The best UK castles and stately homes for hire

Primed for large-scale or overnight events, the UK’s wealth of castles and stately homes ooze sophistication and opulence, making them great choices for events that guests will never forget. Discover the best options for you with our pick of the very best UK castles and stately homes for events below.

Updated on 06 July 2021

Every now and then, the occasion calls for a venue that screams glamour and timeless elegance – in those cases, it makes sense to look into hosting your event at one of the UK’s castles or stately homes.

We know what you are thinking - perhaps it is too grand or ostentatious to host an event inside a space that could rival Buckingham Palace? Well, we are here to tell you that castles and stately homes are in fact astute choices for unforgettable events. They are also often far more flexible than people assume when it comes to facilities, accommodation and the like.

To help you find a venue that is best suited to your needs, we have picked out a selection of halls, manor houses and great mansions that we think do events the best. When it comes to castles and stately homes, weddings are an obvious choice for these destinations, but their scale makes them a great bet for summer parties, grand banquets and dinner dances too. There are few things more romantic than tying the knot inside a traditional building with grand proportions, while the opportunity to run wild inside a gorgeous manor house would tempt even the most anti-social of colleagues to the next Christmas party.

Castles and stately homes are not just for personal celebrations and parties however. Also remember that they can easily accommodate corporate functions too, such as large conferences, AGMs or even smaller scale business meetings. It is also worth noting that almost all of the UK castles and stately homes featured in our list have the facilities and bedrooms required to host delegates for multi-day events, should you be expecting guests to travel from afar.

Peruse our list below of the best UK castles and stately homes that you can hire out and find a venue just right for you.

Malmaison Dundee

Malmaison Dundee

44 Whitehall Crecent , Dundee City, Scotland, DD1 4AY

Max Meeting 75
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 300
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Station Road, St Andrews , Fife, Scotland, KY16 9SP

Max Meeting 800
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 300
Hotel du Vin St Andrew

Hotel du Vin St Andrew

40 The Scores , Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9AS

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 160
Max Banquet 100
Green Craig at Gosford Estate

Green Craig at Gosford Estate

Aberlady, East Lothian, Central Scotland, Central Scotland, EH32 0PY

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 50
Gosford House

Gosford House

Gosford Estate, Aberlady, near Edinburgh, Central Scotland, Central Scotland, EH32 0PX

Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 100
The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel

Auchterarder, Perthshire, Central Scotland, PH3 1NF

Max Meeting 240
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 800
Malmaison Edinburgh

Malmaison Edinburgh

1 Tower Place , Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 7BZ

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 75
Max Banquet 75
Mansfield Traquair

Mansfield Traquair

15 mansfield Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB

Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 350
Holiday Inn Express - Edinburgh City Centre

Holiday Inn Express - Edinburgh City Centre

16-22 Picardy Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 30
Max Banquet 18
Hotel Indigo Edinburgh

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh

51-59 York Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD

Royal Scots Club

Royal Scots Club

29-30 Abercromby Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 180
The Jam House Edinburgh

The Jam House Edinburgh

5 Queen Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE

Max Meeting 350
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150
Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

Apex Waterloo Place Hotel

23-27 Waterloo Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 3BH

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 100
Princes Street Suites

Princes Street Suites

16 waterloo Place Princes Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

The Refinery St Andrew Square

The Refinery St Andrew Square

5 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD

Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 220
The Cauldron Edinburgh

The Cauldron Edinburgh

57a Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Royal Society of Edinburgh

22-26 George Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

Max Meeting 145
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 90
Old Waverley Hotel

Old Waverley Hotel

43 Princes Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 60
Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel

Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel

53 princes Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2DG

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 40
Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

50 George Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR

Max Meeting 750
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 500
The Merchants

The Merchants' Hall

22 Hanover Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2EP

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 150
Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth

112 Holyrood Road , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 550
The Scotsman Hotel

The Scotsman Hotel

20 north Bridge , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Brewhemia

Brewhemia

1 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH11DE

Max Meeting 800
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 120
Royal Over-Seas League

Royal Over-Seas League

100 Princes Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 3AB

Max Meeting 125
Max Standing 125
Max Banquet 90
IBIS Edinburgh Centre

IBIS Edinburgh Centre

4 Hunter Square , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1QW

Fraser Suites Boutique Hotel Edinburgh

Fraser Suites Boutique Hotel Edinburgh

12-26 St Giles Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1PT

Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 50
The Caves

The Caves

8-12 Niddry Street South , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 170
The Signet Library

The Signet Library

The Signet Events Parliament Square , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 220
Premier Inn Edinburgh Princes Street

Premier Inn Edinburgh Princes Street

121-123 Princes Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

Radisson Collection Royal Mile Edinburgh

Radisson Collection Royal Mile Edinburgh

1 George IV Bridge , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 75
Max Banquet 40
G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1AD

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 75
Max Banquet 40
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House

Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House

7 Victoria Terrace , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 80
The Bonham

The Bonham

35 Drumsheugh Gardens , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 7RN

Max Meeting 45
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 70
B+B Edinburgh

B+B Edinburgh

3 Rothesay Terrace, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 7RY

Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 20
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Central Scotland, EH1 2NG

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 120
Ghillie Dhu

Ghillie Dhu

2-6 Rutland Place Old Town , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 180
Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicholson Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 280
Max Banquet 120
Ten Hill Place Hotel

Ten Hill Place Hotel

10 Hill Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9DS

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Nicholson Street , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

Max Meeting 1900
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 400
Apex International Hotel

Apex International Hotel

31-35 Grassmarket , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 180
Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh

Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh

11 Bristo Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

Max Meeting 28
Max Standing 45
Max Banquet 36
Teviot Row House

Teviot Row House

13 Bristo Square Midlothian , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 200
Usher Hall

Usher Hall

Lothian Road , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA

Max Meeting 2199
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 500
Monboddo at DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh

Monboddo at DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh

34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH3 9AF

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 40
Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

80 Lauriston Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 9DE

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 40
DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh

34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 9AF

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150
Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Exchange, Edinburgh, Central Scotland, EH3 8EE

Max Meeting 2000
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 1400
Leonardo Boutique Hotel Edinburgh City

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Edinburgh City

79 Lauriston Place , Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ

Ishka

Ishka

83 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BU

If you are planning an event themed around history, want to source a venue that is steeped in tradition or have an opportunity for your guests to learn new things, check out our pick of the best historic venues in London, which all have their own fascinating story to tell.