When it comes to the planning of a wedding, finding a suitable venue is one of the most important aspects of any memorable day. With the UK offering an array of venues to choose from, couples certainly aren’t short on options. In fact, whatever your preference, there are some truly excellent venues capable of meeting your demands, especially if you’re after a haunted or gothic style occasion. These types of alternative weddings are on the increase, too, with couples keen to buck the trend and satisfy their love of all things horror.
From enchanted gardens to haunting castles, there is a huge selection of options available in 2022. These types of haunted and gothic offerings can help create a hair-raising day and achieve a truly memorable atmosphere in the process. If you’re keen to recreate the romance and horror in popular games like Immortal Romance and in movies such as Bride of Chucky for your big day, then a haunted and gothic venue is a sure-fire way of doing so. With that in mind, below is a look at some of the favoured venues in the UK that are capable of delivering that exact type of wedding experience.
Bodmin Jail, Cornwall
Reportedly one of the most haunted buildings in the UK, Bodmin Jail was built in 1779 and has played host to some truly horrific deaths. Visitors have even heard weeping in the past, providing wedding guests with an unrivalled petrifying experience. Holding up to 200 people maximum, Bodmin Jail is located in picturesque Cornwall and has been incredibly popular with many couples in recent times.
Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire
A gorgeously haunting venue, Staffordshire’s Tutbury Castle is well known for its ghost hunts thanks to its rather spooky past. For example, Mary Queen of Scots was tortured there. With an array of history on offer, alongside its all-around spine-chilling feel, it’s a great venue for a haunted and gothic wedding. The venue can hold up to 130 guests, too, making it a good size if you’re having a large wedding.
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Capable of housing up to 150 guests and priced at around £4000 for a wedding occasion, Walworth Castle is a Grade 1 listed mediaeval castle that was built in 1189 and sits on 18 acres of grounds. Known for being haunted in particular, the castle’s atmosphere will provide the haunted and gothic aspects many newlyweds are desperate to create. In fact, guests staying there have reported a range of paranormal activities over the years.
A former prison-turned-hotel, Malmaison in Oxford is exclusively hired out for weddings and is one of the most in-demand venues of its type in that part of the UK. You can host your wedding in the atrium before moving into another part of the jail-themed hotel for your reception, with the venue able to hold up to 120 people. In terms of cost, like many venues, it varies depending on exactly what your preferences are, but overall it represents excellent value for money.
Muncaster Castle, Cumbria
A castle that is famous for holding scientific ghost vigils at least once a year, Cumbria’s Muncaster Castle can be booked all year round, although its capacity is no more than 100 guests at any time. Prices range from £4000, and it’s most definitely worth it, especially if you’re keen to scare your guests along the way! There have been reports of guests hearing a girl crying at night, footsteps in the corridor, and a range of other spooky happenings.
Other options include Old Ship Brighton and House of Magic (London).
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