is one of the most photogenic wedding venues in Kent, situated in 42 acres of beautiful grounds next to the river Medway near Maidstone, but is virtually unknown. It's privately owned (by Sir Robert Worcester, founder of the MORI polling company) and hosts only about 6 weddings per year and so venues don't come much more exclusive than this.
The castle was largely ruined by the start of the 20th century but a series of painstaking restorations have now returned it to its former glory. It dates back to the 13th century and is approached by a causeway which divides a beautiful lake occupied by a family of swans. The view is absolutely breathtaking. The castle is surrounded by a moat and flower meadows and, further afield, by beautifully restored gardens featuring ornamental ponds and fountains. It's a wedding photographer's dream location.
The castle interiors are furnished in medieval style with tapestries and antique furniture. The wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast are held in the beautiful Great Hall which hosted Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn around 1530. The drinks reception can be held in either the front courtyard or Italian gardens. The evening reception is held in a marquee adjacent to the castle.
I'm a recommended wedding photographer at Allington Castle and so please feel free to contact me if you're planning on having your wedding there.