Welcome

Hertford Castle offers an affordable and inspiring backdrop for a range of celebrations and events. Exclusively available to create your own unique and bespoke occasion.

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A couple sit on a bench in front of Hertford Castle as the sun sets behind them, surrounded by trees

Weddings & Receptions

Offering Civil Ceremonies, Partnerships & Renewal of Marriage Vows. find out more

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Private Hire & Parties

Celebrate a Birthday, Anniversary, Baby Shower or Engagement find out more

The robing room with a large red velvet covered table, the original brick and timber wall

Corporate & Business Hire

An ideal location to hold a conference, seminar, meeting or training event. find out more

Hertford Castle is an iconic Grade 1 listed building dating from the 15th century positioned within beautiful gardens alongside the River Lea. We warmly welcome you to come and discover the natural beauty the Castle has to offer.

Weddings and Receptions

Hertford Castle brings everything you need in one location, with exclusive hire and a memorable backdrop in which to host every moment of your Wedding from your ceremony through to your reception. We can welcome up to 60 guests for a ceremony and seated reception and 100 guests for a more informal reception gathering.

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Private Hire and Parties

Whether you are celebrating a special birthday, a christening, or the life of a loved one who has passed, Hertford Castle offers the perfect setting to create lasting memories. The Downshire Suite can be hired exclusively and you have the choice and freedom to select your own caterers and suppliers.

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An Affordable ‘Exclusive Hire' Venue

Available For Exclusive Hire

Hertford Castle is a Grade 1 Listed Gatehouse originally built on the site of a Norman Castle within the County Town of Hertfordshire.  

Standing proud in naturally beautiful gardens alongside the river Lea, surrounded with ancient trees and enclosed by the original stone and flint turreted walls that echoes its historic architecture.

Elegant rooms with beautiful high ceilings, chandeliers and feature fireplaces in the Downshire Suite on the ground floor are easily accessible.

With views over landscaped grounds the venue is well suited to both intimate and larger events. 

We offer flexible options to be able to hire just a single room, or exclusive hire of the whole suite. 

With exclusive hire you can impress your family and friends and enjoy your private event.

Covid - 19 Information

Hertford Castle wedding ceremonies of up to 16 guests are currently taking place.

All other castle hire is currently not taking place due to the current situation but being reviewed on a monthly basis in accordance with government guidelines.

Provisional venue hire bookings with free cancellation are being taken.

Viewings of the venues are taking place.

Please contact us for further information.

We apologise for any inconvenience and upset this has caused.


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Opening Times

  • Monday - Thursday
    09:00 - 17:00
  • Friday
    09:00 - 16:30