As wedding photographers in Skipton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, we’ve photographed lots of weddings in the area over the last eight years. So, I think we have a pretty good idea of what makes the best wedding venues in the Yorkshire Dales. We’ve put together a list of our favourite venues, and included a variety so there’s something for every couple’s dream day. So whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel, a rustic barn, or a site where you can set up a marquee and enjoy the views the Dales have on offer, read on and we’ll try to help you find what you’re looking for!
As photographers, not only are we looking for venues that have good photo opportunities and beautiful surroundings, but as much as any guest or couple, we appreciate good service, a great wedding team to work with, and good food! So we’ve chosen the places we always love to photograph at, not only because they’re great for photos, but they also tick all the boxes for the wedding day of your dreams!
Six of the Best Wedding Venues in the Yorkshire Dales
So, in no particular order (honest!), let’s start with…
Weddings at The Broughton Hall Estate
Probably one of the most unique wedding venues in the area, the Broughton Hall Estate, on the outskirts of Skipton, actually consists of three separate venues. All have something completely different to offer. Each venue can be booked separately or together, so you can plan your ideal wedding, from something small and intimate, through to a big ole party!
There’s a variety of on-site accommodation, both at Eden and Broughton Hall itself (see below) and in the two holiday cottages that can be found on the estate.
A civil ceremony is possible on the estate, but if a church service is important to you, it’s also possible to marry at the beautiful Catholic chapel on the estate. In addition to that, All Saints Church (above) is a (very) short drive up a lane on the estate. Do as one of our couples did and walk from there to Utopia. Why not set up a drinks stand along the way for all your guests?
Broughton Hall itself is a stunning period country house. It dates from 1597 so is a truly historic venue. It’s perfect for smaller, intimate weddings, although a marquee can be erected in the grounds as well. With 15 luxury bedrooms, it’s also a perfect place for everyone in your intimate gathering to stay.
Utopia at Broughton Hall
Utopia is a modern building with floor to ceiling glass windows. It’s set within its own walled garden which is idyllic for wedding photos. It’s the best of both worlds if you’re looking for something contemporary, but still like the idea of it being set in a traditional English country garden.
Eden at Broughton Hall
Eden is a beautiful converted barn, nestled in the glorious Yorkshire countryside, with views all around. It feels secluded, and is a wonderful venue for your ceremony, or a drinks reception and wedding breakfast. You can also stay here for the whole week of your wedding and really make a celebration out of it. There are 6 bedrooms and it’s a perfect place to get ready on the morning of your wedding. There’s so much space, and it’s filled with natural light which is oh so flattering for photos.
With a choice of two rooms to dine in, you can do anything from small and intimate, to a huge celebration by using the outdoor space for a marquee style wedding.
Weddings at The Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey
If a luxurious country house hotel is your idea of heaven, The Devonshire Arms could be the wedding venue for you! Set on the Bolton Abbey Estate, it’s surrounded by our stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside.
With various function rooms, the hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies and able to accommodate everything from small, intimate weddings to larger groups. Or you can opt for a marquee or tipi in the grounds, if you have over a hundred guests.
The Devonshire Arms is private, luxurious, and full of special touches. It’s also dog friendly, with its own doggy lounge (humans welcome, too!) It has everything you’d expect in a country house from log fires to four poster beds, plus very good food and wine.
Weddings at The Devonshire Fell Hotel
We’re proud to be one of The Devonshire Fell‘s recommended suppliers and it’s always a pleasure to visit this stylish hotel in the Dales village of Burnsall, whether it’s for work or pleasure!
A sister hotel to The Devonshire Arms, the Fell is also luxurious, but without any airs and graces, and again it’s dog friendly. With one of the best wedding teams we’ve worked with, we know they’ll always look after our couples impeccably. The service is always fantastic, and the food is delicious.
Most couples tell us they booked the Fell because they fell in love with the views, the moment they saw them. The hotel is up on a hill, overlooking Burnsall, in the picture perfect Yorkshire Dales. Many couples choose to head down into the village for photos–there’s a huge green, a river, and a picturesque bridge.
But, if the weather isn’t playing ball, or you’d rather stay at the hotel, there are still plenty of photo opportunities to be had. Just leave that to us!
Kilnsey Park Estate Weddings
If an outdoor wedding in the Yorkshire Dales countryside appeals to you, Kilnsey Park Estate is definitely an option worth checking out.
