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Historic British cities to get married in

Britain has a rich and incredible history, from Viking invasions to the intense Industrial Revolution. Explore cities to villages and you’ll be sure to find something that’ll amaze and excite you.

It seems only fitting that a day that represents your first step to your new future, your wedding day, should be celebrated amongst interesting history. From Edinburgh to London, we look at some of Britain’s top historic locations to hold your special day.

Historic British cities to get married in

Historic British Cities to Get Married In

Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the UK’s original cities, with evidence of settlements during the bronze and iron ages, it was a Roman town until the 5th Century AD when the Roman Empire declined. After the Romans, the Danes founded the modern city of Cambridge in 875, which was later captured by the Saxons in the 10th Century. The Danes went on to burn the city down in 1010 and this wouldn’t be the last time Cambridge was to be ravaged by fire.

Once the area was rebuilt, Cambridge became a central point for trade due to it’s location on the River Cam. There were a few internal strifes between the townspeople and the University, founded in 1209, but overall the settlement thrived into the city we know today.

There are over 1,500 listed buildings in Cambridge, the oldest of which dates back to the 11th Century. With a host of historic buildings to choose from, it’s no wonder the city of Cambridge is a popular area to marry in.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an interesting history of going from strength to strength. Evidence of Romans can be found in the area, although it seems they could never truly break the city and by 211 AD had left Edinburgh entirely. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods Edinburgh survived several scuffles with the English and began to expand rapidly. Taking the title of Capital of Scotland by the end of the 1500s. Georgian Edinburgh saw an explosion of construction and is considered the greatest contribution to the modern city. Much of the surviving architecture is revered as being some of the best across the globe.

Over 4,500 listed buildings are scattered across the city and surrounding area from St Margaret’s chapel, constructed during the 12th Century and Edinburgh’s oldest building. To the striking Edinburgh Castle, considered one of the most besieged places in the United Kingdom.

Nottingham

Although not likely to jump to minds when thinking of “Historic Britain” Nottingham was an important town in history due to its location on the River Trent. For a little while after the Norman Conquest, the city was split into a French Borough and an English Borough, but the areas were united in the 1300s. The city is most recognised for its ties to legendary Robin Hood, who is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest. However, more notable, Nottingham is recorded as one of the most beautiful cities in history, with many travel writers or famous authors commenting on the city’s pleasantness.

There are plenty of historic buildings to choose from across the city or alternatively choose a Nottingham city centre hotel that lies in the shadow of the striking Nottingham Castle.

York

Although humans existed in the York area since the Neolithic Period (4000 – 2000 BC) little is known of settlements until 5,000 Romans set up camp in the area in AD 71. After the Romans left in 407 AD, little went on in York until the 8th and 9th centuries when the town slowly started to grow. When the Vikings conquered Northern England, York was made the Viking Capital and the population exploded. Like much of England, there was religious strife during the Middle Ages to the 16th and 17th centuries but York prevailed and held its own as a Market Town, growing into the modern-day City of York.

There are a plethora of classic buildings in York to experience from the spectacular York Cathedral to the 2,000-year-old city walls. It’s not difficult to see why York is a popular wedding destination and has even been host to a Royal Wedding in 1961.

Celebrate your future by holding your special day in a city steeped in history, surrounded by exciting architecture. Not only will it stand out in the minds of your guests, but it’ll certainly add to your wedding photos!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

During the Easter holidays, myself and my Hubby were invited to spend the night at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire, the most beautiful hotel and wedding venue I have ever been privileged to stay in. I was invited to see the Hall and everything that it has to offer for a couple planning to their wedding and why it would be a wonderful location for a wedding. Which it is, absolutely wonderful, but not only is it the perfect venue for a wedding it’s also the perfect location for a romantic getaway I thought I would share our experience of the hotel and the food as well.

A little bit of history

Eynsham Hall is a grade 2 listed building that was once home to the police training head quarters, from 1946 until 1981 when it was taken over to become a hotel. The current owners father was a police recruit who trained there. The current owners have redesigned and renovated Eynsham Hall into a stylish boutique style hotel. As it was the training head quarters for the police service for many years, during the interior design process they have incorporated ‘copper’ elements throughout the Hall. There is a collection of police memorabilia in the lounge area, a collection of police hats lining one of the hall ways, but my favourite is the copper bar in the brasserie. Throughout the hotel there are little nods to the police forces who trained there, even the door numbers have copper stitching, perfectly co-ordinated that unless you were aware of Eynsham Hall’s history you would just think the interior design team were brilliant…….. which honestly they were!

