For the ultimate fairy-tale getaway in Europe, there’s nothing like spending a night in a centuries-old castle. Visiting a castle is a delight itself, but staying in one adds a dimension of history and grandeur to a European vacation that one is unlikely to forget. Think green sprawling parks, stone archways, vaulted ceilings, regal four-post beds and sunning views crafted (truly) for kings.
Castle Wedding, like hundreds of years ago, is a popular global trend in weddings. Choose one of the most romantic castles in Europe for your wedding and make your marriage a truly unforgettable event.
1. Hluboká Castle, Czech Republic
Hluboká Castle is located in South Bohemia, Czech Republic. The castle is known for beautiful, opulent interiors and it’s sprawling, lush grounds. It is situated in Hlubokánad Vlatvou. Hluboká Castle was first built in the early 13th century but underwent various renovations and redesigns. It’s current appearance, based on Windsor Castle in England, came about in the 19th century at the order of Johann Adolf II von Schwarzenberg. The castle has been opened to the public and has been frequently used for film shoots and for weddings. Due to the romantic style in which it is built, Hluboká Castle and it’s grounds would be an ideal locations for couples to have their fairy tale weddings come true.
2. Glenapp Castle , Scotland
Glenapp Castle can be found near the coast of South Ayrshire in Scotland. The castle was built in 1870 and has 36 acres of grounds. It is said that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower were hosted at Glenapp for a meeting about plans for the D-Day landings. Glenapp hosts a variety of rooms that can function as wedding and reception halls. Each room can host between 40 and 60 people. Weddings can also be hosted on the beautiful grounds that were designed by the famous Gertrude Jekyll. The grounds have an Italian garden, a walled garden, and an azalea pond, all of which add up to the romantic ambience of the castle.
3. Ashford Castle, Ireland
Ashford Castle is situated in the beautiful town of Cong in County Mayo, Ireland. The castle is more than 800 years old, dating back to 1228. It has beautiful interiors with more than 26,000 acres of grounds. Ashford Castle offers a great wedding package for those who wish to get married in its great halls and on its lawns. You can hire the entire estate and use all the wings and grounds of the castle to accommodate up to 160 guests. The castle staff will also make arrangements for the wedding ceremony to be held in one of the chapels nearby if necessary. All in all, Ashford Castle offers an experience that will truly make your wedding a royal one.
4. Swinton Park , Yorkshire, England
At Swinton Park castle, you can enjoy chef-prepared Moreish treats, then trek into the romantic pastures of Yorkshire. The castle was erected in 1695 and serves these days as a hotel, cooking school, spa, and gateway to the outdoors. Rooms start in the $200s.
5. Chateau Frontenac , Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
If ever a castle has dominated the skyline of a major city, it’s Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac. This iconic hotel is the center of attention in Quebec’s capital city, walking distance from the city’s iconic funicular and the commercial outlets of the Quartier Petit Champlain. Rooms typically start at about $150/night.
6. Bled Castle , Slovenia
Bled Castle was built in 1011 and is known as the oldest castle in Slovenia. It offers a beautiful view of a lake and an island as well as the Karavanke and Julian Alps mountain ranges. The castle has combined the Romanesque and Renaissance styles of architecture. Bled Castle offers wedding packages that include hire of the wedding hall, a medieval welcome by the lord of the castle, use of the castle and its grounds, and so on. With all these features, you and your beloved are guaranteed a wedding of royal grandeur in Slovenia.
7. Palazzo Viviani Castello di Montegridolfo, Rimini, Italy
Resting atop a mountain in the clouds, the Monegridolfo castle (built in the 12th century) was fought over for centuries between the Malatesta family of Rimini and the Montefeltro lords of Urbino. Today, however, the property inspires romance, peace and ultimate tranquility. Inside the castle, frescos and wood canopy beds provide visitors with the feeling that they’ve traveled back in time through the middle ages. The fairytale gardens and stone courtyards of Monegridolfo offer an idyllic setting for any wedding or romantic evening. The hotel even offers a special Valentine’s Day package featuring a candlelit dinner, a live music performance, and a one-night stay in one of the 54 rooms — at a delightfully affordable price.
8. The Headland ,Newquay, UK-England
9. The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
The Dolder Grand is located in the beautiful town of Zurich in Switzerland. It was built in 1899 and offers rich, luxurious interiors along with a lovely view of Zurich. Many famous celebrities from Winston Churchill to Michael Jackson have stayed in this hotel. The Dolder Grand offers an amazing wedding package that includes full use of its lawns and ballroom, accommodation in 175 rooms and suites, and spacious banquet facilities. Combine these with views of the Alps and the lake and you will have yourself a fairy tale wedding destination.
10. Castello di Pavone, Torino, Italy
Castello di Pavone is a very important historical monument, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and it is one of the few to offer a real in-house restaurant, in a charming and fascinating location, decorated with uncommon furniture, hard to find everywhere else. The Castle is often quoted in the most important gastronomic guides, such as Michelin and Gambero Rosso, and it has been recently awarded by the Trustyou platform as “Best restaurant in Turin and its Province”.
11. Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
Belvoir Castle in the Vale of Belvoir and has been around since the 11th century as the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland. The castle has been cited by experts as a perfect example of Regency architecture. The property consists of 1600 acres of parkland, trees, exotic plants, and lakes, making it a suitable place for a fairy tale wedding. Belvoir Castle offers amazing wedding packages for those wish to get married on the estate. Some of the benefits include hire of two rooms for the ceremony and reception, rooms that can seat anywhere from 120 to 150 people, the Duke’s ceremonial sword for cake cutting, and firing of the Duke’s 7 cannons. If you prefer a garden wedding, the Rose Garden is always ready to play host to you and your guests.
12. Château D’esclimont, France
The Château d’Esclimont is located in the beautiful area of Esclimont in France. The Château has been around since the 17th century and is about an hour away from the romantic city of Paris. The Château offers exclusive wedding packages that include usage of some its beautiful rooms such as the Trianon reception room. It also has some beautiful interiors that harken back to the French Renaissance along with serene views of the surrounding woodland, making it the perfect mise en scène for any fairy tale wedding.