15 best wedding venues in Kent for a truly magical day

From converted barns to a medieval castle, no dream is too out of reach with this round-up of Kent's very best wedding venues.

Updated on 22 May 2024 • Written By Naomi Grant

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15 best wedding venues in Kent for a truly magical day

If you’re looking to tie the knot in Kent, congratulations, you’ve made a great choice. This stunning corner of the country is often referred to as the Garden of England thanks to its abundance of fruit orchards, rolling hills, hop gardens and allotments. Not to mention its jaw-dropping coastline, which encompasses the stunning seaside towns of Whitstable and Margate, as well as Dover’s famous white cliffs and castle. Kent is easily up there with the most beautiful counties in England, so if you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to say ‘I do’, keep on scrolling, because we’ve rounded up the best places to get married in Kent just for you.  


The jewel in Kent’s crown is, of course, Canterbury, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site known best for its medieval cathedral (yes, the same one that features in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales). It is also an hour’s train ride away from London, making it easily accessible for guests if you’re looking for wedding venues in Canterbury.  

Of course, Kent’s best wedding venues aren’t confined to one city. From country houses to exquisite hotels, converted barns and waterside venues, this list of the best wedding venues in Kent includes a range of options to ensure there’s something for everyone. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding with your nearest and dearest or have a more extravagant occasion in mind, we have made sure to include both large and small wedding venues in this round-up, with every single one offering a spectacular backdrop to your special day.  

Plus, we’ve ensured that every single wedding venue in this list possesses a wedding license, giving you the option to hold both the ceremony and the reception under one roof if you like! We guarantee that at least a couple of these will make your shortlist.

Solton Manor, Dover

Solton Manor in Dover

What: Nestled within nine acres of gorgeous grounds is Solton Manor, a captivating Grade II listed country house with an extensive history. Solton Manor makes a tremendous pick for couples seeking a fairytale affair with rustic features. The venue boasts a range of period details, including the Tudor Hall, inglenook fireplace, large windows with bright airy interiors and period wall panelling. For the ultimate celebration, host your bridal party in Dovecote Cottage as you're getting ready, a picturesque on-site setting which is just a stone throw away from the main hall.
Where: Dover, CT15 5JB
Find out more: Solton Manor

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Leeds castle

What: Formally a Tudor palace, Leeds Castle is a pristine venue space which exudes grandeur and magnificence. Accommodating up to 120 guests with an additional on-site venue called Maiden's Tower for more intimate celebrations, Leeds Castle offers a truly unique atmosphere for those seeking a regal celebration. A banquet-style wedding breakfast is available after the ceremony in the stunning Salon, with four available menus ranging from a marvellous three-course meals to cheese tables and glasses of bubbly.
Where: Maidstone, ME17 1PL
Find out more: Leeds Castle

The Old Kent Barn, Swingfield

The Old Kent Barn

What: Renowned for winning National Countryside Venue of the Year in 2019, the Old Kent Barn provides a phenomenal canvas ideal for hosting wedding events. Whether you decide to have an outdoor or indoor occasion at the Old Kent Barn you're set to encompass both a delightful barn and beautifully manicured gardens which will add to the atmosphere of your extra special moment. With thoughtful touches on every aspect of your celebration, you can ensure your aims for your all important day are met.
Where: Swingfield, CT15 7HF
Find out more: The Old Kent Barn

Cave Hotel, Faversham

Cave Hotel

What: An idyllic country location with characterful surroundings, the Cave Hotel is a venue that just keeps on giving. For a summer nuptial, say ‘I do’ under the wooden pergola and then head to the terrace area for drinks and canapes. Alternatively in the cooler months, the luxury hotel setting is ideal. An ancestral venue, the Cave Hotel offers the perfect backdrop for capturing the beauty of your wedding. No worries if you and your guests also want to stay the night! You and your guests can experience luxury in the Cave Hotel's luxurious rooms that are all incredibly modern and fully equipped with the latest technology.
Where: Faversham, ME13 9AJ
Find out more: Cave Hotel

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge

Decor at Hever Castle wedding venue

What: Fancy getting married in a castle? You deserve to live like royalty on your special day, and there are so many incredible options to pick from at Hever Castle & Gardens. Whether you choose to wed in the stately grandeur of the castle itself, prefer the country house atmosphere of the Astor Wing or have a summer wedding in mind in the Italian garden, you’ll be hard pressed to find a location more spectacular than this one.  
Where: Hever, Edenbridge, TN8 7NG 
Find out more: Hever Castle & Gardens

Winters Barns, Canterbury

What: Add a touch of rural romance to your wedding with this country venue made up of various barns. Built in 1660, all the site's barns are heated, air-conditioned and linked together so the events of the day can flow seamlessly. Everything you could possibly need is located on site, from a dressing room for the bride to get ready in before the ceremony, to a dedicated wedding breakfast barn and a cottage for the happy couple to retreat to once the day is over. It also boasts a magical courtyard with a wedding arch and magical white bridge perfect for photo opportunities. 
Where: Nackington Road, Canterbury, CT4 7AY 
Find out more: Winters Barns