Eynsham Hall

After I had met with the wedding co-ordinator and had a tour of the venue we decided to have a drink in the Gun Room bar. Which, I had visions of it being full of guns and animal taxidermy however this was not the case. The Gun Room was in fact an interior style award winning bar, from it’s dark panelled walls, orche sofas, chairs of geometric patterns, zebra print rugs and a bar made from copper pipes and full of bottles to make the perfect cocktails, or in our case a pot of tea and a coffee. Before checking in.

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

After our drink in the bar we headed to check in, we had visited a few of the rooms in the main hall during out tour, each one unique in style, however all coordinating beautifully. So, I was excited to see what our looked like. We were given the room cards for room 35, after a walk through the hotel and up the old stair case we arrived at our room. Wow, the honeymoon suite. I was not expecting the honeymoon suite, but was so pleased to be spending the night there.

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I was amazed to see a fabulous copper bath sat in the bay window, that looked out over the beautiful gardens designed by Owen Jones in 1862 and across the fields. It really was quite a pleasant surprise. The honeymoon suite was large as you could imagine, perfect for spending your wedding night in. There was a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities. My Hubby was most impressed with there being a cafetiere for his morning coffee, plus it came as bag of cafetiere coffee, that saves the mess of loose coffee, something neither or us had seen before.

The large bed, with tv in at the bottom, was really comfy. I loved the checked throw over the bed, it was very me. I do love a bit of check and tweed. A large desk with a nice big mirror, plus a DAB radio that was playing as we entered the room. It was really welcoming to go into a room with a light on and some music playing. Lots of little extra touches that makes Eynsham Hall every bit as wonderful as it looks.

The arm chairs prodived a nice place to sit a read my book for a hour along with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit while my Hubby went to sleep, he wasn’t well for the whole of our trip so it could have been alot more romantic. Neither the less I was able to relax reading for a hour.

The ensuite was a good size, with a double shower, well it was probably bigger than a double. A marble sink and the WC. I fell in love with the floor and wall tiles, which I will now be having in our bathroom when we get our forever home. The bathroom had a nice collection of soaps and shampoos, but there was also plenty of fluffy white towels and dressing gowns. By the copper bath they was again some pretty toiletries for us to be able to use.

After a couple of hours of relaxation it was time to head down to the brasserie restaurant for dinner.

Dinning in style at the brasserie

Although the brasserie restaurant is not a large place, it’s really well set out. With quirky little accessories placed around and lime green chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, which sounds completely out of place in this stately home, however they work perfectly well.

Arriving in the restaurant we were shown to our table, and they kindly gave us a couple of different options for tables. We chose I our table, ordered a drink each and looked through the menu.

It’s not often we both choose the same food from a menu, but this time we did. We both choose the Seven and Wye smoked salmon, horseradish cream, rye bread starter. It arrived with some lovely pieces of the most delicious smoked salmon, I’m not a big horseradish fan but it worked beautiful along side the smoked salmon and the rye bread.

For our main course we both choose the belly pork, dauphinoise potatoes with black pudding bonbon and vegetables. To be honest I have no idea why I chose this, I don’t really eat belly pork and I never eat black pudding. However, I really enjoyed the pork with the vegetables and I did try a tiny bit of the black pudding bonbon, but I didn’t like it. My Hubby however loved it and really enjoyed the whole dish.

It was only me for pudding, as I went for a raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake with a wafer tuile and raspberry ice cream it was fabulous and so pretty and tasted amazing. I do love a pudding and I would order the same one again.

Breakfast and check out

After we returned to our room from dinner, my Hubby got straight into bed and was asleep before I could even take my make up off. He really wasn’t very well. So I ran myself a hot bubble bath, it was to good to miss taking a dip in that gorgeous copper bath. I set up my laptop next to it and watched a couple of episodes of the Crown while enjoying a bottle of Prosecco.

The next morning, after a fabulous nights sleep by me, not so much the Hubby who woke to take pain killers a couple of times, we headed down for breakfast. A very good breakfast it was too. There was a buffet of the traditional English breakfast times to help yourself too, plus cereal, pastries and then you could order some items from the menu as well. We both went for a mini English breakfast followed by fruit and yogurt. Breakfast was very good, my Hubby was impressed with the coffee, he is a bit picky when it comes to coffee, so it must have been good.

