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The Castle Westenhanger

Set in 14 acres of magnificent Kent countryside, The Castle Westenhanger has it all. A medieval castle steeped in history with a stunning manor house, castle turrets, and romantic ruins, it’s the perfect location for your dream wedding.

Dating back to 1343, The Castle Westenhanger enjoys a rich history and was once King Henry VIII’s preferred party palace. It has since been lovingly restored into a fully licensed, exclusive-use wedding and events venue with three stunning inside and outside ceremony options.

Rich History

The Castle Westenhanger is a scheduled ancient monument with a Grade 1 listed manor house, reflecting both its national and historic importance. It belongs to a group of early quadrangular castles and manor houses that were strengthened in response to threats of attack from France during the 14th Century.

Famous Inhabitants

The castle has a rich history with royalty and nobility, being connected with Henry II, Rosamund de Clifford, Edward Poynings, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Customer Smythe and Lord Strangford. While Queen Elizabeth I famously referred to the castle as “her house in Westenhanger”, Henry VIII preferred using it to throw lavish and debaucherous parties.

Bridal Suite

The Castle Westenhanger enjoys one of the largest bridal suites in Kent which will be exclusively yours on the morning of your wedding day. Bright and light with large medieval windows to peek on your guests as they arrive, it’s perfect for capturing those all-important photographs.

The Important Bits

Ceremony Capacity: 120
Reception Capacity: 300
Bar & Catering: In-house
Child Friendly: Yes
Exclusivity: Yes
Free Parking: Yes
Licensed For Marriage: Yes
Bridal Suite: Yes
Disabled Facilities: Yes
Outdoor Fireworks: Yes
Accommodation: Local options
Wedding Coordinator: Yes

Virtual Tour & Gallery

You’re in safe hands. When holding a wedding or event at our venue, you will be looked after by the Glow Events team, comprised of experienced event coordinators, exceptional chefs, and professional waiting staff.

You’ll also benefit from access to our exclusive online planning tool, Sonas, which makes organising your wedding or event simple.

Wedding Offers

For a limited time only, we’re offering the below special offers across our three wedding venues. If you would like to find out more about any of the offers listed below, contact us here

Dreaming of a smaller wedding? Our intimate wedding package is suitable for up to 30 of your closest family and friends on selected dates in 2021. Personal and romantic, you will enjoy exclusive use of the venue, ceremony, three course dinner, and so much more.

​New bookings only, T&Cs and government guidelines apply.

Glow Events is proud to offer up to £1500 in wedding extras for Blue Light Card holders across all of our venues; The Gardens, The Orangery, and The Castle Westenhanger. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for all that you do. ​

New bookings only, T&Cs apply.


Castle Westenhanger
Stone Street
CT21 4HX
01303 261068
[email protected]

The Castle Westenhanger is situated in the village of Westenhanger between Ashford and Folkestone near the South Kent coast. It is approximately three miles from the town of Hythe, eight miles from Folkestone, 11 miles from Ashford, 15 miles from Dover and 66 miles from London, with excellent road links courtesy of the M20 (Junction 11). Sat nav postcode for The Castle Westenhanger is CT21 4HX.

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"We had the most amazing wedding of our dreams at The Castle Westenhanger. It’s the most perfect setting and the team were brilliant,"

Karen and Barry

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