Preston Court, Canterbury

What: Preston Court has got it all figured out: from a Victorian carousel to street food wagons, art deco mechanical organs and a glamping site, this unique wedding venue is something of a wedding village where all dreams are possible. Seriously though, Preston Court offers a wealth of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, from the main Kentish barn to Juliana’s Island which sits on a lake in front of the manor house. We bet you didn’t think your wedding could be this beautiful... 
Where: Preston, Canterbury, CT3 1DH 
Find out more: Preston Court

Tudor Park, Maidstone

What: Whether you’re planning a wedding for 25 or 250, Tudor Park Marriot Hotel and Country Club offers a number of thoughtfully curated spaces in which to say ‘I do’. The Bearsted Room and Marquee includes an exclusive bar and can hold up to 90 guests, while the Thurnham Suite is its largest and most versatile event space and can cater for 160. Our favourite? We love the alfresco wooden gazebo set against its lush garden, which is perfect for outdoor ceremonies.
Where: Ashford Road, Maidstone, ME14 4NQ 
Find out more: Tudor Park

Hayne Barn House, Hythe

What: Hayne Barn House is a sustainable wedding venue committed to hosting your special day without compromising on being kind to the planet. Start wedding preparations in the Pamper Cottage before tying the knot in the light and bright Orangery. Head outside to the stunning landscaped gardens for those all-important photos, before heading back indoors to the Orangery for food, drink and celebrations.   
Where: Saltwood, Hythe, CT21 4EH 
Find out more: Hayne Barn House

The Ferry House Inn, Harty

What:This waterside, 16th century barn venue in Kent specialises in refined rustic weddings and comes complete with multiple spaces, on-site accommodation and an incredible seasonal food menu that champions a farm-to-fork ethos. If you’re comfortable braving the British weather, we do suggest hosting an element of your wedding outside under the elegant oak gazebo which overlooks the Swale estuary. It’s not to be missed! 
Where: Harty Ferry Road, Harty, ME12 4BQ 
Find out more:
The Ferry House

Cooling Castle, Rochester

What: One of the best things about Cooling Castle is that it’s a dedicated wedding venue, meaning you can trust these guys know a thing or two about hosting the perfect event. Exclusive hire of the venue means exactly that – you and your guests will receive full use of all its spaces and amenities, while couples are invited to take advantage of the 'build-your-own wedding package' in order to ensure your special day is fully personalised to suit you.
Cooling, Rochester, ME3 8DT
Find out more: Cooling Castle

Eastwell Manor, Ashford

What: If you want to make the most of Kent’s stunning countryside, then you can’t do much better than Eastwell Manor. Choose from three beautiful oak-paneled reception rooms, or an Italian gazebo in its romantic grounds, to host your ceremony. It also offers an exclusive wedding hire package, which includes use of three event rooms, the bar and restaurant and 22 bedrooms in the Manor.
Ashford, TN25 4HR
Find out more:
Eastwell Manor

Secret Garden, Ashford

What: Secret Garden is a picture-perfect wedding venue located just around the corner from Ashford. There are five spaces to choose from including both indoor and outdoor options, from the canopy-roofed Glasshouse to the bright Coach House with its huge French doors that open onto the south-facing terrace.  
Where: Mersham Le Hatch, Hythe Road, Ashford, TN25 6NH
Find out more: Secret Garden

Westerham Golf Club, Westerham

What: If the idea of marrying at a golf club doesn’t appeal, hear us out, because Westerham Golf Club offers some truly stunning spaces that are not to be missed. Between the beautiful Valence Suite, with its oak-beamed fireplaces, high ceilings and balcony, and its newly-constructed Civil Ceremony Suite nestled amongst magnificent manicured grounds, there certainly isn’t a shortage of gorgeous places to get married. Both its main suites (Valence and Eleanor) offer balcony access, private entrances and a patio area.
Where: Valence Park, Brasted Road, Westerham, TN16 1QN 
Find out more: Westerham Golf Club

Marleybrook House, Canterbury

What: We love the flexibility that Marleybrook House offers, with multiple spaces, catering options and added extras allowing you to decide how formal or laid-back you want your wedding to be. There are three intimate ceremony areas to choose from, while the Garden Terrace is a fantastic outdoor space for guests to socialise in later on. The best bit about this venue? It boasts its own private fairground with dodgems, a carousel and a big wheel for the perfect way to round-off the day.
Where: Stourmouth Road, Canterbury, CT3 1HP
Find out more: Marleybrook House

The cost of a venue makes up a large chunk of your wedding budget, but what about catering, photography and a wedding dress? We break down the average cost of a wedding in this handy guide.

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