Swinton Park – A Stunning Castle Venue in the Yorkshire Dales

by Michelle

Set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, Swinton Park is a beautiful and unique castle venue for your special wedding celebrations.

The grand and imposing  historic building, situated in 200 acres of picturesque parkland and gardens, is such a magical backdrop for the whole of your big day, from the ceremony, right through to your evening party.

Swinton Park’s fantastic wedding team are welcoming and professional, providing an outstanding quality of service and ensuring that your day runs seamlessly. Working closely with you, they will aim to surpasses your expectations.

Swinton Park hotel offers a wide range of function rooms for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. From the small and intimate to the large and lavish . So whatever your requirements, they have the perfect space for you and your wedding.

And did we mention the  private island on one of the lakes in the Parkland, complete with Georgian summerhouse – just perfect for an elopement wedding intimate dinner. Over to the wedding team at Swinton Park now to tell us more.

Tell us about your venue

Swinton Park is a Luxury Castle Hotel and ancestral stately home set within 200 acres of parkland and garden. Owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since the 1880s, and the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, guests enjoy an authentic yet informal stately home experience.

The 32 bedrooms and various public areas are furnished with antiques and family portraits, giving the castle the warmth and grandeur of a traditional English home. The surrounding 200 acre parkland offers various walks and activities with breath taking views and picturesque settings, including the neighbouring deer park.

Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?

Yes, all ceremonies are booked directly by the guests with Northallerton Registry Office

Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?

We offer exclusive use of Swinton for guests who want to feel like a Lord and Lady alternatively we also have more intimate options without taking exclusivity.

Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?

Day Ceremony is 100, Wedding Breakfast is 100 (over 100 a marquee is required) and evening reception is 120 (over 120 a marquee will be required)

Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer

Exclusive use weddings – use of all 32 bedrooms and rooms (for one night or two) within Swinton Park with access to 200 acres of parkland. A stunning combination of sumptuous food, the finest drink and entertainment will give you and your wedding party a day to remember within the grandeur of Swinton Park.

If you take a two-night exclusive wedding, you and your guests can make the celebrations last longer, enjoy a BBQ or buffet supper on the second night to relax together before the big day, or prolong the celebrations for a second night.

Nearest & Dearest Weddings – Enjoy a celebration with your nearest and dearest, create the wedding of your dreams. Choose from one of Swinton Park’s Ceremony rooms. The package can include room hire, drinks reception, canapes, three course meal at 3 AA Rosette Samuel’s Restaurant, Birds of Prey display and a deluxe room for 1 night for the Bride & Groom.

Wedding for Two – Designed with just the couple in mind, a truly romantic wedding retreat allowing you to enjoy your special day with your true love. Including a two night stay, bottle of Champagne in the room, room for ceremony, bouquet and buttonhole, two witnesses, glass of Champagne to toast the marriage and a three-course dinner at one of Swinton Estate’s awards winning restaurants on the wedding night.

Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?

All the catering is done in house by Swinton Park

Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?

No, couples cannot supply their own alcohol.

Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?

Yes, couples are free to choose their own wedding entertainment, the in-house sound system is a CD player with aux cable

Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?

There are 32 bedrooms in the hotel, accommodating 64 guests. There is also a cottage a 2 minute walk from the Hotel accommodating 8 people.

Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?


How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?

If it is an exclusive use wedding, then access can be made from the time that the room has been re-set (i.e. end of the breakfast service).

Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?

Swinton Park is on 200 acres of parkland with access to lakes, a deer park and gardens – gorgeous settings for photographs.

The front lawn is perfect for the castle as a back drop.

What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?

Go with the place that gives you butterflies, a place that you see yourself walking down the aisle and a place that gives you confidence.

Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?

Before a Wedding for Two ceremony, dancing with the Bride in the room to calm her nerves before walking down the aisle.

All images courtesy of Swinton Park

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