Check out was vey straight forward, hand in the room key, let them know if you have had anything from the mini bar, pay your bar bill and head home, well actually to Bicester Village for a bit of shopping.

Not only is Eynsham Hall the perfect wedding venue, it is also the perfect place to have a romantic get away. They also offer dog friendly rooms, which so some people is great. Not sure that my dogs would be coming along for the stay but I have friends who are always looking for dog friendly hotels.

Thank you Eynsham Hall for having us along to stay for the night., we had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting again in the future.

 

*We were given the night and meal at Eynsham Hall, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Eynsham Hall the Oxford Wedding venue of dreams

Arriving at Eynsham Hall down the long drive way and seeing the Hall coming into view, its just WOW. I cannot imagine how anyone seeing the Hall for the first time would not be thinking wow, it’s just breathtaking. I know that the wow factor is something that most couples want for their wedding and just the first sight of the venue will do that for you and your guests. That wow factor does not just stop at the view!

Eynsham Hall

Entering Eynsham Hall you step into grandeur of the old hall, with a fabulous modern twist. Wood panelled walls, old book cases, police memorabilia, splashes of copper and yet ocher coloured chairs in the contemporary Gun Room Bar, lime green chandeliers in the brasserie, geometric wall paper in the library which all work seamlessly together. It doesn’t stop there the bedrooms are all fabulous, I was able to visit a few different ones, all different sizes and each and everyone so different yet so similar. The interior design team that came up with the style concepts worked their magic to make Eynsham Hall beautiful inside and out. All coming together to make Eynsham Hall the dream wedding venue.

What can Eynsham Hall offer you?

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As a newly engaged couple looking for that perfect wedding, Eynsham Hall have lots to offer you. With newly refurbished function rooms, a strict one wedding only per day policy. Which for me is a big plus point, you don’t want to be bumping into another Bride or Groom, it’s your special day and it should all be about the happy couple. They Summer and Winter packages, indoor and outdoor licensed areas for your ceremonies or blessings. 134 newly refurbished rooms for your guest to stay in, leisure facilities and beauty salon, wedding packages to suit your budget. Eynsham Hall also offers complimentary food and wine tasting to make sure you know that you are making the perfect choices for your wedding food, which not every venue offers. Within your wedding package comes the amazing honeymoon suite for the night of your wedding. Not forgetting your own dedicated wedding specialist to help you every step of the way to making your day everything you dreamed about.

Getting married at Eynsham Hall

It’s very popular now for couples to choose not to marry in a Church or Registry Office. Eynsham Hall offer the alternative to marry in a civil ceremony within one of their 4 licensed locations. The Red Room, The Library, on the outside Terrance and the Duberley Room.

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There is a charge of £495 for you to be able to hold your civil ceremony, vow renewal or even blessing at Eynsham Hall. Plus of course the registrars fees that are payable direct to them. Within the ceremony room hire charge Eynsham Hall offer a complimentary flower display for the registrar’s table.

If you choose the Platinum Package the room hire for your Civil Ceremony, vow renewal or blessing is included within the costings.

Choosing the perfect reception room

At Eynsham Hall there are various different rooms that you can have your wedding reception in.

Eynsham Hall Green Room
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The Green Room is the largest of the private rooms you can hire for your wedding. It gets it’s name from the green colours throughout the room. It’s a really impressive room, with large windows looking out over the beautiful gardens. The Green Room can accommodate up to 100 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast, however if you are looking for more informal standing buffet then 170 guests can be catered for. The private bar for the Green Room is the Library that is attached, more seating is added to it for your guests to move away from the evening entertainment.

The Red Room is a gorgeous room set at the end of the manor, it has large windows over looking the gardens. With space to cater for up to 80 guests for a seated meal or 120 for a standing buffet. The Red Room is also attached to the Library for the private bar.

The Library is just how you would imagine, a gorgeous old Library with a splash of modern. The Library can seat up to 50 guests and is also used for the private bar area when you have The Green or Red Rooms for your wedding.

The Duberley Room is the perfect location for the more intimate wedding. It holds up to 40 people and looks out over the Champagne Terrance and Grounds. The Duberley Room is the latest to be granted a Wedding license and for me I think it is my favourite of all the rooms. I love that you could have only a few guests but be able to have such a fabulous venue. So many other venues have a minimum number of guests, that smaller wedding parties are not made quite so welcome.

Wedding Packages

Eynsham Hall currently offer four different packages that vary in price and what is included. On top of those they offer canapés, a barbecue, hog roast and evening buffet options. Some of which are included within the packages others can be added on extra.

