Highcliffe Castle


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Highcliffe Castle is a grade I listed building nestled on the coast. By choosing us for your wedding, you will be able to create your own unique story adding to the castle's treasured history

Built in the 1830s, Highcliffe Castle is the realised vision of the rather extravagant Lord Stuart de Rothesay. Created with entertainment in mind, the castle has been home to a number of royal and notable guests over the years.
With its medieval and Renaissance carved stone and Gothic revival features, our Grade 1 listed building is truly a one off for its period.
Having withstood two fires, Highcliffe Castle rises like a Pheonix, majestically over looking the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay from its cliff-top location.
Your ceremony will take place in our beautiful, light Wintergarden which seats up to 110 guests. We provide two large floral arrangements presented on pedestals alongside hurricane lanterns and a personalised wedding sign. You may take full advantage of the baby grand piano tuned before each ceremony. Or perhaps you might hire a string quartet to compliment the fabulous acoustics of the room or simply upload your favourite playlist through our media centre.
After the ceremony you and your guests can enjoy a drinks reception served on the lawn directly outside of the Wintergarden or in the Drawing Room. You can choose to purchase drinks directly from the castle or provide your own fizz, beer, and soft drinks which we will store, chill and serve for you.
When it comes to planning your perfect romantic reception Highcliffe Castle can offer you two unique choices. They both reflect the timeless style you would expect from a Grade 1 listed castle but each have their own character and style.
You can dine in the majestic Great Hall with its stunning 30 foot high, stained glass Jesse window, creating a spectacular backdrop for your first meal as a married couple.
The Great Hall can seat up to 110 guests.
Alternatively, your wedding breakfast can be served in the atmospheric State Dining Room. It features exposed brick work, and full length windows that allow you to take in the breathtaking views of the Isle of Wight Needles.
The State Dining Room can seat up to 80 guests. You are of course welcome to invite additional evening guests.
Our caterers have been chosen fro their amazing food, high quality customer service and their understanding of working within our Grade 1 listed building.
Our wedding team can offer guidance as to which caterer might best suit you, based on your taste and budget. You will then communicate directly with your chosen caterer to allow for a bespoke service for your first meal as newly-weds.
The Castle Bar will open at 16:00 to serve your guests throughout the evening. The bar accepts card or cash and will close 15 minutes before the end of you hire. This is usually 23:00 but you have the option to extend to midnight for an additional fee should you wish.
Your party will have a lively hub in the castle bar as it links to whichever dining area you have chosen to use accompanying The Drawing Room. Dance the night away with a band or DJ of your choice.
Guests can remain in the dining area which doubles up as a more relaxing lounge throughout your evening reception.
Your wedding day will be fully supervised by our wedding coordinator and an events assistant. In addition there will be a wedding steward inside the Wintergarden before, during and after your ceremony. They will be able to help with any questions your wedding party may have or any special assistance you or your guests may require.

Highcliffe Castle at a Glance

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Price Range
£860 - £6795
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Same-Sex Weddings
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Seated Capacity
Up to 110
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Reception Capacity
Up to 200
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue Romantic Castle on the Coast Stunning Grounds, landscaped gardens and nature reserve Dining for up to 110 On site Wedding Co-ordinator Walking distance to a sandy beach Pricing Category : LuxuryBeachHistoricCastleNo of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : In The Countryside View More
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Top Wedding Tips

As soon as you have booked your wedding with us, please contact BCP registrars to organise your ceremony. They are an extra cost but you are guaranteed one any day of the week at our council venue.

We advise all couples to attend a rehearsal at the Castle the day before your wedding. We recommend bringing the key members of your wedding party with you to practice walking in and timings to music.

Arrange a viewing with us to come and see the castle for yourself before the big day. Let us guide you round wile you envisage your perfect day and we can talk you through any questions you may have.

Highcliffe Castle Reviews

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Sophie and lewis
Breath taking
When you know you know!! The feeling we got when we walked in to the ceremony room took our breath away.
It's absolutely perfect
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Rachel and Huw
By the beach, beautiful indoors and outdoors
Beautiful venue where the spaces are connected by an octagonal room, creating flow for guests. Situated by the beach!
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Kate and Louise
Highcliffe Castle picture perfect
To love out your wedding fairytale, Highcliffe Castle really makes it all come true. From the sprawling gardens, to the beach which is o ly a few minute walk away. It’s everything you’re looking for in once place.
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Tahia and James
Highcliffe castle
Really friendly team that make you feel very comfortable and looked after
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Katie and Kieron
Highcliffe castle
Highcliffe castle is an absolutely breathtaking wedding venue. Not only is the castle itself stunning, but so are its grounds, with the most beautiful flowers and greenery, and then just behind it is a gorgeous beach that is always so peaceful
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Monna and James
Love the venue, very pretty and rustic. Coordinators are helpful and organised.
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Stella & Jason
Our wedding at Highcliffe Castle
The location of Highcliffe Castle for our wedding was never in dispute. It was the perfect backdrop for a wonderful day and truly amazing experience. As our numbers were designed to reflect a small size wedding, we chose the ceremony only package. Had we had a larger gathering, we would have definitely opted for the meal.

The sun was shining, the grounds were perfect and the beach just 200m away.

From our initial visit to the big day, we felt highly confident that everything would go to plan and the incredible support from the team there made that possible. They even stepped to organise a wedding car ON THE DAY when our original provider let us down 3 hours before the wedding!

In summary, perfect organisation, perfect timings, a truly professional experience from planning, to arrival, throughout the wedding and after service Champagne Reception. Thank you Highcliffe!


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Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE

Highcliffe Castle

  • Rothesay Drive
  • Highcliffe
  • Dorset
  • BH23 4LE
  • United Kingdom

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Aaliyah Binnie-Martins