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 wedding venues 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.
The Bull Hotel
What: This four-star, two AA rosette hotel dates back to the 14th century and has been carefully restored to retain many of its original features, offering the perfect balance of old and new - you could say. There are two main wedding spaces available: The Buttery, a 16th-century barn complete with oak beams and timeless charm perfect for memorable ceremonies, and The Glasshouse, a modern glass structure that can hold up to 100 guests for a light-filled reception. Plus, with 11 boutique hotel rooms on site, this one’s a strong contender for those looking to host everything under one roof.
Where: Bull Lane, Wrotham, TN15 7RF
Book now: The Bull Hotel
Hever Castle & Gardens
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 choose 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
Book now: Hever Castle & Gardens
What: Add a touch of rural romance to your wedding with this country barn venue. Built in 1660, all its 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
Book now: Winters Barn
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
Book now: Preston Court
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
Book now: Tudor Park
Hayne Barn House
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
Book now: Hayne Barn House
The Ferry House Inn
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
Book now: The Ferry House
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.
Where: Cooling, Rochester, ME3 8DT
Book now: Cooling Castle
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.
Where: Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees, TN25 4HR
Book now: Eastwell Manor
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
Book now: Secret Garden
Westerham Golf Club
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
Book now: Westerham Golf Club
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
Book now: 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.