Kilnsey is in the heart of the Dales, somewhere between Grassington and Kettlewell. Kilnsey Park is a privately owned estate and it’s now licensed for outdoor civil ceremonies, which is a big bonus. We photographed here for the first time in 2018. Our couple held their (non-legal) ceremony with a celebrant, in a field underneath Kilnsey Crag. We returned in 2019 for a legal ceremony at the new wedding gazebo, in a field on the main park site. Guests were seated on hay bales, and our lovely bride and groom even had an alpaca ringbearer!
With no permanent structure here, it’s all about using the ample space available for a marquee, tipi or yurt. There’s also a separate meadow for camping, if that’s more your style. If not, don’t feel that you’re in the middle of nowhere, with miles to travel at the end of the night. There’s plenty of accommodation nearby. There are two self-catering options within walking distance of the wedding field–Sikes Barn, which can sleep up to ten people, and Stables End, a cosy cottage for two. Plus hotels, B&Bs and other self-catering options in the area.
You can really create your wedding here, exactly how you want it. You can use your own suppliers, so it’s really up to you what you want, but it’s ideal for a boho festival wedding.
When it comes to catering, again it’s your choice, but if you wish, Kilnsey Park can even supply your caterer with produce direct from their estate, from trout to meats from their smokehouse. Sounds delish to me!
Weddings at Falcon Manor
Falcon Manor is an elegant 19th century country house located in the beautiful market town of Settle. Another stylish venue, I think it lends itself beautifully to winter weddings, with its roaring log fires and cosy ambience. Having said that, with such a beautiful outdoor terrace and huge lawned garden, it’s the perfect summer venue as well!
It’s great for photos, although if I had one request to the hotel it would be to put a wooden bench at the bottom of the garden. I would imagine any guest would love to have a wander down there for a quiet moment. Or is that just me? I’d take a book and escape in the lovely surroundings, if I were staying there! But it would also be a lovely addition for wedding photos.
The function room at the hotel is really superb. It’s filled with natural light and is easily one of the best rooms we’ve photographed in (and there have been a lot!) It overlooks the terrace and the decor is beautiful. Add your wedding flowers and decorations and it looks nothing short of stunning. Both your ceremony and reception can be held in this room. The super efficient staff will turn everything around during your drinks reception, so there’s no need for you to worry about a thing!
The bridal suite is also a wonderful room for you to get ready in, on the morning of your wedding. It’s a huge room, and again, and there’s lots of light for your hair and make-up. It’s a pretty gorgeous room to come back to at the end of the night too!
The hotel is exclusive for your wedding, so no bumping into any other random hotel guests, which is always a bonus.
Weddings at The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey
Now, you’ll have to forgive me for adding this one as we haven’t actually photographed a wedding here yet! It’s a fairly new venue, and we’re currently booked in for two weddings in 2020 (I’ll update with photos later in the year!) But, I wanted to include it as I know what a stunning venue it is.
The Tithe Barn is a 16th century listed building. It’s been lovingly restored into a stunning barn venue, with views overlooking the ruins at Bolton Abbey Priory. It’s ideal for larger weddings–up to 200 guests for a ceremony/wedding breakfast and 300 for the evening. If you have a look at their website, I think you’ll agree it’s pretty breathtaking.
The barn is licensed for civil ceremonies, or there are lots of churches locally, if you’d prefer a religious ceremony.
Whilst there’s no accommodation on site, there is plenty nearby, including The Devonshire hotels, and plenty of others in Skipton and the surrounding areas. You’ll also find B&Bs, pubs, and even camping options all in the vicinity.
Food and drink is all taken care of in-house at this venue. Chefs prepare food on indoor grills and rotisseries. The barn holds ‘Feast Nights’ throughout the year for their couples to try out the menu.
Other wedding venues in the Yorkshire Dales
Other wedding venues worth considering in the Yorkshire Dales include The Coniston Hotel just outside Skipton (mentioned for their highly efficient wedding team!); The Cruck Barn at The Craven Arms in Appletreewick (a pub with a thatched barn attached); The Priests House and The Old Chapel in Barden; The Gamekeeper’s Inn in Threshfield, and Yorebridge House in Bainbridge.
We hope you enjoyed reading about what we think are some of the best wedding venues in the Yorkshire Dales area.
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