The wedding venue on Folkestone's doorstep that's been awaiting your presence for over 500 years

You only have to venture eight miles out of Folkestone to reach the wedding venue of your dreams, The Castle Westenhanger.
Originally built in the 14th century, Westenhanger Castle was once home to the most royal of royals including Queen Elizabeth I and King Henry VIII. In fact, if Francis Drake had not defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588, Westenhanger Castle would be the most famous castle in the whole of England because it was here that 14,000 of the Queen’s finest men awaited the Spanish should they dare to set foot on England’s green and pleasant land!

Two amazing choices for your wedding ceremony near Folkestone at The Castle Westenhanger

Today this fortified manor house close to the port towns of Folkestone and Hythe is helping to create memories of a different kind thanks to its new role as one of Kent’s most historic and romantic exclusive-use wedding venues.

The Castle Westenhanger offers two amazing options for your civil ceremony: the Manor House itself for indoor ceremonies and the beautiful Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies. So whatever the time of year and whatever the weather, you can be assured of your dream castle wedding.

Looking for an indoor wedding ceremony venue in Folkestone?

The intimacy of The Manor House is the perfect choice for an indoor ceremony with room for up to 120 guests. Its exposed beams and stone walls create a wonderfully romantic ambience that brings history to life while its roaring inglenook fire makes it a popular choice for winter weddings.

Looking for an outdoor wedding ceremony venue in Folkestone?

The lovely thatched Gazebo is set alongside the magnificent Rosamond’s Tower and can accommodate up to 200 guests for an outdoor ceremony. You and your bridal party can make your grand entrance from the Manor House, then its across the lawn to your guests and up the aisle to the Gazebo to say your vows, with many a photo opportunity along the way. On a summer's day, there's no better place to say, "I do."

Your wedding reception at The Castle Westenhanger

Our luxury Marquee provides the perfect blank canvas for you and your friends and family to enjoy a wedding reception to remember. Magnificent chandeliers hang from the starlit ceiling above the dance floor and sweeping drapes add that extra touch of style to your evening celebrations.

The Marquee can host up to 200 guests for a sit down meal and up to 300 guests for an evening buffet. Complementary food and wine tastings are available for every couple so that you can sample our menus and you can be assured that each course is created using the best seasonal ingredients by our dedicated catering team.

Your very own Bridal Dressing Room awaits you!

Included with your wedding package is the exclusive use of your very own bridal dressing room situated in the Manor House. This is the perfect place to relax and get ready on your own or with your bridal party. Whether you are local to Folkestone or Hythe, or coming from further afield, the bridal dressing room offers a haven of tranquillity ahead of what will be a wonderfully busy day.

Wedding photograph opportunities galore!

With the Manor House and its Georgian façade, the medieval walls and the castle turrets, and 14 acres of stunning castle grounds, no wonder so many wedding photographers rank The Castle Westenhanger among their favourite venues in Kent.

Come see us!

Come and see for yourself why The Castle Westenhanger is the perfect choice for your wedding ceremony and reception. Book a no obligation appointment with one of our team today and you will be able to see first-hand the magic that awaits! You can call us on 01303 261068 or email us at

The Castle Westenhanger is within easy reach of Hythe, Folkestone and Ashford. Westenhanger train station is on the Folkestone Central to London St Pancras line and the village is also very well served by road thanks to the nearby M20 motorway. Our postcode for your sat nav is CT21 4HX.