10 of the best barn wedding venues

From ancient timbers to contemporary chic, a beautiful barn is an awesome backdrop for a relaxed, rustic wedding

Barn wedding venues to say ‘I do’

Choosing your wedding venue is your first and most probably most important of all your decisions as you plan your big day.

Bursting with charm and character, barn venues offer couples a romantic ambiance that other venues often can’t compete with and with so many beautiful barn wedding venues in the UK it can be hard to make a decisions on which one is the perfect place for you to tie the knot. Here are some of our favourites…

Askham Hall

1. Askham Hall, Cumbria

Original features at the Grade II-listed Bank Barn at Askham Hall in Cumbria include a beamed oak ceiling, while touches like glass doors and a dance floor make it perfect for a party. Enjoy drinks on the lawns, menus designed around the estate’s kitchen gardens, orchards and farms, and stay on site. Make a weekend of it with 18 double bedrooms and a spa with pool.

The details: Ceremony 156 | Seated Reception 156 | Evening 200
Contact: askhamhall.co.uk

The Old Barn, Devon

2. The Old Barn, Devon

The whitewashed walls and wood flooring of The Old Barn in Clovelly, Devon, makes this 17th-century barn wedding venue a DIY delight and great for couples with a creative edge. You can tie the knot in the barn itself, or in the wisteria-clad conservatory and, best of all, the venue is on the edge of an adventure park, so once the park is closed, you and your guests can have exclusive access to play on the dodgems!

The details: Ceremony 118 / Seated Reception 118 / Evening 200
Contact: oldbarnwedding.co.uk

Photo: Michael Wells Photography

Smeetham Hall Barn, Essex/Suffolk border

3. Smeetham Hall Barn, Essex/Suffolk Border

Grade II-listed Smeetham Hall Barn on the border of Essex and Suffolk is a 500-year-old threshing barn with vaulted ceilings and original beams. Pose for pictures near the lake, then celebrate in the barn or in the marquee in the courtyard. And celebrate you will – there’s no corkage charge if you want to bring your own wine for the reception and the evening bar charges local pub prices!

The details: Ceremony 150 / Barn or Marquee Reception 150
Contact: smeethamhall.co.uk

Photo: Simon Brasier EPS Photography

The Green Cornwall

4. The Green, Cornwall

Add bunting and fairy lights to a whitewashed milking parlour for the cutest ceremony spot at The Green, Cornwall, then move to the Red Brick Barn – a former cow shed – for a wedding breakfast. And keeping it simple, the Really Rustic Barn has walls made with tin sheeting for a blank canvas to get your creative juices flowing.

The details:
Ceremony 140 / Seated Reception 140
Contact: thegreencornwall.co.uk

Rivington Hall Barn, Lancashire

5. Rivington Hall Barn, Lancashire

Family-run Rivington Hall Barn in the Lancashire countryside is Grade-II listed and an original Saxon building. It’s an award-winning venue where you can have a civil ceremony in the old barn, or in the nearby chapel or church. After the vows, enjoy drinks on the terrace, then move back to the barn where beams decorated with fairy lights make a stunning party backdrop.

The details:
Ceremony and Seated Reception 180 / Evening 350
Contact: rivingtonhallbarn.co.uk

Milling Barn, Hertfordshire

6. Milling Barn, Hertfordshire

Seventeenth-century Milling Barn in Hertfordshire has exposed timbers and beams that ooze rustic charm. And if you fancy a truly outdoor celebration, Blunts Wood is a lovely location for a woodland ceremony just five minutes’ walk away. Look out, too, for a luxurious new bridal suite and seven double en-suite bedrooms coming this year

The details: Ceremony in the Dairy Barn or woodland 150 / Seated Reception 160 / Evening 300
Contact: millingbarn.co.uk

Photo: Blessing Photography

Milling Barn, Hertfordshire

7. The Granary Estates, Sussex/Cambridgeshire Borders

Take two original barns linked by a courtyard on an estate surrounded by cornfields and you have The Granary Estates on the Sussex and Cambridgeshire borders – an idyllic location for a wedding. Add in The Granary Cottages with their three double rooms, sitting room and kitchen (perfect for chilling the Prosecco) and make-up room (great for your hens) and you’ve got it nailed.

The details: Ceremony up to 88 in the Flint Barn / Ceremony up to 175 in The Granary Barn / Seated Reception 180 / Evening 240
Contact: thegranaryestates.co.uk

Photo: Kate Gray Photography

Mythe Barn, Leicestershire

8. Mythe Barn, Leicestershire

There’s a choice of an indoor ceremony or vows outdoors under the gazebo at Mythe Barn in Leicestershire, before drinks in the Cart Barn. Celebrate afterwards with a reception in the Grain Store with its floor- to-ceiling windows that flood the room with sunlight. The grounds offer plenty of opportunity for garden games, barbecues and firepits in the evening, plus there’s a cute honeymoon suite called the Hayloft. Seven additional rooms mean nearest and dearest can stay over.

The details: Ceremony 150 / Seated Reception 150

The Old Kent Barn, Kent

9. The Old Kent Barn, Kent

Claire and Will, the managing partners at The Old Kent Barn, a pretty, family-run spot in the Garden of England, were the first couple to get married here 13 years ago, so they really know what they’re doing! The purpose-built, oak-framed barn is set in two acres of grounds that include 14 bay trees festooned with fairy lights. Exchange vows in the barn or outside in the gazebo. The original 200-year-old barn also offers accommodation in the shape of three double bedrooms, plus the Oak Suite for the bridal couple.

The details: Ceremony and Seated Reception 150 / Evening 250
Contact: theoldkentbarn.co.uk

Rivervale Barn Spinney

10. Rivervale Barn, Hampshire

At the award-winning Rivervale Barn in Hampshire, there’s a Pamper Room full of mirrors and natural light where you can get glammed up with your girls. Then say ‘I do’ with the sun streaming through the huge windows of the Ceremony Barn, or choose the romantic Spinney beneath the trees in the gardens.

The details: Ceremony 50-150 / Reception 50-150 / Evening 200

Photo: Angela Ward Brown Photography