Highcliffe Castle

£5795 - £9370 for Venue Hire
Up to 110
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Highcliffe Castle is a truly impressive 19th century Grade I listed building in Dorset that is considered to be one of the jewels of British architecture.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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The price includes exclusive hire of the State Rooms from 14:00 - 23:00. This includes hire of the Wintergarden for your ceremony or drinks reception and your Wedding Breakfast in either the Great Hall or the State Dining Room. The maximum capacity in the State Dining room is 80 guests and the maximum capacity for the Great Hall is 110. Please note our maximum total guest numbers for your evening reception is 200
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day

In-house catering
(price per head)

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A sparkling wine and canapé Drinks Reception following your ceremony Use of the elegant State Dining Room for your Wedding Breakfast Luxury sit-down 3 Course Wedding Breakfast Wine with your Wedding Breakfast and bubbly for your toasts Still and Sparkling Mineral Water Candelabra Table Decorations, wall candles and place cards Silver cake stand and knife with covered cake table
What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
Corkage charge applicable
Wine allowance per guest
Minimum numbers apply
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast

(price per head)

Prices Start At
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Minimum Number of Guests
Use of the stunning Wintergarden for your Civil Ceremony A sparkling wine and canapé Drinks Reception following your ceremony Use of the elegant State Dining Room for your Wedding Breakfast Luxury sit-down 3 Course Wedding Breakfast Wine with your Wedding Breakfast and bubbly for your toasts Still and Sparkling Mineral Water Candelabra Table Decorations, wall candles and place cards Silver cake stand and knife with covered cake table Easel to display your table plan and table numbers with chrome stands Use of the State Drawing Room, Octagon and Castle Bar for your Evening Reception Evening Buffet for 70 guests Evening Disco until 11pm, extension to midnight option
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
Halal Catering
Kosher Catering


Landscaped Gardens
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Water View

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
Built in the 1830s, Highcliffe Castle is the realised vision of the rather extravagant Lord Stuart de Rothesay. Created with entertainment in mind, the Castle has been home to a number of royal and notable guests over the years. With its Medieval and Renaissance carved stone and Gothic revival features, our Grade 1 listed building is truly special. Having withstood two fires, Highcliffe Castle rises like a phoenix, majestically over looking the Isle of Wight & Christchurch Bay from its cliff-top location. Holding your wedding at Highcliffe Castle allows you to create your own unique story, which will be treasured for years to come. The Castle is located on the outskirts of Highcliffe village. Nestling on the border of Dorset and Hampshire, Highcliffe is an award winning floral village, situated between beautiful beaches.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Aaliyah Daniels
Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and thank you for considering Highcliffe Castle as the venue for your celebrations. If you have any questions about holding your special day with us, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
No. of People In Team
K & T
Wedding: August
August 2022
A Magical Day
Our daughter's wedding and reception were held at the castle. We can't thank Lara and Aaliyah and their team and all the contractors (including Merlins - food, Maria - flowers, Brian - Toastmaster) enough for making this a perfect, magical day. The venue is stunning but the people made the day.
Happy couple Married on February
February 2021
Jens story
Four years on we still believe getting married at Highcliffe Castle was the perfect option for us. The castle, the grounds, the interiors – who doesn’t want to get married in a castle?! Everything was stunning and it is such a fantastic venue. Our guests always tell us that our wedding is ‘the one to beat’, everyone has very fond memories of the venue and your suppliers. Getting married in the beautiful Winter Garden and having our wedding breakfast in the magnificent Great Hall were particular highlights for us.
Jamie and Gavin
Happy couple Married on November
December 2020
Jamie's Story
I know most brides worry and stress so much about their wedding day and all the little details. I was worried things would be placed wrong or just be wrong on the day. On our wedding day things ran so so smoothly! Everything was perfect! There were actually decorations I had forgotten to say where to display them and the team adapted and laid everything out and it looked amazing! You forget how much hard work and timing goes on behind the scenes as you are gleefully enjoying your day. So a massive thank you for making it amazing! I had so many guests say the Castle and surroundings were amazing! The Castle gave us a great traditional background for photos and the beach a romantic look. So many people asked if we got married abroad when looking at our beach photos! I fell in love with the rustic look of the Castle and the bright light for the Wintergarden (which is amazing for photos). Thank you for making our day so special! We have revisited every year and had a picnic on the grass on our anniversary!
Sarah and Simon
Happy couple Married on October
February 2021
Sarah and Simons Story
We had the most magical wedding ceremony at Highcliffe Castle. It really was the perfect backdrop to our day and everyone commented on how beautiful it was. The team couldn’t do enough to help and made the planning smooth and the day very special. If you’re looking for the wow factor, you’ll find it at Highcliffe.
Stella & Jason
Happy couple Married on July
August 2020
Perfect backdrop for a wonderful day
The location of Highcliffe Castle for our wedding was never in dispute. It was the perfect backdrop for a wonderful day and truly amazing experience. As our numbers were designed to reflect a small size wedding, we chose the ceremony only package. Had we had a larger gathering, we would have definitely opted for the meal. The sun was shining, the grounds were perfect and the beach just 200m away. From our initial visit to the big day, we felt highly confident that everything would go to plan and the incredible support from the team there made that possible. They even stepped to organise a wedding car ON THE DAY when our original provider let us down 3 hours before the wedding! In summary, perfect organisation, perfect timings, a truly professional experience from planning, to arrival, throughout the wedding and after service Champagne Reception. Thank you Highcliffe!
Location & Contact Details


Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Hinton Admiral

Nearest Airport

Bournemouth Airport

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

It's difficult to pick one! We love how unique all the weddings at the Castle are.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

To ensure your day is focused on what makes you happy as a couple.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Wedding favors that are linked to a charity close to the couples heart is always a lovely touch.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Romantic, picturesque, historic, unique & charming.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The Castle itself acts as magnificent & unique backdrop for your wedding photographs.

What’s your favourite canapé?

We love a mini roast beef and yorkshire pudding.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Pulled pork baps at the end of the night are always a welcome treat!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

That we are just a short stroll away from the beach.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our amazing team who work hard to bring the weddings to life.