the upkeep and maintenance of historical buildings, helping to keep art galleries open or supporting a charitable trust. The great news is we have loads of these types of venues here in the North West and they are all so gorgeous that you don’t have to sacrifice your wedding dreams to do some good.
THE WHITWORTH ART GALLERY – MANCHESTER
A hidden gem in Manchester City Centre – this quirky arty venue is perfect for people looking for a city centre wedding and something that little bit different. I love the light, the photo opportunities and the beautiful gardens. There is the most amazing raised glass restaurant with views across the park, as well as beautiful interiors too. The venue doesn’t hold a lot of weddings but when it does – it does it well. The food is amazing and the space is perfect for partying (although they do move some of the big sculptures just in case!) Check out Angus and Veronica’s awesome wedding at The Whitworth right here.
THE BLUECOAT GALLERY – LIVERPOOL
Knowing that their money was contributing to the funding and upkeep of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings was a big draw for Alice and Ollie. The Bluecoat gallery is smack bang in the middle of Liverpool city centre which makes it a great spot if you’ve got friends and family traveling from different places for your big day. The space inside and out is wonderful – with loads of spots for pictures and a great space for your party. You can see some images from Alice and Ollie’s wedding day right here.
HAWORTH ART GALLERY
A venue that’s close to my heart because it’s just a short walk from my house and I spend a lot of time in the park! The gallery has only been holding weddings for a few years but the staff are committed to helping you make the most of your big day. It’s a not a huge space so it’s definitely more suited to small and intimate weddings. You can hire the venue for a couple of hours for your civil ceremony before heading off somewhere else to enjoy the evening!
SAMLESBURY HALL – LANCASHIRE
Samlesbury Hall is an amazing historic building in Lancashire that hosts weddings. Samlesbury Hall was rescued from demolition by a group of Lancashire businessmen in the 1920s. Since then, the Hall has been maintained by a charitable trust. Holding your wedding at Samlesbury means you get that warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that your money is going to support this incredible building. Plus it’s bloody gorgeous so win – win! I’m lucky enough to shoot a number of weddings at Samlesbury Hall in all different seasons – so I know it’s a great venue all year round.
Country Pub Wedding Venues in the North West
I love a pub wedding. They’re fun, relaxed and cosy. We’re so lucky to have some cracking country pubs in the North West and hoorah- many of them now host weddings. The great news – they nearly always have onsite accommodation and wonderful food! Here’s some of my favourites…
INN AT WHITEWELL – RIBBLE VALLEY
The Inn at Whitewell has got to be one of my favourite pub wedding venues in the North West. It’s got that cosy, homely feel in buckets and at the same time there’s a large marquee area, meaning you can have a good number of guests at the venue too. Outside there’s a private patio area for wedding guests and a few little hidden spots for portraits. The staff at the Inn are superb and really look after their guests. And not forgetting the food! It’s one of the nicest places to go for lunch in the Ribble Valley – so not surprising the wedding food is pretty delish too! Aaaaaannnnnndddd it’s a doggy friendly wedding venue too. Christianne and Nick needed a dog friendly venue to host their family and their furry friends – you can see their wedding at the Inn at Whitewell here.
THE SHIREBURN ARMS – LANCASHIRE
The Shireburn Arms is part of the James Wedding venue group (those folks that own Mitton Hall, Eaves Hall and Holmes Mill) so they know how to do weddings! This is one of their smaller wedding venues and as a country pub it has a different feel to the more grand Mitton and Eaves Hall. Set in the lovely little village of Hurst Green and surrounded by rolling hills, the Shireburn Arms is perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed setting with lots of accommodation and great food. The reception room at the back is a little surprise – big and bright and perfect for your wedding breakfast.
Historical Wedding Venues in the North West
ISCOYD PARK – SHROPSHIRE
Technically just over the border in Shropshire, Iscoyd Park is a stunning manor house stood in the most beautiful garden. You can get married on site in the chapel and have your wedding breakfast in the onsite marquee or check out the new coach house which has just been opened. There’s accommodation on site for some of your guests and the staff are utterly fantastic. I’ve really loved shooting weddings here and can’t wait to go back. Check out one of my favourite Iscoyd weddings right here.
THORNTON MANOR – CHESHIRE
Thornton Manor is an imposing and sprawling historic house in Cheshire. With huge amounts of space for the bridal party and guests to enjoy the day and so many spaces inside and out for photographs. Check out some of the possibilities of this venue over on the blog here.
Samlesbury Hall gets two mentions here because you don’t get much more historic than this! Reputedly haunted – although I’m yet to catch photographic evidence of this. I’ve chosen Samlesbury Hall as one of my favourites simply because it’s such a beautiful old building. Book your wedding here and you’ll have exclusive use of the hall and it’s grounds. It’s big enough for big weddings and yet feels cosy and intimate at the same time. The food is delish and the interior lends itself to all year round weddings. On site there is a little lodge which is perfect for bride prep in the morning of the wedding as well as a romantic retreat for the bride and groom at the end of the big day. There’s now a little commune of shepherd’s huts in the ground which make perfect guest accommodation.
THE OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL – MIDDLETON
Tucked away off a normal looking road sits this super beautiful and very old building that was once the home of Middleton Grammar school – back in the days when all the students were in one room. Inside is very beautiful – with exposed stone walls and beams. It’s on the more affordable end of venues meaning you should have money to spend on other niceties for the day. Fellow wedding photographer Meg chose The Old Grammar school for her wedding day. Check out the blog here…
Beautiful Hotel Wedding Venues in the North West
Choosing a hotel for your wedding day can be a wise move! Logistically it makes things so easy! You can get ready, get married and party all in one place and there’s plenty of accommodation on site for friends and family too. Most hotels are so experienced at hosting weddings that you know you’ll be in safe hands on your big day. We’ve got some beautiful hotel wedding venues in Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire and the Lake District. Here’s a few of my favourites.
SPARTH HOUSE – LANCASHIRE
Sparth House in Lancashire will always be a firm favourite for weddings. Anyone choosing to get married there must have impeccable taste. Where did I get married you say?! It might be a few years since the Mr and I tied the knot here but Sparth House still has a special place in my heart. The venue was taken over by new owners a few years ago who have transformed the place. The venue now specialises in personalised wedding days – if there’s something you’d like to do on your day then the owners will try and make it happen! You can see Genevieve and Andrew’s stylish winter wedding over on the blog here.
EAVES HALL – LANCASHIRE
Eaves Hall is a well established, country house, wedding venue in the Ribble Valley Lancashire. I love that there are so many different spaces to use. You can choose to stay over the night before with your wedding party in the Lodge House and then move up to the main house for the ceremony. There’s enough space to fit in lots of friends and family and there’s even the chance of having an outdoor ceremony now! For some of my favourite Eaves Hall images please check out this blog post here.
MITTON HALL – LANCASHIRE
A firm wedding favourite in the glorious surroundings of the Ribble Valley. My reasons for loving Mitton Hall so much? The light. Yes, sorry, boring and technical. But photographer is all about the light so us photographers take it very seriously. The bridal suite has the most lovely bay windows overlooking the garden, the decor is gorgeous and the room big enough for the bride and all her entourage to get ready. The ceremony room has been fairly recently renovated and it’s light and bright and modern and beautiful and in keeping with the whole building at the same time. Big massive bonus for the Mitton is the staff who are always lovely, accomodating and know what they are doing! Sarah and Iain chose Mitton Hall for their big day. Check out their images here.