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Nestling on the border of Dorset and Hampshire, set in impressive cliff-top grounds, Highcliffe Castle is a beautiful Grade 1 listed mansion where even the architectural style is ‘Romantic and Picturesque’.

Providing a magical setting for your day, Highcliffe Castle was built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay Highcliffe Castle and is now one of the most popular wedding venues in Dorset. Inside the historic house, vows are taken in the Winter garden, a light and airy conservatory-style room, with three ceremony times to choose from. After the ceremony, the wedding party may enjoy photographs in the manicured parterre and on the Vista before the Bride and Groom make their way down the gently sloping coastal path for additional photograph opportunities on Highcliffe Castle Beach. Guests may also enjoy drinks and canapés within the grounds or in the charming Drawing Room. Should you choose to stay at Highcliffe Castle for further celebrations, wedding breakfasts are served in either the atmospheric State Dining Room, with exposed brick walls, or the majestic Great Hall with its 30ft high stained glass Jesse Window. Evening entertainment takes place in the Drawing Room with the adjacent Octagon bar providing an additional reception area.

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Highcliffe Castle is arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th Century and the beginning of the 19th Century. The building’s significance is recognised nationally by its Grade I status on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historical Interest.

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Our caterers will work with you to create your perfect meal, whether that be a banquet, buffet or barbecue.



Minimum guestsNo
Maximum guests150
Ceremony / ReceptionBoth
Bridal suiteYes
Licensed barYes
Late licensed barYes
Disco facilitiesNo
Asian wedding specialistsYes
External caterersNo


Nestling on the border of Dorset and Hampshire, Highcliffe is an award winning floral village, 4 miles from the historic town of Christchurch. The bustling village centre contrasts with the peaceful coastline where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Isle of Wight and the sweep of Christchurch Bay from the cliff top.

Highcliffe village has a good range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Nearby in Christchurch, visitors will find fascinating heritage such as the 11th century Priory, ruins of Christchurch Castle and anglo-saxon Place Mill. There is a range of excellent shops and restaurants, glorious gardens and riverside walks.

To discover the hidden secrets of Highcliffe you can follow the village trail which begins at the sea-front car park, leads through the village and past St Marks Church where Gordon Selfridge, founder of the London store Selfridges, is buried. The trail continues to the Castle and then on through Steamer Point Nature Reserve where you can stop for a picnic and enjoy the views. From here you can carry on along the beach to Mudeford Quay and catch the ferry to Hengistbury Head to enjoy the views of Bournemouth beaches and piers.

Bournemouth, offering excellent accommodation, beaches and shopping is approx 9 miles from Highcliffe. We are also close to Bournemouth International Airport (approx 6 miles), the New Forest (15 miles) and Southampton (25 miles). The nearest train station is Hinton Admiral – a 20 minute walk to the Castle.

Romantic and Picturesque

Highcliffe Castle

Rothesay Drive
BH23 4LE
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Highcliffe Castle

Rothesay Drive
BH23 4LE
Venue types: Castle, Historic Building

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