The world-famous city of Oxford and its surroundings provides the perfect combination of modern and historic attractions that visitors love and local residents adore. Not only is it known for being one of the oldest and most successful university cities in the world, there’s also a wealth of attractions to admire, including the Bodleian Library, the Covered Market and the Carfax Tower, for example. What’s more, there’s an incredible variety of food, drink and entertainment on offer too.
Abundant in pretty settings, stunning architecture and a wealth of history and culture, it’s no wonder why so many couples dream of tying the knot in Oxford. If you are one of those many brides or grooms to be, we can help you discover the perfect wedding venue in Oxford for your dream wedding day.
Read on to find out more about some of the best wedding venues in and around Oxford, handpicked by the team here at WeddingBooker.
The Tythe Barn Launton
For a perfectly rustic wedding close to the city of Oxford, look no further than the Tythe Barn in Launton Wedding Venue for your Oxford wedding venue. Originally used to store produce gathered by the local people of Launton, it’s now a popular choice for couples planning their big day, due to the stunning setting it offers.
This well-kept barn was built around 1365 and still has many of its original features – including many of the 22-foot beams – and the thatched roof has only recently been refurbished, yet still looks very similar to the original.
Inside, you are able to transform the space into your own unique wedding style and theme, and you’ll be blown away by the gorgeous outdoor space that’s simply perfect for some wedding photography. Take a stroll along the pathway around the gardens at dusk, feel the warmth from the fairy lights glowing and you’ll instantly fall in love with the cute and cosy ambience that’s felt throughout the property.
There’s even The Nook available for booking, where the bridal party can get ready together ahead of the big event. There’s even The Shepherd’s Hut available for any couples hoping to stay overnight in the barn’s cute and cosy accommodation!
If you’re looking to plan a showstopping wedding day in the countryside close to Oxford, make sure to book a viewing of Ardington House Wedding Venue. An incredible Georgian stately home situated within stretches of lush parkland and gardens, the entire property is available for exclusive hire if you were to choose to hold your big day here.
Ardington House is just a 30-minute drive away from Oxford and sits on the edge of a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Wessex Downs. The listed house was built in 1720 and provides a magnificently grand setting for a truly luxurious wedding day.
Wedding coordinators at Ardington House recommend hosting welcome drinks and having photographs taken in the house and formal gardens, before marrying in the gardens, with the stunning natural views surrounding you.
Book a viewing to see the outstanding setting that Ardington House has to offer for yourself.
The Barn at the Crown Inn
Words aren’t enough to describe how lovely The Barn at the Crown Inn in Pishill is. Anyone hoping for an incredibly intimate wedding day with their nearest and dearest, won’t find a better wedding venue close to Oxford than this.
Set in the charming Chiltern Valley, this 15th-century coaching inn has been cared for over the years to maintain its traditional thatched and rustic appearance, making it a picture-perfect venue for smaller weddings. From the ceremony to the wedding breakfast and evening reception, the barn can host your entire wedding day. On warmer days, you can even make the most of the lovely outdoor space that comes with the Barn. What’s more, the cottage next door is available for hire too, whether that’s for whilst the bridal party get ready or for the happy couple to stay overnight.
Plan a visit to the Barn at the Crown Inn, to soak in the picturesque setting and to see how you could make this venue your own, if you were to choose to have your own wedding day here.
Find a fairytale setting just a short drive away from Oxford city centre, at Milton Hill Wedding Venue in Abingdon. This 18th-century mansion oozes beauty and elegance – better yet, there’s an additional 22 acres of gardens to make the most of here on your special day.
Admire the exquisite Georgian architecture and features, and think about how you would make this stunning wedding venue your own for the day. Each of the rooms can be adapted to suit your tastes and requirements, and the entire property is booked on an exclusive basis.
Both smaller and larger wedding days can be enjoyed at Milton Hill – thanks to the variety of rooms available, you’re guaranteed to find a space that’s perfect for your ceremony, your wedding breakfast and your evening reception here.
There’s even a gorgeous pergola that can hold wedding ceremonies in the beautiful outdoor setting. Gather your friends and family out on the lawn, and exchange your vows with the stunning natural scenery surrounding you.
The Manor Country House Hotel
This stunning country house in Oxford is the perfect place to start the next part of your lives together. You’ll find few places that rival the surrounding countryside and backdrops of The Manor Country House Hotel, with an exquisite garden setting providing the perfect place for wedding photographs. Just picture perfectly cut hedges, blossoming trees and 12 acres of countryside land.
