6 of the best wedding venues in and around Oxford
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, engagement season is almost here. With that in mind, we’re looking ahead to a busy year of weddings at some of the wonderful venues we’re lucky to have here in Oxfordshire. If you’re getting married this year, make sure you check out these fantastic options.
1. Eynsham Hall
Grade II listed Eynsham Hall near Witney is a stately yet cosy venue ideal for couples wanting to marry in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside. It’s fully licensed for weddings, with a number of enchanting options for an indoor or outdoor reception. Its 3,000 acres of surrounding parkland make it an ideal summer wedding venue, while roaring fires and Christmas trees give it a magical winter atmosphere.
2. The Ashmolean Museum
If you favour a city-centre wedding, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the ultimate dramatic backdrop to your nuptials. Its neoclassical facade conceals its recent ultra-modern refit, giving it an intriguing mix of historic and contemporary architecture. It holds a licence for both ceremonies and receptions, and its numerous galleries of priceless ancient art, archaeology and sculpture collections provide a memorable setting for your vows, entertainment and photographs.
3. Blenheim Palace
Wedding venues don’t get much grander than Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Say your vows in the imposing Orangery or the more intimate Marlborough Room, and celebrate afterwards in a choice of reception rooms that includes the magnificent Great Hall, Long Library or Saloon.
4. The Perch
Ideal for summer wedding receptions, The Perch is a quaint Port Meadow pub with a thatched roof and charming riverside setting. A favourite haunt of Inspector Morse, it’s one of Oxford’s oldest pubs, dating back at least 800 years. Hire a marquee in its beautiful gardens and entertain your guests with superb food and wine in a setting as historic as Oxford University itself.
5. The Tythe Barn
Barn weddings are all the rage at the moment, and The Tythe Barn just outside Bicester is as good as they get. Licensed for indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions, catering is supplied by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feast, so you know it’s going to be incredible. There’s a beautiful 12th century church next door, so you can even get married in a church and have your reception in the barn. Your wedding night is sorted, too: book the old-fashioned shepherd’s hut, luxuriously kitted out with features including a wood-burning stove and underfloor heating.
6. Heythrop Park Resort
An 18th century mansion is the centrepiece of this gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception venue near the village of Enstone, north of Oxford. The more modern Crowne Plaza Heythrop Hotel is right next door if you’re after a more contemporary feel for your wedding, and the resort also has a golf club and spa – ideal for calming those pre-wedding nerves.
If you’re getting married at a beautiful Oxfordshire venue, don’t forget to hire your wedding car to make sure you get there in style and on time.