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Ruby Package

A welcome drinks either of sparking wine or Buck’s Fizz

Wedding breakfast, a three-course meal, coffer and petits fours

Half a bottle of house wine per person to chosen by the happy couple

A glass of sparkling wine for the toast

Red carpet on arrival

Silver cake stand and knife, place cards, menus and table plan

Honeymoon Suite on the night of your wedding

Toastmaster

Exclusive Room Hire

£115.00 per person, £45 per child under 12, under 5’s are free

Evening buffet starting from £6.50 per person

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Diamond Package

A welcome drink of House Champagne on arrival served with a selection of canapés

Wedding breakfast consisting of a three course meal, with coffee and petits fours

Half a bottle of house wine per person to be chosen by the happy couple

A glass of House Champagne for the toasts

Red carpet on arrival

Silver cake stand and knife, place cards, menus and table plan

Honeymoon Suite on the night of your wedding

A bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne in the bridal suite on arrival

Eclusive Room Hire

Toastmaster

Chair Covers with a bow colour of your choice

Evening Disco finishing at 12.00am.

£135.00 per person, £45.00 per child under 12, under 5’s are free

Evening buffet starting from £6.50 per person

Platinum Package

A glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne on arrival served with a selection of canapés

Red Carpet on arrival

Wedding breakfast, a four-course meal, with coffee and petits fours

Half a bottle of wine per person from out Connoisseur’s Selection of Wines, selected by the happy couple.

A glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne for the toasts

Fresh table flowers for each table and two mantelpiece arrangements prepared by the in house florist

Silver cake stand and knife, place cards, menus and table plan

Sweet Cart with a selection of treats

Honeymoon Suite on the night of your wedding

A bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose Brut NV and a fresh bouquet of flowers in the Honeymoon Suite

Evening buffet or barbecue in the Summer months

Room hire for civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment

Toastmaster

Chair covers with a bow colour of your choice

Evening disco

£210.00 per person, £45 per child, under 12’s are free

There is also a Winter Wedding package available November to March, that includes the front entrance trees lit up with fairy lights.

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If you are wanting more details about the packages Lisa Marie will happily talk you through the details and send you menu options and everything else you could possibly need to help decide if Eynsham Hall is for you.

I love that the team at Eynsham Hall are open to suggestions when it comes to making your wedding day as unique as your. If you really wanted cornish pasties for your evening guests or you both had your hearts set on banger and smash for you main course, then Lisa-Marie would work with the chefs to make your wedding dreams come true.

The food is fabulous, during my stay I was able to enjoy an evening meal cooked by the chefs who would also be creating your wedding food. You will not be disappointed.

Spending your wedding night in style

I was lucky enough to spend a night in the Honeymoon Suite, it is a fabulous room. I honestly don’t think I have stayed in such a gorgeous suite before, and I have stayed in some lovely places. The Honeymoon Suite at Eynsham Hall has a copper bath within the bedroom that it sat in the bay window that looks across the gardens. A actual copper bath.

There is a minibar/fridge, that has lots of little drinks that temp you share a glass of bubbles to help celebrate your marriage. The Honeymoon Suite is a large spacious room, with wardrobes in the entrance area, a full length mirror, a large desk with mirror above it plus plenty of natural light for your make up. The ensuite bathroom has a large double shower, with a marble sink. Plus robes for the happy couple to use during their stay.

With 34 boutique rooms within the hall and an another 100 rooms within the grounds, so there is plenty of space for all of your guests to stay for the night of the wedding.

More information?

A many brides wants to spend the night before the wedding at the hotel and then get ready there, Eynsham Hall offer a complimentary room for the bridal party to get ready in on the day of the wedding. The Peacock Room, is a large open space that is full of natural light, that will allow brides to get ready with all of her maids, space for hair and makeup, and also for those gorgeous getting ready shots without all trying to get ready in one of the boutique bedrooms.

Eynsham Hall have an online wedding brochure that you can download, to we lots more images and get even more details. Not forgetting speak with Lisa Marie and the rest of the team at Eynsham who are always on hand to answer any questions to help you choose the perfect venue for your wedding.

 

*I would like to thank the team at Eynsham Hall for inviting me to spend the night with them. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Some of the images seen are my own, others have been shared with me. Credits for images below.

SLR Photography

David Bostock

Benjamin Wheeler Photographer

Neil Hanson Photography

Squib Photography