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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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

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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 Wedding Bookings

During the Covid-19 global pandemic Weddings have been amongst the events most affected by the virus and the ever changing Government restrictions.

We recognise that is has been difficult for couples, some of whom have now had their weddings cancelled several times, and for those couples who are wishing to book a date for the future.  

At Hertford Castle our COVID-19 cancellation policy aims to provide reassurances to all those who wish to get married during the pandemic and for those who wish to make plans for the future.  


All couples who wanted to postpone, may do so, free of charge. At Hertford Castle there is no fee to change the date if you need to postpone and even if the price goes up for the following year, we will honour the price originally agreed upon your booking confirmation.


For any couples who feel it necessary to cancel their wedding, rather than postpone, you will receive a full refund of all money paid.   That includes your deposit and any instalments of your hire fee.  If you’ve paid all the hire fee, a full refund of that too.

To summarise, our COVID cancellation policy:  

If the COVID-19 restrictions prevent your wedding from taking place as you had planned, you’ll have the chance to make a decision;

  • You may postpone your wedding to an available date we have that suits you, whether that’s a few months, a year later or more than a year later. There’s no charge for postponing to a new date, we’ll move your full deposit over to your new agreed date.
  • If you don’t wish to postpone your wedding, but you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund of your deposit and any pre-payments you have made to Hertford Town Council.


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Opening Times

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