Peckforton Castle is one of my favourite wedding venues from all of those I’ve seen in my years in the wedding industry. For a classic English wedding with unique character and thrilling history, Peckforton is perfect.
Photographs of Peckforton Castle
Photographer thoughts on Peckforton Castle
Top UK wedding photographer Chris Hanley has kindly written a great review of Peckforton as a wedding venue: “Peckforton reminds me of the type of castle you’d see at an adventure theme park, bold and imposing with a ferrous luminosity to excite the eyes.
“When the weather’s dry, the front lawn is a great place to sip champagne and nibble on the impressive canapes. You have the option of a Peckforton birds of prey display too – ideal to entertain guests if you have plenty of time before the wedding breakfast.
“There is also the option to have the owl deliver wedding rings to the bride and groom during the ceremony, another statement for you wedding day celebrations, guaranteed to create oohs and aaahs from your guests. Gimmick? Maybe… but this venue is all about showcasing!
“The staff are very friendly, professional and attentive. The food is skilfully and imaginatively cooked by the kitchen brigade ensuring large numbers of wedding guests have a great dining experience.
“I would say a toastmaster at this venue is a must. A central figure who can command attention, entertain and organise guests within this large complex.
“For photographers there are great nooks and crannies to do impromptu portrait sessions with the bride and groom. I particularly like the hexagonal dining room up the corridor from the great hall.
“It is a very challenging place to shoot. Your photographer needs to be expert on low light photography. Getting by with flash is going to kill its atmosphere. Off camera lighting techniques make the venue a creative playground for full time experienced professionals. Guests be warned, your point and shoot cameras will not cope with the castle’s dark interiors, especially in the great hall during ceremonies.
“If the weather is wet, there is plenty of space for guests to circulate and socialise if you are not confining yourselves to just one area.
There aren’t any real negatives, only little irritations: “Without doubt the venue is imposing and the drama is created from glimpses of the castle on the wooded hill. The entrance to the grounds has large uneven patches which if not navigated may give your car a horrible jolt. First impressions count, and the drive through the wooded road up to the castle should be of anticipation, not grumbling about scraping your exhaust at the entrance. Second irritation is the car park. The rough surface is a nightmare for cases on wheels and ladies in heels.
And a final piece of sage expert advice… “If it’s wet take a brolly, because there is a bit of a walk from car to the reception.”
From the Peckforton Castle website
This Grade I listed building is the only intact medieval style Castle in the country. Peckforton will capture your heart, delight your eyes and make your day or event truly memorable.
Venue essential information
Location: In between Chester and Crewe, just off the A49 near Tarporley.
Capacity: Ceremonies in three licensed rooms can cater for any number of guests from 10 to 170
Prices: Room hire from £1,900; catering from £112 per person (2010 tariff)
Exclusive use: Contact Peckforton’s wedding co-ordinators. There are “a few options”.
Licensed for civil ceremonies.
Venue interesting information
During the 1970s and 1980s a number of films and TV programmes were shot at Peckforton, including Doctor Who, the film Robin Hood starring Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman, and the Treasure Trap live action role-playing game.
During the 80’s the tenants used the castle for a private club called ‘The Treasure Trap’, the members of which don medieval costumes and play ‘George and the Dragon’ type fantasy games.
The historical original features blend seamlessly with the modern comforts of easy lift access to all new rooms, induction loops, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions with Sky, luxury hospitality trays from Cafe du Monde, toiletries by Thierry Mugler, robes and slippers, plus the usual telephones, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards.
Peckforton castle is a real castle built on the 13th century model and capable of being just as effective as a fortress of that time.