The Reading Room

£3850 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
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A beautiful Norfolk Wedding venue, The Reading Room is a unique 17th Century historic building set in the grounds of the Old Rectory adjacent to St Ethelberts Church.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Choice of preferred caterers
Features & Capacity


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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol


Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Full Description
Welcome to The Reading Room, a lovingly restored 17th century historic building located in the heart of the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. With its dramatic vaulted ceiling and chandelier, this bespoke venue will capture both your heart and imagination and is exclusively yours for the day. Easily accessible, we are located close to the stunning North Norfolk Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, just 15 miles from the centre of Norwich. The Reading Room is an exclusive use venue that provides a unique atmosphere and intimacy for your special day. Licenced for Weddings and Civil partnership ceremonies, the venue seats 80 guests inside or in the garden as part of a duo ceremony, with additional guests welcome for the evening. We are ideally situated next to the ancient Church of St Ethelbert’s, and just a stone’s throw from many other gorgeous Norfolk Churches. Our magnificent walled gardens, surround The Reading Room with an abundance of old English flowers rich with wildlife. A meandering path through the woods leads to a pergola walkway covered in fragrant roses and honeysuckle. The lawns provide a perfect space for welcome drinks and canapes followed by fun garden games or just to sit and relax in the afternoon sun. As a family run wedding venue, we are passionate about creating your 'happily ever after'. We work closely with our selected Norfolk caterers who will create a bespoke menu from table feasts, afternoon teas and street food to formal dining, delivering a first-class service. The Reading Room creates a magical setting for your wedding day, with enchanting gardens and a truly special building full of history and character. To arrange a viewing or for more information, please do get in touch: 01263 761963 or


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Sam & Kelly
Married in September 2021
September 2021
No other venue could compare
Once we'd first looked around the Reading Room no other venue we looked at compared. Jo and Simon were always on hand to answer any questions we had during the lead up to our wedding day and were so helpful throughout the whole process, especially with all the uncertainty surrounding Covid. We've had so many comments on the wedding day itself and since about how great the venue is and I wouldn't think twice about recommending it to anyone else thinking about having their wedding here!
Harriett & Joe
Married in August 2021
September 2021
The most perfect day
Joe and I just wanted express a belated thanks to Jo and Simon for all the support they gave us through such unusual and stressful times. We married in June and we had the most perfect day and we both felt so relaxed and happy. It could not have gone any better. The venue is so perfect and the gardens are always stunning throughout the seasons we visited. We cannot express how grateful we are and how pleased we are to have chosen to have our special day at the reading room
Becky & Adam
Married in July 2021
September 2021
Amazing memories to cherish forever
Jo & Simon made it possible for us to just have the best wedding day. After months of worry that we would need to cancel or greatly amend, Jo & Simon were brilliant throughout. We had the absolute perfect day, of which Jo & Simon’s seamless support made it all possible. As Adam has (frequently!) commented since, you never noticed Jo & Simon there, but they were always there if you needed. The venue is perfect, our guests were wowed by it and we just have the most amazing memories to cherish forever. Thank you, Jo & Simon!
Emily & Adam
Married in July 2021
September 2021
Most beautiful setting
Absolutely amazing venue and stunning gardens! The perfect size and most beautiful setting. Jo & Simon were so helpful and friendly throughout and we would highly recommend! Thanks again for everything. Adam & Emily
Kathryn & Robert
Married in July 2021
September 2021
Can we do it all again please!
We would like to say a huge thank to Simon and Jo for helping to make our day so special. Bearing in mind the challenges we and they faced with restrictions, our day couldn't have gone any better. The venue, inside and out, is stunning. We fell in love with it on the first visit. From first contact, Simon and Jo were always on hand to answer any questions and provide reassurance, nothing was too much trouble. On our wedding day, they were quietly working in the background making sure the day went without a hiccup. Amazing day, wonderful venue and fantastic hosts. Can we do it all again please?!
Natalie & Emma
Married in June 2021
September 2021
The most amazing day
Dear Jo & Simon, We can’t thank you both enough for helping us to create the most amazing day! We really couldn’t have wished for a better setting to get married. We were originally meant to be having our wedding abroad in 2020, but when it got cancelled we were naturally devastated and had to start again in the UK. We never thought we would be able to find what we were looking for, then we discovered “The Reading Room” The most stunning grounds and with 27c on the day we really did feel like we had gone abroad. Thank you once again for helping us throughout what has been a very stressful time and keeping us calm on the morning. It really was a perfect day! Best wishes, Mrs & Mrs Lloyd-Tombleson
Location & Contact Details


Norwich, Alby, Norfolk, NR11 7HF, England

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

North Walsham

Nearest Airport

Norwich City

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Accreditations / Associations (1)

The Graham Allen award for Conservation & Design