Hedingham Castle's magnificent structure has stood majestically over the local countryside for over 850 years, just imagine the history and the changes that its mighty walls have stood through. We can only guess at some of the things it has witnessed in that time.
The immaculately preserved Norman building is a very exceptional find Ė particularly when it is on a site that is still understandable for its original defensive purpose. There are four extraordinary floors to explore, including a magnificent Banqueting Hall spanned by a remarkable 28 foot arch, one of the largest Norman arches in England. A good view of this splendid room can be obtained from the Minstrelsí Gallery, built within the thickness of the 12 foot walls. Hedingham Castle stands alone in the castles of East Anglia for being as it was when it was built, and as such is a very important historical landmark, not only for Essex but for Britain and also it is most highly rated within its genre in Northern Europe.
The castle is surrounded by some dramatic earthworks within the beautiful woodland walk it has both a lake and formal water, it also boast some fine and even rare ancient trees.
Getting Married at Hedingham Castle
Imagine getting married in a wonderful old castle where once the Earls of Oxford entertained King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. The ceremony takes place by candle-light in the magnificent Banqueting Hall where one hundred guests can be seated and a further thirty may watch from the Minstrelsí Gallery above. You can have a traditional modern ceremony or choose a medieval theme with authentic costumes and strolling minstrels. The beautiful grounds offer ideal opportunities for photographs.
The castle, which is now closed to the public on wedding days, is privately owned by the Honourable Thomas Lindsay, youngest son of the 28th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, and his wife Virginia.
The Georgian house may be hired as an elegant location for large or small parties and, during the summer, your champagne reception can be served on the terrace of the peaceful garden overlooking the lake. After this, you and your guests can enjoy your Wedding Breakfast in our lined marquee on the private Tulip Lawn. You will enjoy exclusive use of the house and grounds throughout. Our wedding coordinators will be on hand to help you with your plans and to make sure that everything runs smoothly on the day.
Re-live history as you walk in the footsteps of the kings and queens who have been entertained at Hedingham.
Following your romantic candle-lit ceremony in the Banqueting Hall of the castle, make your way across the fine Tudor bridge, through the flaming torches to the Georgian house. The elegant reception rooms and welcoming atmosphere of the house are perfect for entertaining. You and your guests can be served Hedingham Castle mulled wine in front of a warming log fire. If the weather is very cold the beautiful interiors of the house are ideal for wedding photography, whether formal or reportage.