Situated just south of the town of Bicester, you can choose to have your wedding outside amongst nature or, if you prefer, head inside to one of the grand manor house rooms. From the moment guests turn up to the tree-lined drive to post-wedding toasts on the gorgeous terrace, this unforgettable venue will live on in their memories for a long time.
Situated in the village of Newington, Newington House Wedding Venue is a superb 17th century home that’s ideal for any luxurious wedding ceremony. Surrounded by picturesque grounds, just an hour from the city of London, it really is a dream wedding venue.
Make your day extra special for you, your partner and your guests with a bespoke wedding package. With palace-like rooms and perfectly landscaped gardens, it’s no surprise Newington House is one of our signature wedding venues in Oxford. There’s even a grand terrace and marquee for the perfect summer wedding venue.
The Bodleian Library
A wedding within a library is a truly unique experience that shouldn’t be underestimated. The Bodleian Library is the University of Oxford’s research library but it’s also available for wedding private hire! With its church-like architecture, stunning roof markings and tall ceilings, it’s a signature wedding venue like no other.
The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the second largest in the UK (after the British Library) – a fact your guests will definitely revel in! This renowned academic library is a sight to behold once transformed on wedding days. Why not pay the venue a visit and experience its grandeur for yourself.
Another breathtaking wedding venue in Oxford, this rural retreat in the Cotswolds is a sought-after location for rustic yet luxurious weddings. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, the three interlinked wedding barns are surrounded by 500 acres of glorious countryside. If that’s not enough, the panoramic views of the Oxfordshire countryside will make you fall in love with Merriscourt Farm Wedding Venue.
You can tailor your wedding package at Merriscourt Farm perfectly to you and your guests. The Gallery Barn and lawn is typically a great place to start with drinks to prepare your guests for the ceremony, while The Stone Barn provides the ultimate setting for your wedding ceremony. The White Barn also provides a light and airy space that’s perfect for your wedding dinner!
Steventon House Hotel
Conveniently located in the town of Milton Hill, south of Oxford, Steventon House Hotel sets the bar high for hotel wedding venues. The enchanting hotel is set in a magnificent Victorian Country Manor House that dates back to the 1860s. This romantic venue provides the ultimate, luxurious backdrop for your wedding celebration, but there’s so much more to it than that.
The multi-purpose rooms can easily be transformed, detail by detail, from elegant ceremony rooms to a classic,post-wedding reception venue. The venue is also surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens and can host up to 180 guests.
Caswell House Wedding Venue is another signature wedding venue situated in the Cotswolds. The 15th-century manor house has a medieval feel to it that is transformed into a little piece of luxurious history for any wedding. Picture flagstone floors, Cotswold stone walls and high oak beams; the barns provide a truly idyllic wedding venue setting.
The gardens are perfectly kept so that you can your guests can enjoy the stunning exterior of the manor before and after your ceremony. There is even a sunny terrace for the ultimate wedding ceremony in summer. Caswell House is renowned for its glamour weddings, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it.
Kingston Bagpuize House
Situated in Abingdon, less than a 30-minute drive from the city of Oxford, this awe-inspiring house is over 300 years old but still retains all of its charm today. Kingston Bagpuize House is unique in that it’s a family home owned by the Grant Family. Despite being a family home, the family love to share their luxurious venue with happy couples looking to celebrate their special day.
Upon driving up to the house, you’ll notice the surrounding gardens that could make the perfect destination for your wedding ceremony photographs. As your guests walk through the entrance hall, they’ll be captivated by the charm of the home and this runs throughout all of the house. Kingston Bagpuize House is a remarkable wedding setting in Oxford like no other.
Minster Mill & Old Swan
Minster Mill & Old Swan Wedding Venue are two separate venues that are equally as glorious and glamorous. Minster Mill is a luxurious Cotswolds hotel, situated on the banks of the River Windrush in the North Eastern side of the Cotswolds – just a 30-minute drive from Oxford. This wedding venue is both enchanting and romantic, with its riverside gardens, wildflower meadows and Cotswold stone buildings. You can decide to celebrate your wedding inside the charming house or within its gorgeous landscaped gardens.
Old Swan is located across from Minster Mill and is a quintessential country inn that could be the perfect place for your post-wedding celebrations. Old Swan is also a beautiful venue for much smaller and intimate weddings, set within the old inn characterised by its signature oak beams of the Lovell room.
If you’ve been inspired by our signature wedding venues in Oxford, but haven’t yet found the perfect location for your ceremony, why not take a look at our beautiful wedding venues in Berkshire? Like Oxford, Berkshire has so much to offer for happy couples on their wedding day.